What kind of doctor treats raynauds - Doctor answers

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What type of physician is most familiar with raynaud’s?

A rheumatologist: A rheumatologist is the specialist with the most knowledge of raynaud's symptoms. A primary care doctor, and sometimes an endocrinologist, also help in the care of raynaud's patients. All patients should have a primary care doctor to care for the non-rheumatological needs of these patients. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Miller
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Raynaud's Disease (Definition)

It is vascular spasm in the fingers, toes, and can even involves the nose and ears and internal organs the blood vessels of the heart or kidneys in response to cold or stress causing the external elements especially the fingers, toes to turn white. Blue and red can also occur but I like to Emphasize if not white I can not be clear. Others ...Read more


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What type of doctor should I see for raynaud's?

A rheumatologist: A rheumatologist is the main specialist to see for evaluating raynaud's symptoms. A primary care doctor can order many of the tests. Sometimes the primary care doctor will refer a patient to both a rheumatologist and an endocrinologist (to evaluate for hormonal imbalances). ...Read more

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What type of doctor should I see for raynaud's disease testing?

What type of doctor should I see for raynaud's disease testing?

Variety: Vascular surgeons are usually the doctors tasked to manage this but primary care doctors can help with medication choices and long-term follow-up. ...Read more

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Are there supplements I can take to help with raynauds disease? My doctor says that it isn't something he wants to treat at my age but, it's worsening.

Are there supplements I can take to help with raynauds disease? My doctor says that it isn't something he wants to treat at my age but, it's worsening.

No supplemetns: No supplements are known to affect the course of raynauds. See a vascular surgeon with interest in this disease. You can call your local hospital physician referral service to find one. ...Read more

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Should you see a doctor if you have a raynaud's vasospastic attack?

Should you see a doctor if you have a raynaud's vasospastic attack?

Rheumatologist: Raynaud's may exist as an isolated phenomena, or may be associated with potentially more serious issues. Someone in rheumatology can help with determining this, but also giving you medication to blunt the raynaud's, calcium channel blockers and other agents! ...Read more

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Why should you see a doctor if you have a raynaud's vasospastic attack?

Why should you see a doctor if you have a raynaud's vasospastic attack?

Could be dangerous: If the vasospasm is sever enough, it can lead to loss of that finger or toe. Furthermore, an attack can cause severe pain and lead to decreed use and strength of that extremity. ...Read more

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A doctor described raynaud's to me as being something like being "allergic to the cold". Does that make sense?

A doctor described raynaud's to me as being something like being "allergic to the cold". Does that make sense?

Yes: I think what the doctor meant by that is that you have an abnormally strong negative reaction to cold temperatures. Raynaud's syndrome involves extreme contraction of the arterial blood vessels in the hands and feet. This dramatically decreases the blood supply to the fingers and toes when they are exposed to cold environments. ...Read more

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My doc says I probably have raynaud phenomena. How do we know for sure?

My doc says I probably have raynaud phenomena. How do we know for sure?

Reaction to cold: If your toes turn purple, cold and numb upon exposure to cold temperatures then this is probably raynaud;s. ...Read more

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Help doctors! What're the treatment options for raynaud's?

Help doctors! What're the treatment options for raynaud's?

See details.: The basic treatment is to minimize cold exposure. The front line medical therapy is calcium channel blockers, especially nifedipine. If these fail erectile dysfunction meds such as a form of viagra (sildenafil) can be very effective. For severe cases other options are available. ...Read more

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What causes raynaud's phenomenon? My friends hands turn comp blue with the slightest bit of cold. Doc said it was just rs and was ok

What causes raynaud's phenomenon? My friends hands turn comp blue with the slightest bit of cold. Doc said it was just rs and was ok

OK?: 7% of woman have raynaud's phenomenon. Most occurs in isolation, but workup is required to assure not part of a larger problem. This does not just mean laboratory studies, but requires assessment by a knowledgable/experienced physician. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does raynauds feel like?

Can doctors tell me what does raynauds feel like?

See below: When the color changes occur, it can be quite painful until the area is warmed. It is rather pronounced numbness and tingling that you will feel. ...Read more

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My doctor just said I have Raynaud's Phenomenon. Are there any good vasodilators that are natural or or that don't have too many side effects?

My doctor just said I have Raynaud's Phenomenon. Are there any good vasodilators that are natural or or that don't have too many side effects?

No: Not to my knowledge. Keep your extremities warm and move your limbs often if you are in the cold. There is no great treatment out there for raynaud's unfortunately ...Read more

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Can Sarcoidosis/Sjogrens/Raynauds/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome be managed by a GP alone OR do they need to be managed by a hospital doctor/s OR both? Thx

Can Sarcoidosis/Sjogrens/Raynauds/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome be managed by a GP alone OR do they need to be managed by a hospital doctor/s OR both? Thx

Depends but: A hospital doctor in contrast to a doctor in an academic/ university hospital is not the one to go to. I would suggest that you consult someone in academic medicine in your case at a university or tertiary care center near you. It is likely to complex for most GPs. ...Read more

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I've had a blood test called cold agglutinins. Doctor is querying raynauds. What else could the doctor be looking for when asking for this test?

Several: Glad you asked. Cold agglutinins damage red cells in the cold and may be elevated for unknown reasons in mycoplasma pneumonia, and also define the uncommon cold agglutinin hemolytic anemias. Cryoglobulins are antibodies that precipitate themselves in the cold; you may also be checked for these; the underlying disease associates are different. Be proactive and read up if the results are positive. ...Read more

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Legs turn blotchy when I stand for long time. Doctor said its raynaud's but it doesn't help to be warm. My pulses are fine. What could this be?

Legs turn blotchy when I stand for long time. Doctor said its raynaud's but it doesn't help to be warm. My pulses are fine. What could this be?

Not Raynauds: Raynaud's disease is due to spasm of the muscular lining of the blood vessels due to temperature extremes. They will turn blue with cold exposure and red with heat exposure. Standing means the blood is pooling in the veins and the superficial ones will dilate. The legs look blotchy but it is of no concern as this is normal. 18 years old is extremely young to have raynauds. ...Read more

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I have Joint Hypermobility Synd. My feet turn purple when I sit or if I'm standing too long. Doc said Raynaud's but I thought that happens when cold.?

I have Joint Hypermobility Synd. My feet turn purple when I sit or if I'm standing too long. Doc said Raynaud's but I thought that happens when cold.?

Further eval needed: Raynauds syndrome is a vascular response, in which, there is constriction of blood vessel, as a response to certain stimuli, not only cold exposure, but also, certain chemical and or sustained vibration, among other things. It could occur as an isolated finding or associated to an underlying connective tissue disorder. Joint hyper mobility or laxity of joints bears no relationship to Raynauds ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Raynaud Phenomenon (Definition)

A condition in which some areas of the body feel numb and ...Read more