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With Reynauds Can It Affect Internal Organs
Sometimes yes: While raynaud's is seen in the hands, feet, nose and it is related to muscle contraction in the vessels in these areas. The blood vessels have muscle around them and like the heart these muscles have a rhythm of contraction and relaxation. With cold or stess these vessels can contract and decrease the blood flow in these areas. Internal raynaud's can occur in the heart and the kidneys! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Raynauds: By definition arterial spasms induced by cold. Can occur independently of other conditions or as part of other diseases. Thermaly speaking temperature in brain fairly constant. That are other conditions including vascular headaches which occur based on vasospasm with frequently other causes such as diet and smoking. ...Read more
Blood vessel spasm: Raynaud’s is usually casued by exposure to cold temperatures (or emotional stress) that cause blood vessel spasms, usually in smaller blood vessels, such as in the fingers, toes, ears, and nose. These areas will go through color changes first white (no blood flow), then blue (no oxygen) then red (return of flow), usually with pain or burning. Other causes can be some diseases, drugs, smoking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Raynaud's: helpful link below from mayo clinic on raynauds. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/raynauds-disease/basics/definition/con-20022916 some meds like calcium channel blockers, Alpha blockers and vasodilators can be helpful. Hope this helps. Good luck ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Secondary reynauds: In cases of secondary reynauds where an underlying cause or pathology there comes the risks. So if the phenomenon is secondary to scleroderma or rheumatoid arthritis the effect of this different than if the cause is smoking, hepatitis, lupus...Etc .For primary reynauds in extreme cases ulcers or gangrene of the finger tips or finger can develop but it is unusual. ...Read more
Treatment: In addition to those preventative ideas, there are medications that have been shown to reduce the vascular spasm. Options include Pletal and calcium channel blockers. I would see vascular medicine specialist to be sure the diagnosis is correct as not every thing that makes your fingers turn blue and feel cold is raynaud's. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spasm: The tiny blood vessels in the tips of the finger constrict with spasm causing a change in color of the skin & may lead to a feeling of tingling or even pain. It usually is precipitated by cold - sometimes as simple as reaching into a refrigerator. Wearing gloves and sometimes meds can usually treat it successfully. ...Read more
Cold avoidance : Raynaud's is made worse by cold exposure and/or stress dressing warmly both centrally and locally is therapeutic. There are no fda approved medications for raynaud's. This makes it difficult for us to give our patients medicine because of the insurance company blockade. Medications and sometimes work include procardia, erectile dysfunction drugs because they dilate blood vessels, and topical Nitroglycerin to name a few. ...Read more
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