I’m recently diagnosed with Raynaud’s, in the past month or so. The winter in Chicago has been brutal this year, so I’m sure that has made it even worse. My attacks are frequently but not too severe. They probably happen daily or every other day. Two or three fingertips on both hands go white and numb. Typically it only lasts for 20 minutes or so, assuming I can get warm.
How “serious” is it that these attacks happen? Mostly its just a nuisance for me – somewhat uncomfortable but not that big of a deal. In some ways, its a much bigger nuisance to fumble with bulky gloves and heavy clothing to prevent an attack (I have a puppy so I’m often racing out the door with her in attempts to maintain housebreaking!). Are there lasting consequences for getting attacks so that I should be going to efforts to avoid them, or is avoiding them more for my momentary comfort?
Thanks for any help and I really appreciate this community existing. It’s super helpful to see other people’s experiences.
YukonDoit, during the white phase of a Raynaud’s attack, there is no blood flow to the affected areas. Over time, this can lead to tissue damage. Obviously, the risk of tissue damage will vary with the frequency and severity of attacks. Tissue damage is more common in secondary Raynaud’s than in primary Raynaud’s. Only you can decide whether or not to try to prevent/abort attacks, but it would make sense to discuss your level of risk with your doctor first.
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