January 9, 2015 at 8:51 am #5882
I’m 23. I’ve got cold fingers. I’m a professional musician and this is the reason why I’m searching for a solution. I’ve always accepted that I’ve got Raynaud’s. My doctor said I do when I first went to him about it about 7 or 8 years ago. However, because I’m keen to make sure I’m not studying a condition that I may not even have, I’ve been questioning whether or not my condition is in fact Raynaud’s.
My fingers – not my hands – get very cold. They never go blue or red when this happens. They usually go a bit pale/white. When I was in my early teens, I used to get the numbness, the extreme whiteness and the “rubbery” texture on the skin but that never happens to me any more. Now, when my fingers are very cold the texture of the skin gets very smooth which is not a good thing for playing music (I play bass).
If the room temperature is warm, an attack is somewhat less likely but it’s not uncommon for me to be in a room that isn’t cold at all and to have my fingers be cold. In a warm room, my body can feel totally warm but the fingers feel very cold.
When I pick up the bass to begin to play, the neck of the instrument is usually cold at first. When I touch the neck (or when I touch anything cold) an attack usually follows soon after.
It seems to me that movement (playing the bass or piano) triggers attacks because if my fingers are totally warm and I start playing, within a few minutes of playing my fingers will have gotten cold. If I stop playing and leave my fingers motionless, they will warm up within 5 to 20 minutes depending on the temperature of the room.
So that’s more or less it. Basically, what I want to know is exactly what type of Raynaud’s I have (if at all) and where I can go to get information about how I might be able to deal with it in my musical environments – I’ve got to move my fingers a lot to do my job and I can’t always ensure I’ll be in a warm room.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
What about ginger or cinnamon?January 11, 2015 at 4:53 pm #5899
Thanks for posting in the forum. I can’t tell you what type of Raynaud’s you have. Only a medical professional is qualified to give a diagnosis after an exam and lab tests.
The rheumatologist is the best type of doctor to see to diagnose and treat Raynaud’s.March 7, 2015 at 1:25 pm #6221
I feel the same way! My hands never turn blue, red, purple or any color other than white. My hands are cold literally all the time even if the rest of my body is warm. I do wonder if this is actually primary Raynaud’s and not something else.
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