I’m wondering if anyone can tell me whether they have experienced or heard about an attack being triggered by using one’s hands, like for fine motor tasks. I don’t mean with vibrating tools, which I know is a trigger. But I seem to have just had an attack while indoors (my thermostat is set to 68F) while using a fork to eat. It only occurred in my dominant hand. The middle finger turned white down to the second joint, and was associated with numbness and tingling. The episode resolved quickly, after the characteristic bright red color returning to normal skin tone. Could the pressure of the fork against my fingertip have compromised the circulation enough to cause an attack? I admit, I did feel a little chilled at the time, even though I was indoors. Floridians are prone to freezing to death at room temperature, as we sometimes say. 😉
I should clarify that I have never been officially diagnosed with Raynaud’s. But have previously had attacks triggered by cold exposure and emotional stress that follow the typical pattern. I have no other symptoms, so have assumed that I have primary/idiopathic Raynaud’s. But now this atypical “attack” and the fact that recent mild attacks seem to affect my left (dominant) hand more often or more intensely than the right make me worry there is another underlying issue.
So to make a long story short, I’m wondering if anyone else 1) has had an attack triggered by physical pressure on the fingers or fine motor tasks, and 2) whether others have symptoms more strongly or frequently on one side compared to the other.
Thanks for any feedback you can give!
My hands go numb eating lunch, holding a sandwich or fork.
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