Raynaud’s Member Tips – Winter 2016

Sous Vide MachineGina (Facebook Fan)  offered a very creative solution for cold feet – a sous vide machine.  These are food cooking water ovens used by high-end restaurants that only recently have been priced for home cooking.  What Gina figured out is that since the temperature is “set,” you can bathe your feet in hot water that won’t cool off over time.  This is a truly novel idea!  If anyone else tries this method, please share your experience with us.

Warming Pillows - 2

Joy (MI)  has a great alternative for those who aren’t allowed to use space heaters at work:  Smoko Wireless Warming Pillows.  These cute little guys charge through USB ports and the heat lasts for 4 to 6 hours with two temperature settings.  Just looking at these happy pillows will make you smile and relax your chills!

Dog Oil Jar

Vic (UK)  has found relief in a product we’d not heard of before – Mason’s Dog Oil.  It’s a blend of vegetable and mineral oils originally used on racing greyhounds years ago and later found to benefit people.  Vic rubs it into his feet at night for about 10 minutes just before bedtime.   After about 15 minutes the oil takes effect, and now his feet are warm when he goes to bed instead of freezing.  He’s not sure if the positive result is more related to the calming effect of the quiet time slowly massaging his feet, or if the oil really has the ability to help circulation, but whatever the cause, he’s happy with the effect!  Vic buys the product from Holland and Barrett (based in the UK).  The cost is only £2.95 – just under $4.50 in U.S. dollars, but we found it on Amazon for $3.80.  He says it’s the best £2.95 he ever spent!

De-icer MittsCollette (Facebook Fan) – discovered some warm, fuzzy de-icers for the windshield.  She says, “I hate de-icing the car but these as, well as gloves, make it much more bearable !!!!”.  Thanks Collette, I have one and can’t imagine winter without these mitts!

EstrogenKaren (WA) – shared her experience related to estrogen medication she’d been taking for years.  Here’s her story:

“I’m a rare case because I have the cold of Raynaud’s Phenomenon attacking my face rather than my hands or feet. It begins in my nose and travels to my cheeks, ears and mouth, and that cold burning sensation feels similar to touching dry ice.  For twenty years I have had to control my environment, be tied to my home, or at least have a heat source nearby.  That is, until August 31, 2009 when I suffered a mild heart attack, and my doctor took me off my prescription for Premarin. I wasn’t particularly appreciative at first, but I soon began to notice that I didn’t have nearly as much trouble with my Raynaud’s.

That triggered a memory of something I’d read in a medical book called LIVE NOW AGE LATER by Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D. that unopposed estrogen – that is, without added progesterone – may also lead to spasm of the arteries (Raynaud’s).  Dr. Rosenfeld suggests if you have Raynaud’s and are taking estrogen alone, discuss the matter with your doctor as adding progesterone could potentially prevent the spasm disorder.

I remember having that talk with my doctor but we didn’t try taking me off the Premarin until after I had the heart attack. I now take a mild prescription of Estrodial, and as long as I have regular clear mammograms, my doctor is content to continue that prescription. Do I still have episodes of Raynaud’s? Yes, but they are no longer the norm. I can go into a grocery store, attend church, and take a walk on a cool wintry day. I still stay away from the air conditioning which is my worst enemy.  So, if you’ve had your uterus removed, are taking Premarin, and have been diagnosed with Raynaud’s, you might want to have a talk with your doctor.”

Thanks so much Karen for sharing your story and what worked for you!

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