We recently came across an article on the Verywell web site title: A Guide to Raynaud’s Phenomenon: Raynaud’s Phenomenon Explained.
While we see articles on Raynaud’s periodically (wish it more often!), this one stands out as an excellent resource, as it covers a number of issues in plain, easy-to-understand language (no “doctor speak”).
Content covered includes:
- Definition and stats on Raynaud’s
- What happens during attacks
- Primary vs. secondary Raynaud’s and tests used to determine which type
- Treatment options and self-help measures
We especially like that the article makes the point that Frosties’ reactions to cold and stress are normal for all people, but that our threshold for this response is lower than for non-sufferers. Many Frosties misinterpret our reaction as poor circulation, but in the absence of a cold or stress trigger, our circulation can be just as normal as the next person’s, it’s just that we overreact when exposed to temperatures or situations that wouldn’t impact a non-sufferer unless they were more extreme (e.g., a Frostie can react to 60 degrees like a non-Frostie would to well- below- freezing temps).
They also outline a number of causes of secondary Raynaud’s beyond other connective tissue and autoimmune diseases, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, use of aggravating drugs (like beta blockers found in many over-the-counter antihistamines and drugs used to treat migraine headaches), exposure to toxic chemicals and chemo treatments, and repeated use of vibrating tools and equipment (vibration white finger).
Here’s the full article on Verywell: A Guide to Raynaud’s Phenomenon: Raynaud’s Phenomenon Explained.