Like many Raynaud’s sufferers, she’s had the condition from a young age, but was told by parents and teachers she just had poor circulation. Finally a doctor witnessed her symptoms years later and diagnosed her properly.
The post does a nice job of defining Raynaud’s in layman’s terms, outlines treatment options and suggests being tested to determine if a more serious primary ailment is involved.
But the main content involves her strategies for getting through the winter that help reduce her Raynaud’s attacks. They include:
Keep the core and whole body warm by dressing in layers – don’t just focus on the extremities.
Wear gloves or mittens, particularly long ones that cover jacket sleeves to keep out the cold (Wristies were invented for a similar purpose)
Wear merino wool and thick hiking socks with winter boots – make sure they are large enough to accommodate thick socks (see several options in our Warm Toe Solutionspost)
Protect your face from frostbite with ski goggles and face masks
Avoid touching cold items directly – use insulated glasses, hold by the stem or cover with a napkin
Eat regularly and stay hydrated to maintain the body temperature
Avoid stress which can trigger attacks – self-help techniques like biofeedback and meditation, while not clinically proven, are options to try (see the Alternative Treatment section of our Raynaud’s Day Conference post)
Exercise regularly and keep the body moving (e.g. arm windmills) to get the circulation going
(Their) Facebook page helps me to better understand Raynaud’s. I have not found any other reliable source of information like this. It is very helpful to me.
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by S. R.
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I just discovered this website now and am very happy to see this kind of support is available to someone like me.
by M.W. (Canada)
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Just learned I have Raynaud’s…Glad to have found this org!
by N.H. (Canada)
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Thank you so much for such an informative site. I really feel you have helped me not only understand the disease, but how to deal with it effectively.
by L.W. (MD)
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I’m happy to find your site. I’m newly diagnosed and am educating myself beyond the medications for control!
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I am ecstatic that I found this association! I did my usual engine search of Raynaud’s and came across the association for the first time and shared the information with my colleague as well.
by H.R. (VA)
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Glad I found this page. I live in the UK…My hubby and I are glad there is an Association out there where we can get information from.
by J.H. (Facebook Fan)
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I just discovered this page and am greatly encouraged by knowing that I’m not alone.
by R.J. (Facebook Fan)
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Hi Raynaud’s – I am glad that I’m not “alone”.
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