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
I so enjoy your great newsletter and thank you for it…for your valuable contribution to our lives!!
By A.W. (LA)
Enjoy Your Great Newsletter
Just learned I have Raynaud’s…Glad to have found this org!
by N.H. (Canada)
Glad to Have Found This Org!
As a fairly new Raynaud’s sufferer, it’s great to see this organization spreading the word and providing support.
Great to See This Organization Spreading the Word
The tips, the different ways of treating it, knowing the experiences & taking the good advice of other people who suffer from (Raynaud’s) and help me to deal with this…I am constantly checking the page, to see the posts to take new ideas that will be useful for me.
by M.H. (Mexico)
Constantly Checking for New Ideas That Will Help Me
Great to find you here! Trying to thaw out for over an hour…
by S.M. (Facebook Fan)
Great to Find You Here!
Thanks for your website, my first visit has really helped!!
by R.L. (OH)
Thanks for Your Website
I found the Raynaud’s Association online and joined right away. Thank you for putting so much helpful info on the web.
by P.K. (MO)
So Much Helpful Info
This organization helped me with ways to explain what Raynaud’s is and how it affects me and my family.
Helped Me Explain Raynaud's
Kudos. Great web site. Keep up the good work.
by E. C. N. (NY)
I am so happy I found this page!!!!! Just changes my life…Thank you so much for having this page!!! It’s great to know there’s people who understand this struggle.
by T.F. (Facebook Fan)