We heard from a patient that she and other members of her family with Raynaud’s are constantly asked for blood work to be taken through finger pricks.
Does this happen to you? Does the finger prick approach aggravate your Raynaud’s? If you tell a lab technician that you have Raynaud’s and prefer for your blood to be drawn another way, do they listen to you?
We’d be interested to hear if this is an issue for other Raynaud’s sufferers, so please speak up!
Well, on a related note, I am a diabetic and in the winter when I prick my fingers to test, I get pseudohypoglycemic results or false low blood sugar readings. I really don’t know what I’m going to do about this at the moment because I just figured out that the Raynaud’s which almost disappeared and was barely a problem has come back and is causing much confusion. I am a latent autoimmune diabetic, or Type 1, who still makes a little insulin. My Endo authored a paper that concluded venous punctures and processing in a lab is more accurate than a finger stick, so I don’t have any problems in refusing finger sticks, but I still have to test all day long and stick myself.