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    I am a 70 yr old Retired GP.
    I have never had Raynaud Symptoms until 2 yrs ago when I started swimming in the sea through the winter. When the sea temperature drops to below 10 degrees and I swim for 10 -15 mins, I find that about 15 mins after getting out I develop the white fingers and have to warm them slowly.
    I have just returned from skiing and despite my hands getting very cold with skiing and sledging I did not develop the white fingers even though they were very cold.
    It seems that only my Body Core temperature reducing triggers the Raynaud.
    Has anoyone else had this exeprience ?

    Lynn WundermanFrostie

    Raynaud’s is triggered by any extreme change in temperature, and we’re all different in our thresholds for how much cold or stress we can tolerate before an attack comes on. It’s possible that when you’re skiing, since the temperature is generally cold to begin with, and you can tolerate that level, your Raynaud’s remains relatively in check for ski outings. But when you’re exposed to freezing water, and then exit those freezing temps, that drastic change is more than your body can tolerate. So it may be your threshold for temperature changes that’s at issue. When we have attacks, the blood is being channeled to our core to protect our vital organs, so whenever we reach our threshold on any part of the body, it can trigger an attack – whether it’s the wind brushing our cheek, fingers removing ice and snow from a windshield, or body exiting freezing waters.

    The good thing is knowing your personal triggers and learning how to protect yourself from future attacks going forward. Maybe you need to be prepared with a warm towel and robe the minute you come out of the water. Or hustle off to a warm shower ASAP. Whatever you find works for you!


    Thank you for your post. Your comment makes sense.

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