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    My rheumatologist sees me for possible rheumatoid arthritis. She had diagnosed me years ago, but now my symptoms have abated so much that she said she would not have diagnosed me if I came to her now.

    I do have a variety of other conditions.

    Anyway, I talked with her about how my fingers and toes get so cold, even if the rest of me is warm. She said it was most likely Raynaud’s.

    I live in Montana, so the challenge of keeping toes and fingers warm can be pretty major in the winter….even leaking into the summer or starting before fall.

    I don’t have a ton of time for “talking,” but I’m hoping I can get some advice here!


    Hi Kidneymom,

    It can be challenging dealing with Raynauds in cold climates. I have found keeping my whole body warm helps, including hat, scarf, and gloves. I also have gloves in many weights depending on the season. In addition, in the extremely cold weather, I used thin wool liners under heavy mittens. There are also hand warmers you can purchase if you are outside for any length of time. For severe cases, medications can help.

    Hope this helps a bit,

    Stay safe,


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