December 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm #4642pooherbParticipant
I am brand new to site and was diagnosed 2 years ago on the basis of symptoms only. My symptoms seem different than those I’ve read but it could just be a difference in descriptive words. I would like to list my symptoms here and get the opinion or those of you suffering from Raynaud’s. I have several medical conditions and am not certain which one is the primary evil in my Raynauds diagnosis. The ones that I see mentioned most are Fibro, High Blood Pressure, Hypothyroidism, Severe Medication Allergies, and as a result of those allergies a compromised immune system. My symptoms are frequent episodes of my hands going to sleep and/or numbness in my hands and fingers. But the one that causes me the most discomfort is when going outdoors in temperatures below 4o degrees, wearing good gloves, my hands will get cold in less than 10 minutes and within 2 to 3 minutes I am in excruciating pain. I have had long fingernails for 40 years and this pain feels like my fingernails are being pulled out of the nail bed with pliers. Not that I’ve ever literally experienced this but I have ran one of my nails straight into something and pulled the nail partially away from the nail bed. And this pain occurs to all of my fingers and thumbs at the same time. I have to run in the house and put them under warm water and it takes quite awhile to ease the pain. My feet do exactly the same thing but not as quickly. Both my fingers and toes get a little paler in color but they don’t turn blue. I will be so grateful to anyone who can tell me if this sounds like Raynaud’s . In advance I’d like to thank you for your time in reading and responding to the post and may God Bless each and every one of you.
December 26, 2013 at 8:50 am #4646KarenModerator
- This topic was modified 6 years, 9 months ago by pooherb.
Welcome to the forum, pooherb,
Yes, your symptoms do sound like those who are experiencing a Raynaud’s attack. You mentioned that you have Hypothyroidism and we do have several members with this condition as well, so this may be your connection, although you should be seen by a rheumatologist to rule out any connective tissue disorders which could coincide.
There are medications called calcium channel blockers that one can take and they help to keep the blood vessels open, thereby preventing an attack, or, lessening the severity of one. Talk with your doctor about trying these if you haven’t already done so.
Please keep us posted on your progress.
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