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    Carriex3carriex3
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    Hi! I’m a 49 year old female from Minnesota.

    This winter is the first time I’ve had any noticeable symptoms of Raynaud’s.

    After walking to or from my car usually 1 or 2 fingers (not always the same ones) turn more white than the others and have less sensation, though not completely numb. Once they warm up they are fine. I haven’t yet seen a doctor for official diagnosis, but am active and feel great.

    Over the summer I lost almost 20 pounds (15% of my total weight) and am reading that sometimes Raynauds follows weight loss. Anyway–I’m here to learn more and meet others.

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    Lynn WundermanFrostie
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    Welcome Carriex3! Living in Minnesota, Raynaud’s can be challenging. If you find your fingers are getting worse (more frequent or severe attacks), you might want to see a doctor, preferably a rheumatologist. These are the specialists who are most knowledgeable about Raynaud’s because they treat the more serious autoimmune diseases that are associated with the condition.

    There’s no formal test to diagnose primary Raynaud’s. A doctor either witnesses an attack, listens to your symptoms, or views pictures you may have taken showing the color changes. If your symptoms get to a point where you are in frequent discomfort or pain, there are treatment options you can review with the doctor. But for most people with primary Raynaud’s, it’s more of a lifestyle issue: You learn how to avoid or protect yourself from trigger events.

    There’s a lot of information on this site, including product reviews in the Marketplace section at https://www.raynauds.org/featured-products/, that you may find helpful for staying warm and comfortable.

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