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    I’m new to the group but been having Raynauds symptoms for the past 5 years. I’ve never been formally diagnosed other than my family doctor agreeing with my self assessment, after seeing blanching of the fingertips and numbness.  I’m wondering if I should bother going to a specialist. I don’t have pain or other symptoms, and I don’t know that there is anything else doctors can do. I don’t smoke, rarely drink and take a calcium channel blocker for BP, but it’s such a low dose, it probably doesn’t have much effect. I have the hand warmers but they’re not convenient to use while driving, when most of my symptoms occur, with or without gloves.  Sometimes it helps sticking my fingers in front of the heater vent.



    Hi Judy –

    I too am new to the group. I have had this fun condition diagnosed over 15 years ago.  Stick with your family doctor and this site for now.  Unless you have more problematic symptoms you are likely ok with that course.  Ditch the gloves and go to mittens and do what everyone else says, layer and not care what others think.  It can be 80 degrees and I am the one in the sweatshirt.



    HI again. Thanks for the info. Mittens alone have not helped. Layering has been helpful at least glove liners under gloves or bulky snow mittens on top but it is hard to do things with all that bulk. Everyone knows I’m cold so that doesn’t bother me- just the coldness and numbness.


    Hi Folks,

    I’m new too. Appreciate your stories.

    Hope to resolve my symptoms (physically) by looking into the efficacy of heated gloves/liners, and (mentally) exerting more control over my nerves and emotional state by Tai Chi and meditation, which I do. I’m one who enjoys social activities, like playing music with friends, before which I am often going to the sink to run hot water over my hands for several minutes to thaw my fingertips out. I used to play hoops in a cool gym and was embarassed at how long it always took to lose the whiteness from my fingertips and get my circulation going. With hoops I felt it was also a nerves thing, prepping for competition against skilled players bent on eating my lunch, that in part caused my extremeties’ blood vessels to spasm.



    Another newbie here.  I’ve found that keeping my core warm in addition to hands and feet is key for me.  I live in a cold climate and have only been dealing with this during the cold months so far.  But recently visited Florida for a week and found layering with t-shirt, long sleeved shirt, light jacket, as well as having warmer foot wear to change into if needed, really helped.  I try to be prepared for whatever temperature change I might run into, because the Raynaud’s episodes are so painful.

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