Primary Raynauds; late onset, treated with supplements, gone for good (?)

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    Hi all – I was a late bloomer with Primary Raynaud’s and fall outside almost all the ‘usual’ stereotypes; I was mid-30s and male when it first started. Initially in only one finger, the two, then three, etc until it regularly affected all 10 fingers/thumbs. For the best part of five years I dealt with the symptoms (as most of us have) but thankfully as it’s Primary Raynaud’s, it’s far less painful and uncomfortable than most others experience.

    I exercise everyday, and about 6 months ago my knees started giving my hell so I began a daily dosage of magnesium (150 mg) and a complex of Glucosamine (750mg) Chondroitin (400mg) and Manganese (2.15mg). I’m not a doctor or pharmacist, I simply grabbed these items because they said they would help joint repair. While it appears they have helped the knees and my overall general wellness, the biggest change is that this winter (southern hemisphere) I haven’t had a single incident of Raynaud’s … not one.

    I’ve no idea which of the above vitamins has had this impact (if any), though I have read about magnesium being used by some people with mixed results. I’m not going to suggest they will work for everyone or even anyone else, however this combination has worked for me, so it might work for you.

    It remains to be seen if this is an actual solution or I’ve simply grown out of Raynaud’s … but then, why did it start in the first place? I appreciate no one knows these answers, but I know I haven’t had those bright white numb fingers that scream with pain as the blood floods back for 6 months, and if taking these supplements keeps them away, then I’ll happily keep taking them.

    Lynn WundermanFrostie

    Thanks for sharing kimwyles, glad you found something that works for you! While there’s no clinical support for supplements proving effective for Raynaud’s symptoms, magnesium is known to help boost circulation and may be the key factor in your “supplement cocktail.”

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