We were glad to see Self Magazine cover Raynaud’s this chilly season in an article titled “Raynaud’s Disease: Why Your Hands and Feet Hurt So Badly When They’re Cold.”
In addition to covering color changes and symptoms experienced by Raynaud’s sufferers, they do an excellent job of describing the key triggers causing attacks. In particular, they discuss how Raynaud’s sufferers’ bodies shut down the blood vessels in their extremities in order to protect their vital organs and conserve heat.
This article is one of the few sources we’ve seen reference the analogy to the flight or flight syndrome – the body’s natural response when threatened by extreme cold or stress. In most people, this can happen at minus 30 degrees or when someone puts a gun to their head. For a Frostie, it might come from shopping in a store’s frozen food section or follow a bad day at work. But the result is the same – blood is rerouted from the fingers, toes, nose, ears, or even nipples toward the body’s core as a protection mechanism.
The article also covers primary vs. secondary forms of Raynaud’s, along with treatment options and lifestyle strategies.
Here’s a link to the full story: “Raynaud’s Disease: Why Your Hands and Feet Hurt So Badly When They’re Cold.”