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By Brenda Goodman
If you’re among the estimated 20 to 30 percent of people with inflammatory arthritis who also have Raynaud’s syndrome, or Raynaud’s phenomenon, a condition that affects blood flow to the extremities and causes pain, numbness and tingling, the fall and spring – months when temperatures are constantly shifting – can be especially challenging.
A sudden chill may cause blood vessels to spasm, shutting off circulation and turning affected parts a ghostly shade of white or blue. Fingers, toes, hands, feet, lips and the tongue are most commonly afflicted, and they may become painfully cold, tingling or numb.
Thankfully, there are ways to prevent these attacks. Here are some strategies that will help keep you warm through changing seasons.
1) Keep your core toasty. When temperatures drop, the body shifts blood away from the hands and feet toward the heart, lungs and brain. In Raynaud’s syndrome, this response is thought to be exaggerated – making the frozen foods section of the grocery store feel like as much of a threat as a North Dakota blizzard. Wearing hats and vests, and layering long underwear under clothing will keep your vital organs warm and can help defuse this trigger. [Read more…]
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By Michele Jacobson, Certified Nutritional Consultant (CNC)
The occurrence and severity of symptoms for those who battle Raynaud’s disease is something that can be approached and, hopefully, influenced by nutritional factors.
The recommendations that I offer are related to two of the mitigating factors that affect Raynaud’s. First, there is the vasospastic nature of the disease, in which the blood vessels of the extremities constrict. This causes diminished circulation which then leads to temperature and skin (color) changes. Second, there is the stress-related nature of the disease which can serve to trigger symptoms. [Read more…]