I have Lupus ... Lupus doesn't have me.
Rx: Pletal 100mg·Norvasc 10mg·Prednisone 5mg·Plaquenil 400mg
Thanks for the link bsime. And for your encouragement Jenny. I wasn't quite ready to invest in the therapy gloves just yet. I stumbled across a raynaud's forum and wristies (www.wristies.com) were recommended, and a lot less expensive. I decided to start with those, especially since I have to use the computer all day long for my job. It's recommended that raynauders wear mittens over top the wristies when the temps really drop. I figure $14 is a better deal on something I'm not sure about. I also play piano, though, and musicians often use wristies (or the equivalent) to warm up their hands before playing. I'll let you know how the wristies work out.
I've been having horrible problems with Raynaud's also and I live in Arizona where it really isn't that cold. The other night I came home from the movies and my hands were so purple they looked black. I had to take a warm bath for about a half hour before they thawed out. They were then very stiff and sore. I called my Doctor the next day and she has prescribed Norvasc for me to take 1 to 2 times a day. I haven't picked it up yet from the pharmacy. I will probably get it tonight or tomorrow.
In the meantime a coworker got me some mittens that have warmers in them and they help a lot. I also got a scarf from Bed, Bath and Beyond that has a warmer in the neck and then pockets at the end of the scarf that have warmers in them. You throw them in the microwave and then they last for about an hour.
I think I am now addicted to blankets because I always feel so cold. I have throws all over my house and whenever I go shopping I gravitate to the blankets and want to buy more. I actually have fleece blankets still in packages in my closet just because I bought them when I was cold. LOL!!
Take care everyone.
Thanks for your reply Mary Ann. I'm hoping that it won't get to the point that I will need to take medication for it--but it's getting increasingly more difficult to keep warm. Today I've dressed in several layers, so hopefully it will be much better. but my hands are still exposed so I expect the attacks will still occur. I've already had a couple on the way into work this morning.