hands are numb . . . what the heck?

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alienwife
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted Yesterday 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
ok . . . really weird . . . hands are numb from the wrist down & ice cold . . . can move my fingers, but virtually no feeling in them . . . my hands are always cold, fingernails are always bluish purple, but never had anything like this happen before . . . any ideas?
Anne

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
-Albert Einstein

Dx: SLE, Sjogren's, Reynaud's, Peripheral Neuropathy


nasalady
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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted Today 12:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Anne,

I've only recently been given the diagnosis of Raynaud's Syndrome, but was given to understand that numbness can be part of it.

From www.healthblurbs.com/raynauds-disease-syndrome-phenomenon-causes-finger-and-toe-numbness-tingling-symptoms/:

Raynaud’s disease, aka syndrome or phenomenon, is a condition that causes numbness and tingling most often in your fingers and/or toes, but it can affect the tip of your nose and ears as well. This tingling and numbness sensation is in response to cold temperatures or stress.

Raynaud’s disease goes beyond just cold feet and hands, but its not frostbite. What happens with this syndrome is that your arteries constrict too much in response to cold or stress, resulting in limited blood flow to the affected vessels.

The initial symptoms of Raynauds episode include:

* tingling
* numbness
* white fingers/toes

As your circulation improves, your previously constricted region may:

* throb
* swell
* tingle
* get red

Raynaud’s numbing “attack” symptoms may have you tingling with skin color changes. Typically from white to blue to red, although not everyone goes blue.


But if you think that this is not associated with your Raynaud's Syndrome, you should probably see your doctor right away!

I hope that you feel better soon!
JoAnn
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alienwife
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted Today 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
its just bizarre . . . never had anything like it in my hands before (numb, cold, tingly fingers, yes, but never the whole hand) - it went away after a couple of hours.
Anne

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
-Albert Einstein

Dx: SLE, Sjogren's, Reynaud's, Peripheral Neuropathy


kimberlyrenee
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   Posted 12/14/2009 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
definitely sounds like one of the crazy effects of raynaud's...

my rheumy just recently prescribed me "Nitro-Bid," which is is nitroglycerin ointment that I dab on the tips of my fingers and it helps with enlarging the capillaries to get blood flow to the hands (I'm not good with medical jargon, sorry it's vague info but check it out online... there's tons of info). usually my fingers are incredibly tingly and lose feeling, too. they aren't cold feeling, just not a lot of feeling at all. they're also usually really red except for around the joints in my fingers which are very pale... looks like i have white bands around my fingers. anyways, the Nitro-Bid helped the tingling a LOT... completely stopped after 2 applications over a few hours. the discolorations have continued, but at least they feel normal now.

good luck, hope this helps!
kimberly~

SLE, raynaud's, CFS


Lynnwood
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   Posted 12/14/2009 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Second or third occurrence and I'd head off to visit the dr!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously" - Oscar Wilde


alienwife
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 108
   Posted 12/15/2009 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
this was the first time it happened . . . it just kinda freaked me out because it happened very suddenly and i am always a bit paranoid that i am going to wind up having a stroke . . . i am usually under large volumes of stress (although unless it is an unusually high level, the stress doesn't bother me too much) and i am always busy beyond reason and i tend to ignore things until they are not ignorable anymore (i know i shouldn't do this, but i do) . . . my aunt, who also has lupus, had a stroke when she was my age (she was also a "i'm not gonna slow down kind of person) and i know that sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, etc. can be symptoms/precursors of a stroke . . . fortunately it hasn't happened since . . . really looking forward to january tradeshow season, though . . . atlanta & dallas! even if it is "cold" by southern standards, it will be a heat wave for me, who is currently stuck in the frozen, sub-zero, semi-artic tundra of wisconsin . . . maybe my hands and feet will thaw for a few days ;)
Anne

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
-Albert Einstein

Dx: SLE, Sjogren's, Reynaud's, Peripheral Neuropathy

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