Yes Erin. 50 degrees is cold enough to cause my raynaud's to act up. My nose is often the first thing to go numb. I use it as a thermometer. Even in the house when I'm watching tv at night, I get cold (and our house temp is around 73 degrees); I know that when my nose starts hurting and then going numb, I better go grab the heating pad or something. But my hands and feet are a lot more painful when they get cold. I'm sorry to hear that you have this symptom too. It may just seem like an annoyance to others, but I find it downright painful to have to deal with. When you wear a parka in 65 degree weather, and use a space heater at your feet year round, it's a bit weird, you know?
Yalinda, yes it is funny how we all get used to our idiosyncracies and assume that everyone has those same issues. Come to find out, they're not normal at all. My reaction to the cold is downright pathological at times, and is a serious risk factor for systemic sclerosis (scleroderma). Do you have a positive ANA, by any chance? Have you ever been diagnosed with another CTD other than RA? Overlap syndromes are common, and raynaud's is a symptom of several. I don't have a positive ANA, at least yet; just a positive RF. Which, by the way, according to some reading I've been doing, a positive RF can do a lot of very strange things in your body, including your lungs. I believe the pulmonary nodules are related to seropositive disease; also the entire interstitial lung disease thing.
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan