Thanks for your advice! It's nice to come across people who know what they're talking about as opposed to those "Oh, pull yourself together" types!
I see you have been talking about Lupus/Raynauds... I have "mild" Raynauds - it seems to run in my family! The best thing I have been given for it so far is Naproxen which seems to ease the swelling in my fingers somewhat. I have also been tested for Scleroderma which can sometimes be part and parcel of Reynauds phenomenon but haven't had the results yet. My sister has Reynaude, Scleroderma and Lupus. She used to have to have prostecyclin infusions and no medications seemed to give her any relief. She now has a spinal cord stimulator which has been a great help to her. After being on the sick for 10 years she is now back at work and doing really well. There are meant to be a number of herbal remedies that work well for Raynauds and give your circulation a boost although I have gastric problems too so can't take anything like that. I also took Warfarin for a little while to thin my blood and it really helped my circulation. The Raynauds and Scleroderma Trust here in the UK also sell some quite fancy devides such as battery operated gloves and socks, etc, which really help in the winter although they can be a bit heavy!
Hippimom2----that's such a cool name! I bet you get fed up of that - I noticed that smeone else said the same thing on an earlier thread!