Posted 12/6/2013 12:17 PM (GMT -6)
Hi Sharon, I have Raynaud's. You can have Raynaud's as a primary condition and also as a secondary. Mine is related to autoimmune diseases. My fingers and toes are mostly affected but I've had instances where my nose and ears are bothered too. Blood vessels are constricted when you are having an attack. In my case, it feels like the areas are burning and freezing and throbbing at the same time. I would wake up at night due to the pain. Fingers and toes look like they are being deprived of oxygen and turn, purple, blue, a deadly looking white and red. They ache until the attack is over. Cold can set off an attack, so can stress, and autoimmune stuff does things whenever, just because :) I've also been known to walk around in 100 degree temps with blue fingers and toes. Since, I've been put on a calcium channel blocker, my attacks are less severe and frequent.
I see you have RA, that would make you a candidate for possible Raynaud's. Definately ask your doc about it. There is help available. Good luck to you! Fibromites are also know to get it.
Fibromyalgia, Adenocarcinoma survivor, Lung Lobectomy, Heart Disease, Pulmonary Hypertension,
MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma and RA)
Raynaud's, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteoarthritis,
Osteoporosis, Hypertension and Migraines
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