Raynaud's & Anxiety

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Jenny S.
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   Posted 1/8/2008 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello all,


I have always battled with anxiety ... but now it causes my Raynaud's to go into full force.  This happens whenever I'm in a social setting of people I do not know.  My hands get all purple & white while feeling icy cold and clammy.  Does anyone else have similar situations?  I'm taking 20mg of Fluoxetine (Generic for Prozac) but I'm not sure that is helping.  


At job interviews my hands make the 'hand shake' very uncomfortable.  Plus, I find myself fussing with 'hidding' my hands rather than paying attention to the actual interview.  I've thought about wearing a light pair of gloves, but am afraid of looking 'weird'.  


Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


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   Posted 1/8/2008 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jenny,
Yeah, I can understand the link between anxiety and raynauds.  I have both as well.  Although I've never linked the two together until I read your post.  Interesting observation...
I guess the best way to combat this is to get that anxiety under control eh.... Is prozac the best thing for anxiety?  I thought it was used as an anti-D?  I would ask the prozac question in the anxiety forum.  See if anyone else has some suggestions for a better drug.  Or just see what they think of using prozac as an anti anxiety med.
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   Posted 1/8/2008 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jenny,

Yes, besides cold--even the cool air from air conditioning or the cooler areas of the grocery store--stress is a known cause of Raynauds. In addition to an antidepressant that also helps with anxiety, biofeedback is also recommended. I have a severe case of Raynauds so I know exactly what you are going through. I routinely wear gloves anytime I might have an attack. You might trying wearing a warm pair of gloves on the way to your interview. Maybe that will help your hands feel cool rather than icy cold and discolored. Good luck!

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