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   Posted 11/25/2010 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone!:)

I am asking for tips from anyone who has raynaud's phenomenon. I have it where my whole hands and feet are affected. What I'm finding now is that in my new job, working in an office, my hands are cold ALL DAY while I'm sitting at my desk. I work in front of a computer, I type, and deal with lots of paperwork. I can't exactly wear my leather gloves, or winter gloves while I'm working. Does anyone have any suggestions to help me keep my hands warm at the workplace? Currently my feet have found some sort of happy medium. I wear nice dress clothes to work, but then wear my warm hiking boots on my feet *L* or my casual fuzzy's all I have, but it works...haven't solved it yet for my hands, and for now they seem to just be cold and purple/red/black all day long, which I know isn't good.

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   Posted 11/26/2010 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ellie -
 How about those fingerless gloves I keep seeing in catalogues and other places?   They seem to be rather trendy, and easy to come by.    It also seems to me there are some sort of portable hand/pocket warmers - not sure how they're activated, but they stay warm for awhile.   Usually there are microwave ovens at work - can you make little hand sized rice bags?  They wouldn't keep your hands from getting cold, but would offer intermittent warm-ups.   I use different sized ones quite a lot for aches and pains....they stay warm for quite awhile, really.   Last thought is the silk glove liners or even cotton gloves.  Might take some getting used to, but maybe you could manage the keyboard with those on. 
Just rattling off the top of my head.....good luck!

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   Posted 11/26/2010 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a chunk of ear tip missing from cold exposure, but it's much better since I started taking neurontin and prednisone. What about one of those small, cube type ceramic heaters to sit on your desk? They use very little electricity and are very safe. Is there a chance you could rearrange your office so you could tuck your desk into a corner away from the door or window draft? If you could explain to your boss you were asking for medical reasons, maybe your company would give you permission. Could you get a note from your dr. to back you up? I know the American's With Disabilities Act provides us with "reasonable accomodation" for our disability, and hey, you couldn't work if you didn't have workable digits. If you go to a mall anchor store, like Macy's or Target, you can find soft, thin, (and probably pricey) leather gloves. With a ruler and sharp shears, you could snip off the fingers, a little at a time, and arrive at the best length for you to work in. Do you have a nearby microwave? I made several tubes of flannel, one small for a keyboard pad, and one big for my feet, that I filled with feedcorn, (not popcorn, the big corn you feed cows from a feedstore), that are absolutely wonderful when heated in the microwave to wrap around the cold sore places, that I absolutely wouldn't want to live without. Hope you find something to help,
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