Posted 12/11/2010 12:31 PM (GMT -7)
I've been having problems with my Raynaud's flaring up lately, and I'm experiencing weird new symptoms. I mostly have trouble with my feet, not my fingers (yet), and my toes have been turning that icy blue color quite a bit. But I've had something that seems to be the OPPOSITE of Raynaud's happening too!
My feet will turn bright bright red, and my toes swell up like little red balloons. And my toes and the soles of my feet become extremely painful. It's hard to walk and almost impossible to wear shoes. If I have blankets on at night I have to kick them off because my feet feel so hot!
Apparently there is a condition called erythromelalgia that goes along with Raynaud's syndrome in some people, but it's the opposite of Raynaud's, you get a surge of blood to the feet and it causes the symptoms I described (red balloon toes, etc). I emailed my rheumy and he agreed that it sounds like erythromelalgia.
Does anyone else have this happen to them??
How do you deal with your feet being too cold and then too hot in the space of a few minutes?
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