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Hi Pinkkoala. I also have Reynauds, the tip of my left middle is white right now!
I don't know how old you are but mine was worse in my late teens and early 20s, when I would have more episodes and they could very painful. Now - too many years later - it is more of an irritation than anything else.
Back then the only advice I got from the doctor,, who was able to diagnose it, was to keep warm! He also said that surgery was possible in extreme cases, something to do with expanding the capillaries in fingers/toes. I think there was also some pills but I never got that far, just got through lots of gloves. No one ever suggested an arthritis link.
Do come back and say what the GP advised for you pinkkoala. I have recently started having Reynaulds. I haven't been to the GP about it as it did not seem important enough but knowing a nurse referred you, I am now worrying I should go myself.
I have it, and when I mentioned it to the doctor there didn't seem to be much in the way of help. You can get those little sachet thingies that have gel in that heats up. It did also make breastfeeding more painful.
But you're right to go as it can (I think) be a symptom of something else.
If its a simple classic case then I think your gp will go by your symptoms. Possible they may want to do a blood test I suppose... I was eventually referred first for carpal tunnel testing then to rheumatolgist to rule stuff out cos mine is severe.
Its better if you can manage it with the old keeping warm stuff. I'm on nifedipine for it which was fine after I got though the initial side effects. No grapefruit though with nifedipine!
I don't have that - but does sound like it could be part of it. (or carpel tunnel, maybe) I've only had white fingers a couple of times over the summer too, mostly when doing something with water in outside. We're coming into the time of year for it though...
Yes, I am anticipating autumn eagerly. I have no idea why I had my first Reynauds episodes back in May (though the second time I was up a mountain, but not cold at all???) but I am quite conscious that it could all kick off in earnest soon.
Where do you get those fantastic hand warming gel packs? Boots?
I have Raynaulds too (linked to my Lupus) and as some other people have said, it's often more of an annoyance than a bad issue. The hand gel warmer things are great, but I find the biggest trigger is rapid change in temperature from cold to hot. So if you've been out in the cold or your hands/feet do start to turn white/blue/pins and needles, don't stick your hands under a hand dryer to warm up, or get in the car and stick the blowers on full whack, etc. I find it much more comfortable to allow the change in temperature slowly, even if it means takes a little longer to get warm it then avoids the very painful 'too hot now' sensation. Hope that helps!
I believe that Raynaulds is often a condition linked with having something else, but may be wrong on that. At least they're being thorough, which is great, and hopefully all the tests will all come back healthily!
it is poor circulation in capillaries and can be treated with nifedipine. Do you work with ant vibrating tools as this can also cause it. Cleaning tools,dental things,road diggers and anything that vibrates can affect people. Happens to more women than men.