Hi all, really glad to have found this place as you all seem very knowledgeable and helpful
My situation is that I've recently had numerous Raynaud's episodes affecting multiple fingers. Prior to that I had less frequent episodes involving just one finger (always the same one). In the last few weeks my hands often look flushed/red and there is a marked blanching effect when I touch them - they turn white when touched and it takes a few seconds for them to return to normal. My hands are still changing, and right now they look mottled reddish with paler areas. My toes are a bit red too.
I'm in the UK so I went to my GP yesterday. She ordered some blood tests which will be done next week. She said a referral to a rheumatologist looks likely. I have to agree! The way my hands and feet look I am sure I won't come back with a clean set of blood results.
In my mind I have scleroderma, or something very close, and it's worrying me sick. I am 55, but my family are still young and I fear for the future. I have a bit of general health anxiety. At the first sign of trouble I tend to google everything, and the results can be very frightening. That said, I am unlikely to stop researching online as gaining knowledge makes me feel a little more in control.
There's lots more I could say but I'll leave it there as it's my first post. Stay well everyone