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#1 peanut

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 02:43 PM

My feet and legs go numb frequently. It's not raynauds... at least I think so. I think it's a circulation problem. I asked my rheumatologist and he said well don't cross your legs. Hum... Scleroderma is a vascular issue and circulation is a vascular issue too so might they be related?

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 11:36 PM

Hi Peanut,
I also have problems with my toes going completely numb at times, even when I am walking. I mentioned this to my rheumatologist a few months ago and he said that It was due to the Raynauds. When the numbness hits I do not get any change of colour from the Raynauds....strange. He did prescribe me Nifedipine to take, I have managed not to take this for the time being as it is now spring here in Australia, the worst of the cold weather is over.

I also get numbness in my hands at night and last night I woke up to the numbness travelling past my wrist.

I hope I have helped you some.

Take care
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Posted 29 September 2007 - 01:52 AM

My fingers are numb all the time. I think this is a blood flow problem caused by thickened vessels. I have a pair of buckwheat filled gloves (they also make buckwheat filled booties) that can be heated in the microwave that I put on for 20 minutes two times each day. They do a nice job of warming up and relaxing the small vessels.
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Posted 29 September 2007 - 02:48 AM

Hey Peanut,

I too have this. I was up last night because I couldn't sleep due to pain in my legs. I am beginning to really worry about circulation problems. Everyday by afternoon if I am on my legs too much they feel tight, tired and hurt. Then at night even when resting, they are in pain. They feel numb and cold in the feet alot. I never thought I would have a circulation problem at this age. I plan to bring it up at next cardiologist appt. in a couple of months. Are there meds to help open circulation up? Is anyone on any here? Susie54

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 05:40 AM

The top portion of my thumb is numb ALL the time. I brought this up to my rheumatologist and he made a note of it and checked it out with this pokey wheel thing at my last appt. I think it's all related. <_<
Take care and stay warm,

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 06:12 AM

I have a lot less problem with Raynauds and with numbness in fingers and toes since my doctor put me on Cialis. I also have not had a serious digital ulcer since I started taking it.
I also sleep with a heating pad and two hot corn bags, heated in the microwave. The heat feels wonderful on aches and pains and cold appendages!

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 07:31 AM

Thanks everyone.

Crawler, it's interesting what you wrote about thickened blood vessels. I know Raynauds is caused from vessel spasms which sounds like a different sort of thing.

I take norvasc and revatio (viagra). I also use nitro paste on my fingers and toes.
I guess my raynauds is that bad.

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 10:59 AM

Hi Peanut, My lower leg and foot go numb and sometimes painful. My Dr. said mine is from peripheral neuropathy caused by the arthritis in my hip. Sometimes my lower legs feel numb and swollen too so I guess it can also be caused by pressure on the nerves.

Hugs, Piper

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 08:17 AM

Sclerodema can cause thickening and hardening of the blood vessels. I have coronary artery disease and moderately severe Raynaud's . I lost a finger tip to gangrene and have four coronary stents due to sclero...it's all related.
Karen