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#1 Don

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 05:48 AM

I have had Raynaud's since childhood, I am now a healthy active 76 year old male.

I quit tobacco and alcohol about 1 year ago. This winter I have had only 1 finger tip that has loss of blood. I severely cut the tip of that finger about 15 years ago with a wood cutting router tool, and after the surgery it is difficult to visually tell it was ever injured. I wear lined gloves in cold weather yet when the temperature gets below 60 degrees F. my finger turns white. I have to quit work and find some warm water to get the blood to circulate in that finger.

My primary care physician is the VA and they can't recommend a physician outside the VA. Google tells me a Vascular Surgeon or Neurological Surgeon. What type of physician do I need to see?

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Savannah, GA

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 07:06 AM

Rhuematologist the VA should have one.
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Posted 22 January 2009 - 01:06 PM

Hi Don,

I am sorry to read of the trouble you have with that particular finger, making it difficult for you to complete tasks as you work.

Just as Sam mentioned....your best bet would be a rheumatologist.

Hope all works out for you, Don.
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 02:11 AM

Thank you Sam and Susie, I really appreciate the assistance.

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:20 AM

You are welcome, Don. Please let us know how you are doing.
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Posted 24 January 2009 - 03:38 PM

Don, have you figured out what type of doctor to see? Generally, your primary doctor should be able to figure out the best specialist for you within the VA system, and refer you. That is, if they cannot treat it themselves. So, start with your primary and let them figure out the best one within your particular center.

Let us know how things turn out with finding a specialist, and how your appointent goes.
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