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#1 Snowbird

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 11:13 AM

Hi all. Is there an actual test for Raynaud's? If so, what might that be? Didn't think there was, thought it just went on blanching and colour changes, etc? Thanks!
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#2 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 01:35 PM

Hello Snowbird

I was given 2 tests to confirm the Raynaud's diagnosis and its severity. One was a nailfold capillary test where the look at the capillaries in the fingers under a microscope and the distortion of theses indicates disease and severity.

I also had a thermal imaging test which involved having my hand in cold water for a number of minutes then it was viewed using a machine to see how quickly it warmed up and where.

In conclusion I have Raynaud's but it's not as severe as it could be :) . My hands do not go red/white/blue and never have. Actually I think my feet are worse because they have shown a bluish tint before.

From memory 95% of people with sclero have Raynaud's.

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#3 Snowbird

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 03:27 PM

Hi Amanda

Yes, it helps. I'm going to put that on my list for my next rheumatologist visit. I was curious and under the impression there was no test available for it. Thank you! Hope you're doing okay lately!
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Posted 03 February 2009 - 03:37 PM

Hi snowbird,

I have never taken a test for the raynauds. The doctor see it as soon as I walk in. Mine go from white/blue/red. They stay blue most of time. People notice it right away.

I did have the nailfold test. Mine were abnormal.

Hope this helps

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 05:33 PM

Snowbird,
The first time I saw the rheumatologists my fingers were white because it was so cold in his office. He immediately turned off the AC when he saw my hands. So Raynaud's was my first diagnosis. blink.gif

Apparently, when it's not obvious, there are several methods for diagnosising Raynaud's - nailfold Capillaroscopy being one. We have a section on Raynaud's Diagnosis that you might want to take at look at. It talks about several methods that could be used. Apparently the condition of the nailfold capillaries can even indicate if your have primary or secondary Raynaud's. Happy reading.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 03:28 AM

My Raynaud's was quite obvious to my general practitioner and consultant because of the white, blue and red phases which they observe on just about every occasion I see them. The consultant did do the nailfold test and mine are abnormal he did say that I had secondary Raynaud's and it tends to be much harder to treat.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 10:04 AM

I never had a specific test for the diagnosis but the day she said I had it I was on the table in a gown and my feet were dangling and turned dark blue. She immediately knew then that I had it. Thankfully so far I haven't had any digital ulcers and worry about them every time I have an attack. Being we are in the middle of a winter and a winter that is colder than it's ever been I have numerous attacks even though I'm trying to be careful.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 03:28 PM

Thanks everybody! Now I have some reading to do. :blink:
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