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1st Raynaud's attack?

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#1 red


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Posted 08 February 2009 - 11:16 AM

Hi I am in a minor panic here, I think I just had an episode of Raynaud's. Had been outside taking advantage of the warmer (in New YorK!) 40 degree day to shovel off some ice and snow in the driveway, came in because my feet were wet inside my boots. After about 1/2 hour, my left foot felt numb, I looked down to find it blue from about an inch above my toes and beyond. It quickly turned white, so white I couldn't see any veins in the front half of my foot. After a few minutes it started to look mottled; the foot was still cool to the touch, but I felt a burning sensation inside. It's been about an hour now, the color is normal but the foot feels throbby and achy, not actually painful but uncomfortable. When does this sensation go away?

I've been having trouble with my feet going numb for a few weeks now, but never saw any color changes, had thought it was a peripheral neuropathy, since I've had carpal tunnel-like symptoms in my hands for a few years as well. I had to wear socks to bed these last few nights because my feet have been so cold, and even the tip of my nose has been cold at night recently. Diagnosed with limited systemic sclero last summer, but I guess I'm in the Raynaud's club now too.

What next?! Should I make a trip to the doctor or just accept this as another expected part of this disease?

Thanks for your input.

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 01:02 PM


I too have limited, it sounds like a Raynaud's attack. Have you hands ever done that? I guess maybe you could call the doctor and ask his nurse if you should be seen. If you go to the medical part of this forum there should be info on it. I wear gloves all the time, even in summer to prevent attacks on my hands.

Take care and stay warm!


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Posted 08 February 2009 - 06:15 PM

Hi red,

So sorry you might be having problems with raynaud's now. It might be better to notify your Doctor because sometimes they would like to take a look. It is not good to leave raynauds unchecked because it can be damaging and there is medicine for it. Try to keep your hands and feet dry and warm to prevent attacks. Take care.

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A happy heart is good medicine.

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 04:42 AM

We do have some pictures of a couple of pretty serious Raynaud's attacks if you'd like to take a look. Here is the link: Photos of Raynaud's. They are of the fingers, but the same appearance appears in the toes. Last summer when I was in Dallas, my brother took me to a market that was literally freezing! Because it was summer in Dallas I was wearing flip flops. The cold was so stifling that I had to leave. When I got outside all of my toes were white as a sheet. I set in the sun and after a while they went through the stages of white to purple to red. They were sore for the rest of the day then the soreness went away. If you still have a numbing or painful sensation in your feet I would definitely contact the doctor.

Keep those toes warm! There are little heater packets that you can slip in your shoes that work great! I use them in my gloves when I go out and it has made my winter life much more bearable.

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 09:49 AM

Hi red,

Wearing mittens or gloves...below 50 degrees... is just something I've become accustomed to doing.

The heater packets Janey spoke about are also great!

At any rate, raynauds really does need to be watched, so I'm on board with the ladies...thinking it would be a good thing to get in touch with your dr.

Let us know how things go, red?
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Posted 09 February 2009 - 12:03 PM

Hello Red

Or should I say hello Red, white and blue? :D

Although I have raynauds it's not as bad as most peoples, I don't get the full span of colour changes and I also get cramp. A sclero nurse explained that raynauds can cause cramp in the hands and feet and as soon as I started warming them up in response to the cramp it went!

You should get it checked out, although it may be a common part of sclero, there are treatments so the severity of it should be determined and managed.

Oh yes, your nose can also be effected and mine has been in the past. When it's got cold I get an unpleasant sensation whilst it warms up.

Hope this helps and take care.

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 02:13 PM

I too have the Raynaud's. Mine goes straight to a blue and then when my hands start to change back, sometimes the pain and burning is to intense. I went on a field trip with my 2nd grader around holiday when they caroled and had to do some walking outside, and I had layers and 2 sets of gloves on, by the time we got to our final destination, my entire hands were totally numb and I spent about 15 minutes in the bathroom in pain. Tears and all. It was the worst I have ever had. Wished I had known about the heat packets then.

Take care and do bring it to your doctor's attention.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 11:16 AM

In addition to what everyone else said you should tell your doctor because there are meds to treat this. Do not take Raynaud's lightly!!! You can lose toes, fingers, the tip of your nose, ears, etc. KEEP WARM!!