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#1 Patty

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 03:26 AM

This morning I was doing laundry and something got stuck in the machine. I had to reach in and try to untanghle the item. At any rate when I put my hands in the cold water. OH My Gravy did they hurt! They turned white and throbed and almost felt like they were burning. Is this raynaud's? My Dr keeps asking me if I have it and I keep saying nope, but now I have to wonder if maybe I do. I know that I have a hard time making meafloaf or meatballs because my hands hurt working with the cold meat. Maybe I am just a strange one LOL.

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 06:30 AM

Oh Dear Patty,

Sounds like Raynaud's to me. They either turn white or a grayish, purplish, dusty blue. It is important to protect your hands, especially from the cold. You not only need to keep your hands warm, but your core temperature too! If your body temp goes down, you set yourself up for a raynaud's attack. As for the meatloaf. Something as simple as keeping vinyl gloves in the kitchen will help with some of the cold on hand mixing, but maybe you should use a spatula. And always keep gloves or mittens on when going outside! I wear them in the grocery store too.

WE'll talk soon!

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 06:34 AM

Yep, sure sounds like it. I'm going to give you a link that has pictures and text for you to review that should be helpful. Vee gave you good advice as well. Keep warm!

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 01:56 PM

Patty,
I think that sounds like Raynaud's. I have it and that's what my hands do. It is really painful. Keep those precious hands warm.
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Posted 24 January 2007 - 02:55 AM

Yep it sounds like raynuad's. Don't stick your hand in cold water again. OUch!! Well we all agree on that dont we. Well the best thing for you is to let the doctor know. Take care and keep those hands warm Sam
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Posted 24 January 2007 - 08:43 AM

I agree with the others. It sounds like Raynauds.

I have a question: Why do people mix meatloaf with their hands anyway? I know a lot of people do, but I've never understood it. We don't stick our hands into the lettuce and tomatoes to toss the salad. We don't put our hands into the cool jello to mix in the fruit. In fact, is there any other food that we mix with our hands?

We do knead bread dough but that's after it's mixed, either with a spoon or by electric mixer.

Keep those hands warm and out of the meatloaf!



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#7 Patty

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 09:25 AM

Thanks everyone for the replies. I see my doctor next month so I will tell her about this when I go in. I will be keeping my hands out of the meatloaf and the washer!

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 12:52 PM

Patty,

You may want to track how often it's happening. This way the doctor can assess how bad it is and if you need to just be aware and keep your hands warm or if you need a medication. Like we need more meds. You may want to take a cold pack to the doctors office and SHOW him/her. Then you will be sure. I kept telling my doctor I had it under control (I had stopped my fingers and toes from being numb) but it took some time before I realized I had to look at my hands to determine if I had a raynaud's reaction. I didn't always feel it and my fingers and toes didn't always go numb!

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