Botox and Raynaud's. For Raynaud's the theory is that it may provide the benefit of a digital sympathectomy operation (that you may be more familiar with) but without surgery. Raynaud's and Scleroderma Association.
Digital Sympathectomy (Microvascular Hand Surgery) for Severe Cases
Severe cases of Raynaud's should be managed by the rheumatologist, where treatments may include vascular and hand surgery.
Digital (Finger) Ulcers. Systemic scleroderma and Raynaud's can cause painful ulcers on the fingers or toes, which are known as digital ulcers. ISN.
Judy King: CREST SyndromeA neurosurgeon performed a Digital Sympathectomy on my right hand and, thank God, my finger was saved...
Ginkgo and Raynaud's. Ginkgo reduced the daily frequency of Raynaud's symptoms and that weekly attacks were less frequent. Ginkgo can interact with certain herbs and medications and can increase your risk of bleeding. Raynaud's Association.
Hypothyroidism: Treat, If Necessary
Hypothyroidism occurs in a fair percentage of Scleroderma patients, and adequate treatment for it can be beneficial for the Raynaud's, also. ISN.
Medications for Raynaud's
Medications. There are a number of prescription medications that have been proven to be effective for Raynaud's. ISN.
Nerve blocks can help in the short-term, however they frequently worsen Raynaud's in the long run. (2)
Nitroglycerine cream may be used for Raynaud's, although it needs to be used sparingly.
Preventing attacks is actually the first and most vital step for treating Raynaud's.
Raynaud's Prevention. Reduce your exposure to cold and stress. To ty stay warm, wear gloves, and keep your core temperature up. Wear layers of clothing and thermal underwear. Avoid caffeine and vasoconstricting medications. Use shoulder bags, backpacks or trolleys. ISN.
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