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  1. My doctor recommended a heat band product that is meant to be worn around the wrist. to me yesterday (for relief of Raynaud's): Has anyone tried it?
  2. Hi everyone, I saw my doctor on Friday and says he doesn't think what is happening to my hand's is autoimmune as my ANA & RF screen were negative last yr. . He says though my Raynaud's is "secondary form" he thinks it's cause is hormonal (ie the birth control pills I use to control my Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome). He's having me repeat the ANA & RF tests as it's been over 6 months and thinks I should be checking at that rate for a while. He *also* says (as an eye specialist told me when seeking treatment for abrasions) that he thinks I have sicca syndrom (Sjogren's) becau
  3. Well, my dr had an "emergency" and canceled on me today so I'll be seeing him on Friday instead. Amanda, snowbird thank you so much... it was never clear to me if the blood tests had difinitively ruled it out. And now I have a host of more symptoms since I was with him last yr... And just last night I noticed the skin down the insde of one of my thumbs has begun go harden. Lovely. I'll let you all know how it goes on Friday. Anxious, anxious....
  4. Thanks everyone for your welcome and your replies. And thank you so much jefa for the article on pitting vs non-pitting edema... I get it now. I'm definitely "pitting" though to look at my fingers, I'd never think there was fluid retention. They're so... deplteted and wrinkley looking. I was thinking the pitting had to to do with these weird perminant lines down my fingertips... even when I'm as warm as I can get and my fingers are as plump and rosey as they will get there are these weird, perinant lines down them, some very deep. Does that feature sound familiar to anyone as we
  5. Hi there, I'd appreciate your help. I was diagnosed with the secondary form of Raynaud's last year after about four years of symptoms. It was considered secondary by my dermo/rheumotologist because I have the feature (can't remember the medical name) where skin grows up behind my nails onto the nail itself. I took a series of blood tests but nothing turned up. This year my Raynaud's is in overdrive and my hands are deteriorating but something fundamentally different than before is occuring. My fingtertips have permanent lines down the
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