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  1. I am having an awful time with my hands and feet so far and It's not even "winter" yet!! I started a very part time job a couple months ago, I work one day a week LOVE IT!! They keep the office at 62 degrees :( !! Yesterday I was sooo cold I could NOT get warm. I can't wear gloves or mitten at work because my job is laying out a newspaper and I need my fingers free to be able to work.)!! I came right out and said several times, "Oh, its freezing in here I can't warm my fingers up", but to no avail. I ended up going to the bathroom and running my fingers under warm water. The problem is this, well there are actually two: Once my fingers spasm I can not get them warm, the color is either red or black! I just saw the rheumatologist 2 weeks ago and he noticed the capillary delay and mentioned it to the PA working with him. My fingers are constantly in pain or numb.. Also, I have been so stiff, I hurt all over every joint! I just want to cry. :( I am not sure if the swelling in the fingers and hands is due to the Raynauds or if it is sclerodactyly!! ((SCREAMING IN FRUSTRATION)) The other problem I have is how can I get them to turn the heat up in the office without going into such labored detail about my illness :( which they won't understand anyways? I fear this is going to be an awful long winter up here in the north. <Sigh>. I hope everyone else is keeping warm and symptom free. I have fallen into the pity pot and I can't seem to climb out. I am sick of being ill.
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