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georgie1111

Raynaud's

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Hi Everyone,

 

Can someone explain what is happening when your hands turn blue? I think the white phase means very little blood in extremities, and the very pink/redish colour is the blood flow coming back (correct me if Im wrong please). But what does it mean when they go blue/grey? What is actually happening there?

 

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Hi Georgie,

 

I think the discolouration and blue appearance of your hands is called Cyanosis due to the tissues near the skin surface being low on oxygen. This happens because the oxygen is used up quickly from the blood in the narrowed blood vessels during a Raynaud's attack. We have a page of information about Raynaud's here and also some of the treatments that can be given.

 

I sympathise with you, as I get Raynaud's attacks quite often, particularly in the morning and when the weather is cold. Our damp, cold climate in the UK certainly doesn't help, although some of the worst attacks I've experienced have been during the summer in the supermarket due to the air conditioning around the chilled cabinet area. I've also had the fascination of watching my fingers go through white, blue, purple and red when I first go to the gym and before I've warmed up. I've also managed to bore quite a few people on the machine next to me by showing them my fingers and explaining the reason that they go through so many colour changes!! ;)


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Hi

 

Yes, that's my understanding as well and I also have Raynauds. White for lack of blood, red when the blood rushes back in, and blue for the lack of oxygen. Mine have also started going purple/red too...guess that's part of the blue, is it Jo?


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Yes, I think it is, Snowbird.

 

The purple, then red stage is as the blood comes back to the fingers. I found that before I was on Prednisolone my fingers were very swollen and as the blood came back I would sometimes feel that I had the fingers of a superhero and could shoot fire out from my fingertips!! :blink: Very unpleasant and I would be constantly shaking my hands trying to alleviate the pain and discomfort. :(


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My doctor told me that the colors can happen in different sequences, and maybe some people won't go through all the color changes. For me, currently, my fingers and palms go white, except the tips go brilliant red and my nails go blue. I've seen pictures online of people with one blue finger, one white one, etc., but I haven't experienced the blue finger yet! LOL! Thank goodness I've learned here more about Raynaud's, otherwise that might freak...me....out!

 

Keep warm! Chopper


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Thanks for that explanation; now it makes sense.

 

I don't have the blue tinge in my hands just in my toes; I only have the white and pink colours. My friend who has limited sclero, her hands and feet go so blue and verge on grey !!

 

I just wondered why, now I know, so thanks for that.

 

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I have a couple of sclero friends that have hands permanently tinged with blue. Ma has Raynaud's and she gets the white fingers even more prominent that I do. Mine go white but nothing that you'd notice.

 

Take care.


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I have the same problems in the grocery store. I keep a pair of gloves in my car just for that purpose. I get a lot of stares and have to explain on more that one occasion why I'm wearing gloves in the grocery store in July!!! Most people have no idea what it is; my feet and hands are always purple so deep it's black. Funny I do the same shaking thing with my hands, I keep doing it even though it doesn't work.

 

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I get all the colors~ I think the blue/gray/purple range attracts the most attention, but it's when they turn red (toes and fingers) that they seem to hurt the most. Grocery stores? Horrible. I was so envious of the folks who could submit their grocery list online and have it delivered. Can you imagine my excitement when a truck passed me on the highway with "yourlocalgrocerystoreon-line.com"? You'd better believe I'm going to check that one out! I did a small shop for the Sunday family lunch today and yep, hit the blue stage before I got out. Mind you, my appointment at the orthopedic surgeon last Tuesday left me blue and goosebumped in places I wouldn't dare mention. :lol: Cold? Oh my, we're talking arctic here....


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