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Hello. I have secondary Raynaud's syndrome, cyanosis and I have sores on the hands and feet. I have narrowed blood vessels and circulation problems. I have taken medication; nifedipine, naftidrofuryl, aspirin, diltiazem, sildenafil + losartan. I have losartan now. I have suspected lupus.


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Hi Agnes,


Welcome to these forums!


I'm sorry to hear that you're suffering with Raynaud's; it must be very painful and debilitating. I have Raynaud's, but thankfully not as severely as you describe.


It is possible that Lupus and Scleroderma can overlap, so you could exhibit features of both, which does make the diagnosis very difficult. We do recommend that, if possible, our members consult a Scleroderma Specialist as this very complex disease does require expert knowledge.


I've included a link to our medical pages on Raynaud's, which I hope you'll find helpful and informative.


Kind regards,

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Hello Agnes


Welcome! By sores do you mean ulcers? I have foot ulcers myself and have for years. Although I have mild Raynaud's my ulcers are not caused by blood flow issues but the skin breaks down because of the systemic scleroderma. Not something I recommend.


Take care.

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  • 2 months later...

I think my rheumatologist said that nifedipine was OK for Raynauds's but I'm sure he said not for secondary Raynaud's., He gave me Losartan, but it made me vomit.


I've now been on Ramipri for about a week and it seems to be helping a bit, but it's too early to be sure as the weather has been a bit milder and it might be the latter that is helping - we shall see when it gets colder again.


Interestingly I asked my general practitioner about nifedipine and she described it as "a horrible drug" and said that she thought that it's side effects would be worse than it's benefits - but that was 2 weeks before they diagnosed lSSc.  I think when she said this, she thought that it was primary and it was not so bad as it is now.

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