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I spend almost 9 hours a day on my feet, lately (this morning for example) when I first get out of bed my feet sting and tinlge. My primary care physician ordered an ultrasound on my legs to see if I had any blood clots, I don't. I do have arthritis in my hips and Raynaud's in my feet. Does anyone else have this, is there an otc medication or supplement that can help with this?

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Tammy,

I have Raynaud's in my feet as well so at times I get the stinging and tingly feeling. I wear socks A LOT. Even in the middle of summer. You might try wearing socks to bed and see if that helps. I don't know of any OTC products that helps, just stay as warm as possible.

 

Big Hugs,


Janey Willis

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I also have the morning stinging tinglies (and arthritis in my hips). I waddle a bit until I get used to being up. My Raynaud's seems to be worse in my feet than in my hand. Like Janey, I wear socks all the time. I have several different kinds rolled in balls around the house as I am always putting them on and taking them off. Got a nice pair of bed socks for my birthday - they aren't very good for walking around in as the knitting is quite large, but they are nice in the bed. It's also convenient to keep a spare warm body nearby (any species will do) for those emergency warmups.


Warm wishes,

Jefa

 

Carrie Maddoux

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Hi Tammy,

 

I also have Raynaud's worse in my feet. Often when the circulation is coming back, they will burn and tingle. So for me, the key is to prevent the attacks from happening in the first place.

 

It's common for people to reduce the heat in their homes at night (or open a window), which just makes Raynaud's even worse for me at night. So we raise the temp at night instead (especially in the summer, like now, we set the air conditioning at 78 or sometimes even higher at night.) And I nearly always wear very warm socks (sometimes in double layers) and winter nightgowns to bed.

 

With socks, though, make sure they don't pinch off the circulation and thus make matters worse. Using diabetic-type socks is a good idea, since they are specially made to not cut off circulation.

 

Also, to keep the feet warm the most important thing is to keep the entire body warm. When our bodies get chilled, they will first deprive the hands and feet of circulation in order to keep the brain and heart warm. So think in terms of staying warm all over, all the time, even in the middle of the night.

 

We have more on Raynaud's prevention (including things like avoiding caffeine and other vaso-constricting foods and medications) at:

http://www.sclero.org/scleroderma/symptoms/ray...prevention.html

 

If these techniques don't work, and/or if you really don't think this is caused by Raynaud's attacks (you should be able to see color changes during most attacks), please see your doctor again. Make sure that diabetes is ruled out, and also see a neurologist (for evaluation of peripheral neuropathy) if necessary.


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

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I don't necessarily have to wear socks during the summer but I do have to always have on a slipper. I get out of bed and right into a full ankle high wool sheep pile slipper. I can't put my feet on a cold or cool floor without going into a spasm. It takes too long to rewarm my feet. So, I do avoid letting them get cold in the first place if at all possible. I don't have socks all around I have house slippers by my doors. So when I am switching from shoes to slippers throughout the day I have them handy. When I am in for the night I put on my favorites. I also sleep in socks most of the year. I also have my hubby for quick relief of extremely cold feet I can't seem to warm up quick enough. This fall I will try my new microwavable socks. Looking forward to seeing how great they feel. Enough from me for awhile. Sheryl


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

Sheryl Doom

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