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I could really use some advice on how to cope with ischemic fingertips. It's so painful. Dr. prescribed a painreliever but it didn't touch it only made me sick.


Any advice?

Thanks, Colleen

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Hi Colleen,


Oh dear. Please keep in mind that I'm not a doctor and have no medical training at all. But it's my understanding that usually ischemia is treated by addressing the underlying cause, such as methods for improving circulation and reducing vasospasms, and not by just giving pain relievers.


See the main section of our site for Raynaud's Prevention and Treatments. Do you find any tips or ideas there that might help you?

Warm Hugs,


Shelley Ensz

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Hi Colleen ~

Sorry to read about your pain. I haven't had a alot of success with pills either. It is my experience that most pain pills try to trick the nerves, when in fact maybe there is more pain from just raw openings & even infections.


I use an ointment or cream with an antibiotic in it & I try to find one with pain relief in the cream itself. I finally got a tube of topical lidocaine to add to anything I'm using at the time. I'm in Canada & the two best for me are an otc bacitracin/polymyxin ointment & an otc ointment with phenol/zinc oxide.


I have a prescription pain reliever that works, but then sometimes I'm not able to drive, so I just take a day off & rest my painful fingers.

Good luck in your search for relief . . . let me know how you do.

John L

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