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Anyone want to talk about Raynaud’s Syndrome? My daughter has a severe case of it. I would like to start a support group here on Connect to find others, share our stories, treatments and managing daily life.
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I was diagnosed with Raynauds at a very young age. Preventing damage to tissue is very important. Wear gloves on chilly days and even when you are grocery shopping. You need to protect your fingers when you grab something cold or frozen. I usually have someone else grab the item for me. I also have a pair of heated gloves and booties for the chilly MN weather. My fingers and toes will turn a dark purple color and it is very painful! For some people…going on a medication that helps control blood pressure works….they dilate the blood vessels which allows for more blood flow to the area.
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@jleem @windwalker I totally agree, keeping fingers protected is hugely important and I also feel that keeping the torso warm and protected helps keep blood flowing to the fingers and toes. For me, once I start to feel the least amount of chill, my fingers turn paper white and lose feeling. I keep extra socks in the car, wear wool socks all through the chilly weather and wear leather, lined mittens all winter long. I keep an extra pair of gloves in the car to use when grocery shopping.
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Hi Laura @lauraj155, thank you for the private message. You mentioned you were trying to get an answer to your question — why do my feet turn shades of blue and also red and sometimes they look normal. They also can get very cold as well as hot. You were wondering if anyone with neuropathy have color and/or temperature changes and if it could be CRPS which is difficult to diagnose. You said you are waiting for a referral to see a new neurologist and I hope it can be figured out. I thought I would answer your message in this discussion where you can meet other members who have discussed similar symptoms.
You might be interested in reading the information here on Raynaud's Phenomenon on the Arthritis Foundation website. The symptoms described sound similar to what you mentioned in your private message:
Is your doctor trying to get a referral for you to see a new neurologist?
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As I mentioned before, I have neuropathy, too. I don't know what kind, just that I have it. I will ask my doc when I see him in a couple of weeks.
However, I have issues with my toes swelling and turning a dark purple, especially when my feet are hanging down. They do not hurt. I've been to the vascular doctor for tests and everything was normal (except for a bit of aging). I've told the neurologist and neurosurgeon and neither seem concerned. Every time I bring it up to them, my hubby hushes me because he feels it is not their line of 'work.
Oh well, just another day in the life of me…….
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@johnbishop @grandmar, thanks so much John for your help and for posting my questions. Also, grandmar, sounds like you have similar issues as well. Getting to a new Neurologist soon and hope to figure things out. -Laura
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I wish you lots of luck!
My doctors are also looking for a more specific answer.
@grandmar, yes my feet turn bluish purple especially when they are hanging down, whole foot including toes! No answers yet but finally getting referral to neurologist. Laura
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