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Raynaud's syndrome
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Lazy Al    Posted 01-06-2004 at 05:39:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I see where Willy said he had it and I have. just wondering if it is wide spread or not .
It's where your finger or fingers turn white in cold weather .I doesn't even have to be real cold ,Mine turn white at freezing or above some times .
I fine it helps to keep your head warm . Your head must tell your body to cut the blood supply to your limbs .
When they start to get circulation again they ache like a tooth ache.

Linda in UT    Posted 01-06-2004 at 10:10:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got it, too. It's generally considered an autoimmune disease - your body is attacking itself. Whatever the origin, it's a miserable thing to live with.

I've never had the aching the next day - that makes me think more of arthritis - but the pain in my fingers is immediate and awful if I touch anything cold outside in the winter. I have it in my fingers and toes. I understand even your nose and ears can be affected. And, if you aren't careful you can get gangrene in the affected extremities.

Reynaud's is the reason I own pacs, and the reason I own electric mittens, which make me utterly useless but my hands stay warm, and the reason I can't do as much outside anymore as I wish I could.

As for smoking, I'm a non-smoker but since smoking (and chewing) causes the blood vessels in the body to constrict, I can see where that would aggravate Reynaud's. I take Imitrex for migraines & I've learned not to take one if I'm going out into the cold, as it makes the Reynaud's worse.

Take care of yourselves!

Willy-N    Posted 01-06-2004 at 06:18:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep that's it! Real pain in the a** too! I was told smoking caused it but them I am told smoking causes any problem I have. You can watch you fingers deflate and they look dead real fast and you realy have to watch the cold and be dressed right for it. Cold steel will stop the blood flow with in seconds to your fingers. Mark H.

LH    Posted 01-06-2004 at 09:27:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
The doc told me smoking was also the cause. Do you have the same problem with your feet as you do with your hands?

Willy-N    Posted 01-06-2004 at 09:46:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes but worst with my hands just on some the fingers but my feet get cold easy but don't do what my fingers do. I thought some of it had to do with hitting my hands quit a bit while working in construstion for so many years. Mark H.

LH    Posted 01-06-2004 at 10:16:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
All I know for sure is it hurts likes an SOB and alsom when the cold weather sets the skin on my fingertips tends to crack open which makes em hurt even worse

toolman    Posted 01-06-2004 at 16:35:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
joe, get some udder butter the stuff i have is made by corona, it for dairy cows teats but i work outside alot in the winter and my hands crack open lots, i use this stuff heals them right up and helps stop them from crackin again.

Willy-N    Posted 01-06-2004 at 11:19:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just did a Google search and there is a lot of information on it. I now see that I have Primary Raynauds Syndrome. They say repeated use of vibrating tool can also cause it. I have run drills for around 30 years for hours on end drilling out houses to wire them. I have also run Roto hammers the same way in comercial buildings till my hands were numb. I lost count of how many times my hands have been smashed on studs or joists by a drill motor grabing a bit or hit with a hammer hanging Base Board heaters with what they call a shot gun nail holder tube, you hit it to drive the nail in but I would miss and smash my knuckles side ways. Now I suffer from those repeated injurys to my hands over the years. Millions of times cutting wire has pulled my knuckles apart to many times. No way would they give me some kind of disability for this because it took so many years to develope and I can't prove when it happend so I live with it. Being a Electrician for over 30 years took it toll on my hands so now I pay for it. Mark H.

toolman    Posted 01-06-2004 at 13:47:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
sounds like you should be called TOOLMAN.

Willy-N    Posted 01-06-2004 at 14:28:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not no more closed shop and quit the trade 8 years ago. Mark H.

toolman    Posted 01-06-2004 at 14:37:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
i meant all the accidents,lol snow just started here, up to 0f ,regular heat wave now.

Willy-N    Posted 01-06-2004 at 16:15:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
No wind now got up to 12 degs now it is 8 degs out heat wave here too! Mark H.

toolman    Posted 01-06-2004 at 09:55:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
so thats what thats called, my hands especially,my fingers ache like ive hit them with a ballpeen hammer, after working outside yesterday they are still sore and can hardly use them, never knew they had a name for it ,thought i was just getting old.everything i have the doc blames on my back ,had a cold once asked him if it was because of my back , he just laughed at me.

Willy-N    Posted 01-06-2004 at 10:23:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
You will know you have it if when your fingers get too cold they shrink up and look deflated and get real clammy looking almost dead looking. No blood in them. If you try to warm them up fast you are in for a very painfull time. Afterwords they sting bad. Once I had some all white and came in to warm them up under water but had not relised my wife had been running the hot water in the sink. I just put them under the water and all of a sudden I relise it was hot to late the damage was done and I went thru the roof! The arm pits work the best to make the blood flow again with the less pain. Mark H.

magpie    Posted 01-06-2004 at 11:17:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
One thing that works for me, mabey not everybody. Is when you come inside to warm up, is not to let the hands get thourghly warm. If I come in after half hour or so with cold hands, I get my body warmed up and hands partially warmed up. Them I am good for a couple of hours. Another thing I do is keep two sets of mitts or gloves, keep one pair close to your body to keep them warm, and switch once in a while.

Willy-N    Posted 01-06-2004 at 11:23:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I like that idea 2 sets of mittins to switch back and forth with. I will have to try that. Thanks, Mark H.

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