Patient Comments: Raynaud's Phenomenon - Treatments

What was your treatment for Raynaud's phenomenon?

Comment from: Lisa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I am 45 and have suffered with this in my hands for years. My body can be sweating hot but my hands are ice cold. Temperatures below 68 degrees will trigger it if I am not moving so sitting indoors in AC is a no no. I have to do my jobs outdoors and I have those little hand warmer packets stashed everywhere. I also have a low body temperature so I don"t know how that fits in. During the winter, I constantly have to go run my hands under warm water to get them back functional; gloves are no help at all. They will not warm up on their own, I always have to apply outside heat. My feet will also go cold but not to the same extreme as my hands and not as painful upon warming. Before going to bed, I have to jump in a tub of hot water to bring my entire body temperature up before getting under the blankets or my hands and feet will go cold. You are all right, normal people do not understand why we are so cold.

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Comment from: RON, 55-64 (Patient) Published: December 17

I found out this year I have Raynaud's and my feet and fingers turn white so I just carry hand warmers in my pockets all day. You can get them in most stores were sporting goods are sold. When fingers start to turn white I just get the warmers out of my pocket and hold them and I feel better in a minute or two. They also have toe warmers you put in your shoes they work good also. If it starts at home or work I just run warm water on my fingers and hands and this helps it go away fast.

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Comment from: paul, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 06

I was diagnosed with secondary Raynaud's twenty years ago. I almost lost my fingers and toes, I was in hospital for six weeks. I was given iloprost and heparin which helped massively. When I was discharged I was given nifedipine tablets, they were great. I also bought battery heated gloves, they are amazing; I wear them every day and thermal socks too.

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Comment from: altoona, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

My first experience with Raynaud's phenomenon was about 10 years ago. My fingers would turn white and get really cold. I read up on the symptoms and started seeing a chiropractor. I started taking vitamin B and saw him 3 times a week for a month and then stayed with weekly visit for next few years. I have not had any symptoms until recently and will be going back to my chiropractor and taking the niacin again. He helped me tremendously.

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Comment from: linda123, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I was diagnosed with Raynaud"s phenomenon last year and I don"t take the medications but I do wear hot packs on my feet and hands. I love to be outdoors and it is very difficult to have Raynaud"s when you love the outdoors and live in Ohio! We are considering moving to a warmer state.

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Comment from: Cec101, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 18

It has been a very severe winter in Wisconsin and I have had to take my prescribed nifedipine for Raynaud's phenomenon 3-5 times a week instead of 2-3 a week other winters. I have now gotten severe pounding headaches along with a slight nausea on days I take my medications and have had to stop until I can see my doctor. On a weird note, on days I take the medications, when I go to sleep listening to headphones, the music sounds slower and I seem to hear it better.

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Comment from: Nettra, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I have only been diagnosed by a doctor that works in the office where I work. He stated that I have Raynaud's phenomenon. No one knows how painful this is until you experience it yourself. It hurts like hell. My fingers on my right hand, when they get cold they turn white and it only happens to the three fingers between the thumb and little finger. It takes anywhere form 30 to 40 minutes for my fingers to warm up. There is a burning, tingling, shooting pain and it hurts really bad. He asked me if I smoked and when I said yes, he urged me to stop.

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Comment from: whirllynn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I have Raynaud's phenomenon and have had it most of my life. It runs in my family. My father had it, my sisters have it and so do some of my aunts on my father's side. I have found several things that do work for me. # 1 I try to keep my hands warm as much as possible. Taking vitamins such as cod liver oil, fish oil, yucca and aloe which are all ant-inflammatory help quite a lot. Limiting caffeine especially sodas have helped as well as trying to eat healthy. Also exercise helps as it increases blood flow to the extremities. Hopefully, this helps someone out there.

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