Patient Comments: Raynaud's Phenomenon - Treatments

What was your treatment for Raynaud's phenomenon?

Comment from: frustrated, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 14

Recently I had gall bladder surgery. Immediately after surgery my Raynaud's phenomenon was gone for a couple days. It got me to thinking why, but every article I have read as treatment for this would involve circulation or dietary changes that would increase oxygen in the body. I have been eating leafy greens, using a warm air ventilator, taking low dose Cialis, and had a vitamin infusion water soluble IV. Last few days symptoms are almost gone. I wish everybody luck with this awful disease.

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Comment from: conscastle, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I have had Raynaud's phenomenon for about 8 years now and just a few months ago I needed deep tissue medical massage on my shoulders and back for other reasons. And since then I have not had any sign of the Raynaud's show its ugly self. I can only hope that it will never return.

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Comment from: sweeties mom, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I've had Raynaud's phenomenon for approximately 15 years, diagnosed by my doctor purely by accident. I upped my daily intake of coffee when I happened to read an article about coffee lessening the symptoms, and sure enough, my symptoms dramatically decreased! Now, only the tip of my middle finger turns white, and it has to be extremely cold. I only had one bad incident this year when I had to go to jury duty. The stress of it turned all my digits numb. It took about 2 minutes of hot water running over them to bring them back. My feet used to go numb on the bottom also, but not anymore.

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Comment from: Hopeful123, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

I have had Raynaud's disease since I was 14. I have been suffering mainly due to freezing and pain in my hands and foot until now. Last two years I have developed painful red bleeding spots on the balls of the toes which turn blue to blackish. They burn without any warning or pattern. The skin peels around them and now I am being treated with nifedipine everyday along with aspirin. My blood tests have not changed but my symptoms have worsened. I wonder if peeling of the skin in sole of the foot around the bleeding spots mean healing, or if the condition is worsening. The burning remains for about 10 to 12 minutes and is unbearable.

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Comment from: PA, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

Try acupuncture, very helpful. It made a big difference for me, not only in Raynaud's phenomenon, but also in the chilblains I get with it.

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Comment from: mroowa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I have Raynaud's phenomenon and I am 27 years old. It affects my 2 fingers in left hand and can last for 1 hour. It does hurt, problem is that I also suffer from heat strokes. I cannot stand to be for too long in hot room or overdressed. So I try to keep myself just right to stay away from Raynaud's but to do not overheat myself. It is early stage of my Raynaud's and I hope it won't get worse. I'd rather be cold than hot as than I cannot control my temper.

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Comment from: ZQ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I have had Raynaud's phenomenon for over 10 years and I live in Florida. I have been ulcer free for 3 months - the first time in over 2 years. I am on a calcium channel blocker and Viagra (very expensive). I keep a small heating pad at my desk at work (no heaters allowed) and by my easy chair in the house. I have over 25 sweaters and jackets and never go into a restaurant or grocery store without one. My husband shops the cold aisles and in restaurants I order hot water so I can hold the mug. Once a guy was wearing shorts on one of our 'winter' days and said, 'it's not that cold'. I politely replied, 'it probably wouldn't be if I was healthy!' He was embarrassed, hopefully he will think twice before insulting another bundled person. Rainy days are the worst, just looking at rain can cause me to have an episode.

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