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Raynaud’s Phenomenon Signs and Symptoms

Raynaud’s Phenomenon is a very common autoimmune condition which affects the fingers and toes.  The small blood vessels in the fingers and toes constrict, usually in response to cold temperatures, causing the skin to change colors and sensations of tingling, numbness and pain in the extremities.  We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of Raynaud’s Phenomenon below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, supportive natural therapies, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Raynaud’s Phenomenon include:

  • Pins and needles sensation in the fingers and toes
  • Burning sensation in the fingers and toes
  • Cold fingers and toes
  • Color changes in the fingers and toes
  • Red, white and blue coloring of the affected skin
  • Feelings of clumsiness in the hands and fingers

Raynaud’s phenomenon occurs in as many as ten percent of the general population and twenty-five percent of younger women.  The onset is most common during the teenage years.  Sixty to ninety percent of patients are women.  Raynaud’s phenomenon often exists alongside other autoimmune conditions, such as lupus and scleroderma.  As many as ninety percent of people with scleroderma have Raynaud’s phenomenon, and forty percent of people with lupus have Raynaud’s phenomenon as well as well.



Diagnosis of Raynaud’sPhenomenon

Raynaud’s phenomenon is usually easily diagnosed and treated by most practitioners based on symptomology.  In serious cases, a vascular expert can be consulted.


Treatment for Raynaud’s Phenomenon

Some treatments for Raynaud’s are essentially lifestyle changes, which include avoiding exposure to cold for arms and legs, eliminating caffeine from the diet, stopping smoking, and exercising regularly to promote circulation.

Attacks are often provoked by emotional stress or exposure to cold.  Practicing relaxation techniques such as deep-breathing exercises and biofeedback is helpful.  Take warm footbaths and wear leg warmers and socks to bed.


Recommended – Test for Heavy Metals and Mineral Imbalances using Hair Tissue Analysis

Hair Tissue Analysis Report

Hair Tissue Analysis Report

We suggest getting a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) to help you determine accurately what your body needs more of in terms of essential trace minerals and needs to eliminate in terms of toxic heavy metals and toxic mineral ratios. Toxic mineral ratios and toxic metal accumulation following long term or acute exposure can contribute greatly to degenerative conditions like Raynaud’s Phenomenon.

Essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium and sodium all have important metabolic functions. However, too little or too much of any of these essential minerals can have an adverse affect on the human body and it’s ability to recover.

How can a hair analysis help me achieve better health? If we consider that diet is what we consume and nutrition is what we retain, then we can see that discovering what your body needs when it needs it is a valuable tool in creating health.

The dangers of exposure to toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum have been well documented over the years. Levels of heavy metals in the body can only be accurately measured using a hair tissue analysis or a chelation challenge test (which can be expensive and have serious side-effects). Blood or urine tests give information about your metal or mineral levels at the time of the test only.

Testing for minerals in the urine measures the minerals that are being excreted from your body – not necessarily what has been absorbed as fuel for your body. So blood and urine tests are like snapshots whereas a hair analysis is the video of your mineral retention.

A hair analysis provides a biological profile of the past 2 – 3 months of intracellular activity revealing a unique metabolic world, which cannot be seen through most other tests. The hair mineral analysis gives you or your healthcare professional much-needed information about mineral deficiencies and chemical imbalances in your body, especially if you’re suffering from symptoms of any disease or disorder, including Raynaud’s Phenomenon.

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Books for People With Signs and Symptoms of Raynaud’s Phenomenon

Raynaud’s Phenomenon
Jay D. Coffman
The Official Patient’s Sourcebook on Raynaud’s Phenomenon: A Revised and Updated Directory for the Internet Age
Icon Health Publications


Raynaud’s Phenomenon Medical Guide
Qontro Medical Guides
Living Well with Autoimmune Disease: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You…That You Need to Know
Mary J. Shomon


Raynaud’s Disease Resources

General Patient Resources

  • National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

US Dept of Health and Human Services web site.

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/raynaud/ray_what.html

  • Raynaud’s Association

Offers Forums; Product Reviews and Sponsors; Helpful Links; Raynaud’s Information Cards and more.

http://www.raynauds.org/

  • Raynaud’s Association Forum

Message Board for patients, friends and family.

http://www.raynauds.org/support/forums/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=3&threadid=344&highlight_key=y

  • Better Medicine

Comprehensive article on Raynaud’s Phenomenon.

http://www.bettermedicine.com/article/raynauds-phenomenon-1

  • WD

See a list of all the medical forums; Causes of Raynaud’s phenomenon Based on Risk Factors. This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Raynaud’s phenomenon.

http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/raynaud_s_phenomenon.htm



Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment of this circulatory disorder.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/raynauds-disease/DS00433

  • Medicine Net . com

In-depth article on Raynaud’s Phenomenon.

http://www.medicinenet.com/raynauds_phenomenon/article.htm

  • Medic8 . com

Medic 8 Guide to Raunaud’s Phenomenon, Raynaud’s disease and Raynaud’s syndrome

http://www.medic8.com/healthguide/articles/raynauds.html