I have recently been diagnosed with Raynauds Phenomenon. It happened during Winter, at a particularly cold time on the South Coast of NSW. I noticed the tip of my finger was aching like I had pins-and-needles. It seemed to be ‘asleep’ and no amount of rubbing could get the feeling back. After about a week of very strange circulation and I went to the doctor…
Raynauds effects the small blood vessels in the extremities of the arms and legs. What is best described as a spasm in the blood vessels, they contract episodically and expand at strange times. Episodes of Raynauds can be caused by both cold temperatures and emotional stress.
What Does Raynaud’s Look Like?
Raynauds Phenomenon most commonly manifests itself as poor circulation. Your fingers and toes become cold and pale. This is because there is little to no blood in the extremity at the time. Fingers may then be rushed with blood and turn purple. Raynaud’s Phenomenon causes significant colour changes in the fingers and toes. Fingers and toes feel cold and are hard to warm up. Areas affected by Raynauds can appear blotchy, like red and white splotches and when you press the area, a white circle remains for more than three seconds.
Raynauds as an Autoimmune Disorder
The first thing you notice when looking for information online about Raynauds phenomenon, is the strong link to other Autoimmune Disorders. Many websites have information on Raynauds and something else. Raynauds and ITP. Raynauds and Lupus. Raynauds and Polymyositis. Continue reading