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  I have been diagnosed with Raynaud''s disease but my attacks are constant. there is no let up. The usual drugs to lowerBP did nothing to get rid of the pain or reduce the cold. Nothing has worked. Putting gloves on in 80 F is not an optionas the cold is

A: Hi, many cases of Raynaud?s Phenomenon (RP) do not require pharmacologic treatment unless symptoms becomesevere. Nonpharmacologic interventions should be considered first: keeping warm, smoking cessation andperforming regular exercise. Advice should be given about avoiding injury to the digits, moisturizing dry skinand avoiding drugs known to exacerbate RP such as cocaine, ergotamine, clonidine or cyclosporine.If RP is severe, usual treatment is ineffective, or RP is secondary to significant connective-tissue disease,referral to a rheumatologist should take place. If there is concern about a family history ofconnective-tissue disease or uncertainty about whether symptoms represent primary/secondary RP, a referralshould also be considered. I...


Is there any complete cure for Raynaud''s disease and Gastroesophageal reflux disease?Anyone overcame these things in your life so far?

A: 1) If you have scleroderma, it is likely that you also experience Raynaud''s phenomenon. Raynaud''s phenomenon could have other causes though. It would be important to first check if you have primary or secondary Raynaud''s phenomenon. Scleroderma could contribute to GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease), but GERD has also other possible causes. Also, there are different kinds of scleroderma with very different prognoses. I have no personal experience with those diseases. 2) ''[Raynaud''s phenomenon] comprises both Raynaud''s disease (also known as ''Primary Raynaud''s phenomenon'') where the phenomenon is idiopathic, and Raynaud''s syndrome (secondary Raynaud''s), where it is caused by some other instigating...


Can you tell me about Raynaud''s disease?

A: I apologise for there not being a review of Raynaud''s disease on NetDoctor. We are in the process of putting one together. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. You do give a very good description of what it is like to have Raynaud''s disease. Let me recap on the underlying cause of the symptoms you''re experiencing. Blood vessels are not rigid and static tubes. Those that supply blood to tissues (the arteries) have muscular walls that are capable of constricting (vasoconstricting) and relaxing (vasodilating) to change their diameter. This allows the body to control the flow of blood to its organs and limbs when adapting to changes in physical circumstance, posture and environmental temperature. These fluctuations in blood flow are most...

What causes Raynaud''s disease?

A: There are no known causes for Primary Raynaud''s disease, however, Secondary Raynaud''s disease is caused as a result of lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, or atherosclerosis. Other causes of secondary Raynaud''s include taking certain medicines, using vibrating power tools for several years, smoking, or having frostbite. Please refer to the link below for full details of the Raynaud Phenomenon....


Is this Raynaud''s disease?

A: Raynaud''s phenomenon is common and resembles the condition you describe. In the absence of any underlying cause it is called Raynaud''s disease. This affects 5% of the population, mainly young women.<BR> <BR> It is important to exclude other causes of the phenomenon, particularly if it is of recent onset or has been getting worse. If this is the case, it would be wise to seek the advice of your GP. Although not relevant in your case, certain medication may also cause Raynaud''s Phenomenon. Yours sincerely The NetDoctor Medical Team...

Are my symptoms consistent with a diagnosis of Raynaud''s disease?

A: Raynaud''s syndrome is a distressing condition that may affectthe small blood vessels of the fingers or toes. The vessels go into spasm unpredictably, leading to numbness andpain, and then dilate to give equally painful red skin. It is not usually associated with numbness or tingling of thestomach and legs, and I would suggest that you discuss these other symptomswith your doctor in due course. Yours sincerely The NetDoctor Medical Team...


I would like to have some information about the surgical therapy of Raynaud"s disease.

A: Rheumatoid Arthritis Slideshow Pictures Joint-Friendly Exercises Slideshow Pictures Understanding Lupus Slideshow Pictures For patients with severe Raynaud"s phenomenon (RP) that is not responding to medications, surgical treatment is considered. The nerves that are responsible for stimulating the muscles in the walls of the blood vessels to contract and aggravate RP are part of the sympathetic nervous system. Interruption of the nerves of the sympathetic nervous system is called a sympathectomy. Sympathectomy can be performed by interrupting the nerves in the neck for RP of the hands or in the low back (lumbar) area for RP of the feet. Currently, the preferred method of...


Can raynaud''s disease cause erectile disfunction?

A: This disease blocks the blood flow to the fingers and toes and some times to the ears and nose. It is still not clear that it could be the cause behind erectile dysfunction in men. You should have a word with your physician to get clear about it. It may be a factor, but probably not the entire cause. See your doctor....


What is Raynaud''s disease?

A: It is when a person experiences low circulation in one''s fingers and toes (digits) resulting in coldness and/or redness. It usually occurs in a person between the ages of 25 and 45, more so in women than men, but not uncommon. It is more prevalent in colder climates than warm....


Raynaud's disease: What is it and how is it treated?

A: What is Raynaud's disease? Raynaud''s disease, also known as Raynaud''s phenomenon or Raynaud''s syndrome, is a relatively rare condition in which blood arteries become significantly constricted. Such constriction prevents blood from reaching the skin''s surface, which usually results in the skin near the constricted arteries turning blue and/or white. Prickly tingling or soreness then is felt upon return of blood flow through the arteries. In the worst cases, blood flow stoppage is so severe and prolonged that sores form on the skin or, worse, skin tissue dies. While the body parts that are most likely to be affected are the fingers and toes, Raynaud''s disease sometimes strikes the ear, nose, lips and nipples....

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