If you have Raynaud's or know someone who does you are aware of the painful symptoms in fingers and toes caused by poor circulation that can be triggered by cold and other things.
Raynaud's is quite common - apparently 1 in 5 women suffer from it. Raynaud's affects the arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to different parts of your body.
Raynaud's sometimes is called a disease, syndrome, or phenomenon. The disorder is marked by brief episodes of vasospasm (VA-so-spazm), which is a narrowing of the blood vessels.
Vasospasm of the arteries reduces blood flow to the fingers and toes. In people who have Raynaud's, the disorder usually affects the fingers. In about 40 percent of people who have Raynaud's, it affects the toes.
Are you aware that Raynaud's can affect other parts of the body too?
Read how this breast feeding doctor found out that Raynaud's can also affect the nipples in a painful way and what drugs she has taken in the past and what she does now to control her symptoms here.
Thanks Caroline for sharing your helpful story at The Hippocratic Post
Rarely Raynaud's can also affect the nose, ears, and lips.
Important Raynaud's links that can give you more information about this condition which is very common in many autoimmune diseases such as myositis and scleroderma:
- Scleroderma & Raynaud’s UK
- Raynaud's - Living With It.
- The Official Patient's Sourcebook on Raynaud's Phenomenon: A Revised and Updated Directory