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Blue hands and fingers but not thumbs

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  • Posted By: odetta
  • December 7, 2007
  • 04:05 AM

My daughter's left hand from the middle of her hand up to her finger tips turned birght blue-last Tue. It was so blue the school almost had her rushed to the ER. When I got there about 1/2 hour later the blue was much lighter. I took her to the Dr. They took the oxygen level on her finger which read 100. They first said it was raynods. However, when we looked up the symptoms the only symptom that matched was the blue. While waiting for the Dr. the blue started on the other hand too-not as dark though. The color fades in and out and lasts all day. The knuckles stay blue the longest. When the blue fades the white of her left hand is really white. They are not cold at all. We took her back the next day-only her knuckles were blue. She was given an ekg-it was abnormal-but normal for her they say because her heart beats eairlier than most people. It consistantly does this every time so they say it is not a problem. They took a chest x-ray and say all is well there. They drew blood to check and see if there was any tissue damage and there was none. The next 3 days she had a headache, and congestion and did not feel well. She stayed home from school and rested. No blue hands. Today she went to school-- The blue hands started again at about 10:15--one week later. The drs are saying they don't know what it is-but that it is nothing. How can it be nothing--It is something---but what??? Odetta

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  • My daughter's left hand from the middle of her hand up to her finger tips turned birght blue-last Tue. It was so blue the school almost had her rushed to the ER. When I got there about 1/2 hour later the blue was much lighter. I took her to the Dr. They took the oxygen level on her finger which read 100. They first said it was raynods. However, when we looked up the symptoms the only symptom that matched was the blue. While waiting for the Dr. the blue started on the other hand too-not as dark though. The color fades in and out and lasts all day. The knuckles stay blue the longest. When the blue fades the white of her left hand is really white. They are not cold at all. We took her back the next day-only her knuckles were blue. She was given an ekg-it was abnormal-but normal for her they say because her heart beats eairlier than most people. It consistantly does this every time so they say it is not a problem. They took a chest x-ray and say all is well there. They drew blood to check and see if there was any tissue damage and there was none. The next 3 days she had a headache, and congestion and did not feel well. She stayed home from school and rested. No blue hands. Today she went to school-- The blue hands started again at about 10:15--one week later. The drs are saying they don't know what it is-but that it is nothing. How can it be nothing--It is something---but what??? OdettaAny news of a diagnosis? My daughter recently started having the same symptoms with the blue hands and knuckles. She is scheduled to see a rheumatologist because the doc doesn't think it's raynauds because the blue lasts too long. She thinks it is some type of auto-immune problem. Whatever it is it's got me really worried.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 22, 2010
    • 03:43 AM
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  • Other possibilities of an arthropathy or rheumatological disease are there - seeing the rheumatologist is a good idea. Also see a hand surgeon - she might need vascular studies to include a cold tolerance test, an angiogram, and dopplers to rule out any impingement to her vascular inflow from the shoulder down (subclavian steal or thoracic outlet). A cardiac ultrasound might also be a good idea. Good luck :) My daughter's left hand from the middle of her hand up to her finger tips turned birght blue-last Tue. It was so blue the school almost had her rushed to the ER. When I got there about 1/2 hour later the blue was much lighter. I took her to the Dr. They took the oxygen level on her finger which read 100. They first said it was raynods. However, when we looked up the symptoms the only symptom that matched was the blue. While waiting for the Dr. the blue started on the other hand too-not as dark though. The color fades in and out and lasts all day. The knuckles stay blue the longest. When the blue fades the white of her left hand is really white. They are not cold at all. We took her back the next day-only her knuckles were blue. She was given an ekg-it was abnormal-but normal for her they say because her heart beats eairlier than most people. It consistantly does this every time so they say it is not a problem. They took a chest x-ray and say all is well there. They drew blood to check and see if there was any tissue damage and there was none. The next 3 days she had a headache, and congestion and did not feel well. She stayed home from school and rested. No blue hands. Today she went to school-- The blue hands started again at about 10:15--one week later. The drs are saying they don't know what it is-but that it is nothing. How can it be nothing--It is something---but what??? Odetta
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  • Other possibilities of an arthropathy or rheumatological disease are there - seeing the rheumatologist is a good idea. Also see a hand surgeon - she might need vascular studies to include a cold tolerance test, an angiogram, and dopplers to rule out any impingement to her vascular inflow from the shoulder down (subclavian steal or thoracic outlet). A cardiac ultrasound might also be a good idea. Good luck :) The Dr. did finally do a cardiac--ultra sound--I guess it was an ultra sound we got to she her heart pumping. :) They said everything there was normal. She still does get the blue, but not as dark and not very often. I will check into the other things you mention though. Thank, Odetta
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  • Very odd, my daughter age 14 just just came home from school today with "VERY" blue hands. She said it started with her knuckles and now her tips and pads below her thumbs are really blue.Last week for a few days we noticed her knuckles were blue on both hands but just waited it out.We are going to the DR. tonight. I hope they can explain it. Have you found any more information on your daughters' blue hands?
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  • Very odd, my daughter age 14 just just came home from school today with "VERY" blue hands. She said it started with her knuckles and now her tips and pads below her thumbs are really blue.Last week for a few days we noticed her knuckles were blue on both hands but just waited it out.We are going to the DR. tonight. I hope they can explain it. Have you found any more information on your daughters' blue hands?My daughter is having her second episode of exactly the same thing. Did you get a diagnosis?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 6, 2011
    • 08:37 PM
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