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  • Posted By: deechaz25
  • December 17, 2010
  • 08:31 PM

hi, i'm a little confused, and hoping to get some advice, i'm a 40 year old woman and a few days ago i noticed a couple of my fingers and toes were numb, tingly and very pale compared to the others, i just thought it was due to the cold weather, but yesterday i was inside a heated room and it happened again, i visited my doctor today who said it is raynauds phenomenon and that there is no treatment for it, except to keep warm, the problem is since being back from the doctors surgery i have researched raynauds on the internet, and found out that it can be caused by an underlying problem such as diabetes, arthritis and some other nasty things, the thing is why did the doctor not say he would do a blood sugar test etc?? i'm now worried that i could be just carrying on with this and an underlying issue could be getting worse ! :(

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  • It can be caused by an underlying problem, but usually isn't. There are a lot of things that can cause secondary Raynaud's, so it isn't really pragmatic to test for an underlying condition when there's no indication that there is one. On the blood sugar, though, if you're concerned about it, just ask your doctor to do a regular finger ****k. It shouldn't be a huge deal, since s/he can do it in just a few minutes. Have you had a regular check-up (with blood/urine tests) in the last year? If nothing was odd on those, it's unlikely that something severe just popped up in the intervening time. If you haven't, maybe it's time for a full workup just to cover all your bases?I suspect I have Raynaud's, as well as one of my daughters. I've never discussed it with my doctor, since it's more of annoyance than anything - a few of my toes get white and tingly, even when my feet are warm and bundled, if my torso gets cold. She has the same issue, except with her fingers. I soak my feet in warm water for 5 to 15 minutes and it goes away; she gets a brisk hand rub or sits on her hands. If either of us have one flair-up during the day, we're more likely to have one within the next few hours, so we avoid cold afterward (hard to do in Chicago).In my research, I found out that Raynaud's can be exacerbated by anxiety/stress. Not sure if there's a link for you, but it's something to consider.
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    • December 20, 2010
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