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White Fingers and Numbness

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 26, 2008
  • 11:31 PM

Over the past 4 years my fingers turn white and numb when they get cold. They don't have to be really cold, just simply touching my cold steering wheel can bring it on. The white and numbness looks like my fingers are dead. Today I noticed a change. The very tips of some of my white fingers turned a deep purple, but didn't last too long. A few years back I had to visit an orthopedic for another issue and showed her my fingers. She assured me that it wasn't anything serious and that it happens to many people, but not to be concerned. However, last week my friend said that NO, it is not normal and that I should have another doctor look at them. Has this ever happened to anyone else? If so, what was the diagnosis? I am also the one who has the numbness, tingling and cramping in my feet and legs. Please advise.:confused:

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  • You most likely have a conditon called Raynaud's phenomenon. It causes you fingers to turn white (often this happens when cold, but not always) and many cases the finger turn purple when returning to normal temprature. The phenomenon itself is harmless, but it is often connected to different autoimmune diseases. Lupus and number of others... You mention you are having other symptoms and you should ask for a ANA test to be done. An ANA test can help determine if you have other things going on. Good luck Kiera
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  • Kiera,Can you tell me what ANA stands for? I have a list of notes for my doctor on Wednesday and I want to have all my ducks in a row since he can't figure anything out as of yet. I appreciate it!Laurie
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  • Sorry.. ANA is short for antinuclear antibody. It is not a diagnosical test since many people with no problems have elevated ANA's, but in combination with symptoms it can be helpful. Most autoimmune diseases have a set of requirements that have to be met before you get a diagnose. An elevated ANA is part of most of them. Good Luck! Kiera
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