I don't know if this topic goes here, but I'm going to try.
The tips of my fingers are constantly red. From the last joint of the finger, the nail and to the tip, they're red on the nail side. My hands are constantly cold, and I get a lot of dizziness and black spots just from standing sometimes. Is this low blood pressure and poor circulation? The doc took my BP about 4 years years ago when I still had the dizziness and he said it was fine. (Though he was pushing me out the door.)
I took my BP recently with one of those wrist ones, and I got 99-107 over damn what was it.. 87 is popping in my head, but if that's impossible I'm probably just forgetting. I don't know what is a low BP. My heart rate used to be above 100 resting, but now it's down to 86, and I'm an average weight if that makes any difference. I also do a lot of typing.
My dad thinks my fingers are weird, and I'm just curious to know what this is. I've had this for as long as I can remember.
I have something called reynauds syndrome where the ends of my fingers get red and stay cold a lot of the time. Its a periphrial circulatory thing. My mom has it too. When hers gets really bad (like when her hands are in the freezer putting food away) one of her fingers goes totally white... you can see it happening. It's weird. Do you notice that in the summer or when your hands are warm the color returns to normal? Or are they always red?
Lillians Axe: I was wondering about my thyroid, I posted in that section as well to see. Stupid question, what's a GP? I'm not a big doctor person. I'm the type that goes when there's something wrong, so I don't know terms.. and things.. lol
mrmojo: It's not so much in my fingernails, more like right under them, which is weird.
Michelle: I actually looked up that syndrome a little while ago and found out, no that's not what I have. That looks more extreme. Mine are just red all the time, and get even redder in the cold. Once warm again, they resume being just a little red.
** Just a note, today I went to shovel snow outside for 15 minutes. Wore gloves. Came back inside, and I couldn't move my fingers for about 5 minutes due to the burning. The tips were red as well as the middle joint in my finger. The index fingers got the most red. After a while the red went away. It wasn't even that cold out!
I'm afraid my hands are going to get really bad, and I won't be able to play guitar, type, draw, or paint anymore. (I'm 19, so I'm thinking long term)
Oh, and can any of you tell me what my BP reading means? Or point me to a site with numbers and explanations..
Have a good doctor check out your liver function enzymes. Several liver conditions can cause red hands and fingers.
More likely it's a circulation thing.
If you have some time on your hands, you can give this technique a try...I think I will too:
Retrain your arteries. This technique, developed by Dr. Hamlet, really works. First, make sure the room where you're practicing is at a temperature that is comfortable for you—not too hot and not too cold. Sit for five minutes with your hands in an insulated container filled with hot tap water. Then wrap your hands in a towel and move to a chilly area—the porch or basement, for example. Now, unwrap your hands and dunk them into a second hot-water container for ten minutes. Then go back indoors for another two to five-minute dip. Repeat this routine 3 to 6 times every other day for a total of 50 times. "Our studies showed that after the immersion procedure, hands remained seven degrees warmer when exposed to cool air," says Dr. Hamlet. The results can last two years or longer, he adds.