Originally Posted by melly88888
Thanks so much for your reply. I'm not exactly sure if I have it or not. My sister is a nurse and thinks that I do. It is the worst during the winter months and I always wear my gloves. It seems to have gotten a little bit better. I have thought it was always connected to autoimmune disorders too...although I never have been tested for one. I do get sick with sinus infections consistently and saw an ENT b/c I thought it was connected to allergies or a sinus disorder...unfortunately all of the tests came back negative..not allergies not a sinus problem. I work with young children and thought that might be part of it too. Is there anything that you take to help with Raynaud's? When were you diagnosed. I am 27 years old and just have not had myself tested. I will have to go to a rheumatologist and see if I have it or not...and if I have another autoimmune disorder. Thanks again for your help. If you know of any herbs or vitamins I should try please let me know. Thanks again.
Melly - Autoimmunity doesn't have any connection with sinus infections. Autoimmunity is the body attacking itself. Sinus infections are often associated, besides allergies, with where you live, where you work (working for kids puts you at risk) and having a sinus polyp, deviated septum or other nasal or sinus abnormality. For sinuses I recommend using Nutribiotics nasal spray and tablets which are made from grapefruit seed extract. My friend told me about them and it really helps.
To answer your other questions I was diagnosed at Raynaud's at age 34, but I suspect I have had it for well over a decade. As for testing, if you have a general practioner that is easy to deal with you can ask them for the test. My high ANA was first discovered by a neurologist because I was having a sudden onset of migraines. I went to the rheumo for further testing but have not gone back because he said he can't help me unless I get fullblown Lupus. My ob/gyno that treats me hypothyroidism (Hashimotos) orders ANA and Liver function tests to keep check of my levels. The rheumo is not under insurance and costs $300 a visit so that is another reason not to see him when I can get the same tests ordered by my regualr dr. ANA simply means anti-nuclear antibodies test. It measures the amount of antibodies your body has made in attacking itself. Just an FYI-many folks don't know that other wellknown diseases like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism and Addison's disease are all forms of autoimmunity. If any of these are common in your family then your chances of having autoimmunity are much greater. Unfortunately autoimmune patients tend to have more than one form of autoimmunity. For instance I have hypothyroid, Addison's, Raynaud's and Dermamyositis, plus I am hypoglycemic which you could say is a reverse form of diabetes that I have because my adrenal glands barely function. ANA test results show up in what is called patterns and the type of pattern can indicate which cluster of diseases you might be prone to getting. Get tested when you are menstruating(if you are female that is). ANA tends to be higher during that time and may make the difference in a test coming up borderline or positive. It can vary weekly. Mine goes up and down like a yo-yo. I know of no herbs to treat Raynauds, sorry.