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Old 05-10-2012, 05:13 PM   #1
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Diagnosed today...now what?

I was just diagnosed today. The podiatrist is sending me to a vascular surgeon for medication and to a rheumatologist. What do the rheumatologists do? I'm overwhelmed and confused!

 
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:04 AM   #2
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Re: Diagnosed today...now what?

A Rheumatologist will want to check you out to see if your Raynaud's is primary or secondary, no doubt, as well as determine the severity of your Raynaud's. You might be asked to take a blood test for ANA and it's associated pattern, as well as other antibodies and your Sed and/or CRP rate to determine if you have inflammation. He/She will also if not before the blood test, look at your fingers under a magnifying glass of some sort. These will help the Dr determine Primary from Secondary. Most people have primary and never develop any further problems. Various treatments are available, depending on the Dr and patient, but often involves keeping warm and the affected areas away from cold or temperature changes by mechanical means, such as wearing gloves. Medicines are also available, such as calcium channel blockers, which are taken orally, and creams such as nitro, especially if you have ulcers. Keeping good blood flow is important, staying warm, reducing stress and not smoking are the main focus in treating Raynaud's.

 
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:11 PM   #3
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Re: Diagnosed today...now what?

My Dr put me on a low dose of a blood pressure med to treat my Raynauds, or what they thought it was. It seemed to clear up the problem for the most part.

 
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:38 PM   #4
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Re: Diagnosed today...now what?

iT IS IMPORTANT TO PREVENT YOUR FINGERS AND TOES IF INVOLVED FROM GETTING COLD, which brings on the spasm in the arteries. Also, use warm water to wash hands and do not smoke! This greatly aggravates Raynaud's. For many people, it is just an interesting phenomenon, for others it can cause pain and numbness when the fingers and toes turn blue/purple/white, red. Hopefully, yours is without symptoms or associated rheumatological problems.

 
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