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Raynaud's

Raynaud's

On this day many are describing as a "beautiful, crisp, cool fall day," my hands and feet and been at different stages of numb all morning in spite of various attempts to get them warm.

My question is: what do you do to stop a Raynaud's attack or get the blood flowing again once it has started? Any and all ideas are appreciated. I've had Raynaud's for many years so am not a novice at dealing with this but am open to new ideas I may not have tried. Thanks!

A MyLupusTeam Member said:

I have a lot of problems with my fingers on cold days, too. Last winter, my mother-in-law let me borrow her paraffin warmer, and let me tell you.....pure heaven. The first minute of getting the mittens on after dipping my hands felt indescribably good. The heat seems to penetrate right into the bones.
I leave the mittens on for about 15 minutes. Sometimes I need 2 or 3 treatments to make the throbbing and pain stop completely, but nothing I've tried has ever worked as well and felt so wonderful.
Needless to say, I have a paraffin bath of my own on my Christmas list this year.

posted over 5 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

@A MyLupusTeam Member, if you experience, not only numbness, but your extremedies turn white, blue, purple or black and then flush hot red, you have raynaud's. It can affect your hands, feel, ears, nose, lips and even nipples. It can range from quite painful to just bothersome. I have it and it's miserable. I hope you don't have it. I found some gloves made in Canada that are made with copper wire. They are touch screen gloves that actually work. I posted about them a while back but I think they are called glider gloves. Absolutely love them. They really help with raynaud's.

posted over 5 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

I have a heated mattress pad on my bed that fits on the box spring and it has different settings. I also have a heated throw for on my chair which is also a recliner with heat and massage. I make sure I wear layered clothing which keep me warm as well. I wear my comfy clothes at home which I am medically retired. I have a long sleeve shirt I wear under my night gown and also pajama pants under my nightgown and warm socks and slippers. I have to do this in order to stay warm. I have raynauds very bad. The best gloves I wear if I go out is isotoner gloves or imitation ones. I also layer when I go outside which is very little. I like to wear sweat outfit with a hooded raincoat over it and duck boots with warm socks. The hooded raincoat keeps the cold out better than any other coat I have tried to keep warm. Layering clothes is my best solution. I also will get in a tub of warm water and slowly put hot water in as it hurts to put your body in hot water right away as it is like frostbite and you need to warm your body slowly.

posted over 5 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

I carry those hot hands packets with me at all times. I put them inside a glove with the fingers cut out...and my doctor put me on procardia xl which helps get the circulation back alot faster.

posted over 5 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

All of the answers are useful. Thank you, All!

posted about 5 years ago
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