Raynaud’s phenomenon is not a well-known medical condition so we felt that it would be useful to write a blog which could help raise awareness. Also we hope that this will provide people who have Raynaud’s phenomenon with an opportunity to share their experiences of the illness.
Simply put, Raynaud’s phenomenon is when the supply of blood to the extremities in particular the feet and hands, is halted. It happens when blood vessels go into spasm preventing the flow of blood. An affected area will change to white until normal service (of the blood) is resumed. These attacks can last from a few minutes to even a few hours in some cases.
It is one of those medical conditions which goes into remission i.e. it comes and goes. In some cases it can disappear completely.
As discoloration is the main symptom of Raynaud’s phenomenon it’s worth mentioning that it goes in three stages:-
a) Stage One – the affected area turns white because of lack of blood.
b) Stage two – – the area then turns blue because of lack of oxygen.
c) Stage Three – finally the area turns red with the return of the blood supply.
A number of people with Raynaud’s phenomenon have noted that the condition becomes worse in the winter months.
Interesting treatments are typically non-invasive, for example just wearing gloves can help. Others find relaxation exercises of great value.
But how about you? One of the aims of this blog is to find out how our readers deal with Raynaud’s phenomenon.
It would be great if you could use the comments box below to share a bit about your Raynaud’s phenomenon story. You might care to consider some of the following questions when commenting below:-
1) How old were you when you first started to suffer from Raynaud’s phenomenon?
2) What was your initial reaction to the first attack?
3) Would you please describe a typical attack? How long did it last?
4) Is there any pattern to your attacks? I.e. cold weather.
5) What treatments do you use and how effective are these treatments?
6) What overall impact has Raynaud’s phenomenon made upon your lifestyle?
Please note these are only guidelines. It would be great if you could share any aspect of your journey with Raynaud’s phenomenon.
Many thanks in advance.