Any Help for Raynauld's?

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Any Help for Raynauld's?

Postby Kim M » Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:02 pm

Hi,

Does anyone else suffer from Raynauld's syndrome in their fingers? Have you ever found a cure?

I've tried some home remedies I've read about online, such as drinking pots of ginger tea, but I didn't notice much difference.

I manage the condition by being careful not to get chilled and by using lots of hand warmers. I pretty much use hand warmers every time I ski, unless it's above zero (celsius). Even with these precautions, I still suffer pretty regularly. Also, I've noticed the condition is changing with time. Last time I had a bad episode, when my circulation finally opened up again it felt like millions of little electric sparks were firing off inside my fingers. It was a bit alarming.

I'll be grateful for any help.

Thanks,

Kim

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Re: Any Help for Raynauld's?

Postby Don Callander » Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:31 am

My daughter suffers from this. She occasionally finds doing "windmills" with her arms forces some more blood to the extremities. Other than that nothing she has found has shown any improvement.

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Re: Any Help for Raynauld's?

Postby Kim M » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:37 pm

Thank you, Don!

Two weeks ago I skied the Canadian Birkie and it was minus 24 celsius at the start line (idk what that is in fahrenheit). I wore my downhill ski mitts with a hand warmer in each thumbhole and two in each "finger" area. So six hand warmers in total! I managed to avoid cold hands, but it made poling very difficult!

I've heard you can get battery powered mittens/gloves. Maybe that will be my solution.

Thanks for sharing your advice!

Kim

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Re: Any Help for Raynauld's?

Postby Raubie » Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:08 am

Interesting research on the subject, though it seems yet to be commercialized beyond the military.

http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/01/20/cana ... n-fingers/

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Re: Any Help for Raynauld's?

Postby Kim M » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:36 am

That's super cool! Thanks for sharing that interesting link.

I know you can buy battery powered heated gloves. Recently, I've been thinking that might be a good option for me. They are pricey, but I go through a lot of hand warmers in a season, so it might well be a more cost effective option.

Thanks again!

Kim

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Re: Any Help for Raynauld's?

Postby greif » Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:47 pm

I have about a half case of Raynaulds. I cope with Smartwool glove liners and rather large mittens. Feet get a Smartwool liner sock and fleece 2nd layer. In colder weather a BootGlove also. For me it is as big a problem to keep my hands and feet dry (from lots of perspiration)- I carry spare socks and liners and mitts to swap out.

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Re: Any Help for Raynauld's?

Postby AdamML » Fri Apr 04, 2014 2:33 pm

I find keeping my wrists warm is important in keeping the blood flowing through my fingers. Gloves with a long cuff help, and wrist warmers made out of a worn out pair of SmartWool socks are useful.

Good luck.


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