As soon as you tell someone you have Raynaud’s disease, they think you some weird illness as you have mentioned the word disease!
It can be really difficult explaining to others how it feels and how painful it can be, without them thinking your being some dramatic drama queen! But honestly it hurts so much!
Raynauds is actually a common condition that affects the blood supply to certain parts of the body – usually the fingers and toes!
*Look away now! If you don’t like feet! *
This is an image of when I am experiencing a very mild episode of raynauds!
Sometimes the whole sole of my foot will be white!
I have been living with this condition now for the last 15+ years. Sometimes it is worse than other times and it really does get annoying! I will wrap myself up as much as I can at times but will still get it!
It is usually triggered by cold temperatures, anxiety or stress. The condition occurs because the blood vessels go into a temporary spasm which blocks the flow of blood.
This causes the affected area to change colour to white, blue then red as the blood flow returns.
The symptoms can last for a few minutes to several hours.
It isn’t a serious condition and it doesn’t affect your health but it can be super annoying to live with, because of the pain and the difficulty in using your fingers.
- Avoid the cold
- Wear gloves and warm clothing
- Use relaxation techniques
- Stop smoking – affects your circulation
- Drink warm drinks, use the warmth to warm your hands
- Use heat pads
- If you can’t control it then medication can be prescribed called Nifedipine
20% adult population worldwide are affected from Raynaud’s disease.
10 million people in the UK live with the condition.
More common in women.
How many of you have heard or suffer with this condition? If anyone has any tips, I would love to hear them! x