Raynaud's phenomenon or syndrome results in pain in the extremities during cold weather. Because of the cold, the blood vessels narrow and sometimes completely shut down, and make the fingers and toes turn white or blue.
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Does vasoconstriction occur due to an allergy to antihistamines?
Query: Hi doctor, I am having major vasoconstriction problems. I would like to know if my daily antihistamines intake is causing this problem. I am taking Loratadine and Fexofenadine hydrochloride daily for allergies. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to know in detail, what you mean by vasoconstriction problems? Is it affecting your hands or your feet or anywhere in the nasal bed? Do you experience any bluish discoloration of the nails or hands? Do you have any pain in the hands or feet? Do you have ul... Read Full »
Does Raynaud's in hands and wide spread muscle pain suggest lupus?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 43-year-old female. About a year and a half ago I noticed Raynaud's in one finger. I had three episodes in two years. I have lost most of my eyebrows. Recently, I got three episodes of Raynaud's in both hands, and most fingers. I have joint pain that comes and goes in all joint... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and what I can convey is that in most of the cases, clinical picture is that of systemic sclerosis, scleroderma, SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus) but as per the reports elevated anticardiolipin IgM and decreased complements can also be... Read Full »
Had odd reaction with breast implants. What is your suggestion for new one?
Query: Hi doctor, I got my breast implants (saline) removed two years ago. I had them for several years. Suddenly, I started having odd symptoms such as Raynaud's, poor circulation and heat and redness in my hands and feet when hot. Since then I have changed my diet, started supplements, started low dose... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, there is a possibility that the implants have been causing a foreign body reaction. Raynaud's can happen with these devices, as they trigger an immune reaction in the body. Good thing is that your ANA (antinuclear antibody) is negative or else we need to ... Read Full »
My hands hurt for no reason, and I doubt if an autoimmune disease is a reason. Can you please help?
Query: Hi doctor, I think I have an autoimmune disease. Hands hurt for no reason at all. I tested negative for sjogren's syndrome, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. I am tired all the time and have no appetite. I am currently taking tablet Lexapro (Escitalopram Oxalate), tablet Adderall (Dextroamphetamine S... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Speckled antinuclear antibodies are seen in mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) and scleroderma. If you have raynaud's phenomenon, do an echocardiogram (ECHO) to look for pulmonary artery hypertension, a high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) of the chest to asse... Read Full »
What can be done for flash blindness kind of visual disturbances?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30-year-old male. I work with computer eight hours per day, I was wearing contact lenses for 15 years, glasses for eight years prior to that. I go to yearly checkups with my optician and physician. I eat healthy foods and exercise daily. I have healthy BMI, no known diseases, no... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. There are not many conditions which can give rise to the feeling of being blinded by a camera flash for 24 hours. A few of the conditions which can give rise to periodic flashes of light are retinal detachment, posterior vitreous detachment... Read Full »
What could be the reason for the numbness and redness in my left pinky finger while moving?
Query: Hello doctor, My pinky finger on my left hand (which is my writing hand) is hurting a lot. I have to keep moving it so it will not go numb and it is going red like in the photos from my pinky down to the knuckle on the side of my hand, it feels strained or dislocated every time. I run cold water on... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The cause of redness with or without numbness in your pinky finger could be from Raynaud's phenomenon, nerve disease, vasculitis or rheumatoid arthritis. Since you are complaining it to be related to cold exposures, it is more likely to be Raynaud's phenomenon. This pro... Read Full »
Do you think that a skin test is enough to diagnose scleroderma?
Query: Hi doctor, I traveled to a different country to get more in depth testing of multiple health problems. I was diagnosed with the start of scleroderma, because of my gastrointestinal symptoms, idiopathic angioedema, thickened skin, weird blood vessels (tiny red tree-like veins), family history of scle... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, in my opinion your case could be suggestive of scleroderma (autoimmune disorder - hardening of skin). However, I want to know the pattern of sclerosis. For scleroderma, it should start from hand and reach main trunk. Also, revert back with details of GI sympt... Read Full »
Why do I have blood spots on cuticles?
Query: Hi doctor,I am contacting you because I have Raynaud's, and the past few months my cuticles have developed blood specks. I know these symptoms point to scleroderma. It has me very worried. I need to visit a doctor for tests but I have to wait a few days and I would really like to get some clarificat... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post. The diagnosis of scleroderma is based on clinical and some laboratory parameters neither raynauds nor the cuticle blood spots are specific for scleroderma. It is skin thickness that has maximum value and blood tests like anticentromere antib... Read Full »
After getting diagnosed with Raynaud's disease, I am getting painful, red, and itchy bumps on my hands. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with Raynaud's disease, and I keep getting painful red bumps on my hands that burn and itch. Also, some of my fingers are painful on the tips and sides around my nails. They last for a while but never completely go away. It almost looks like I have been burnt and ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Raynaud's disease is associated with other disorders which may give rise to bumps and papules on hands. I would like to know whether you suffer from any muscular weakness or have difficulty getting out of a chair or c... Read Full »
Please give me advice on treating systemic sclerosis.
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25 year old male. I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called systemic sclerosis. I have been experiencing a couple of symptoms along with this disease. Could you please give me some advice on how to treat these symptoms, which I could pass on to my regular docto... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to my opinion, Raynaud's phenomenon is a part of CREST syndrome of systemic sclerosis. In case that is troubling you, the best treatment that I have found very successful is the use of crushed Sorbitrate tablets in coconut oil and apply them to massage over th... Read Full »