With Raynaud’s, the body overreacts to an introduction of cold temperatures and over-constricts blood vessels in the skin, consequentially reducing the amount of blood that can flow to hands and feet (and rarely the nose and ears). This results in numbness or extreme sensation of cold wherein the hands or feet turn white and blue. As blood flow returns to the affected areas, the skin may flush red again and even throb. Below are some examples of my hands with Raynaud’s Disease.
In the U.K. 1 in 6 are affected by some degree of Raynaud’s Disease, and 1 out of 100 with Raynaud’s have an underlying condition associated with it that could be Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis or Sjogren’s syndrome. For me, I am 1 in 10 of those who have Scleroderma a chronic auto-immune disease.
So I want to highlight how important it is to not feel alone. Even though this is something I am plagued with every day, I suffered for years with doctors ignoring it, only to mention it to a specialist in a different field who essentially saved my life with my final diagnosis of Scleroderma. Discovering the recent statistics make me realise that despite how common this condition seems to be it is rarely spoken about. And so Raynaud’s Disease is definitely something I will post more about very soon. With more details about the conditions and how I manage it. The most important thing to remember is that whilst the auto-immune risk is so, so rare it’s very important to book in an appointment with your GP if you are suffering with Raynaud’s Disease just to be sure.
To finish this post I want to leave a few links that are fantastic if you need any help or support with Raynaud’s Disease. And meanwhile please don’t forget to support my beautiful friend Paige Joanna‘s Christmas Confidence Campaign.
Raynaud’s Disease Resources: