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Raynauds Awareness Month


What is raynauds?
Raynaud Syndrome (or Raynaud's) is a condition in which spasms of the arteries cause episodes of reduced blood flow. Typically involving the fingers and less commonly the toes, nose, ears and lips, can turn white and then blue.

There are two types; Primary and Secondary. Primary is diagnosed when the symptoms are idieopathetic, occur by themselves and not associated with other conditions. Some refer to it as "allergy to the cold". It is also thought to be partly hereditary, although specific genes cannot be verified. Smoking can also increase the likelyhood and worsen symptoms, plus a hormonal compotent. A trigger can be caffeine, and more likely to cause migraines and or angina. Secondary Raynaud's is usually when it becomes a symptom of another condition, such as; Scleroderma, Anorexia, EDS, Arthritis etc. It can also be caused by drugs and trauma.

To diagnose Raynaud's, there needs to be a precise medical history, which can reveal what type of Raynaud's is. Then multiple tests are issued, such as a digital artery pressure, doppler ultrasound, full blood count, autoantibody screen and many more.

Symptoms and Signs?
  • Colour change in affected places
  • Numbness and Pain / Swelling and Tingles
  • Discomfort when moving
  • Migraines
  • Nausea
  • Lack of Calcium/Osteoporosis
Who can get it?
Anyone can get raynaud, although it's more prominent in women than men. Symptoms are more likely to develop in early teen years.

Statistics?
1 in 20 (USA)
3,013,535 (estimated UK)

Famous People with Raynauds?
Jenni Falconer



Helpful Links and Info:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/raynauds-disease/basics/definition/con-20022916
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Raynauds-phenomenon/Pages/Introduction.aspx
http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/conditions/raynauds-phenomenon.aspx
https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/raynaud/
https://www.sruk.co.uk/raynauds-stories/


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