We would like to say a big thank you to all our lovely friends who responded to our recent article on Raynaud’s Syndrome. We were overwhelmed with the level of interaction and want to thank you sincerely for sharing your experiences on our Facebook page. Like many of you, we have been surprised by the prevalence of Raynaud’s and whilst there may not be a ‘cure’, we hope it brings some comfort to learn that others too, are experiencing associated difficulties and to know that you are not alone in living with this condition.
My aim was to consolidate some hints and tips in a bid to help alleviate some of the symptoms for those living with Raynaud’s. However, my findings proffered that, as individuals, we are all affected in different ways and that there is no one size fits all solution.
For example: for some, weight gain relieves symptoms; for most, weight fluctuation makes no difference whatsoever. For others, exercise exacerbates symptoms; for some, it is cited as an alleviant.
Similarly, thick gloves and socks seem to help some sufferers but for others, simply make the symptoms worse. Naomi Bunker says, “I used to think layers of thick gloves and socks would help but realised that only made my fingers and toes worse.”
Thin Gloves can be purchased from the charitable retailer, Scleroderma and Raynaud’s UK: http://srukshop.co.uk/8-silver-gloves-for-cold-hands/
“I now have a pair in the pocket of every coat and find they are quite effective. You can even use your phone with them on!”
It is clear from your comments, however, that you are united in citing the main antagonist of this very painful phenomenon as the cold. Chilly, damp conditions seem to trigger symptoms for all and whilst we might like to think that the warmer months of spring and summer offer some respite, patients can still be exposed, for example: in the chilled aisles of the supermarket.
There is some medical treatment associated with the treatment of Raynaud’s but there is little evidence that symptoms can be helped. T. Levien in her text, Advances in the treatment of Raynaud’s Phenomenon, states that “In patients with primary [Raynaud’s Phenomenon], nonpharmacologic lifestyle modifications remain the first-line therapy. Calcium channel blockers or topical nitrates may be considered for those without an adequate response to lifestyle modification.”
We know that regular massage is effective in boosting the body’s circulation and alleviating stress. For those suffering from Raynaud’s Syndrome and other circulatory conditions, we have created a hand and foot massage that uses a blend of black pepper and ginger to gently nourish and provide relief to your hardworking extremities.
By Sarah Tomlin