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Raynauds Syndrome
Posted by: kathy
Date: November 26, 2000 5:53 PM

Has an effective treatment been found for Raynauds Syndrome? I have suffered the effects of this for over 10 years and it's getting worse. As I understand it my main option is to avoid cold and I try, but I live in Colorado. If there are options, will you help me to find them?

RE: Raynauds Syndrome
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: November 27, 2000 6:47 PM

Raynaud's usually comes with associated disorders, and not only those commonly listed (hypothyroidism and the collagen vascular diseases - lupus, scleroderma, etc.). Many factors affect peripheral circulation. Obviously stop caffeine, tea and coffee - evan decaf, and stop smoking, if you do. Get checked for arteriosclerosis. I suppose the best advice I could give you is to have the most thorough evaluation possible by the most experienced person possible. Of course, there is always this solution: move to warmer climes.



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