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Posted by: Theresa
Date: November 11, 2001 1:38 PM

I started having problems with Raynaud's 4 years ago. I don't have any other symptoms so I don't think it is related to any other disease. I am especially miserable in the winter months. I lose feeling in my feet. My hands take 45 minutes to thaw out and get color back. I have to take a hot bath to get feeling back in my feet and toes. Do you know any doctors that specailize in this disorder that could offer me some help or am I destined to live like this for the rest of my life? I want to move to a warmer state but that is not possible in the near future. Is there anything I can do to help this condition? Vitamins, foods, anything? I keep warm and do all of those types of things like wearing warm socks and mittens etc.

Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at June 18, 2007 4:11 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: Raynauds
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: November 11, 2001 3:06 PM

Ouch ! Sounds painful. I am not recommending treatment for you as you are not my patient, and I am not sure of your diagnosis, but I will share with you my protocol for treatment of Reynaud's.

1. IV Magnesium (magnesium-ATP especially useful when available)
2. Magnesium 300-500 mg per day orally
3. Vitamin E 800 mg. daily
4. Niacin time release (Nature's Life) 250 - 500 mg. twice daily or inositol nicotinate 500 mg. four times each day
5. Flaxseed oil 1-3 grams daily
6. Ginkgo biloba extract

As to finding a doctor, use the Find A Doctor / Physician Referral Service - yellow tab above.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at June 18, 2007 4:14 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: Raynauds
Posted by: Theresa Gentner
Date: November 11, 2001 6:24 PM

What kind of a doctor should I look for that would know a lot about Raynaud's?

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at June 18, 2007 4:15 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: Raynauds
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: November 11, 2001 8:07 PM

For the type of therapy I would offer, you would need a doctor who understands nutritional medicine. They are rare. Your best chance is to use this web site to locate one. Internists and most GPs understand Reynaud's but you might not be pleased with the therapy they offer, as you may have discovered already.

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