If You Usually Have Cold Hands and Feet, You May Have Raynaud’s Syndrome

(If You Usually Have Cold Hands and Feet, You May Have Raynaud’s Syndrome)

My mother used to always get cold hands and feet and we just chalked it up to poor circulation because she didn’t exercise much. It was kind of funny actually because she would rub her cold hands on my dad’s belly or something silly like that. My dad would jump because her hands we ice cold.

Does this sound familiar?

In some cases, this could actually be a condition known as Raynaud’s Syndrome.

Let me first point out the difference between generally having colder hands and feet and having them feel more like ice pops. Raynaud’s Syndrome is where you have an attack and the body doesn’t send enough blood to your extremities; it affects the blood vessels.

This is usually triggered as a result of being in colder temperatures, but it can also come on when you’re feeling stressed. Raynaud’s can also be a symptom of a chronic disease, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

Taking certain medicines, excessive caffeine intake, and nicotine can bring it on as well. In my mother’s case, she smoked for a long time and this is probably what brought it on. Of course, living in Michigan during the winter didn’t help any either.

Medicines That Trigger It

As mentioned, certain kinds of medicines (anything that narrows your arteries) can trigger an attack:

  • Headache medicines that have ergotamine.
  • Cancer medicines like cisplatin and vinblastine.
  • Over-the-counter cold or allergy medicines.
  • Diet pills and beta blockers.
  • Birth control medication.

As always, have a discussion with your doctor about your symptoms and what medications may be interfering.

How to Treat Attacks

Some of these tips may seem painfully obvious, but they can certainly help:

  • Put your hands under your armpits.
  • Soak your feet or hands in a nice warm bath.
  • Massage your hands and feet.
  • Move your body around with calisthenics.
  • Stay inside as much as possible when it gets cold outside.
  • Try the relaxation techniques at the bottom of this article.

Try some of the calisthenics in the video below to help when an attack happens:

Stress Management

One approach to treatment is a routine of stress management techniques that are built into your life:

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Exercise (sign up for a spin class)
  • Weight training
  • Martial arts
  • Journaling
  • Fellowship

Source: barenaturalhealth.com

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