Raynaud's Phenomenon and Receiving Social SecurityRaynauds phenomenon is a condition that involves your arteries. The blood vessels that take blood from your heart to the other parts of your body are your arteries. Raynauds phenomenon is evidenced by areas of your body that start to feel cool and numb in the face of cold temperatures or emotional stress. Your fingers and the tip of your nose and your ears are the parts of your body that are most often affected by Raynauds phenomenon.
What are Raynauds phenomenon AttacksRaynauds phenomenon is a condition that is marked by episodes or attacks. When an episode of Raynauds phenomenon takes place, your arteries begin to constrict (narrow). This leads to your skin changing from its usual color to blue. This takes place as a result of not enough oxygen-rich blood reaching the affected parts of your body. Your blood does not flow to your skins surface the way that it ought to when you have an episode of Raynauds phenomenon. When an attack of Raynauds phenomenon is over, your skin turns red because of the blood rushing back through your arteries. An episode of Raynauds phenomenon may go on anywhere from several minutes to an hour or more. Your skin will begin to tingle or throb as it starts to warm up again when an episode of Raynauds phenomenon has ended. It may take as long as fifteen minutes for your blood flow to return to being normal. Raynauds phenomenon was first described by the French doctor, Maurice Raynaud. He described this condition in 1862. Raynauds phenomenon is referred to in other ways. It is also known as Raynauds syndrome or Raynauds disease. Raynauds phenomenon takes place most of the time in people who live in colder climates. This condition also develops more frequently in women than it does in men. Raynauds phenomenon is a secondary type of condition. What this means is that it results from an underlying problem of some kind. There are several different things that can lead to Raynauds phenomenon. Some of these include:
- ? Rheumatoid arthritis (an inflammatory disorder that causes stiffness and pain in your joints)
- ? Lupus (an autoimmune disease that may affect several areas of your body)
- ? Scleroderma (a disease that causes scarring and hardening of your skin)
- ? Sjogrens syndrome (an autoimmune disorder in which your glands that make saliva and tears are destroyed)
- ? Certain medications, such as beta blockers
- ? Smoking
- ? Carpal tunnel syndrome
- ? Chemical exposure to vinyl chloride
- ? Diseases of your arteries
- ? Injuries
- ? Thyroid gland disorders
- ? Repetitive trauma.
Possible Raynauds phenomenon SignsThe signs and symptoms that are produced by Raynauds phenomenon depend on the frequency, severity and duration of the blood vessel spasms that underlie this condition. Signs and symptoms that you may experience are:
- ?Cold fingers and toes
- ?A sequence of color changes that occur in your skin, which are a response to cold temperatures or emotional stress
- A numb, prickly feeling or stinging pain as warmth comes back to your affected areas or stress is relieved.