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Raynaud's Phenomenon and Receiving Social Security

Raynaud’s 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. Raynaud’s 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 Raynaud‘s phenomenon.

What are Raynaud’s phenomenon Attacks

Raynaud’s phenomenon is a condition that is marked by episodes or attacks. When an episode of Raynaud’s 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 skin’s surface the way that it ought to when you have an episode of Raynaud‘s phenomenon. When an attack of Raynaud’s phenomenon is over, your skin turns red because of the blood rushing back through your arteries. An episode of Raynaud’s 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 Raynaud‘s phenomenon has ended. It may take as long as fifteen minutes for your blood flow to return to being normal. Raynaud’s phenomenon was first described by the French doctor, Maurice Raynaud. He described this condition in 1862. Raynaud’s phenomenon is referred to in other ways. It is also known as Raynaud’s syndrome or Raynaud’s disease. Raynaud’s 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. Raynaud’s 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 Raynaud’s phenomenon. Some of these include:

Possible Raynaud’s phenomenon Signs

The signs and symptoms that are produced by Raynaud’s 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: