Tuesday, January 09, 2024

Raynaud’s syndrome

Mary reckons I cannot categorically state that I suffer from Raynaud’s syndrome as it has not been formally diagnosed by a doctor but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck I say it is a duck.

This is what my hand looks like after a chilly cross-country run with the Eden Runners Thursday social group complete with mild pain, numbness and pins and needles. It takes about an hour for my fingers to return to normal colour and sensation.

According to the NHS:

Raynaud's affects your blood circulation. When you're cold, anxious or stressed, your fingers and toes may change colour. Other symptoms can include:

  • pain
  • numbness
  • pins and needles
  • The skin may turn white or a lighter colour as blood flow is restricted.
  • [image] Fingers of a person with white skin. One fingertip is pale while the rest of the skin is pink:
  • [...]
  • The symptoms of Raynaud's may last from a few minutes to a few hours.

I rest my case, M'Lud.

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