Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Raynauds Syndrome

When I was a freshman in college (about 5 1/2 years ago) I noticed something a little strange happening to my fingers.  The tips of my fingers would randomly turn white-ish and go numb.  I didn't think much of it at the time, because I was a college kid.  I tried to figure out when it happened.  It mainly occurred when I was cold, but then sometimes it happened when I wasn't, I was so confused.  Three years of college go by (I'm an overachiever) and I'm out in the real world.  At this point I have just learned to live with whatever was happening to me.  It wasn't until two years later that it got "worse."  Now my entire fingers would turn white and it seemed to last longer.  I was telling a friend/co-worker about it and she said the same thing.  The only difference is that her fingers turn more of a blue & purple color.  And she knew what it was called!  Raynauds Disease.  I went to the doctor and he confirmed that I had it.  Now there's nothing you can do about this.  I starting taking CoQ10, as my friend suggested, but that doesn't seem to do much for me.  I have recently have decided that I think it makes me get an outburst when I take it (probably psychological, but whatever).

My hand - taken in Jan/Feb 2012. 
I've learned to live with this during daily activities, but it's not fun to have while running, especially when it's cooler out.  I took the CoQ10 before I went out and instantly got it.  It was a little windy which made it a little chilly.  It took, maybe 7 minutes for the white to go away and then the tips turned blueish/purple.  That only seems to happen when I'm in the cold.  I'm holding out a little hope that this multivitamin that I started taking will help it.

1 comment:

  1. Bummer! Sorry to hear you are dealing with that. Hope you find some comfortable ways to work out and not have that happen :/