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Fibromyalgia tips for handling Raynaud’s syndrome

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Fibromyalgia tips

The cold weather often aggravates Raynaud’s syndrome in patients, and it is a common problem for people who have fibromyalgia. The two disorders are frequently linked by patients, and researchers continue to investigate the connection. If you suffer from both conditions, then the following tips may help you.


Raynaud’s syndrome involves the reduction of the blood supply to certain parts of the body because blood vessels have narrowed. The most common symptoms are cold hands and feet followed by discoloration that often turns them white, blue and red. Some people also have numbness and pain in their feet and hands. In addition, it is possible to experience the disorder in other parts of the body such as the nose or ears.

The cold and stress are both linked to Raynaud’s syndrome, but doctors do not have a complete understanding of the disease. This disorder is a common complaint among patients with fibromyalgia and increases during the fall and winter months because of the cold air. Symptoms can vary from person to person, but the more extreme cases involve tissue damage.

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There are several drugs that are commonly used by the medical community to treat Raynaud’s syndrome, and they may help people with fibromyalgia who suffer from both diseases. Calcium channel blockers, vasodilators, ACE inhibitors and statins have been used, but it is important to discuss these medications with your doctor.

Other treatment advice involves avoiding the cold, cigarettes, stress and certain medications. Although these suggestions are useful, many patients find it is difficult to avoid the cold and stress, so attacks are frequent. If you are in the middle of a Raynaud’s attack, then you may want to try moving your hands and feet, massaging them to be warmer and using warm water to gently return them to normal. You may also want to avoid drug triggers that have been linked to the disease such as pseudoephedrine, ergotamine and beta blockers.

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