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February 2019 – Blog on Raynaud’s Awareness Month

Raynaud’s affects up to 10 million of us in the UK and it can be incredibly painful, yet we often remain undiagnosed or left to deal with the impact alone. February is Raynaud’s Awareness Month, where activists aim to help people recognise their condition and seek treatment.

Do your hands, fingers or toes ever look white or blueish / purple? 1 in 6 people in the UK live with Raynaud’s, a condition that affects the blood supply to certain parts of the body, usually in the extremities such as the fingers and toes. This manifests in a stinging or throbbing sensation similar to frostbite.

Your GP may see if you show symptoms of Raynaud’s by testing your temperature response (by thermography) to a cold challenge – a one-minute immersion of hands in cold water at 15 degrees Centigrade.

Water Test

Your GP may see if you show symptoms of Raynaud’s by testing your temperature response (by thermography) to a cold challenge – a one-minute immersion of hands in cold water at 15 degrees Centigrade.

Blood Tests

Blood tests can be used to check for other health conditions that could be causing your symptoms. These tests may include:

  • a full blood count – to check for infection or, much less commonly, a cancer of the blood, such as leukaemia
  • an antinuclear antibodies (ANA) test – to check for an overactive immune system, which is common in people with autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus
  • erythrocyte sedimentation rate – this test determines the rate at which red blood cells settle to the bottom of a tube. A faster than normal rate may signal an underlying inflammatory or autoimmune disease such as arthritis or lupus

Primary Raynaud’s

The most common form of Raynaud’s is primary Raynaud’s phenomenon. This means the condition occurs by itself, without being associated with another health condition.

It seems that primary Raynaud’s is caused by disruptions in how the nervous system controls blood vessels. Exactly what causes these disruptions is unclear.

There’s some evidence that primary Raynaud’s may be an inherited condition, as cases have been known to run in families.

Secondary Raynaud’s

In some cases, an underlying health condition could be causing the blood vessels to overreact.

The majority of cases of secondary Raynaud’s are associated with autoimmune conditions, which cause the immune system to attack healthy tissue. Side effects include:

  • scleroderma – a condition that causes hardening and thickening of the skin
  • rheumatoid arthritis – which causes joint pain and swelling
  • Sjogren’s syndrome – where the immune system attacks the body’s sweat and tear glands
  • lupus – which causes tiredness, joint pain and skin rashes

The cause of the condition is still unknown but sometimes can be caused by using vibrating tools such as road workers who can develop a condition called ‘Vibration White Finger’. This is classed as an Industrial Disease and Thomson & Bancks Solicitors can assist you in bringing an Employers’ Liability claim for compensation in relation to the personal injury suffered.

If you have been affected by an injury at work or in a public place or because of the actions of a medical practitioner, then our accredited specialist personal injury and expert medical negligence solicitors are here to assist with sympathy and efficiency. Why not make a free 30-minute appointment today where ‘No Win, No Fee’ funding arrangements can be offered?

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