I was in and out of the freezing cold the other morning, running errands in Frederick, MD. The cold must have got the best of my poor little digits, because it was only a matter of minutes before I lost circulation to the tips of my fingers (and toes too, actually). They started tingling and burning a little, and before I knew it, I had pale yellow finger tips with no circulation. My friends affectionately call them “disease fingers.”
This wasn’t my first run in with Raynaud’s disease… far from it, actually. This has happened to me for my entire adult life, though I didn’t know the name of it until it was taught to me in Chiropractic school. I notice it happening when I’m cold, or when I come in contact with cold things (like when my fingers or feet touch a cold object or surface). Once it begins, it can last for hours, even if I remove the cold environment.
Raynaud’s disease is a circulatory condition which causes vasospasm (constriction) of the tiny blood vessels that supply blood to the tips of things (fingers, toes, nose, earlobes, etc.). In primary Raynaud’s (disease), the cause is unknown, while secondary Raynauds (phenomenon) is caused by an underlying condition/pathology. I have primary Raynaud’s, which tends to be the less severe than secondary Raynaud’s. For more information on Raynaud’s, please visit this reputable website: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/raynaud.
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I have tried taking warm showers, warming my hands in water, removing myself from the cold scenarios, wearing gloves… these methods did not help much (if at all), and some of them are quite inconvenient. I can’t just hop in the shower when I’m at work and the Raynaud’s decides to strike.
Thankfully, one of the sweetest women I know, Joanne McCoy, gave me a flaxie pack for Christmas. When I arrived at my office in Frederick after running errands, I popped the Flaxie Pack into the microwave, and let the healing begin. After two short, magical minutes of warmth, the circulation came back to my fingers and I no longer had the annoying tingly/numb feeling! And what was equally exciting- no more disease fingers!
If you know someone who suffers with this annoying condition, please share this with them! Flaxie Packs work wonders for this! http://www.flaxiepacks.com/