Raynaud’s Disease is a medical condition where there are spasms in the arteries which will result in reduced blood flow on a specific area and will in return cause pain and/or numbness. The area would turn into pale or bluish color and after the episode when the blood flow returns, the affected area will go back to a red color and burns. Typically the condition affects the fingers and sometimes but very rarely, the ears, the nose, and lips. It can be very painful and sometimes takes a few minutes to several hours.
Raynaud’s disease can be a primary or secondary condition. A secondary condition is when Raynaud’s disease is caused by another medical condition such as connective tissue disorder, injuries to the hands, smoking, lupus and certain medications. The primary form of the disease frequently happens to women are usually at a younger age, while the secondary form affects older people.
The signs and symptoms of Raynaud’s are the following pain, discoloration, and sensations of cold or numbness and can be triggered when exposed to cold temperatures. When Raynaud’s disease attacks, the skin will be discolored from bluish to paleness in appearance and becomes cold and numb. Since it is episodic it will last from a few minutes to several hours, regardless when the blood flow returns, the skin color will return to red, but is accompanied by swelling and often painful tingling sensation.
The cause of Raynaud’s disease is unknown and treatment for each individual varies. Medications can be used as a treatment where the purpose is to keep the blood vessels open. Another simple yet easy to do yourself remedy is by keeping your hands and feet warm in cold weather, avoid triggers such as certain medicine and stress, soak hands in warm water at an onset of the attack.
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If you suspect you are suffering Raynaud’s disease you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. SSA considers this medical condition as a criterion that will qualify you for SSDI and SSI.