Thursday, December 6, 2007

Raynaud's phenomenon

My oldest daughter was diagnosed this morning with Raynaud's Phenomenon. So, I thought I'd do some research and post it here. Maybe someone else will benefit from it.

Raynaud's phenomenon (pronounced: RAY-nodz), disorder causing discoloration of the fingers, toes and occasionally other extremities. The cause of the phenomenon is unknown, but stress and cold are common triggers. There are two types of Raynaud's phenomenon 1. Primary Raynaud's, where the phenomenon acts alone. And 2. Raynaud's syndrome or Secondary Raynaud's, where it is secondary to something else, often arthritis.

I am relieved to learn it is neither life threatening, nor is it even a quality of life issue for her at this point. She needs to be diligent about dressing warmly and protecting her fingers and toes from the cold. We need to find her some mittens that have fingers and then the mitten part can flip on or off the fingers. I would love it if anyone has suggestions of where to find such things. I do have a mother-in-law is an avid accomplished knitter. So even if you know of a pattern available, let me know.
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