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Raynaud’s Disease Treatment

Sandeep Dhanyamraju
Medically reviewed by Chaitanya Bonda
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Sandeep Dhanyamraju
Medically reviewed by Chaitanya Bonda

Raynaud’s disease is a chronic disease of the autonomic nervous system. Peripheral capillary spasms usually characterize it. It occurs in response to cold or stress. Doctors may also be unable to treat due to external circumstances. Progressing leads to tissue atrophy, up to the appearance of:

  • non-healing ulcers;
  • gangrene. 

The pathology causes the patient physical and psychological discomfort. Sometimes it leads to disability. Doctors make the diagnosis clinically. The disease can be primary or secondary. Professionals perform an examination to differentiate between the primary and secondary phenomena. Raynaud disease treatment in uncomplicated cases includes:

  • cooling prophylaxis;
  • auto-training;
  • smoking cessation;
  • if necessary, vasodilators of calcium channels (e.g., nifedipine) or prazosin. 

Timely visits to a doctor and adequate treatment for Raynaud’s syndrome will help to stabilize the process. So a person can avoid complications and maintain a high quality of life for a long time. Read on to learn more about this disease.

 

What is Raynaud’s Syndrome

Raynaud’s syndrome is a serious condition caused by peripheral vascular spasms. It causes a disturbance of blood flow in small blood vessels in the legs and hands. This syndrome is usually one of the symptoms of many other diseases. People face it in rheumatism, endocrine disorders, psychopathies, etc.

Women and residents of regions with cold climate often suffer from this syndrome. There are three main stages in Raynaud’s disease diagnosis:

  • Angiospastic stage. The patient experiences mild tingling, goosebumps, and chills.  The skin pales, the fingers lose sensitivity, and a breaking pain sensation may appear. Hyperemia follows this.
  • Angioparalytic stage. People have exacerbations of longer duration, cyanosis (blushing), and pronounced swelling occurs. The pain becomes worse. The patient may often run a high fever and break into cold sweats. And human even experiences anxiety and apprehension.
  • The condition is difficult both physically and psychologically. In the tropho-paralytic stage, the pain becomes less. But if Raynaud’s disease is not treated, the consequences for the fingers are much worse. Ulcers and areas of necrosis appear – the fingers are literally destroyed. Then the patient becomes disabled.

The third stage is truly dangerous, while the first two stages only lead to it. But treatment and observation by a doctor should begin as early as possible. It is necessary to prevent complications.

Raynaud's diagnosis

Raynaud’s Diagnosis

Only a specialist like a neurosurgeon can determine the symptoms. A good professional can prescribe treatment for a condition like Raynaud’s disease.

Diagnosis of the disease includes:

  • analysis of complaints. It can be consecutive changes in the coloration of the skin of the fingers:
  1. pallor;
  2. blueness;
  3. lividity;
  • analysis of medical history, including questioning about how the disease began and continued;
  • general examination.

The medical practitioner performs a cold provocation test. It happens if there are no clinical manifestations during the examination. Typical symptoms manifest if Raynaud’s phenomenon is present. The medical practitioner excludes other diseases in which Raynaud’s syndrome may manifest. It helps to make a proper Raynaud disease treatment as an independent condition. 

To properly determine Raynaud’s diagnosis, the following examinations are necessary:

  • general blood test;
  • examination of the capillaries of the nail bed;
  • blood tests for markers of possible background diseases;
  • rheovasography and plethysmography. It helps assess blood flow in the extremities and the condition of the vessels;
  • ultrasound of the kidneys;
  • consultation with a rheumatologist or neurologist.

Raynaud's medication

 

 

How to treat Raynaud’s disease?

Raynaud’s diagnosis shows that stress is one of the possible factors in the development of the disease. Thus, the treatment aims to work with the blood vessels and improve the person’s quality of life. The medical practitioner may use:

  • vasodilators;
  • antispasmodics;
  • glucocorticosteroids;
  • cytostatics, and other medications to restore the physical condition. 

The medical practitioner may prescribe a sparing operation as a surgical intervention as Raynaud disease treatment. But in extreme cases, patients may require amputation of a limb or part of it. It is important if it is necessary to correct the blood vessels.

At the same time, doctors use other methods to treat Raynaud’s syndrome:

  • psychotherapy. It is excellent at reducing the level of stress, as well as discovering the hidden causes of repressed stress, if any;
  • physiotherapy of different kinds. These are magnetotherapy, electrophoresis, paraffin applications, etc.;
  • treatment with mud;
  • diet focused on a healthy diet;
  • special massages and much more.

After consultation with a doctor for a syndrome, you can use some home remedies, such as pine baths.

Treatment for Raynaud’s syndrome, as a rule, is long. So it requires patience and strict adherence to all the treating physician’s recommendations. Read more about some of the treatment methods below.

Raynaud’s Medication

There is no cure for Raynaud’s phenomenon. But some medications can help manage the symptoms.

One of most common Raynaud’s medications is calcium channel blockers, such as:

  • nifedipine;
  • amlodipine. 

These medications work by relaxing and widening the blood vessels. As it helps improve blood flow to the affected area. Humans can take them orally or as a topical cream. Doctors often prescribe them for long-term use.

Alpha-blockers, such as prazosin, are another type of Raynaud’s medication. They work by blocking the action of certain hormones. These hormones cause the blood vessels to constrict. Topical nitroglycerin is a medication that helps relax the affected area’s blood vessels.

Drugs that improve blood flow, such as prostaglandins, may sometimes be prescribed. These Raynaud’s medication works by:

  • opening the blood vessels;
  • increasing blood flow to the affected area.

Psychotherapy

Living with Raynaud can be challenging and may cause:

  • anxiety;
  • depression;
  • other emotional symptoms. 

Psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), can be used. This Raynaud disease treatment helps individuals develop coping strategies and address any underlying psychological factors. As they may be exacerbating their symptoms.

CBT is a talk therapy that focuses on:

  • changing negative thoughts and behaviors;
  • replacing them with more positive and adaptive ones. 

This Raynaud disease treatment can help individuals to:

  • develop a more positive outlook;
  • reduce stress and anxiety;
  • improve their quality of life.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy may be used as a supportive treatment for Raynaud’s syndrome. Especially if individuals are experiencing pain or limited mobility due to their symptoms. Physiotherapy cannot cure Raynaud’s, but it can help individuals to:

  • manage their symptoms;
  • improve their overall quality of life.

Physiotherapy for Raynaud may involve exercises to improve circulation and range of motion. It can be:

  • hand and finger exercises;
  • stretching;
  • low-impact aerobic exercises.

These exercises can help increase blood flow to the extremities. Also, they reduce the severity and frequency of Raynaud’s attacks.

In addition to exercises, physiotherapy may also involve other modalities such as heat therapy or massage. Heat therapy, such as using warm compresses or paraffin wax baths, can help improve circulation and reduce pain and stiffness. Massage as Raynaud disease treatment can also help increase blood flow and promote relaxation.

If you are looking for specialized and compassionate care for Raynaud’s disease, look no further than Lone Star Neurology. Our team of experienced neurologists is dedicated to providing individualized treatment plans. So we are to help manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Our team of experts will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan for Raynaud’s syndrome. It will address your unique needs and concerns. So you can be sure that you receive the best possible care.

We understand the impact that Raynaud’s can have on your daily life, and our goal is to help you manage your symptoms and live your life to the fullest. Contact Lone Star Neurology today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards a more comfortable and fulfilling life with Raynaud’s disease.

 

FAQ

  • What is the best treatment for Raynaud’s? 

The best treatment for Raynaud is medications. However, lifestyle modifications can effectively manage symptoms and prevent complications. You can try keeping warm, stress management, regular exercise, and medication management.

  • What triggers Raynaud’s disease?

Exposure to cold temperatures or stress among other factors can trigger Raynaud’s disease. Also it can be , smoking, and certain medications.

  • Is Raynaud serious?

Raynaud’s disease is generally not considered a serious or life-threatening condition. But it can cause discomfort, pain and may lead to complications in some cases. It is important to diagnose and treat the symptoms. So you can prevent further complications properly.

  • How does Raynaud’s syndrome manifest itself?

Raynaud’s syndrome is represented by short-term episodes of discoloration of the skin of the fingers and feet. It occurs in response to low ambient temperatures, contact with cold objects, and stressful events. The vascular reaction may affect the nose, lips, and ears.

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Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
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22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
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I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
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I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
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I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
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14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
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23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
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Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
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I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
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