I am a 22 year old woman living in Boston. I have had reynauds since I was about 12 or so. I always thought this condition was a little worrisome, but I never thought about it too much. At a very young age I also noticed spider angiomas appearing on my hands (about 4 or 5 of them have come and gone over the years). In the past few months, however, I noticed my reynauds has been especially bad. I am a runner and I continue to run through the winter, and I have had an especially hard time so far in Boston this year and it's only November. I use heat packs and wear polartec gloves when I run, but when the blood comes back to my fingers it has been SO painful sometimes I just have to sit down and try not to make a big deal of it.
I noticed this has been especially bad along with the fact that some of my fingers look arthritic. I am probably overanalyzing that but they are bent up a little on some fingers. I went to see a rheumatologist at Brigham and she did a very comprehensive exam. She looked at the capilaries in my nails, did a joint exam, and then took labs. She said she really wasn't worried. What was most surprising to me was her noticing the spider angiomas/telangeactasias. I never thought of that as being something to worry about.
Regardles, she did a blood draw and I got the following results back. I have been FREAKING OUT because of this positive ANA. I feel a loss of control. Why is my body attacking itself? Is there anything I can do? I do everything I can to be healthy- I am a runner, a vegetarian, I wake up early, I just dont understand. If someone can please explain this.
Also, I have noticed a dull pain in my hands. Today I was cooking and it felt different when I had to squeeze a lemon. I am so nervous about everything!
Test NameResultUnitsReference RangeDate
Neutrophil # (auto)4.56K/uL1.9-7.611/08/2013
ANA HEP2 (Pattern)DIFFUSEpattern0.0-0.011/08/2013
Vitamin D Total (25OH)45ng/mL20-8011/08/2013