Hello, this is my first post but I've been lurking on this site a little while now.
I've had Raynaud's for about 8 years now (I'm 28) and every winter it has been getting worse. I've been a vegetarian for many of these years and went vegan in December 2011. I've previously been diagnosed with mild anaemia but hadn't really been taking iron supplements.
Anyway, my attacks have been increasingly severe this winter what with the cold temperatures and my hands and feet have been absolutely covered in chilblains - the itching, swelling and pain has driven me crazy. I was given a prescription for Nipefidine but after I read up on the side effects I decided to give it a miss and search for some alternative. I have also tried acupuncture without much success. I noticed that if I avoid caffeine and sugar I get fewer chilblains but against sub zero temperatures there's little defence.
My boyfriend came across this article (http://www.infinitereikijourney.net/2011/01/raynauds-symptoms-and-iron-deficiency.html) and on the strength of its recommendation I have been taking Floravital for the last month or so. And guess what - no more chilblains (= the main symptom of my Raynaud's). You might not agree with the context of this article but it's certainly interesting.
I wonder if the awful symptoms for me have been partly because of a lack of oxygen getting to my fingers, due to an iron deficiency?
Has anybody else tried this? I thought I would share because I'm absolutely thrilled to have found something *natural* which is actually working! the liquid is not cheap but it's been totally worth it for me. I figure I need to take it for another month or so, then I'll be all filled up with iron for a while! I've been walking around in the freezing cold and none of the usual madness so far...