Both me and my mum have always suspected we have mild Raynauds, but it has never bothered us enough to get diagnosed. I think I would only have primary Raynauds.
However I'm due to start IVF, and my doctor says she needs diagnosis before I can proceed. We have waited such a long time, I can't bear to wait the extra 3 months (she estimated) for diagnosis through a rheumatologist via GP referral. I was thinking of just doing privately.
Does anyone have experience of a private hospital diagnosis? Is it faster? How much roughly does it cost? What tests will I need? Where should I go for private tests. I rang Blackheath hospital and apparently the secretary of the consultant said there was no test for Raynauds!
I believe only Secondary auto-immune Raynaud's would affect IVF. As the immune system attacks the embryo and it won’t implant in the womb. Is this the case? How do you get diagnosed between the Primary and Secondary?
My symptoms are white to blue fingers and toes, and cold nose. Numbness and frequent pins and needles when only lying on my arm for a short while. It was worse when I was at school (being forced into the cold), but despite my husband hating my cold feet and hands it doesn't really bother me. I tend to layer up outside so only get pain, when I'm out for more than an hour in very cold conditions. Could this just be bad circulation? I do exercise frequently and am very healthy. I'm not over or underweight. I've been told I have small veins in my arms (anything to do with it?)
Sorry for all the questions, any help or advice would be really appreciated.