I get terrible Raynaud's that affects my hands and feet and although I know it's possibly related to my Hashimoto's I've been doing *all sorts* to help it.
I've done the following:
* Wear extra-thick gloves
* Wear thermal socks - only works when I'm indoors as the socks are too thick (and colourful!) for me to wear under my boots if I want to go out.
* Wear 2 pairs of socks
* Warm my hands and feet up before going outside
* Avoid the cold weather altogether
* Massage my feet or get my other half to do it
* Cut down on the caffeine - I don't drink a lot of coffee but I've cut my tea down to 3 a day.
* Invested in heat-activating pads that stick to the feet/hands before going outside - this has been the most effective but work better when I'm outside due to the temperature change.
Well, the last few days have been terrible and the cold weather hasn't helped at all. I know instantly when my Raynaud's flares up because my fingers tingle, go stiff and then go white. This can even happen in the freezer section in the supermarket or me wearing flats with no socks in the middle of August when it's sunny with a cool breeze! Honestly, my condition is so temperamental! And if my toes are the first to suffer my fingers are fine. When my fingers are the first to go my toes follow suit. Annoying! Because of how cold, numb, tingly and stiff they get it lowers my mood and I can't concentrate or focus because of the pain.
Also, I like to have *really* hot showers. Boyfriend hates them and we never take them together as he likes his water what I would call "tepid" and I like mine piping hot. I just have a big preference for heat, I guess. Anyway, the times when I've had my shower lately my toes go numb and red whenever the hot water goes on them. When I then step out of the shower to get dried they then turn purple before going back to red again. This worried me as I started to think I was bleeding under the skin, but when the purple colour went away I figured that it could be nerve damage?
They also itch in bed and when I feel them begin to tingle and go numb I massage them to get the circulation going again and they go a bit cold before the tingling goes away again. This sounds so odd as I write this but I don't know what's going on, especially since they now itch! I'm currently wearing the adhesive heat-activating pads on my feet as for one thing they stay warm for up to 8 hours and secondly it saves money on the water/electricity bill as I would usually use the hot water bottle for this!
Something that happened to me lately as well, is that I ate a really healthy meal - I don't usually eat very healthily and the last time I did eat a lot of meat and veg was Christmas Day when I had a very large Christmas dinner! I ate it all but again, I gained no weight unfortunately. Well, this meal in particular, consisted of beef, peas and potatoes. Within half an hour I was on the toilet, straining to go. It wasn't as though I didn't have any fluids during the meal as I had a tropical fruit juice drink, so I couldn't understand why all of a sudden I get issues with my stomach after eating so healthily. Could it be that my digestive system was in so much shock of accepting all this healthy stuff that it didn't know what to do with it?
I am low on Vitamin D and iron - I'm currently taking supplements to help with this.
Thanks for any help.