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I have never formally been diagnosed with this because of how frightened I am of going to the doctors (it doesn't end well usually end up white and pass out) however I suspect I have this as some of my distant family suffer from it.

In the winter months when it is cold outside, or if I have a quick change in temperature or if a situation becomes stressful my hands turn white, then blue and then red and then back to their normal colour eventually. When this happens my fingers become numb and I struggle to carry out my jobs effectively.

I am an accountant so I spend most of my day on a computer with a lot of typing, this has proved tricky over the last few months, an extremely cold winter here in the UK as well as a not much warmer spring.

I don't know how I can cope with this, has anybody else experienced this and have any good tips on how to handle the situation - especially in a cold office environment!
I have similar symptoms to yourself during the winter months and have only just stopped wearing gloves as my hands are so sensitive to the cold! If I am typing for long periods at home (especially if the heating is not on), I wear fingerless gloves lined with silver (I bought them on Amazon) which have really helped. Asides from wearing gloves at all times outdoors during the winter months (otherwise I get really painful chilblains), I don't have much advice to offer, but hope that it helps.
This answer is going to be obvious but you have to go to the doctors so that they can diagnose whether you actually have Raynaud's or not. Then from there they will give you procedures on how to treat it.
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Original post by Anonymous
I have never formally been diagnosed with this because of how frightened I am of going to the doctors (it doesn't end well usually end up white and pass out) however I suspect I have this as some of my distant family suffer from it.

In the winter months when it is cold outside, or if I have a quick change in temperature or if a situation becomes stressful my hands turn white, then blue and then red and then back to their normal colour eventually. When this happens my fingers become numb and I struggle to carry out my jobs effectively.

I am an accountant so I spend most of my day on a computer with a lot of typing, this has proved tricky over the last few months, an extremely cold winter here in the UK as well as a not much warmer spring.

I don't know how I can cope with this, has anybody else experienced this and have any good tips on how to handle the situation - especially in a cold office environment!


I also have raynauds too and have gone to the gp about it. I was told that all you can really do is make sure you’re wearing extra layers and keep yourself warm. There are tablets available that can help with raynauds if it is difficult to deal with so maybe it is worth visiting the local doctors?
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Original post by Anonymous
I also have raynauds too and have gone to the gp about it. I was told that all you can really do is make sure you’re wearing extra layers and keep yourself warm. There are tablets available that can help with raynauds if it is difficult to deal with so maybe it is worth visiting the local doctors?

It's horrid isn't it!

I tend to work 3-4 layers during the winter months and have recently dropped down to 2-3 although this doesn't help when caused by stress!

I have been offered a new job which has much better career prospects but it is further away from home which means that I will have to stand around outside waiting for public transport which perhaps isn't the best of ideas in the winter months with this...!

I may try and build myself up to going to see a GP (if of course I can actually get an appointment - usually a struggle especially since covid!) however I feel that now the weather is starting to warm back up it may not be the right time to visit!
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Original post by CharmingCat
I have similar symptoms to yourself during the winter months and have only just stopped wearing gloves as my hands are so sensitive to the cold! If I am typing for long periods at home (especially if the heating is not on), I wear fingerless gloves lined with silver (I bought them on Amazon) which have really helped. Asides from wearing gloves at all times outdoors during the winter months (otherwise I get really painful chilblains), I don't have much advice to offer, but hope that it helps.


I think we are just unfortunate! Yes, I sat in the office all through the winter with gloves on and always got questioned by colleagues and especially management. Yes, I also experienced chilblains for the first time (or what I think were as well as ganglion cysts) early this year. I may try and get some of them lined gloves.
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Original post by Good Advice
This answer is going to be obvious but you have to go to the doctors so that they can diagnose whether you actually have Raynaud's or not. Then from there they will give you procedures on how to treat it.


I really need to attempt this just so scared...
Original post by Anonymous
I think we are just unfortunate! Yes, I sat in the office all through the winter with gloves on and always got questioned by colleagues and especially management. Yes, I also experienced chilblains for the first time (or what I think were as well as ganglion cysts) early this year. I may try and get some of them lined gloves.

There is no obvious cause for it, it is probably genetic but such a nuisance to deal with! One thing that I have realised from wearing the silver-lined gloves indoors is that you should sometimes take them off so that your hands don't overheat, which could result in chilblains forming on your fingers.
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Original post by Anonymous
I have never formally been diagnosed with this because of how frightened I am of going to the doctors (it doesn't end well usually end up white and pass out) however I suspect I have this as some of my distant family suffer from it.

In the winter months when it is cold outside, or if I have a quick change in temperature or if a situation becomes stressful my hands turn white, then blue and then red and then back to their normal colour eventually. When this happens my fingers become numb and I struggle to carry out my jobs effectively.

I am an accountant so I spend most of my day on a computer with a lot of typing, this has proved tricky over the last few months, an extremely cold winter here in the UK as well as a not much warmer spring.

I don't know how I can cope with this, has anybody else experienced this and have any good tips on how to handle the situation - especially in a cold office environment!


No point thinking you have Raymond's disease until you get proper diagnosis from your own GP or from specialist doctors at the hospital.

Carpal tunnel can also cause issues with your hands and fingers.


People who works with vibration machinery can get affected by either carpal tunnel or Hands arms vibration symptoms ( HAVS) especially in the colder months.

Would advise you to get a appointment asap with your GP who can then sorts things out for further investigation by the hospital.
(edited 9 months ago)

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