Is this Raynaud's? please see photo

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Just looking for advice - my fingertips started turning purple in cold temperatures five years ago ( they first turn a pale waxy colour). My GP sent me to a rheumatologist who asked me to describe the colour changes and was quite adamant that what I was describing wasn't Raynaud's apparently because the whole process begins as a mottling of blue/purple/pale and salmon and then settles into a more definite blue or purple. The picture below shows my fingers after five minutes without gloves in winter . in the summer my palms burn and turn uniformly bright red and this turns out to be erythromelagia. Does anyone with Raynaud's have fingertips like this? Many thanks for reading.

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    I can only say I was diagnosed with Raynauds ten years ago and my fingers turned  cream, blue and then red, all very painful. I was sent to see a rheumatologist to exclude the secondary form of scleroderma and then referred to a vascular surgeon who had me in each year late September for flolan infusions. The colouration is not always the same. I would ask to be referred to a vascular specialist. Good luck.
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      Yes, exactly, it's the tiny veins that become visible during an attack, it's as though the veins rise to the surface.

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    yes, The colder the greater the artery constriction, the more painful during the dilation of the arteries.

    No one sits and closely monitors color's Raynaulds....I can't putvmy hands in the freezer without bringing tears to my eyes during the warm up.

    The constriction does not hurt...warm up can be a killer...and feet too.



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