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Most people with Raynaud’s have primary Raynaud’s, meaning there is no other associated condition and the cause is unknown. This type of Raynaud’s is commonly called primary Raynaud’s or Raynaud’s disease.
Secondary Raynaud’s is also known as Raynaud’s phenomenon or Raynaud’s syndrome. It is associated with another disease or injury and is likely to be more severe. Related diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma.
Because the cause of Raynaud's is often unknown, risk factors can be difficult to identify. Here are several possible risk factors commonly associated with Raynaud's:
In more severe cases, prescription drugs may be prescribed by your doctor. According to Dr. Fredrick Wigley, a rheumatologist and professor at Johns Hopkins, “All the medications now being used for Raynaud’s are off-label, meaning they’re approved by the F.D.A. for other problems but not for Raynaud’s.” Some medications used for blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, and depression are used to treat Raynaud’s. Dr. Wigley also says that surgery is used in some cases when medications don’t work. However, he advises that “None of the drugs is as potent as staying warm, and that does work for the majority of people with Raynaud’s.”
Though not an F.D.A.-cleared indication for its use, the NormaTec PCD has been prescribed off-label for patients with Raynaud’s who have reported significant improvement in their symptoms with routine use. Check our blog often for more updates on Raynaud’s research and treatment, peripheral vascular disease treatment, and the many ways in which restoring healthy circulation can be achieved with a pneumatic compression device.
Please note: The content contained in this post is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your physician.
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