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24 January 2009

something else I've noticed about the cold fingers & toes...

Today I returned from my walk. Though the sun had already set before I began my 50-minute stroll, the air temperature was pretty warm. Frat boys walked in shorts in long-sleeved shorts; some folks walking dogs had on jeans and T-shirts (but looked cold). I had on two pairs of exercise pants (cozy), a long-sleeved T-shirt, and two sweatshirt hoodies. Plus my cotton stretch gloves!

When I got back to my neighborhood, I slowly peeled off the gloves. (I was moving in slow motion, trying to make the walk last as long as the PRI Selected Shorts program lasted.) I noticed two things:

1. The air felt warm to my pointer fingers!
2. My pointer fingers on each hand were markedly, dramatically colder than were my other digits. I put my pointer fingers on my cheeks and felt the cold; I put my ring and pinkie fingers on each cheek and felt warm, warm, warm.

#2 has happened once in awhile, but only since mentioning the possibility of my having Raynaud's phenomenon did I really think too much about the discrepancy in temperature among fingers.

Now I know lots of you migraineurs wrote back about having cold fingers and toes--anyone else feel some digits go cold while others stay warm?

P.S. Check out the information Ellen posted about Raynaud's on her wegohealth blog!

P.P.S. If I remember, I'm trying to include photos in each post. Often they're related; sometimes they're not. I noticed that on my wegohealth.com page there's always an image added to each post even if I haven't included one--and I don't usually like the photos they attach to my blog. SO I'm including my own pictures to beat the system! The end.


Christine E said...

I just found your blog, so I hope you get the comments to old posts! I have had cold fingers (usually just the pinky) and toes for years, they usually get red and shiny. Docs have usually pooh-poohed it but I got a new doc and she tested me for everything (and ruled out Raynaud's somehow). The only thing left was chillblains -- when I saw the picture I knew that was it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilblains. Don't know if it's related to migraine, though.

The F_Hill_Flunkie said...

Yes, I get this too some times at night. I actually only notice it sometimes so who knows how often it actually happens to me. It's not really painful at all, and I can't really feel it when I'm just sitting. But when I touch my fingers to my face, my pinkie, ring, and middle finger all feel warm. While my pointer finger feels cold to the touch. Weird, wonder if it means anything...

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