I have had many moments in my life that has changed the way I live dramatically. Off the top of my head, I can just mention having my oldest child and then my youngest child. That’s an obvious change in your lifestyle. The change I’m referring to is painful and something that only 5 to 10 percent of the general population has as well.
I remember the first time my pinkie-finger went white and numb. I was in my car driving home. I recall looking at my husband at the time, asking if he had ever seen anything like it before. It reminded us of frostbite. Why not? It was winter time and the steering wheel was cold. This didn’t happen again for a while, but when it did, I kept saying I was going to go to the doctor and figure out what was going on medically with me.
Fast forward a couple more years and a few more instances and it was the winter after my divorce. I complained as the Fall turned to Winter how as I’m getting older, the Winters seem to be harder on me. I started noticing all of my fingers and thumbs going white and my toes hurting. But, it was the day I decided to play in the snow (yes, we actually got snow in Tennessee) with my boys that I was in agonizing pain for two to two-and-a-half hours with my toes. I could not get them warm and I cried because the pain was so horrendous. I took pictures of my fingers and went to the doctor. My general practitioner referred me to a rheumatologist and he diagnosed me with Raynaud’s Phenomenon. Continue reading