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Dr. D. Love
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Could you please advise if there are remedies or exercises

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Could you please advise if there are remedies or exercises thst could be helpful
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
What is the problem that you have for which you are seeking a remedy?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

can you provide any helpful suggestions for Raynauds Syndome and Rheumatic arthiritus of the hand ie curled fingers etc

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
Are you taking any chronic medicines?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

No

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.

There are several issues to consider in this situation. And there are different interventions that may help either Raynauds syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis.

For both of these problems, there are several medicines that can be prescribed by your doctor to help ease symptoms and control the disease. This is particularly more important for rheumatoid arthritis, as the disease can be causing damage to the joints even if inflammation can be eased with anti-inflammatory medicines. People with significant rheumatoid arthritis frequently should be treated with one of several medicines that can modify the activity of the disease, which is better at preventing the destruction of joints associated with the disease. Even if the interventions that can be done over the counter are helpful, it is still important that you be seen by your doctor for consideration of one of these disease-modifying drugs.

As for what can be done at home or with over the counter medicines, there are several options. It is important to maintain warmth of the hands, particularly for the Raynauds syndrome. This is usually best accomplished by routinely wearing gloves when there is even the slightest chill present. It may be helpful to avoid cigarettes and caffeine. Obtaining regular aerobic exercise is good to improve circulation into the extremities. There are some supplements that may be helpful, including fish oil or Gingko.

It also may be helpful to take an over the counter anti-inflammatory medicines, such as naproxen. People with more significant inflammation also may require higher doses, up to 1000-1500 mg per day, in divided doses. If an anti-inflammatory medicine is taken chronically, it is appropriate to monitor blood tests including tests of kidney function, but you can start taking the medicine that is available over the counter.

If you have any further questions, please let me know.