To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of Raynaud's phenomenon we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors. We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow Raynaud's phenomenon to develop?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind Raynaud's phenomenon consists of three steps:
|Lupus (SLE)||5%||Ruled out|
|Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia||5%||Ruled out|
|Multiple Chemical Sensitivity||1%||Ruled out|
Do you have Raynaud's Phenomenon (extreme loss of circulation to fingers and/or toes)?
Possible responses:→ No / don't know
→ Probably had it / minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Raynaud's phenomenon is found in between 30% to 50% of CFS/FMS sufferers.
Raynaud's phenomenon has been observed in 17-30% of patients with SLE, depending on the study.