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Got Raynaud's?

Raynaud's phenomenon is an exaggerated vascular response to cold temperature and/or emotional stress that causes red, white, and blue color changes of the finger; and not the nail bed or fingertips. Raynaud's phenomenon is not a numbness of the fingers when cold. This is an example of what Raynaud's phenomenon looks like. There are two kinds of Raynaud's phenomenon (RP): Primary and Secondary. Primary RP is benign, or harmless, and tends to occur in young women. It is not associated with another condition. Secondary RP is usually associated with another medical condition. Scleroderma, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and dermatomyositis are come conditions that can be associated with it. It can

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Interstitial Lung Disease: Doc, I get short of breath easily.

An interesting thing about rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is that it is not just a joint disease. Some patients may develop lung involvement. Lung involvement in RA is also an inflammatory process that generally occurs if joint disease is active. Say, your RA is active, as defined by painful, swollen, and stiff joints, the most important goal your rheumatologist will have with you is to control those symptoms with DMARDs. If you develop at anytime new onset of persistent shortness of breath (medical jargon: dyspnea) and/or dry cough without a preceding illness like a viral infection, which would typically cause a runny nose and sore throat, then inform your rheumatologist. Common is common. So in

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