So these are my hands. I snapped these photos earlier today when I was out on a run. Today and tomorrow are supposed to be on the warmer side here in Philly so I decided to take advantage and get outside in the fresh air.
But I wasn’t prepared – it wasn’t as warm as I thought and I have a little annoying thing called Raynaud’s Disease, which causes me to lose the blood circulation in my fingers and toes when it’s cold or damp out. You can see that my fingers are swollen and the tips of several fingers had gone totally white with no blood circulation at all:
Most of the time it’s more annoying than anything but today it HURT. If I’m out too long, the numbness gets kind of painful and I was kicking myself as I ran that I hadn’t thought to bring gloves.
Supposedly 1 in 4 women are affected by Raynaud’s – so what about you? Do you have it? Any tips for things that help?
My acupuncturist recently told me that adding Cayenne Pepper to one’s diet helps with blood circulation so I’m going to try that soon.