THIS SHOWS THAT THE ABILITY TO WALK IS PERHAPS INTIMATELY RELATED TO THE CONDITION OF THE NECK.
1) The most remarkable treatment to improve the condition of the neck is the ATLASBALANCE method. (There are also other comparable methods available) This also massively improves the peripheral blood circulation to an extent that it can be safely said that Raynaud's Syndrome is no longer a syndrome! and perhaps will better address the heat problems that MSers suffer from.
Well, Dr. Amir, all I can say about the above statement is, Yikes!
Although Atlas balance could be an issue in some cases, the causes of Raynaud's are many and varied, which makes your broad, sweeping declaration a teensy bit outrageous, in my
own obviously non-professional but well-researched opinion. Although you're more than welcome to prove me wrong, of course.
I have a lot of experience with Raynaud's ever since I started on a beta blocker 30+ years ago, and have posted about it here numerous times. So, in the interest of promoting the most accurate info at TIMS, I'm adding a couple of links to Raynaud's info and lists of other causes for it.
medical history includes several of the most commonly listed causes (see lists below) of Raynaud's:
**carpal tunnel in both wrists and elbows (likely due to HNPP)
**overuse of those nerves (by typing/piano -also from HNPP)
**smoking (former smoker)
**Meds – I use a beta blocker and estrogen. My Raynaud's has shown dramatic increases/decreases over the years in direct relation to dosage or when I added a second BP med.
Plus...I don't suffer much from heat, although I have a very definite case of MS.
Here's a list of causes for Raynaud's from Mayo Clinic
site: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/raynau ... ION=causes
Raynaud's may be partly an inherited disorder.
Primary vs. secondary Raynaud's
Raynaud's occurs in two main types:
• Primary Raynaud's. This is Raynaud's without an underlying disease or associated medical problem that could provoke vasospasm. Also called Raynaud's disease, it's the most common form of the disorder.
• Secondary Raynaud's. Also called Raynaud's phenomenon, this form is caused by an underlying problem. Although secondary Raynaud's is less common than the primary form, it tends to be a more serious disorder. Signs and symptoms of secondary Raynaud's usually first appear at later ages — around 40 — than they do for people with the primary form of Raynaud's.
Causes of secondary Raynaud's include:
• Scleroderma. Raynaud's phenomenon occurs in the majority of people who have scleroderma — a rare disease that leads to hardening and scarring of the skin.
• Lupus. Raynaud's is also a common problem for people with lupus erythematosus — an autoimmune disease that can affect many parts of your body, including your skin, joints, organs and blood vessels.
• Rheumatoid arthritis. Raynaud's may be an initial sign of rheumatoid arthritis — an inflammatory condition causing pain and stiffness in the joints, often including the hands and feet.
• Sjogren's syndrome. Raynaud's phenomenon can also occur in people who have Sjogren's syndrome — an autoimmune disorder that may accompany scleroderma, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
• Diseases of the arteries. Raynaud's phenomenon can be associated with various diseases that affect arteries, such as atherosclerosis, which is the gradual buildup of plaques in blood vessels that feed the heart (coronary arteries), or Buerger's disease, a disorder in which the blood vessels of the hands and feet become inflamed. Primary pulmonary hypertension, a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries of the lungs, can be linked to Raynaud's.
• Carpal tunnel syndrome. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in your wrist that protects a major nerve to your hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which pressure is put on this nerve, producing numbness and pain in the affected hand. The affected hand may become more susceptible to cold temperatures and episodes of Raynaud's.
• Injury due to overuse. Raynaud's can also be caused by repetitive injuries that damage nerves serving blood vessels in the hands and feet. Some people who type or play the piano vigorously or for long periods of time may be susceptible to Raynaud's. Workers who operate vibrating tools can develop a type of Raynaud's phenomenon called vibration white finger.
• Smoking. Smoking constricts blood vessels and is a potential cause of Raynaud's.
• Injuries. Prior injuries to the hands or feet, such as wrist fracture, surgery or frostbite, can lead to Raynaud's phenomenon.
• Certain medications. Some drugs — including beta blockers, which are used to treat high blood pressure; migraine medications that contain ergotamine; medications containing estrogen; certain chemotherapy agents; and drugs that cause blood vessels to narrow, such as some over-the-counter (OTC) cold medications — have been linked to Raynaud's.
• Chemical exposure. People exposed to vinyl chloride, such as those who work in the plastics industry, may develop an illness similar to scleroderma. Raynaud's can be a part of that illness.
• Other causes. Raynaud's has also been linked to thyroid gland disorders.
And another link and list of causes from the NIH (good pics here):http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health- ... s/raynaud/
What Causes Raynaud's?
Often, the cause of Raynaud's isn't known. This type of Raynaud's is called Raynaud's disease or primary Raynaud's.
Sometimes a disease, condition, or other factor causes Raynaud's. This type of Raynaud's is called Raynaud's phenomenon or secondary Raynaud's.
Causes of Secondary Raynaud's
Many things can cause secondary Raynaud's. Examples include:
• Diseases and conditions that directly damage the arteries or damage the nerves that control the arteries in the hands and feet
• Repetitive actions that damage the nerves that control the arteries in the hands and feet
• Injuries to the hands and feet
• Exposure to certain chemicals
• Medicines that narrow the arteries or affect blood pressure
Diseases and Conditions
Secondary Raynaud's is linked to diseases and conditions that directly damage the arteries. The disorder also is linked to diseases and conditions that damage the nerves that control the arteries in the hands and feet.
Scleroderma (skler-o-DER-ma) and lupus are two examples of conditions that can cause Raynaud's. About 9 out of 10 people who have scleroderma have Raynaud's. About 1 out of 3 people who has lupus has Raynaud's.
Other examples of diseases and conditions that can cause Raynaud's include:
• Rheumatoid (RU-ma-toyd) arthritis
• Atherosclerosis (ath-er-o-skler-O-sis)
• Blood disorders such as cryoglobulinemia (KRI-o-GLOB-yu-li-NE-me-ah) and polycythemia (POL-e-si-THE-me-ah)
• Sjögren's (SHOW-gren's) syndrome, dermatomyositis (DER-ma-to-mi-o-SI-tis), and polymyositis (POL-e-mi-o-SI-tis)
• Buerger's disease
Thyroid problems and pulmonary hypertension also may cause Raynaud's.
Repetitive actions that damage the arteries or the nerves that control the arteries in the hands and feet may lead to Raynaud's. Typing, playing the piano, or doing other similar movements repeatedly over long periods may lead to secondary Raynaud's. Using vibrating tools, such as jackhammers and drills, also may raise your risk of developing Raynaud's.
Hand or Foot Injuries
Injuries to the hands or feet from accidents, frostbite, surgery, or other causes can lead to Raynaud's.
Exposure to certain workplace chemicals can cause a scleroderma-like illness that's linked to Raynaud's. An example of this type of chemical is vinyl chloride, which is used in the plastics industry.
The nicotine in cigarettes also can raise your risk of developing Raynaud's.
Certain medicines can cause secondary Raynaud's, including:
• Migraine headache medicines that contain ergotamine. This substance causes the arteries to narrow.
• Certain cancer medicines, such as cisplatin and vinblastine.
• Some over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines and diet aids. Some of these medicines can narrow your arteries.
• Beta blockers. These medicines slow your heart rate and lower your blood pressure.
• Birth control pills. These medicines can affect blood flow.