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Something else I’ve noticed about the cold fingers & toes…

Today I returned from my walk. Though the sun had already set before I began my 50-minute stroll, the air temperature was pretty warm. Frat boys walked in shorts in long-sleeved shorts; some folks walking dogs had on jeans and T-shirts (but looked cold). I had on two pairs of exercise pants (cozy), a long-sleeved T-shirt, and two sweatshirt hoodies. Plus my cotton stretch gloves!

When I got back to my neighborhood, I slowly peeled off the gloves. (I was moving in slow motion, trying to make the walk last as long as the PRI Selected Shorts program lasted.) I noticed two things:

1. The air felt warm to my pointer fingers!
2. My pointer fingers on each hand were markedly, dramatically colder than were my other digits. I put my pointer fingers on my cheeks and felt the cold; I put my ring and pinkie fingers on each cheek and felt warm, warm, warm.

#2 has happened once in awhile, but only since mentioning the possibility of my having Raynaud’s phenomenon did I really think too much about the discrepancy in temperature among fingers.

Now I know lots of you migraineurs wrote back about having cold fingers and toes–anyone else feel some digits go cold while others stay warm?

P.S. Check out the information Ellen posted about Raynaud’s on her wegohealth blog!

P.P.S. If I remember, I’m trying to include photos in each post. Often they’re related; sometimes they’re not. I noticed that on my page there’s always an image added to each post even if I haven’t included one–and I don’t usually like the photos they attach to my blog. SO I’m including my own pictures to beat the system! The end.

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  • The F_Hill_Flunkie
    10 years ago

    Yes, I get this too some times at night. I actually only notice it sometimes so who knows how often it actually happens to me. It's not really painful at all, and I can't really feel it when I'm just sitting. But when I touch my fingers to my face, my pinkie, ring, and middle finger all feel warm. While my pointer finger feels cold to the touch. Weird, wonder if it means anything…

  • Christine E
    10 years ago

    I just found your blog, so I hope you get the comments to old posts! I have had cold fingers (usually just the pinky) and toes for years, they usually get red and shiny. Docs have usually pooh-poohed it but I got a new doc and she tested me for everything (and ruled out Raynaud's somehow). The only thing left was chillblains — when I saw the picture I knew that was it: Don't know if it's related to migraine, though.

  • Christine Eubanks
    6 years ago

    Here I am, years later, responding to my own 2009 post! I was diagnosed with erythromelalgia, which is the opposite of Raynaud’s in that the pain and discoloration are caused by heat rather than cold. It is due to microvascular dilation, and can co-occur with Raynaud’s — and with migraine! So I have Raynaud’s in my fingers and ears, and erythromelalgia in my feet, and migraines in my head. Some mess, huh? But all related….

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