Invisible Illness Vlogger Explains Raynaud’s Phenomenon

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In this video from invisible i, Katy takes the time to discuss one of the invisible illnesses she suffers from: Raynaud’s Phenomenon.

Many systemic scleroderma patients with Raynaud’s syndrome soon develop other conditions.

Katy explains that with Raynaud’s phenomenon, the blood vessels in the hands and feet become restricted and don’t have adequate blood flowing to them. This leaves them susceptible to the cold, causing them to change color to white or even blue. People with Raynaud’s can also experience this coldness in their ears, nose and lips.

There are two types of Raynaud’s: primary and secondary. Katy discusses the difference between the two and how people with primary Raynaud’s often have no other health complaints, whereas those with secondary Raynaud’s often have an autoimmune disease such as scleroderma, lupus, or fibromyalgia.

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