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Raynaud's due to hypo/musculoskeletal conditions

Does anyone on this forum have Raynaud's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raynaud%27s_phenomenon as a result of hypothyroidism or a musculoskeletal condition such as carpal tunnel syndrome?

Please note I have hypothyroidism (cause undetermined) and tendinitis in both forearms (occupational injury). My work is physical and repetitive. I'm in my mid 40s.

Since I've had tendinitis my hands sometimes feel cold and sometimes look red. Also when I go to bed my feet become cold (hot water bottle helps). I wish I had thought to mention the hand symptoms when I went to the specialty hand & wrist clinic for WSIB. I have become concerned now as my naturopathic doctor now wonders if I may have a mild case of Raynaud's. I do recall a couple episodes some time ago when I had temporary tingling/numbness and a white or blue colour in my fingers.

I don't know if this is the case and if it might be because of the hypothyroidism or the tendinitis or maybe a combination of both.
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649848 tn?1534633700
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These might help you:

"Abstract

We describe a patient with panhypopituitarism whose only clinical symptoms were related to Raynaud's phenomenon. Previously described patients with Raynaud's phenomenon due to hypothyroidism had Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease associated with multisystem autoimmune disorders. The occurrence of Raynaud's phenomenon in hypothyroidism without thyroiditis and its prompt disappearance with thyroid replacement therapy demonstrate that decreased thyroid function per se is a cause of this vasospastic syndrome. Raynaud's phenomenon may be an early clue to the diagnosis of hypothyroidism."

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7387277

"Other possible causes of secondary Raynaud’s phenomenon include:

Traumatic vasospasm from vibrating tools or repeated pounding with the palm of the hand (hyothenar hammer syndrome)
  
Carpal tunnel syndrome

Obstructive arterial disease (blood vessel disease)

Some medications, including beta-blockers, ergotamine preparations, certain chemotherapy drugs, and those that cause vasoconstriction (such as some over-the-counter cold medications and narcotics)

Thyroid disorders"
http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/heart/disorders/hic_Raynauds_Phenomenon/raynauds
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4274823 tn?1388529098
Thank you for the info. The symptoms that may be Raynaud's phenomenon have lessened over time perhaps because both the hypothyroidism and tendinitis symptoms aren't as severe as they once were. I hope to get the thyroid bloodwork in early July at the latest through my conventional doctor so it's covered. I see my naturopathic doctor regularly and pay for that. She's provided holistic support for which I am thankful.
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