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#1 kJay

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 03:15 PM

Hi. When I get into a hot bath my hands turn so purple they almost look black. My nails are blue and my fingers look like they are covered in ink. I was just wondering if this happened to anyone else and if you know why.

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 03:29 PM

Mine turn purplish red, but more red than purple.

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 05:29 PM

I've noticed my nailbeds turn blue in hot water. I had never noticed this before. :)

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 07:02 PM

Yes, mine too, but not just my hands. My feet and legs up to the top of my knees turn dark purplish-blue as well. I almost posted this same question a couple of months ago.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 07:42 AM

Summer- I'll have to look at my feet and legs next time it happens. I was so distracted by my hands... I got right out.. they were soo dark- and my skin is pretty pale. does it happen to you when you are cold and then you get in a hot tub? i got in trying to warm up.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 08:41 AM

Yes, mine start out purple to the point of being almost black in patches, but then after a few minutes they are bright red. Half the time my toes look scary - like they could be damaged by poor circulation, but the cardio says its venous pooling and I shouldn't be too concerned about it.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 09:54 PM

yes - raynaud's phenomenon.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 03:55 PM

does it happen to you when you are cold and then you get in a hot tub? i got in trying to warm up.



Hi Kayjay!
Yes, it does happen when I am cold. Sometimes I feel like getting in the tub is the only way I can get warm. Putting on sweaters, getting under blankets etc. does not help. I do have Raynaud's, as Crow has mentioned. It's pretty freaky looking when it happens! I guess it's vasoconstriction.

After I get warmed up I'm very red. Then I get out of the tub and I feel faint, and exhausted. We just can't win!

Do you have Raynaud's?

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 04:11 PM

I was just told that I do by my doc on Monday- but I didn't have any tests done. I am always cold but only noticed the severe discoloration when i got into the bath. Could that still be what you are talking about?

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 06:15 PM

I was just told that I do by my doc on Monday- but I didn't have any tests done. I am always cold but only noticed the severe discoloration when i got into the bath. Could that still be what you are talking about?



I haven't had any testing for Raynaud's either. My doc just diagnosed me based on symptoms. My fingers sometimes turn white and get very numb. After that they turn blue, and then get red and hot. I almost always feel cold too.

I am on a beta blocker which is probably making it worse. We did try an alpha-beta blocker, which helped the Raynaud's but did nothing for my POTS symptoms. I'm really not sure why getting into the tub causes vasoconstriction and that purple-blue color, but I have no trouble believing it is related to Raynaud's somehow. It kind of scared me at first, but now I just accept it as another one of my charming peculiarities :rolleyes: .