What is Raynaud’s Phenomenon?
Raynaud’s phenomenon is a condition that can occur on its own (known as primary Raynaud’s), or it can be a sign of an underlying autoimmune disease (known as secondary Raynaud’s). It is estimated to affect an average of 6.5% of people (8-10% of women and 3-5% of men). It is commonly associated with Sjögren’s Syndrome.
Raynaud’s affects the arteries and blood vessels, causing vascular ‘spasms’ that restrict blood flow to extremities such as the ears, toes, and nose. These spasms can be triggered by mild cold or even emotional distress.
Raynaud’s Phenomenon Symptoms
Do you suspect or know that you have Raynaud’s phenomenon? You may experience symptoms such as these:
Triggers for Raynaud’s Phenomenon
How Can Dr. Autoimmune Help?
It can be frustrating trying to find help with chronic and complex conditions, which is why we have chosen to dedicate our practice to exactly that. Instead of treating the symptoms, the functional medicine approach focuses on uncovering the causes.
All autoimmune diseases start in the gut. We design custom plans of dietary intervention, supplements and lifestyle recommendations to help heal the gut and support the immune system. In supporting these fundamental functions of the digestive tract we can reduce inflammation and see dramatic changes in symptoms.
Finding the Root Cause
2. Leaky gut (a.k.a intestinal permeability)
3. An environmental trigger
It All Starts in the Gut!
Our small intestine consists of 25 feet of tubing, the inside surface area being equivalent to that of a doubles tennis court!
Proteins called “tight junctions” prevent a flood of material into the gut. Low vitamin D levels coupled with inflammation in the gut starts to widen the space between cells, allowing materials (bacteria and food) to start seeping through. This triggers inflammation and antibodies are formed against your own tissue.
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