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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My hands and thighs are turning blue. Some days are worse than others. Besides the coloration I have no other symptoms. What should I do?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello. Can you help?
Doctor :   May I know your age?
Doctor :   Since when are you having this problem?
User :   I am 43. I have notice the last 2 weeks.
Doctor :   Do you have other associated symptoms such as cough, breathing difficulties, palpitations, chest pain?
User :   Not at all
Doctor :   Do you feel the symptoms are severe on exposure to cold weather or after dipping into a cold water?
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   Maybe. I do live on a city that is currently only 32 degress during the day. I am not sure if it is associated with the vitamins that I am taking. I take multivitamin, probiotic pill and a D3 pill. I used to only take the probiotic. Then I started taking the additional vitamins recently. Not sure what could be. Back in December I have a blood test as my annual check up, and noting came up. What do you recommend? Thanks.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have pain, tingling sensation, numbness too?
Doctor :   Are you on hormonal pills such as birth control pills?
Doctor :   Do you have history of diabetes, hypertension, venous thrombosis in the past?
User :   No I do not. I was eating dinner and I notice my hands suddenly looked very blue. After cleaning up some dishes, they look better now. I am not on birth control at all.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
User :   I had some previous readings that my blood pressure has been high. It is up and down. I am overweight. I am 5'7" and my weight is around 206.
Doctor :   From this far, without physically examining you, it is a difficult task to predict what the cause might be.
Doctor :   But I shall provide you with information that should be able to guide you further
Doctor :   Bluish discoloration of the limbs is described medically as peripheral cyanosis.
Doctor :   Depending on the areas cynaosed and the severity of the cyanosis, the causes vary.
Doctor :   Mild cyanosis on exposure to cold weather is probably due to vasoconstriction of blood vessels.
Doctor :   This is probably what is happening with you.
Doctor :   This normally happens in few individuals who suffer from Reynaud's phenomena.
User :   How do I treat it?
Doctor :   You will need to see a doctor, if you develop other symptoms such as tingling, needles and pin sensation, numbness associated with the symptoms.
Doctor :   This condition is a preventable only,
Doctor :   Preventing exposure to cold weather, use of hand gloves and keeping your self warm, are the treatment options suggested.
User :   To find out for sure, do I take a specific blood test? I only have 2 minutes. If the time runs out, thank you very much and good night.
Doctor :   Apart from Reynaud's phenomena, few other conditions such as thrombophlebitis, brusing secondary to platelet deficiency, vitamin deficiencies can also be the cause for mild peripheral cyanosis.
Doctor :   If your symptoms are very frequent, and severe in nature, then cardiac evaluation is necessary.
Doctor :   Hence my suggestion to you
Doctor :   are
Doctor :   1. Avoid exposure to cold weather
Doctor :   See if your symptoms are improving.
Doctor :   2. If you develop other symptoms, then you will need evaluations
Doctor :   which will include doppler studies and cardiac evaluation.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Yes and thank you.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now.
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