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I'm a sixteen year old girl and have noticed that for the last year now my hands and feet get really red sometimes and either turn purple or go completely numb and I'munable to move them. My freinds and family have noticed it too.  During some cold days I'll only be outside for a couple of minutes and my hands get icy and turn red and purple and look blotchy. Even just sitting or standing sometimes  my friends and I have noticed that my feet and hands look bright red like they've been slapped several times, It's the worst when I stand barefoot on tile and when I sit in the just the wrong position and after a while realize I can't move my entire calf and lower leg, foot, and thigh. I stand up sometimes after sitting or even just standing sedintary for a long amount of time and my vision goes competely blurry for a few seconds and I go extremely light headed, once I even stumbled backwards while in the middle of a conversation, and another time lost my hearing for a moment. It seems like now almost on a regular basis I have to "wake up" my legs after  sitting a certain way, and I don't even really seem to realize just exactly how red my hands and feet get. I'm really starting to get scared. if anyone knows anything that might be useful to me, anything at all really, please let me know soon.

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Hello, worried-one.... Have you noticed if your hands and feet get cold without being outside in the cold weather? I suspect it could be what is known as Raynaud's syndrome.  It is characterized by sensations of pain, discoloration, numbness, and possibly cold in the extremities.  This can be really bad for someone if they are in a cold climate for too long. It often occurs in girls in their teens to early 20's.  You should see your doctor about it.  He/she can provide management alternatives to help you with living with it. Good luck!

Is there anybody out there that has Raynaud's syndrome that could tell us their experiences with it?

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I have some similar symptoms. My hands and feet will go from a normal color to purple then to bright red. I have been diagnosed with Raynaud's disease. It is not like threatening. Basically the arteries to your extremities close for a bit, this closes the blood flow causing fingers or toes to turn purplish color. After the"attack " is over the blood vessels open up again and the blood rushes to the extremities causing the to turn bright red in color, then eventually back to Normal. Main causes are exposure to the cold, stress and smoking. Sometimes Raynaud's can be signs of other diseases, so just to be safe it's a good idea to see a family doctor to get blood work done to rule out other diseases.
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