This Weeks Q&A From Doctors Express Memphis

-How can I help poor circulation in my hands?

They go blue and become painful whenever it gets cold? You most likely have a condition known as Raynauds syndrome where your blood vessels constrict in cold weather.  You may also have symptoms when you get anxious or upset.  You need to be tested to be sure that my “diagnosis” is indeed the correct one. There are medications that you can take that can help prevent your blood vessels from constricting.  Behavioral changes, like wearing gloves to stay warm might also help.  It is important that you speak with your doctor about this and be evaluated.

 

I have had psoriasis for years, and now I’ m getting bad arthritis. I’ m told there is a connection—is this so?

Yes, there is a connection between psoriasis and a specific type of arthritis called psoriatic arthritis.  It is treatable, although not curable.  You need to see a Rheumatologist to be tested and treated appropriately.

 

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