Raynaud’s Disease

by Jeff Thaxton |   Date Released : 29 Apr 2009
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Jeff Thaxton

About the author: Jeff Thaxton

Jeff Thaxton is a Certified Personal Trainer by the American Council on Exercise. He earned a BS degree in Exercise Science at Eastern Washington University in 2001 and has continuing education certifications in human movement, advanced program design, nutrition for special populations, counseling for health and fitness professionals, overcoming fitness plateaus and others. He is the owner of an in home personal training business called Fit for Life, and he has volunteer experience in physical therapy clinics and cardiopulmonary units.

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Pastuch, Sean | 01 Oct 2009, 05:38 AM

This was a good explanation of raynauds. I would add that it also presents as raynauds phenomenon and as reynauds disease. The difference being that raynauds disease is the primary type while raynauds phenomenon is more secondary and less predictable. It's important for trainers and clients alike to recognize which condition is at work so that it can be monitored properly.

I would also llike to comment on the itchy legs. This is likely a client who is having an elevated histamine response to exercise due to leaky capillaries and overfiling in the interstitial space. The first technique to use would be to have the client try to wear tight fitting leggings which would increase fluid return to the heart and reduce filling in the legs. If this does not work to reduce the symptoms, consult a physician you trust and inquire about the use of antihistamines (only as a diagnostic procedure!). To repeat that last point because it is so important, the anti histamines would be used one time and as a diagnostic procedure. If the itching remits, the physician should be notified and proper steps can be taken. I hope this helps.


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