Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
You may have Raynaud's phenomenon. In this condition, blood vessels in the fingers narrow more than normal when exposed to cold. The color changes (typically white, then blue, then red) tend to reverse after a few minutes or with warming.
This is a very common condition and affects women more than men. In fact, up to ten percent of women report these symptoms. In nine out of ten cases, Raynaud's is not associated with any other type of disease. In the other one out of ten cases, it may accompany a rheumatic disease such as lupus or scleroderma. These conditions would be rare causes of hand pain as the only symptom.
Contact your physician to see if you have Raynaud's phenomenon or an associated condition.
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