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PostThu Dec 14, 2017 10:36 am 
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In order to better understand some health issues my daughter is having, I ended up revisiting Reynaud's Syndrome (RS).

The mechanism for RS is associated with peripheral vasoconstriction (PV).  There are various causes of PV, some quite normal.

Another condition that hikers get is "hyponatremia."  I get severe hyponatremia when I hike in hot weather (lots of sweat) and drink straight water.  My body over-responds to a slight imbalance in salt content, and rejects water.  The best symptom to look for is urinating clear fluid all day, for me around 15 minutes after I drink water.  The result is dehydration despite drinking plenty of water.  I do not suffer from Reynaud's Syndrome.  The cure for my hyponatremia during hiking is full-strength Gatorade or a similar water additive.  Make sure the stuff you add to your water has real sugar, not one of the artificial sweeteners.

If you suffer from both Reynaud's syndrome AND hyponatremia, you should get a work-up from an endocrinologist to determine whether your body is secreting enough vasopressin.  Vasopressin affects both PV and the excretion of "solute-free water."  When you urinate clear fluid soon after drinking, your body may be over-excreting solute-free water due to a shortage of vasopressin.

I am not a doctor.  Any corrections or additions are welcome.

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In my ongoing research of Raynauds syndrome I came across references that people are getting relief being treated with Sildenafil (better known as Viagra).
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PostSat Dec 16, 2017 8:44 am 
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HitTheTrail wrote:
In my ongoing research of Raynauds syndrome I came across references that people are getting relief being treated with Sildenafil (better known as Viagra).

Thanks but no thanks. I stumbled a few months back and snapped one of my 2 hiking poles.

You can probably guess where I'm going with this...

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PostSat Dec 16, 2017 9:47 am 
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Bootpathguy wrote:
You can probably guess where I'm going with this...

I was serious, people with severe cases of Raynaud's are being prescribed viagra. But one reference did say that if your fingers are still immobile after 12 hours you should see your doctor.
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PostSat Dec 16, 2017 6:45 pm 
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HitTheTrail wrote:
I was serious, people with severe cases of Raynaud's are being prescribed viagra. But one reference did say that if your fingers are still immobile after 12 hours you should see your doctor.

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