Cold Hands and Feet

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The guidance given in this leaflet includes some very helpful advice provided by the Raynaud’s Association. There is also specific guidance for people with M.E.

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What causes cold hands and feet in people with M.E.?

“The answer probably lies in a disorder of the autonomic nervous
system (ANS). This is a part of the nervous system that helps to control the size of blood vessels, and then the blood flow, to key parts of the body
such as the brain.

“It also controls the size of small blood vessels that supply the skin and divert blood away from skin when the external temperature drops. So any disturbance in the ANS control centres in the brain, or in the messages that are being sent to control blood flow, can make people over-sensitive to cold weather.

“This causes the tiny blood vessels to shut down even more and produces cold hands or feet/toes. The ears and nose are also sometimes affected…

“Where the problem is more severe, and attacks become more frequent
or persistent, it is called Raynaud’s phenomenon – or just Raynauds.”

The guidance given in this leaflet includes some very helpful advice provided by the Raynaud’s Association. There is also specific guidance for people with M.E.

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

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ME CONNECT HELPLINE

0344 576 5326

Available every day of the week between these times: 10am - 12noon, 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm.

Calls cost the same as other standard landline numbers (starting 01 or 02). If you have a call package for your landline or mobile phone then calls will normally come out of your inclusive minutes.