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beta blockers and Raynaud's


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  • beta blockers and Raynaud's

    Might have drilled down to the actual cause of my purple/black feet finally... a problem I've had for years but which only recently switched to a very painful condition, instead of just a colorful albeit uncomfortable one.

    Wondering if anyone else's use of beta blockers triggered Raynaud's as a secondary condition. I'm going to wean off metoprolol and try a calcium channel blocker instead and those are supposedly good for Raynaud's so looking forward to some success with that as secondary Raynaud's can not only get very painful but even lead to loss of extremities and unfortunately is also a precursor to a range of incurable autoimmune disorders *sigh*

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    Murmur detected in childhood (3rd gen, 3 clear siblings)
    Chronic dyspnea, dizziness & palpitations (21+)
    Echocardiogram showing 3X thicknesses 2000
    Cardiac CT 2009 no significant obstruction or plaque (Yay!)
    Cardiac MRI 2010 showing septal scarring (Boo!)
    Verapamil 280mg a day (metoprolol starved extremities)
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    Re: beta blockers and Raynaud's

    I hope changing the meds works for you.
    I know now that I have always had Raynaud's. My feet would always be freezing except in the summer.
    It prevented me for doing outdoor activities in the winter. I always just avoided staying outside much in the winter.
    It limited how long I went skating or tobogganing, it also prevented me from going hunting with my father.
    I didn't know that I had it and never heard of it being triggered by a med before.
    My toes sometimes turn white and I need to warm them up to get them to go back to normal.
    I have to really take care of them and make sure to keep them warm.
    I never had them turn black, just blue and whilte.
    I haven't had a problem with my hands as yet.