February is Raynaud’s Awareness Month. “What month?” I hear you say! Well, that’s exactly why we’re here. We think it would be wonderful if everyone – not just the medical profession – knew what Raynaud’s Phenomenon is. It is estimated that up to 10 million Brits suffer from this medical condition, with its rather unusual and intriguing symptoms.
Research conducted by SRUK showed that despite being as common as hay fever and arthritis in the UK, over three quarters of people have never heard of Raynaud’s or don’t know anything about the symptoms.
Roughly one in five people would be embarrassed to say they had the condition whilst 20% of people would be frightened to touch someone with Raynaud’s.
Scleroderma & Raynaud’s UK (SRUK), the only UK Charity dedicated to improving the lives of people with Raynaud’s and Scleroderma, has an online test where you can check your symptoms. If you think you may have Raynaud’s, you should take the test. If you experience frequent attacks or severe symptoms, visit your GP for diagnosis and monitoring.
Sue Farringdon from SRUK joined Dave to talk more about it