I'm 41, I have suffered in winter for many years from bad circulation, or so I thought! Until I visited the doctor, I regularly suffer from chill blains, my fingers and toes turn white with cold, and then as they warm up, turn Blue The bright red then all pins and needles which is quite painful.
I recently visited the doctor for something else and happened to mention about my fingers and toes wheni got cold, that's when she informed that I was suffering from Raynauds Phenomenon, where the blood vessels in my extremities close up blocking blood supply to the the ends of my fingers and toes. She told me about Nifedipine, which opens up the blood vessels allowing free flowing blood, I thought great, I'll give it a go! She did warn me of the side effects, head aches, nausea, dizziness.... (As a migraine sufferer, it wasn't an easy decision)
I picked up my script, read thru the sheet, and took my first tablet, 5mg, an hour and half later, I regretted taking it, massive head ache, sickness, dizziness, not paracetamol or ibuprofen could shift it. It carried on, I went to bed, took more pain killers, woke the next morning still with it but not as bad. I have decided I would rather suffer from cold, white, numb hands and feet than suffer that head ache again. I would urge any one to think really hard before taking Nifedipine. I'm not against it, it may work wonders for some, but for me it is a no go. I shall be leaving a message for my doctor letting him know my out come from just one tablet!
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