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Cold hands are agony

Fiona Caine is here to help if you have a relationship, sexual, marriage or family problem.

The last few weeks have been absolute agony for me as I’ve felt the cold so badly, particularly in my hands.

I’ve had days when I’ve been out and quickly noticed a loss of sensation in my fingers and toes, which then becomes really painful.

The pain can be absolute agony and I can’t believe cold hands can be so debilitating.

One of my friends said there is some kind of condition that can make this happen to people. She can't remember what it is, though — is she right? WT

FIONA SAYS: SEE A DOCTOR

There is a condition called Raynaud's disease, which affects about one in five people in the UK but is not as widely known as it should be.

You should see a doctor as there are treatments that can help and also because sometimes this can be a symptom of something more serious.

With Raynaud's, the blood supply is temporarily stopped from reaching the outer edges of the body — that is toes and feet especially.

The Raynaud's & Scleroderma Association (RSA) has been helping people for more than 30 years and has lots of advice.

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