I have a condition where my hands are almost always cold and blue-ish in color, even at about 70F. This affects other extremities as well; the skin on my face is extremely dry and flakes if I don’t apply strong moisturizer, my legs are also cold though not to the same extent. The medical community calls this condition “Raynaud’s Syndrome”, but the cause is rarely known and the disease is not well understood.
A good overview if you're interested: http://www.lef.org/p...syndrome_01.htm
I went to an endocrinologist and ruled out the obvious causes, like hypothyroidism or adrenal dysfunction. I’ve had blood tests done that showed no abnormalities. You’re probably wondering, why post in the Brain supplement section? The reason is that I suspect that it is a malfunction in the brain. For example, I’ve read about differences in circulating dopamine. Here’s one study:
Piracetam in large doses has been used in treatments with successful results:
So my question is: are there any other supplements you think might be helpful in my situation? I’m especially interested in trying those affecting the reward centers, including dopamine. The racetams seem promising, but I’m not sure which ones are best or how to dose. Any suggestions or even speculations might be useful. I’m obviously going out on a limb here, but I figure incremental experimentation with safe substances can’t hurt much. I'm hoping that some of the supplements used for long-term cognitive health might also be useful for this condition.
Edited by jibby, 25 June 2012 - 05:18 AM.