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Cold hands Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Cold hands. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you noticed the cold hands?
  2. Is it intermittent or constant?
  3. Is the coldness limited to one hand?

    Why: may suggest an acute arterial occlusion of major peripheral artery or peripheral microemboli on that side.

  4. Is coldness limited to the hands?- this indicates a lack of blood supply to that part of the body and may indicate exposure to cold, Raynaud's disease, Raynaud's phenomenon, acute occlusion of a major peripheral artery, peripheral emboli, Buerger's disease or shock
  5. Risk factors for peripheral microemboli?

    Why: e.g. smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, family history, cervical rib.

  6. Past medical history?

    Why: possible causes of Raynaud's phenomenon include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, polyarteritis nodosa, Buerger's disease, polycythaemia, leukemia, polymyositis , dermatomyositis; prosthetic heart valves can cause obstructive emboli.

  7. Medications?

    Why: beta-blocker blood pressure medications and ergotamine can cause Raynaud's phenomenon.

  8. Cigarette smoking?

    Why: aggravates Raynaud's phenomenon and is a major risk factor for peripheral microemboli and Buerger's disease.

  9. Occupational history?

    Why: vibrating machinery workers are at risk of Raynaud's phenomenon.

  10. Symptoms of Raynaud's phenomenon?

    Why: e.g. sequential discoloration of the digits from pallor to blueness to redness upon exposure to cold. When fingers become red they are painful.

  11. Symptoms of acute occlusion of major peripheral artery?

    Why: e.g. abrupt onset of lower arm and hand pain, hand coldness, hand numbness, arm weakness and absent pulses.

  12. Symptoms of peripheral microemboli?

    Why: e.g. recurrent episodes of sudden pain, blueness, coldness or numbness in a digit. These changes characteristically improve over several days, only to reappear perhaps in a different area of the hand.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Cold hands:

The following list of conditions have 'Cold hands' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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