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Livedo Reticularis

Answered on June 23, 2015
Created May 05, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Purplish, mottled skin on the legs and arms and torso. Pretty common, I think. Usually, worse when it's cold. I have the benign/idiopathic sort. Still, it's unsightly and perhaps indicative that things aren't quite as they should be. I also have Raynaud's and keratosis pilaris; both pretty mild. All points to dodgy circulation.

These last few months I've been: eating a largely PHD inspired diet (minus the supplements); exercising more; losing a few pounds ( now @ 15% bf); eating things that might be especially good for vascular health (omega 3, cocoa, berries, onions etc); seeking out the sun; and, Lord help me, flirting with CT type things. This stuff may be helping. I suspect sorting this is not an overnight thing.

Anything thing else I could be doing (or should drop)? Has anybody had any success?

Many thanks.

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on May 22, 2012
at 09:09 AM

Congrats, Happy Now. That's great to hear. Very encouraging. Thanks.

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on May 21, 2012
at 09:04 AM

I didn't know that had a name. When I was sedentary and vegetarian who never went out in the sun, I got quite purple and splotchy, especially when chilled. It looked bad enough my dad kept threatening to take me to the hospital. I think a lot of it can just stem from being pale, so a tan could mask it. Things that seemed like they helped me, exercise and more exercise (walking a minimum of 5 miles per day), citrus fruits and vitamin c, cayenne pepper and other spicy foods, coffee, acupuncture, thyroid meds, and eating more meat (especially organ meats) and less dairy.

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on May 07, 2012
at 08:58 AM

Thanks, NR. I will gladly entertain shiny, 21st century answers too! I've not been screened for such things. It seems most unlikely as aside form these niggles I'm a fundamentally vigorous citizen. I'm driven more by vanity than anything else, I must confess. I wish you the very best with your EDS.

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on May 06, 2012
at 05:17 PM

Sorry, I haven't any particularly paleo answers for you. I DO want to ask if you've been screened or evaluated for connective disorders?

I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and I have quite a few peers with many of those symptoms. if you had named only one of those, I likely would not have replied, but the combination caught my eye. Unfortunately, most connective tissue disorders are not recognized by most doctors. They are rare, and they don't get much time in med school.

I'm very glad it's mild.

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on May 07, 2012
at 08:58 AM

Thanks, NR. I will gladly entertain shiny, 21st century answers too! I've not been screened for such things. It seems most unlikely as aside form these niggles I'm a fundamentally vigorous citizen. I'm driven more by vanity than anything else, I must confess. I wish you the very best with your EDS.

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on June 23, 2015
at 04:16 PM

did ct and paleo help your livedo? have you ever been screened for antiphospholipid antibodies? if no, i suggest you ask your dr about it.

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