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Raynaud's n Buerger's disease
what is the main difference between Buerger's disease and Raynaud's disease?
Buerger's disease (also known as thromboangiitis obliterans) is due to tobacco smoking. It involves the arteries and veins of limbs with inflammation and thrombosis and results in occlusion.
Raynaud's disease is vasospasm of vessels in limbs, especially hands and feet, on exposure to cold.
* Please remember that there is a Raynaud's phenomenon too! - It is the same features as in Raynaud's disease, but due to an identifiable cause, most often a connective tissue disorder like systemic sclerosis or SLE.
This disease was first reported by Buerger in 1908, who described a disease in which the characteristic pathologic findings — acute inflammation and thrombosis (clotting) of arteries and veins — affected the hands and feet. Another name for Buerger’s Disease is thromboangiitis obliterans.
Raynaud's is sometimes called a disease, syndrome, or phenomenon. The disorder is marked by brief episodes of vasospasm (narrowing of the blood vessels).
I have lived with Buerger's Disease for over 14 years now. I quit smoking for the first 3 years but after I started working again...I started up again. Human nature will see what he can get away with and what he can't. But I have a very interesting theory as to Buerger's Disease..and here it is.
Why is it that in the Middle East and Asia Burger's Disease is in epidemic preportions. About 1 in ten cigarette smokers get it there. In the USA it's more like 1 in 10,000. Why is that??? Well...I will tell you why. Plain and simple. It is the chemicals the manufacturers add to it to make it more addictive, etc. You see..here in the USA we have the FDA which regulates the amount of chemicals added. In Asia and such...there is no FDA calling the shots telling them what they can or can't add to them. So they just load them up as much as they can for the sake of selling cigs. One time I tried a Viet-Namese smoke called "Queen". After two puffs on that thing, I could barely walk.
Also look at it this way...American Indians have been using tobacco for centuries..perhaps even 1000's of years. None of them ever got "Buerger's Disease" or even Cancer. So...when the white man industrial machine got ahold of this product and mass produced it, then all sorts of bad things began to happen to smokers who were hypersensative to their chemicals they added. Dr. Buerger discovered this disease which he named after himself in 1903. That is about when RJ Reynolds started mass producing this stuff...think about it. And speaking from experience..When I was diagnosed in 1998, Marlboro reds were my brand. I still can't handle them. I switched to Camel filter and got away with it for 8 years until they changed to slow burning papers in December of 2010. That chemical made it impossible for me to smoke ever again. Do the research as I have since I have had this disease since 1998 and you will see I am on to something here.
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