Ritzbit, my gosh that looks horribly painful!! It might be worthwhile to see a cardiologist if your rheumy isn't taking this seriously. I had to see one a year ago for chest pain and he was very concerned about the Reynaud's at the time. He wrote me a prescription then for Procardia, which I didn't fill because I was afraid of taking a "heart pill" if I didn't have heart problems. Now that I've been on Procardia for about 2 months, my Reynaud's is no longer a problem!! I can even take something out of the freezer without wearing gloves, and I haven't been able to do that in over 3 years. The funniest thing was one day I was over at my parents' and my dad touched my hand and was absolutely amazed that it wasn't cold as it always is. It was the first time in years my hands were warm! I'm not saying Procardia is the answer for everyone, but there are a whole lot of alternatives other than Norvasc, and clearly it's not helping you. There is also a nitroglycerine ointment you can put on your hands, but because I have a small dog I didn't want to try that.
I always say that we hire our doctors and we can fire them as well. If yours is no longer helping you in this area, hire someone who will. Best of luck!!
Lupus, you have no chance!
Love and hugs,
(mom to my little Chihuahua, Brandi)
Diagnosed with SLE, Sjogren's, Reynaud's, Celiac, and arthritis November 2006.