I have been to Bikram the last 4 days in a row and the warmth in that studio is enough to temporarily make me forget how cold it is outside. I run from my car to the studio to avoid the crisp air and then sprint from the studio back to car to really avoid the deadly cold. I wish I could bottle up the warmth I feel in the Bikram studio and use is it as I need it throughout the day. In general my body temperature runs warm and layer for even added warmth benefits but when I hit the outside temperatures my body temp drops fast and once I get cold it is hard to warm back up. I used daily bikram last winter to combat that cold feeling and hoping that I find enough time each day to do the same thing this winter.
Raynaud’s is my biggest MCTD symptom and I am considered having a severe case as my fingers are purple most of the time. They no longer turn white and very rarely do they even tingle but they seem to be permanently discolored a purple tint. My toes are the exact same way. They do start to turn pink again the Bikram studio but it happens after I have been in there for a bit of time. I was listening to a podcast that I generally like but someone said what are the ways to relieve Raynaud’s and the answer was daily exercise. If it was that easy I would be cured. I realize that exercise helps with many things and someone might actually see and feel some benefits regarding Raynaud’ s by incorporating daily exercise, but I have been exercising every day without fail for many years and I’m not where cured. Also, there is more than just changing diet as well for me and my Raynaud’s. I do feel grateful that I don’t have to take daily medication in the form of a blood pressure pill to help my Raynaud’s and that there are other things I can take like Niacin or exercise or use Bikram instead. Bikram helps with so many things for me especially my mental clarity.