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cold fingers should I worry

So I have been noticing when I do a quick snowblow (under a half hour) my fingers are generally in pain from being so cold, but if I'm out there for 45 minutes to an hour my fingers warm up and the cold pain in my fingers is gone. Is this something I should worry about?
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your mom called, she said wear gloves if your fingers are cold.
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wear mittens instead of gloves and lessen your grip so there is more blood circulation.

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I do have a tendency to have a death grip when I have something in my hands
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your mom called, she said wear gloves if your fingers are cold.
Heated ski gloves.
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Getting medical advice from a forum is probably about as good as getting it from a TV commercial. The possibility of multiple diagnosis from vascular constriction to Raynaud's disease to who knows what is too much to ask strangers to risk an opinion and to be satisfied by it. Make an appointment with your primary care doc and discuss it. You will both have better peace of mind and get an opinion you can trust.
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Getting medical advice from a forum is probably about as good as getting it from a TV commercial... Make an appointment with your primary care doc and discuss it. You will both have better peace of mind and get an opinion you can trust.
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But if you talk to your doctor to make sure there's nothing serious going on, and you want to do something like add heated grips, people here will be happy to help.

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Getting medical advice from a forum is probably about as good as getting it from a TV commercial. The possibility of multiple diagnosis from vascular constriction to Raynaud's disease to who knows what is too much to ask strangers to risk an opinion and to be satisfied by it. Make an appointment with your primary care doc and discuss it. You will both have better peace of mind and get an opinion you can trust.
My wife has Reynaud's, and her toe turn black with Dry "Gangerine" from being too cold. Doc put her on BP medicine for the Winter to improve circulation. She had so many test$, that I won't be buying the used HS928 that I had my heart set on. As they say, Unhealthy Wife, No Honda Snowblower, or something like that ! Bottom line, it is not something to ignore.
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So I have been noticing when I do a quick snowblow (under a half hour) my fingers are generally in pain from being so cold, but if I'm out there for 45 minutes to an hour my fingers warm up and the cold pain in my fingers is gone. Is this something I should worry about?
You'll need to judge if a medical evaluation is needed.

I do know that after I began drysuit diving, including winter/under ice I developed a whole new appreciation for exposure protection and it has boosted my snow blowing comfort.

Good gloves are most applicable to your situation. Mittens by nature will be the warmest solution. My favorite is fleece gloves with matching GORE-TEX mitten shells.

Beyond directly protecting your hands you must manage depletion of thermal energy. Cold hands in snow blowing (and diving) often stem from a cooling body. Warm body, warm blood, warm hands (feet too). This in part probably explains how you have less of a problem if you stay out long enough to get the furnace heated up.

Wear a good base layer that will wick moisture from your body. A nice expedition weight set is wonderful. Wear good socks, I like merino wool, it wicks and is exothermic, and of course decent boots. I have not needed the type with heavy felt liners but they are certainly warm. For comfort I go with a fleece middle layer. It may not be the best choice but it works for me. Then it's a farmer John and parka set as an outer shell. Finally ear plugs, balaclava and a mad bomber cap. I'm out for 2-3.5 hours usually in the 10F range and come in warm all over.

If it's a mild rainy end of storm situation I go with a rain suit for the outer shell. The base layer and fleece is plenty of insulation over 32F.
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I am not a doctor and I was not kidding about trying the heated gloves. I destroyed my left elbow in a hiking accident. 6 1/2 hours in surgery I woke up with a lot of metal and the ulnar nerve transposed to a new spot in my arm. Cold and vibration are excruciating at times. I tried a set of battery heated gloves I found on eBay and they work to both keep my hands warm and they are thick enough to dampen the vibration a bit.
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