A young mum fears she is turning into a real-life Elsa due to a rare condition which causes her hands to FREEZE.
Chelsea Wood, 26, suffers from an extreme form of Raynaud’s phenomenon which causes her fingers and feet to turn blue with frostbite.
The painful attacks, which can be triggered through stress, strike the mum-of-one up ten times a day and forces her to wear thick gloves all year round.
Doctors have given her various drug trials to control the problem but none have managed to get the condition under control.
She is now due to undergo botox on her hands next week in a desperate attempt to find a cure.
Chelsea, who lives with her husband Ian, 27, and their nine-month-old son Toby in Dudley, West Mids., said: “It’s like frostbite and can come completely out of the blue.
“It can be caused by a change in temperature, a cold day or just simply a stressful situation.
“I’ve had problems with my fingers and hands all my life and over the past 10 years it has got worse.
“I have tried different drug trials since was 17 but nothing has made a difference and they are even trying botox on my hands next.
“It has definitely got worse as I have got older. When I get a really bad attack in my feet I can’t walk.
“I have to have a heater constantly next to me at work and the attacks happen up to ten times a day.”
There is no known cure for Raynaud’s which means Chelsea has to take precautions to try and limit attacks – including being careful about what she eats.
She also avoids handling cold items and wears gloves all year round, even in the summer.
The condition also makes everyday tasks like buttoning up a jacket or unzipping a purse extremely difficult.
Chelsea, who works as an inclusion coach with the Albion Foundation, now wants to raise awareness about the rare condition.
She added: “The condition is hereditary as my mum suffers from it as well.
“I just have to get on with things. There is no cure but I can take painkillers to help manage the discomfort.
“When I was 24 the doctor told me to give up work because it was felt the stress was making things worse .
“But I said no. I was determined to carry on with my life.”