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    As the temps are dropping, I'm really dreading this winter. I am cold (really, really cold) almost all of the time. I'm 40 year old, and have been this way for several years. I'm fine in the summer during the day, but as soon as the sun goes down, I have to grab a sweatshirt. I can barely stand to be outside with the kids. Inside, it's not much better, even with a fire. The only time I'm warm is when I'm sleeping. Then I'm often too warm. I don't think it's menopause (I've always been this way). I do take iodine supplements; I was hoping that would help, but no luck. I'm not underweight and have a decent amount of muscle. My blood pressure is typically 120/60. I don't think that's low enough to cause the cold feeling. Any thoughts or suggestions?

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    Have you had your thyroid checked? What about hemoglobin, hematocrit, ferritin?

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    • #3
      Well my first thought on this would be "thyroid"... but that may be because I'm hypothyroid! But... one test you can do is take your temperature when you first wake up (before you get out of bed). Keep track of those for several days. Those of us with metabolic issues (in other words our metabolisms are SLOW), tend to be cold more often or even most of the time. If you're getting temp readings in the a.m. that are lower... 96-97, then that will tell you where your metabolism is running.

      You may want to check out about.com on thyroid and google Mary Shomon, or go to stop the thyroid madness .com and take a look at the symptoms of thyroid problems and see if anything rings a bell.

      Issues with adrenals and pituitary (I think) can also cause lower body temp, and I'm sure there are other things as well.

      I'd also be careful of iodine supplements. If you DO have a thyroid issue and it happens to be hashimoto's thyroiditis (which the vast majority of thyroid sufferers have), too much iodine can actually make your symptoms worse. Iodine should only really be taken after your levels are measured to see if it's needed.

      In the meantime, do warm liquids warm you up? I can't usually get warm with sweaters and stuff, but a warm cup of tea can REALLY help. Just a suggestion...
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      • #4
        Another hypothyroid piping up to get it checked. Out of curiosity, what's your body fat%? If it's relatively low, tht can do it too.
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        • #5
          Thanks for the quick responses. I will check my temp in the morning for the next few days. Hot tea does help me warm up, more so than standing in front of the fire. My BF is around 19% or so. I haven't checked it in a while. I was, at one time, diagnosed with low thyroid. It was borderline, but the medication didn't really help. I eventually quit taking it. The cold is just SO unpleasant! I hate it!

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          • #6
            That's a low body fat percentage for a woman, actually, unless she's an athlete. That explains a chunk of it right there. You don't have as much insulation as most folks. And the thyroid med itself may've been the wrong type. Run the temp checks and see how it goes.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by JenCat View Post
              T I was, at one time, diagnosed with low thyroid. It was borderline, but the medication didn't really help. I eventually quit taking it.
              What does the bold sentence mean? Did you stop taking the medication with your doctor's permission? How long ago did you stop?

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              • #8
                I don't remember what the exact numbers were, but it was low-normal. This was probably 3 years ago. I have had any blood work since then. I just gradually stopped taking the meds.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JenCat View Post
                  I don't remember what the exact numbers were, but it was low-normal. This was probably 3 years ago. I have had any blood work since then. I just gradually stopped taking the meds.
                  Do your fingers/toes look white - and are they numb/tingly? If so, I would suspect Raynaud's Syndrome - my late maternal grandfather suffered from it acutely in the winter (and he looked emaciated; he said it was down to the time he spent in a PoW camp). My mother does too, to a lesser extent (it can be hereditary.)


                  Just a thought.
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                  • #10
                    No, I don't think it's that. My fingers and toes aren't white. I don't think my hands and feet are any colder than the rest of me. And I forgot to check my temp this morning! Darn it!

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                    • #11
                      I'm thin too and *ALWAYS* freezing!! I think it's mostly the low bodyfat thing... I have no extra fat on me, my bodyfat is super low, so I always layer clothes and drink plenty of tea & coffee to warm me up!

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                      • #12
                        What's your eating frequency like? When I fast I'm typically colder than days I don't fast (weekends, mostly) so maybe if you're used to not eating breakfast (like me) and go straight to lunch it could be a reason. Lower BF% is another one. However, my gf is often cold and her BF is not that low, could be a PH thing...

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                        • #13
                          I wish I were a little more "caliente"! My husband is half Filipino - very tropical! I typically don't eat before noon, expect for my morning tea. I know that women are typically colder than men, but this seems extreme. Just have to keep the home fires burning, I guess!

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                          • #14
                            I have to eat a fair amount in order to not feel cold. I am also skinny and lean, used to have terrible problems with cold, but that has changed on PB - as long as I am eating generously. At this point if I feel chilled I know I need to eat, and I warm up as soon as I do.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Shrinking_Violet View Post
                              Do your fingers/toes look white - and are they numb/tingly? If so, I would suspect Raynaud's Syndrome - my late maternal grandfather suffered from it acutely in the winter (and he looked emaciated; he said it was down to the time he spent in a PoW camp). My mother does too, to a lesser extent (it can be hereditary.)


                              Just a thought.
                              I have Raynaud's *and* I am extremely cold intolerant. Thankfully I have primary Raynaud's type (thankfully) rather than the more risky secondary type.

                              As I stand here, I am wearing fake Uggs, 2 pr wool socks, cuddle duds silk long underwear pants and top, jeans, long sleeved tshirt, sweater, and a long down maxi (to the floor) coat with the hood up. Yes, seriously. I used to love the cold but over time became increasingly cold intolerant.

                              Exercise helps but only while I'm exercising and for a little while afterwards. I make sure to move frequently throughout my day.
                              Treat the thyroid stuff even if it's not helping. over the long term, major issues will
                              come up if your thyroid hormones are whacked.
                              Drink warm liquids - i love white tea with a tsp coconut milk.
                              Take ginger caps or drink ginger tea.
                              Keep the Bucky Body wrap close by - microwave it frequently and hold it on your
                              lap, wrap it around your feet, shoulders, whatever. I use mine mostly on hands/feet
                              due to the raynaud's.
                              Get yourself a maxi-coat and some Uggs (fake if need be...I got mine for $35 or so
                              at Costco). here is my short list of coats: http://goo.gl/lists/gDZ
                              Wool socks. (I like smartwool better than wigwam or others....sierra trading co is cheap)
                              Wear a warm hat. Always.
                              Use hand and foot warmers as needed. Scarves. Good quality mittens/gloves.

                              And fwiw, mostly for environmental reasons, I keep the heat in the house usually set on....oh 60F b/c for me 60-70 are all cold (in the house in winter) and 76, where I would *like* the temp, is just environmentally irresponsible (for my tolerance) and would cost me about $300/month.

                              So there is my .02



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