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Question: Extreme Cold Intolerance

 ColdIntolerant - Sun May 29, 2005 9:54 am


I've had extreme cold intolerance for the past 9 years. Endocrine problems have been ruled out and all my tests are normal.

It's not just an annoyance. All year long (even in the summer) I have to wear thick socks, a hat and scarf, and a jacket--even when I'm sleeping. I can only sleep with an electric blanket and 4 thick blankets on top of it. It's the end of May and I'm still using the electric blanket.

My ideal room temperature is 90 degrees. I can only wear a T-shirt when the weather is 90 degrees. I never sweat.

I become nauseous when I'm cold. I get a headache and my thinking becomes blurry.

It takes me a long time to warm up after I'm cold. I won't warm up if I sleep under 5 thick blankets. The blankets just preserve the cold. Heat has to be introduced into my body through an electric blanket, a heat pad, a warm shower, or a hot drink.

Cold intolerance has caused me to be fatigued all the time. It also has triggered headaches and migraines. I spent 4 years with chronic daily headaches. The headaches are gone now, but I'm still always cold.

I'm 32 now. My body temperature is 97.8 - 98.2 usually -not significantly low. It's my hands, feet, head, chest and back that are always cold.

The other symtoms that I have are fatigue and headaches, but I think the cold intolerance is what causes them, because they are much better in the summer.

My periods are always normal. I'm 5'1'' and 118 pounds.

I've gone to several endocrinologists who have ruled out any hormone problems. I've also gone to a holistic physician. He put me on slow release T3 (Wilson's protocol) but it didn't help.

Does anyone have a hunch what the problem might be?
Does anyone have an idea which doctor can help me?

 Dr. S. Adhikari - Sun May 29, 2005 1:28 pm

Why don't you consult someone who's a specialist in autoimmune disease (a rheumatlogist for instance) to screen for any autoimmune disease??
 Coldfish - Thu Dec 08, 2005 7:36 am

I see you posted this some time ago. Have you made any progress?

I have similar problems but not quite as severe as you describe. I'm male - late forties light build but average weight. When I get cold wrapping up isn't enough without adding heat from another source, like a fan heater. When travelling I've frequently resorted to warming myself with a hair-dryer. I have a real hard time with air-conditioning - especially in hotels and restaurants as I quickly feel nauseous and weak if I get cold while eating a big meal.

I'ts much worse when I'm tired or run-down and, generally I find I'm better when I'm able to get some regular hard exercise and get good nutrition. Eating small frequent meals is best for me.

I would be very interested to hear your progress.

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