Colder weather make more pain... fingertips and feet freezing...

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by suzyloon, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. suzyloon

    suzyloon New Member

    I live in Oregon and it is 40-50 degree's here which isn't cold to most, but for me I am freezing and my pain increases. Do other's have this same problem? I have been thinking of moving to AZ this past year and today I am definately thinking more and more on it. Sick to death of this crap!

    FM can kiss my butt!
  2. spiritsky

    spiritsky Member

    Are you taking any thyroid hormone? Sounds like you have a slow metabolism and need thyroid replacement to warm you up.
  3. suzyloon

    suzyloon New Member

    Just had my blood drawn and everything looks ok. Don't think it is my thyroid, but thanks for asking. :)
  4. spiritsky

    spiritsky Member

    You might want to take a closer look at the thyroid. I don't know what tests you had run but diagnosing a thyroid problem is not as straightforward as most doctors would have you believe. Just looking at TSH does not tell you the whole story. You need to also look at Free T4, Free T3 and Reverse T3 - even then you can still have a thyroid dysfunction. For me all my values looked normal and I was always told that my thyroid was fine but after going to the FFC I was shown that I actually did have a thyroid problem based on my Relatively Reverse T3 values. You may already know all this but if not it's worth a closer look.

    Good luck.
  5. suelyn933

    suelyn933 New Member

    Wow, I have the same problem, my toes and fingertips are always freezing. the rest of my body is warm just those two areas.
  6. ilovepink4

    ilovepink4 Member

    suzyloon! i live in northe4rn minnesota and i know what you mean about cold...damp cold is the worst...

    my dh and i alwayw dream about leaving mn...we are interested in the Medford/Grants Pass area...i heard that it is a warmer/dryer climate...different than most of western oregon and northern this true?
  7. mary124

    mary124 New Member

    I know cold weather makes me hurt more. Of course, where I live (Central Texas) we don't have too much of it) but it does get down to 40 degrees and to us thats cold) my joints hurt, however, when its like 70 and above, I feel fine.
  8. Greenbean7

    Greenbean7 New Member

    Hey Suzyloon! We're almost neighbors!

    Sounds like you could have Raynaud's Syndrome. Do your fingers and toes turn white? If they do it is from a circulation disorder that effects the small capillaries (sp?).

    I was first diagnosed at 16 because my toes and fingers turned white when I got cold or nervous. You could push them flat and they would stay that way! I was told the only cure was to move to a warmer climate.

    When I was 32 I went to a circulation specialist. They took my BP in my finger, had me put my hand into ice water for as long as I could stand it (which wasn't long!) and then took my BP in the same finger until it got back up to where it started. It took more than 45 minutes!

    Basically they told me the same thing, move to a warmer climate. Tahiti sounds good to me but I would really miss my DH!

    I prescribe a nice warm golden retriever to sit on your feet and if you can reach him, put your hands under there too!


    Stop and smell the puppies!
  9. momnlt

    momnlt New Member

    I live in Oregon also, lived here for three years and was diagonessed with FM about 6 years ago. I lived in Kansas before, and even though the cold weather here hurts my body, it was worse their. I could hardly move in the winter in Kansas. This week I have been very tired, and in pain, their is a storm comming in, and my body always knows when they are comming.
  10. momnlt

    momnlt New Member

    What is the FCC and how did you get your Dr to do other test on your thyrod, I believe this is part of my problem, but my test always comes out OK.
  11. berrytired

    berrytired New Member

    I've had cold hands and feet...not all the time but I also discovered I have raynauds syndrome all of a sudden which is really strange. I was driving home from work on a particularly cold evening and didn't have gloves on...I was stopping to get my son and pizza and walked into the store and my right hand fingers were feeling numb when I looked at them they were turning dead white. I was close to my house and walked in my husband had the stove on and I placed my hands on the stove and the colour came back. Went to my doctor and he told me what it was and that it was nothing really...or nothing serious and to wear gloves...I find it all too coincidental all of a sudden having this. Sorry to go on...its just incase your fingers start to go white...that's what it is...
  12. spiritsky

    spiritsky Member

    The other thyroid tests are Free T4, Free T3 and Reverse T3. In my case all my thyroid levels were normal except that I my Reverse T3 was almost at the top of the range. Because of the high RT3 values my doctor started me on a timed release T3 supplement. Works great...hands and feet are warm and toasty and the body is just working a lot better. I don't feel cold anymore and don't mind being out in cold,rainy damp weather anymore.

    By the way, the ranges that the FFC uses are different than what most doctors would use, at FFC if you have a TSH above 1 or 2 and you show symtoms of low thyroid, then they will start you on a supplement to see if it helps. Most other doctors wouldn't have a clue...
  13. Jeanne-in-Canada

    Jeanne-in-Canada New Member

    I used to be the same way, my hands and feet would be painfully cold, like burning cold and I couldn't get warm most of the time.

    It could be low level thyroid problems, that hover under the radar of diagnostic tests, which really are about as dull as a bowling ball for us. But it could also be your adrenals screwing up your thermalregulation. It's not good to jump to the conclusion that thyroid is the only thing that can do that, because if you treat the thyroid when it's adrenals are the culprit, you'll feel crappier.

    What I did was go the natural gland route. I take raw adrenal and liver in pill form, w/ a bit of thyroid, because my thyroid needs just a bit of support too. I've been able to put the thermostat down 1-2 degrees all winter, I'm in celcius so that's more like 3-4 of your farenheit.

    I'm actually enjoying my CANADIAN winter. And I feel perky and refreshed when it dips down to -5 to -20, because that's when the sun comes out in a Canadian winter. When it's mild near 0 or above, that's when it's cloudy and damp and that's worse for me. I'm typical of someone w/ rheumatism, the damp makes me worse, esp. w/ MCS, because the thick soupy air aggravates the allergies.

    Anyway, try some glandulars. It's not to expensive and it can help you mood and energy, and sexdrive too.

  14. Sheila1366

    Sheila1366 New Member

    I have those freezing toes and feet.Sometime ears,nose and chin.

    Look up raynaud's.I think you may find some similarties.

    Keep those hands and feet warm.

  15. Jeanne-in-Canada

    Jeanne-in-Canada New Member

    see my post on how I resolved thse painful issues.


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