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Created November 28, 2012 at 2:13 AM

I live in the midwest and I know it's cold here, but even with multiple layers here, I'm ready to pack it up and move south-not realistic though. My hands and feet are cold all the time and when I'm not moving, my teeth are sometimes chattering-no kidding. My back muscles will even get sore because I get so tense being cold.

Sometimes I wear socks to bed, and I hate socks in bed. Usually I wake up to peel them off, but I can't get to sleep with cold feet. My office at work is kept at about 64-65, but sometimes I get permission to bump it up a notch or two. I take a few college courses and I've sat typing with fingerless gloves on when my hands hurt so bad from the cold. I've had my thyroid checked before and it was supposedly okay. Topamax is my only med. I also take a cal-mag-D3 which was on the advice of the neurologist when I was there for migraine issues. My husband even feels bad for me because my hands and feet are like icecubes. Is there anything else I should have checked? Very minimal on caffeine, alcohol, eat well, good fats, drink plenty of water, good rest, exercise regularly. Any advice for getting warmer. I'm not sure I can stand another winter like this.

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on November 28, 2012
at 06:13 PM

Still can be related to your body's inability to properly heat itself, which is what the cold showers propose to help with.

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on November 28, 2012
at 06:11 PM

Same here. I'm not quite that low, but rare that I'd run a temp if I'm sick. I had pneumonia a couple months back and didn't even hit 98.6 F. We live in a drafty old place with cold floors so it's never really all that warm. At night we turn the thermostat down to 60. My husband sleeps like an oven-thankfully.

Bece741db5f5fed6bafa12e3548f973f

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on November 28, 2012
at 06:02 PM

I can be uncomfortably cold in the summer too.

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on November 28, 2012
at 02:48 PM

I'm saying my body temp runs about 94-95 degrees Fahrenheit on average, yes.

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on November 28, 2012
at 12:40 PM

so your telling me you have lived your life with core body temperature of 33 degrees which is like having mild Hypothermia?

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on November 28, 2012
at 12:13 PM

As someone who suffers from the cold and whose body temperature has run consistently about 4 degrees lower than everyone else's (since I was born) -- this sounds like torture. :)

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on November 28, 2012
at 02:59 AM

I miss lunch about once a week because I have an 11:30 class, but I usually make up for it when class is over. I've never been anemic, but I suppose it wouldn't hurt to get checked again. Has been awhile.

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on November 28, 2012
at 09:25 AM

Don't be so quick to decide thyroid isn't an issue. Did you have a complete thyroid panel (including RT3) done, or just a TSH? For me, RT3 was the marker that was majorly off. A year ago I was having serious warmth and energy issues. Adding iodine helped some; adding gelatin really warmed things up.

The gelatin idea comes from Ray Peat. His argument is that there is a lot more protein in an animal than active tissues (muscle meat and most organs), such as connective tissue and skin, and connective tissue has a very different amino acid profile (the last part is not disputable; I can't critique his biochemistry that led him do declare the difference to be important).

Yesterday I was walking in the snow with a t-shirt and light sweat pants, and was comfy (well, for the first 15 or 20 minutes :-).

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on November 28, 2012
at 02:49 AM

Make sure your not anemic and go easy on any Intermittent Fasting if thats your thing.

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on November 28, 2012
at 02:59 AM

I miss lunch about once a week because I have an 11:30 class, but I usually make up for it when class is over. I've never been anemic, but I suppose it wouldn't hurt to get checked again. Has been awhile.

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on November 28, 2012
at 05:13 PM

Fats raise my body temperature like nothing else. But they didn't start raising it until I started eating raw fermented vegetables with my meals. Perhaps you are not digesting your fats fully/properly enough. I suggest increasing your digestive power with fermented foods.

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on November 28, 2012
at 04:56 PM

I actually thinking teaching yourself to adapt to the cold is worth a shot. Cold showers, while counterintutive, have been helping me do this same thing after reading about the potential hormetic effects in this article. N=1, but I think it's been helping with my chronically freezing toes.

Bece741db5f5fed6bafa12e3548f973f

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on November 28, 2012
at 06:02 PM

I can be uncomfortably cold in the summer too.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on November 28, 2012
at 06:13 PM

Still can be related to your body's inability to properly heat itself, which is what the cold showers propose to help with.

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on November 28, 2012
at 04:03 PM

In regards to some of the other answers about going low carb or fasting:

I used to have this problem (cold hands/feet) etc., which went away after paleo. I believe it's called Reynauds'.

I do mostly VLC/high fat, with some carbs at night and a refeed after workouts. I'm very much cold adapted and don't have issues unless I get exposed to wheat, so at least for n=1 me, IF isn't an issue. If I go too high carb/lower fat, I lose the cold resistance.

I can go as low as high 40's without feeling too chilled. 70+ feels warm/hot to me, but the weird thing is in the summer, I don't feel overwhelmed by the heat anymore either, so it seems it's not just cold resistance, but heat resistance too. A 60F office for me is very comfy.

In my case, I suspect it was a thyroid issue caused by wheat, possibly Hashimotos, though I don't think it got quite that bad, as I did have other symptoms pre-paleo such as thinning hair, low energy, etc.

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on November 28, 2012
at 11:45 AM

This is going to sound crazy but you might want to try putting your feet in a cold bucket of water after about 30 days.And then work up to ice bucket of water.It might be the fact that your body doesn't have to keep it self warm because of all the heating you have on.

please watch this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhcOuX1REWk&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM_TFoptaTI

B7e1ad6bb9ab814b8e90bdad4a472d5e

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on November 28, 2012
at 12:40 PM

so your telling me you have lived your life with core body temperature of 33 degrees which is like having mild Hypothermia?

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on November 28, 2012
at 12:13 PM

As someone who suffers from the cold and whose body temperature has run consistently about 4 degrees lower than everyone else's (since I was born) -- this sounds like torture. :)

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on November 28, 2012
at 02:48 PM

I'm saying my body temp runs about 94-95 degrees Fahrenheit on average, yes.

Bece741db5f5fed6bafa12e3548f973f

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on November 28, 2012
at 06:11 PM

Same here. I'm not quite that low, but rare that I'd run a temp if I'm sick. I had pneumonia a couple months back and didn't even hit 98.6 F. We live in a drafty old place with cold floors so it's never really all that warm. At night we turn the thermostat down to 60. My husband sleeps like an oven-thankfully.

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on November 28, 2012
at 06:33 AM

Are you low carb? Ray Peat has a lot of theories (and a number of followers attesting) that low body temp can be related to thyroid issues that can be caused by low sugar/carb diets and other factors. I haven't specifically noticed this as much as being low calorie has made me cold all the time, but maybe something to check out.

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on November 28, 2012
at 03:01 AM

I agree, you may be iron deficient. Check:

RBC

MCV

MCHC

Ferritin

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