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Cold Hands/Feet/..other

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 14, 2008
  • 03:14 AM

Hello everyone!

Over the past 6 months or so I've noticed that my hands/feet get cold very easily. I've also noticed that (pardon my forwardness) my scrotum also feels like its not as warm as it should be at times, but never as cold as my hands/feet.

Now, one might say "well duh, it's winter," but this is the first winter I've had this problem. My hands are more often cold than warm indoors, and if i leave my hands out of my pockets when I'm outside they get very cold.

Do you guys think this is worth looking into (in terms of health). And also, I was wondering if there's anything I would be able to do about it.

Having constant cold hands is pretty inconvenient - what girl wants you touching her with freezing hands? :p I know this isn't as severe as some of the other questions on this board, but they're cold all the time.


Thank you for your time,
Sabin

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  • hmm, i didn't see a "edit post" options. i forgot to mention that I'm a 22 year old male. :o
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  • Hello,I'm also a 22 year old male. I've had the same problem for... well I'm not sure how long, but a long while if not always. Are you sure you just never noticed this before? I can't tell you for sure, but you should mention this to your GP (general practitioner) at your next physical and definitely schedule an appointment ASAP if there are other serious symptoms or it becomes debilitating in some way. I would say this is simply a reaction to the cold. Hands and feet are susceptible to the cold as they are extremities. Think about how fast your fingers can get cold playing with snow. What happens is that your body can't make hands and feet warmer faster than the air temperature around them makes them colder. Some people just have lower body temperatures, but are not sick. You are in a winter and I'm in Houston (in the heat) in A/C ventilated rooms most of the day which are set too cold for my liking and your heaters may be set too low for your liking. As far as I know there aren't any serious conditions who's lone symptoms are cold hands and feet. I did some Googling and found something called Raynaud's which makes your capillaries constrict when exposed to the cold and of course your hands and feet get really cold and apparently can turn white, but supposedly it happens to older people and does not sound seriously debilitating or life threatening for most people that aren't stuck in the cold of the arctic. Obviously this whole condition can be inconvenient. Maybe someone else can shed more light on the issue. Good luck to you!
    ddovidenko 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • Look up Reynaud's (or possibly Raynaud's) Phenomenon. I've got that and have all the symptoms you describe except for the cold scrotum as i'm female and thus don't have a scrotum :p My hands and feet get very cold, turn either bluish or white and go numb. A while later the bloodflow returns and they kinda tingle, sometimes hurt, and slowly go back to normal. This is increased in the winter time. It's caused by exaggerated perihperal vasoconstriction (the normal constriction of blood vessels that occurs in the extremities to conserve bloodflow to your vital organs). In us pepole with Reynaud's the old body just kind of overdoes it. Do you smoke? Smoking can flare it up as well. I have to wear gloves all the time in winter, even inside. You are meant to stay warm as much as you can. And in severe cases there are medications you can take for it. Hope this helps. If not, perhaps you are just a lizard :confused: Oh, and im not elderly, infirm or living in the Arctic. I'm 21, generally healthy and living in a temperate climate
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  • @Bearfight:"Oh, and im not elderly, infirm or living in the Arctic. I'm 21, generally healthy and living in a temperate climate"I didn't mean to infer that you had to live in the arctic to have the condition, I meant that the condition is dangerous to people that may be exposed to cold without controlled conditions (such as being able to go to warm place) which could result in hypothermia and obvious consequences. The article I read mentioned that typically it develops after the age of 35, but of course many conditions can happen at any age :-).
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  • Have your thyroid levels checked with a few simple bloodtests. TSHFree T3Free T4Anti TPOTRAS Very common cause of low body temprature and cold hands/feet. Kiera
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  • Im a 14 year old male (i know, a bit young.) and i have all those problems except for the cold scrotum. i can't really feel my own hands as cold, i mean it doesnt hurt. but when i touch another part of me or someone else they always say "dude your hands are freezing" sometimes they turn an ugly purple. i've had this problem since the summertime. i keep my hands in my pockets alot to avoid people from seeing the purpleness. and sometimes if i touch a piece of ice or something with my hands they will remain the same temperature as the ice for quite some time. even after i stopped touching it and went inside.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 21, 2009
    • 04:23 PM
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  • My husband didn't have cold hands until he started taking blood pressure medicine and his skin almost always look 'mottled'. But he is definitely alive!:)
    birdie 40 Replies
    • December 24, 2009
    • 11:27 PM
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  • My husband didn't have cold hands until he started taking blood pressure medicine and his skin almost always look 'mottled'. But he is definitely alive!:)I don't take blood pressure medicine but I have cold hands all the time. I really never found out why this happens. I was reading about this and I found out that they've stimulated the growth of blood vessels by using artificial polymers. This is a process that could lead to improvements in regenerative medicine, which aims to help damaged body tissue heal itself and create new tissue. I think that this i wonderful news for future medicine.
    Clear-sky 76 Replies
    • December 25, 2009
    • 10:59 AM
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  • I have read about something like that. I even heard that they use shark cartilage to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels. I don't know if there is merit to the claim.:)I don't take blood pressure medicine but I have cold hands all the time. I really never found out why this happens. I was reading about this and I found out that they've stimulated the growth of blood vessels by using artificial polymers. This is a process that could lead to improvements in regenerative medicine, which aims to help damaged body tissue heal itself and create new tissue. I think that this i wonderful news for future medicine.
    birdie 40 Replies
    • December 25, 2009
    • 07:07 PM
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  • Hello everyone! Over the past 6 months or so I've noticed that my hands/feet get cold very easily. I've also noticed that (pardon my forwardness) my scrotum also feels like its not as warm as it should be at times, but never as cold as my hands/feet. Now, one might say "well duh, it's winter," but this is the first winter I've had this problem. My hands are more often cold than warm indoors, and if i leave my hands out of my pockets when I'm outside they get very cold. Do you guys think this is worth looking into (in terms of health). And also, I was wondering if there's anything I would be able to do about it. Having constant cold hands is pretty inconvenient - what girl wants you touching her with freezing hands? :p I know this isn't as severe as some of the other questions on this board, but they're cold all the time. Thank you for your time,Sabin Okay as the old lady on the block, LOL, I'll agree that you probably have Raynauds. One thing about conditions is that although they normally affect certain age groups, ethnic groups, etc...it never means they won't affect others. I had malignant melanoma at 20. I always thought old wrinkled up people who tanned in Florida were the only ones. Anyway I have had Raynauds since about 35. It progressively gets worse and it is also linked to hypothyroidism which I have also had since 26. I have stayed relatively slim 108-126 until this year and my Raynauds is worse than ever. (Don't believe the old myth if you had some meat on your bones you would stay warm) Anyway...there is not really a test other than going to a rheumatoid specialist and giving him your family history and letting him get a visual.. My hands feet turn white, then a bluish black color and as they begin to warm they turn blood red and burn. These conditions are also linked to scleroderma and lupus so please don't ignore. Keep your head and hands and feet warm. Don't walk on tile floors without foot protection. Prevention is the key to living with this and its no fun. Some days I feel as if I literally have an iv in my arm with ice water running through it. If I can be of any help, please let me know...
    brillta 7 Replies
    • December 28, 2009
    • 06:22 PM
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  • i am female age 21, i also have people constantly telling me "wow your hands are cold" , even during summer.i also sweat alot on my hands and feet, and even when my hands are very cold they will sweat... during winter time my hands will be freazing cold, they usually turn like a whitish pink almost. i will loose alot of function in them aswell.i have not started practising hard, it is winter time is South Africa. my fingers will swell tremendously during training....i dont know what to do about it, or what exactly causes this?
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  • I'm just curious to know what your doctor is saying...i am female age 21, i also have people constantly telling me "wow your hands are cold" , even during summer.i also sweat alot on my hands and feet, and even when my hands are very cold they will sweat... during winter time my hands will be freazing cold, they usually turn like a whitish pink almost. i will loose alot of function in them aswell.i have not started practising hard, it is winter time is South Africa. my fingers will swell tremendously during training....i dont know what to do about it, or what exactly causes this?
    birdie 40 Replies Flag this Response
  • I agree that it sounds like Raynaud's. From what I know about it, you don't have to be any specific age to get it, it's not usually progressive, and not usually too much of a problem by itself, except in the most severe forms. I've had it since I was 13 or 14. It used to drive me crazy because during field show practices and performances for marching band, my fingers would turn white and go numb, and then I couldn't play anymore. Other than that it hasn't bothered me a lot--I'm just used to having cold hands and feet, and I have a nice collection of warm socks, slippers, and gloves. You might want to see a rheumatologist though, since it can be an indicator of a larger problem, usually autoimmune disease. Good luck!
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