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Advice for Cold Feet and Hands

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by cbonnar01, Sep 9, 2020.

  1. cbonnar01

    cbonnar01 Type 1 · Member

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    Hi folks,

    Hope we are all doing well and living a "normal" COVID-free life.

    Just a question and looking for some advice surrounding cold feet and hands. I am a fellow type 1 diabetic (for 19 years) and I work an office based job (now home working) so I'm sitting for most of the day. I am currently suffering with cold feet and hands - something I have always had but now worse and have tried everything from double socks to cups of green tea (for the hands).

    Any googling seems to tell me its poor circulation - fair enough, currently trying out more movement - will report back with results. :pompous:

    Has anyone any hints, tips or tricks they use to keep their feet and hands warmer, except the obvious like heating and socks.

    Look forward to hearing!:happy:

    Thanks again,

    Cammy.
     
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  2. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    cold hands and feet were a symptom of my low thyroid activity. I still remember the feeling of warmth about the third day of taking the supplement. It was like being in a warm bath.
     
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  3. cbonnar01

    cbonnar01 Type 1 · Member

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    That's interesting. I have an appointment tomorrow (Thursday 10th) for blood tests at the doctors so will mention this. Having a quick glance at this on Google, I do have similar symptoms of hypothyroidism - cold extremities, tiredness, aches and pains.

    Although I will leave the diagnosis to the docs, I will stick to IT :).

    Thanks for the heads up about it!
     
  4. Steve978

    Steve978 Type 2 · Member

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    Hi everyone hope you are all keeping safe. I’ve had cold feet and the toes are numb and painful especially my right foot more so at night. I see the foot nurse once a year which is a waste of time really. Apart from putting deep heat and thick socks on at bedtime I don’t know what else to do. Due to the present situation with Covid 19 I am reluctant to see any doctor, I’ve also told my diabetes nurse. Any information would be appreciated.
     
  5. TeddyTottie

    TeddyTottie Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I bought a cheap heating pad in the Black Friday sales - like a smallish rectangle of heated blanket, which lives under my desk and I stick my feet on that if they are chilly. They also live inside a pair of soft-soled Ugg-type sheepskin house boots at all times during the day, unless the temp is around 30c! For cold nights (and I keep my bedroom below 15c in winter) I wear a pair of Heat Holder brand socks in bed and they are snuggly warm.

    Oh, and I am in the process of knitting a pair of fingerless mittens for when my hands are cold first thing in the morning.

    I have always had cold feet, and if the tootsies are cold then there’s no hope for the rest of me! I have found though, that the best thing is not to let my feet get cold in the first place, so I don’t walk around barefoot in the morning and go straight from normal socks to bed socks in the winter.
     
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  6. Torres71

    Torres71 Type 1 · Member

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    I've suffered with cold feet for years, which has been worse during the winter, as I too am working from home. At the office I always had an electric fan heater near my feet. I can't do that at home due to my dog & the kids being home. However, I did buy a pair of fur lines men's Totes moccasins. They were expensive, but are the best investment I've made. My feet are toasty all day when I'm home. Highly recommended.
     
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  7. Honeyblossom

    Honeyblossom Type 2 · Member

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    I too, get cold hands and feet and had to make some adaptations when I started working from home (computer work as well) I invested 99p in some fingerless gloves which actually exceeded my expectations , I have also discovered like some have said, a decent pair of sheepskin type slippers. I have two pairs - one has a thick sole that you could walk outside with and they always keep me warm. The other pair has no sole and my feet get cold. I also have a lap blanket which you cant see on teams meetings
     
  8. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    I was feeling cold today so my husband found an oil filled radiator with thermostat, heat intensity and timer to put next to my chair. Lovely - now all I need is to find a way to sit my mug on top of it to keep my coffee warm in these chilly evenings.
     
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    I have a wheat bag that I microwave when I go to bed. Would be lost without ti.
     
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    the-mental-one Type 2 · Active Member

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    Gloves that work on a touchscreen have been my saviour recently.

    You might think living in Malta means it isn't that cold but it's been down to 10°C by early afternoon recently and as COVID-19 regulations mean we have to keep the shop door open (and the place is marble and tile everywhere) it's definitely been feeling like gloves weather to me in the shop.
     
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    This is driving me insane. My thyroid was far too high so I got cut down to 150mg, since then my feet have been like blocks of ice, I sit with a hot water bottle on them every chance I get, my skin has went from really healthy to dry dry dry! I'm hoping it's just my body is taking a while to adjust as it's getting me down! I'm cold at the best of times.

    Hope you find some answers and keeping well x
     
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    Tophat1900 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    I get the cold hands n feet in the winter only, I wear diabetic socks which I have found do help. Not an issue in the summer, but pretty sure it's circulation thing. Walking around I'm fine, but sit and they get cold easily.
     
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    Exothermic padding,Smart heating insole, boots with insulation cotton, Electric heater, electrical blanket , heating pad...
     
  14. Jo_the_boat

    Jo_the_boat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I agree with Tophat1900.
    Movement, keep your circulation going during desk-bound days. Get up and walk around for a few minutes from time to time.
    For me also (who has arterial disease) I try and keep as my legs as 'fit' as possible by regular walking and cycling.
    Good control of blood sugars and healthy weight contribute too.
     
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