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Feeling cold when it's not cold

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by canadagoose, May 5, 2011.

  1. canadagoose

    canadagoose Type 1 · Member

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    Hi,
    I've been having a problem lately with feeling cold when it's not (as you might have gathered from the title). I'm sitting in my living room just now, it's 19-20c, I'm wearing a fleece and I still feel cold. :( I'm not sure if it's been a problem before, but I'm really noticing it now... and I'm wondering if it's diabetes-related. I also felt really weird last night, as if I was having a panic attack or something, but my blood sugar levels were OK (well, higher than they should be, but fairly normal for me), so I don't know what that was about.

    Has anyone else experienced this? :?:
     
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  2. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    Hi canadagoose and welcome to the forum :) About your feeling cold all the time, are you underweight? This could make you feel cold. If being cold is diabetes related someone on the forum will have experienced this and will be able to advise you if anything can be done. I have the opposite problem of feeling hot all the time. In the meantime some general advice on looking after your diabetes may be useful so here is some information prepared for new members by the Forum Monitors (even if you are not newly diagnosed) that you might like to read:

     
  3. canadagoose

    canadagoose Type 1 · Member

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    Hi Daisy, thanks for the welcome! I'm not underweight, no; I'm on the heavier side of healthy - but not quite overweight. Could do to lose a bit of weight, to be honest :p

    (edit: oops)
     
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    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    Hi canadagoose :) I actually asked if you were underweight but since you are not it can't be that. Read the last post on the Victoza thread (link below) - someone else has the same problem but unfortunately doesn't have a solution either. His may of course be because of Victoza. Have a look later to see if any advice is given there:

    viewtopic.php?f=26&t=9281&p=190413#p190413
     
  5. ailz

    ailz Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm eating low carb - have been for 2-3 weeks - and I am cold. I'm usually the hot one in the room but am sitting with a jumper and cardigan on.

    Could it be what you are eating?

    Cheers
    Ailz

    PS Whenever I change my eating - low calorie, low carb - whatever (usually dieting) I always get some nasty (to me) symptoms. As though my body is saying 'go back to what we had last week - don't like this'. A
     
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    Sarah69 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm always cold too. I have been to drs about it they don't know why. I've been told so many times it's not normal but nothing I can do about it!
     
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    Since reducing carbs I have lost the hot all the time feeling and instead I am frequently cold, very cold.

    But I have also found as a woman of a certain age, that I am not getting hot flushes but cold flushes, I didn't know they existed but my doctor confirms that they are indeed a symptom of the menopause.
     
  8. imalittlefishy

    imalittlefishy · Well-Known Member

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    Feeling cold a lot of the time can be a sign of thyroid problems...probably worth checking out anyway...xx
     
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    Agree with littlefishy. I've been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and am due to start on thyroxine. Some of the symptoms of this are feeling cold, feeling tired, problems with concentration, feeling depressed, weight gain, a slower heart rate, constipation, dry skin etc. Although I don't have all these symptoms, and sometimes don't feel like I have any, but my TSH levels are definitely too high :(
    It's worth asking your doctor to have a blood test for it. I'm surprised they haven't suggested having this test already.
     
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  10. canadagoose

    canadagoose Type 1 · Member

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    Those symptoms sound familiar... I'll call up my doctor's surgery on Monday and book an appointment for a blood test. Probably won't get an appointment for another 3 weeks, but oh well :p

    Thanks for your help!
     
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    Hi canadagoose, ive only been diabetic for a year or so now but my doctor says I get cold even when its warm because of poor curculation (soz for poor spelling) I have found getting massages or just rubbing the cold area has helped as it is a easy way to warm up. Maybe be worth a try for you. I never noticed the cold till I started loosing weight aswell. My recomendation would be if you have a partner to get some heating oils and get them to try giving you a massage and see if you still get cold later in the day. Hope this helps you. :)

     
  12. TEL3690

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    I suffer with high blood sugars just started insulin along side metformin i am fine in the morning then all of a sudden i start shivering and cold when the shivering stops i get very hot and have to sleep i am under weight suggestions please
     
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    Anaelena Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I had this with my thyroid condition .
     
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    really so i should make appointment to have it checked out .I thought it was due to my sugars being high
     
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    hi since i last spoke to you i was taken to hospital i had a severe UTI infection causing my sugars to go up i came home yesterday still feel very unwell sugars very erratic i am now taking novorapid 3 times a day, metformin twice a day anf humilin 1 before going to bed sugars are still 24 due to infection fever starts in the evening i dont seem to be getting anywhere with this
     
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    I have just started insulin - my blood sugar is way lower than it has been for years and some ways that feels better. I have LADA and had got thin recently, but until I started the insulin had no problem with temp control and having been extensively blood profiled, no thyroid problem has emerged - so far! I do have trouble keeping warm now. My family say it's the cold weather and this year seems extended cold season, but it's somehow different than being cold because of weather, it's cold from the inside! I sleep ok but often need to get up for more covers, or less....my thermostat seems to have gone wrong. I love carby food, but now try to avoid it as insulin need then goes down. I wonder if the blood glucose targets are so low (after all my target is 5-6 and a hypo is below 4) that after a lifetime with a level of 10 - 13 feeling great, the low level makes my body's fire go down so low that it's nearly out. I never was able to tolerate the drugs, and get on fine with insulin but the cold feeling is rather unpleasant.
     
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    I’m usually cold too, especially at night - my morning temperature is only around 35.5C. My thyroid function has always been the lower end of normal, but not low enough to treat, apparently. I’ll be wearing pyjamas with a sheet, quilt, blanket over my feet and legs, a fleece blanket on top of that, and a hot water bottle at night - while the husband is stark b*ll*ck naked with just the sheet. And he’s still hot :D

    BG levels seem irrelevant - I’m just always cold. Unless it’s sweltering outside, and them I’m too hot. There’s no happy medium!
     
  18. luv2spin

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    I feel very cold even shiver in summer when it is over 45°C outside and feel hot when it is -°C's.

    Mine is due to neuropathy.
     
  19. phdiabetic

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    I'm also cold all the time, although I have been since before I was diabetic. I wear jackets and long trousers and have a quilt on my bed in the summer even. I don't think it is necessarily related to diabetes.
     
  20. sue122

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    Hi all, I’m type 2 & tonight while working night shift all of a sudden I was cold, I did my blood sugar level & it was 5.9 which is low for me, but last night I was fine even though my sugar level was only 3.8 I have no idea why it’s like this or why I’ve started to feel cold, has anyone got any suggestions
     
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