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Sunday, September 08, 2013

This is a emoticon for your answers to yesterday's emoticon blog ...
I went through "The Change" some twenty-something years ago...
I have been having cold hands and feet for a year or two now...
The sporadic chills "Cold Flashes" just in the last 2 or 3 months....

So from the comments left on yesterday's blog... and adding in my thoughts on what has changed in the last few years... this is what I have deduced and my plan of action.
I think that my coldness has to do with my diet, dieting, change in eating patterns.
About a year ago I started really trying to change my habits, albeit not very successfully.
A few months ago I started WORKing a lot harder on changing the habits of a (long) life-time. The changes have resulted in my scale showing lowering numbers... for which I am greatly grateful. We all love to have our WORK acknowledged.

Using the information I gathered from yesterday's comments I went google'n about the internet, I came across information that leads me to believe my problem is quite possibly an iron deficiency, although it could be a metabolic issue or possibly any one of probably a thousand other things. Therefore, like an auto mechanic... I will treat the easiest possible solution to the perceived problem..

Thus, I plan to buy a low-dose iron supplement this next week, probably Monday, and see if over the next month I see any changes in my body. I know the only way to tell/diagnose iron deficiency is with a blood test... but trying a supplement is a whole lot less expensive than bill$ for doctor + draw blood tech + lab test tech + doctor = find out result$. OR, I just thought of a really cheap way out of the blood test... Go to a Red Cross Blood drawing... If you are anemic... you keep your blood, so the only cost would be if I am not anemic, I would have to donate a pint of blood. AND, if you do donate blood then they do a whole bunch of tests on your blood...if they find anything wrong.. YOU get notified! The next local blood drawing that I know of is the 1st Tuesday in October... too long to wait. I will go with the iron supplement.

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    Have you had you thyroid tested? Hypothyroidism can cause you to become cold. Your hands and feet will be especially cold. Anemia is probably more likely though because Hypothyroidism may cause weight gain even with all the work you are doing and you are losing weight. That is a very good thing! :)

    Anemia can cause you to become cold and it can also cause you to be very tired. It's good that you are looking into a iron supplement. The little green pills work great and are a lot better than the red pills in my opinion. :)

    Even if you don't confirm it with a blood test, an iron supplement couldn't hurt. :)

    Good luck with feeling better! :)

    1749 days ago
    I hope you find the answer to your problem. Make sure you visit your doctor.
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    I hope the iron supplement helps. I'm exactly the opposite, usually too hot while DH is freezing.
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    I donate blood on a regular basis. Doing that is good for your blood and helps renew it. Good luck with finding the answer. emoticon
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    Hi Audra, emoticon

    It seems to be the most economical route. For me, due to the great hormonal changes in my body, I have to consult my doctor even if I want to go on any supplement. I tried to take a stress relief supplement last year and it just creates more problems for me. Hope you feel better after you tried the low does iron supplement.

    Take care! Peace be with you! emoticon

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    Comment edited on: 9/8/2013 3:26:15 PM
    Make sure you get a low dose, because too much iron will cause you to be greatly constipated. Best of luck to you.
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    1749 days ago
    Audra, sounds like you have a great plan. Please do start with a low dose of iron. I love your idea of the blood donation. One way to beat the doctor's bills that I have never thought of. Hope you get a resolution to this especially with the cold weather on the way.

    It's a bright sunny day here today and a little warmer then yesterday without the humidity. Fall is on it's way. Hope to get out in the yard the next couple days and get some things done....mowing for one. lol Have a great day.

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    1749 days ago
    Hi Audra,

    You're certainly right about this solution being less expensive. And I do agree that going to donate blood might be a win/win solution. Just be careful with adding iron. I noticed you said "low-dose" iron supplement. That's a good way to start because, I'm sure you know, iron can really constipate you. I have that problem from other meds and it sure isn't fun.

    I hope you get it worked out. Chills are no fun. Let us know how you're doing with it.

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    1749 days ago
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