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Old 04-15-2005, 10:53 AM   #1
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Cold Weather Intolerance And Thyroid Function

Hey everyone, I've been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome recently after all of my diagnostic labs came back looking normal. I had a thyroid function test done twice so far and it still looks completely normal although I seem to have a lot of hypothyroid symptoms...difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, fatigued all day, malaise, brain fog, poor memory, extremely sensitive to cold weather, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, cold hands and feet, etc. I figured someone here may be able to help me out.

I was wondering if anyone has noticed that your symptoms begin to subside as the temperatures outside rise? Where I'm from we are now reaching 60-70 degrees everday. I've felt better lately than I can remember feeling in the past 5-6 months! Not since last summer did I feel this good. Its like everything in my body just starts functioning better. I have more energy, my depression lifts, my anxiety and panic attacks calm down, my mind feels more clear, and the malaise I usually feel throughout the day and after exertion seems to lessen a great deal. It's almost like a complete transformation overnight! The improvements are global--everything about me improves.

The problem is that I have absolutely no idea why this happens and how to prevent myself from getting sick again when the weather gets cold. There has to be a physiological basis for this to happen although none of my doctors really have a clue about it. It would make sense that it has to do with temperature regulation...I check my temp in the morning and its usually a little low by a degree but nothing too drastic. Could it be that my body fights to keep warm in the winter months and thats why I feel so ill most of the time? When it warms up does that mean my body can just relax and soak in the heat?

I'm really curious as to how many of you have noticed this phenomenon and how you are being treated you for it...Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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Old 04-15-2005, 12:11 PM   #2
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Re: Cold Weather Intolerance And Thyroid Function

What thyroid function test did you have done? You certainly have or had the symptoms of hypo T and yes there is a correlation between cold and thyroid especially in an undiagnosed untreated person. In fact one of the most important functions of the thyroid hormone is to stimulate heat production in cold weather. When I am hypo and untreated I can't even go into an airconditioned room without getting sick, now maybe I am just oversensitive but there it is.

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Re: Cold Weather Intolerance And Thyroid Function

A small percentage of people who are already in treatment for hypoT need higher doses of med in the winter, because the body demands more T4 in cold weather to keep warm.
The fact that you improve in warm weather is further proof that you really do have thyroid issues. The problem is that most doctors don't know the right tests to run, and even if they do, they misinterpret the results.
You might want to get other opinions.

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