I’m someone who is always cold. Is there a blanket in the room? If yes, I have it. It’s 80 degrees outside? Yes, I am still wearing my fuzzy robe. My husband and I actually wrote a little poem for my love of blankets, it goes like this:
I just found a blanket,
I like blankets a lot.
Blankets are the bestest,
Even when it’s hot.
That pretty much sums it up.
I never attributed my always being cold to anything in particular. Typically, my body temperature is in the 97 range, so I thought that could be a part of it. My hands are usually cold, I thought that was from some kind of iron deficiency.
But recently, someone else with hypothyroidism mentioned that their hands, nose and feet are always cold. That got me thinking… could hypothyroidism have been the cause all this time? Was this a symptom that I never recognized?
According to Medical News Today: Hypothyroidism can slow down metabolism, which can lead to a drop in core body temperature. As such, some people with low levels of thyroid hormones may feel cold all the time or have a low tolerance of the cold. This feeling of coldness can persist, even when in a warm room or during the summer months. People with hypothyroidism often report having cold hands or feet, although they may feel that their whole body is cold.
So, my lower body temperature and feeling cold could be attributed to having hypothyroidism. Since the condition was never on my radar, I would never have put two and two together. Could it be a fluke? Sure, maybe this has nothing to do with an underactive thyroid, but now it seems a little suspicious to me. Could I have been having other mild symptoms as well? Probably. Could I also be becoming a hypochondriac in hindsight? Maybe.
No matter what is causing me to be cold, I’m still going to be cold. I’m wearing a cardigan and a hoodie right now while it’s 75 degrees outside. It would be interesting if I stopped feeling so cold now that I am on medication. I doubt it, but maybe we’ll just have to wait and see.