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Why am I freezing? Why am I freezing?

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  #1  
Unread 12-06-2007, 01:06 PM
Why am I freezing?

Has anyone else had a problem with being freezing cold all the time since surgery? The first 2 weeks after surgery I had hot flashes and night sweats. The last 2 weeks I have been freezing and simply can't get warm. I don't even live where it gets cold! Most people are still wearing shorts and T-shirts. I am bundled up and still feel like my hands and feet are ice pops and I'm cold to the bone.

I kept my ovaries and I'm not on any HRT, which seems to be the cause of some women's freezing problems.

Am I ever going to be the perfect temperature again?
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Unread 12-06-2007, 01:13 PM
Why am I freezing?

I was just like you. I also kept my ovaries and am not on hrt. But I feel like I'm freezing from the inside out. If that makes any sense to you. I feel like I can't get warm.
When I had surgery my dr. said I had lost a lot of blood but did not get a transfusion. However I was given iron to take twice daily and I had not been taking it for a couple of days thats when I noticed the freezing. I also posted on here and someone suggested running a gold ring on the inside of your arm and if it turns green your iron is low.
I've been taking my iron and have been feeling cold, not freezing anymore.
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Unread 12-06-2007, 01:53 PM
Why am I freezing?

Well, that does make some sense! I had the same problem with surgery, and when I was discharged from the hospital, the resident gave me a prescription for iron 3 times a day. At my 1-week follow-up they did a hemoglobin fingerstick and told me it was back up. I asked if I should keep taking iron, and my doctor's partner (he was out of town) told me it was not necessary any more. I think I took it a couple more days after that and then discontinued it all together. It was within a few days of that that I started freezing. I wish I had posted earlier because then I could have asked my doctor about it yesterday. Now I won't see him again.

What's interesting is my body temp is higher than before surgery. It used to be 97 degrees consistently and now it runs between 98.6 and 99.1. I should be hotter now, not colder.

Thanks for your help Princess G!
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  #4  
Unread 12-06-2007, 02:52 PM
Why am I freezing?

I had a TAH and had my ovaries removed. I have the estrogen patch. But I have been freezing cold too. I asked my doctor the other day and he said that it could be because I am not moving around as much as usual. He also suggested that next time I am in he can do a thyroid test.

But the last few days I dont seem as cold and I am trying to move around a little more.
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Unread 12-06-2007, 03:31 PM
Why am I freezing?

I too have been absolutely freezing!!! I haven't had any hot flashes - actually, not true, I needed a fan in the hospital for intermittent hot and cold spells - but since then I cannot get warm. Is this hormone related?
I had a TAH/BSO and am not on HRT yet. Any suggestions?
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Unread 12-06-2007, 05:20 PM
Why am I freezing?

I was freezing for the first couple of weeks...couldn't get my temperature regulated or something! I kept my ovaries, so I don't think it was hormonal, but it could have been they weren't working quite right.
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Unread 12-06-2007, 06:30 PM
Why am I freezing?

Hmmm... my hands and feet are like ice most of the time. I had a TAH/BSO (took both ovaries) and I am on HRT. I was not told anything about needing iron. BUT.. I am on thyroid medicine and have been for several years. Never heard that feeling cold could be linked to thyroid problems... I did read that HRT could interfere with your thyroid levels. Let me know if anyone else has information on possible link to thyroid dysfunction.
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Unread 12-06-2007, 07:08 PM
Why am I freezing?

I felt like that the first couple of weeks but I think it's improved a bit..
I think it has to do with being a little anemic & not moving around all that much etc...
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Unread 12-07-2007, 09:11 AM
Why am I freezing?

I am not freezing, but I find myself feeling cold on a very regular basis. What makes this interesting is that I have always been very hot natured. I would go outside in 40 degree weather without a coat and be fine (as long as I wasn't out for too long). Now I seem to be spending a lot of time cuddled on the couch with not one but normally two blankets to feel cozy. I am not on any hormone replacement at all. (History of breast cancer in family and lumpectomies personally) Other than maybe a half dozen hot flashes in the first couple of weeks following surgery, I seem to be fine. Well, other than getting a little more emotional and irritable than normal which could be due to lack of sleep more than hormones. Not sure why I feel so much cooler now. I also have a thyroid issue (Graves disease), but have been treated and on medication for 4-5 years. Doctor's nurse told me that hysterectomy does not affect thyroid levels. Not sure if that is correct. Does anyone know? I also lost a lot of blood and was put on Repliva, but had to stop taking it because it made me miserable (horrible heartburn and nonstop diarrhea). Doctor's nurse said I could stop taking it that my levels were low but not low enough to be concerned.
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Unread 12-07-2007, 09:17 AM
Why am I freezing?

I did find this on the internet

Thyroid problems
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid gland fails to make or release enough thyroid hormone. Signs and symptoms include sluggishness, chronically cold hands and feet, constipation, dry skin and a hoarse voice. Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid produces excessive amounts of hormone. Too much hormone also can cause fatigue, muscle weakness, weight loss, increased heart rate, nervousness and irritability.

There is a gal I work with that has thyroid problems and is always wrapped in a blanket. (no I dont think its professional but I guess it could go with the Disability Act)
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