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Why am I freezing? Why am I freezing?

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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.
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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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.
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?
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.
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.
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...
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.
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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