Really cold hands?

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2014-01-11 09:04:41 -0600
Started 2014-01-07 12:18:40 -0600

Recently I've been noticing that my hands in particular have started to get really cold, more than before I was diagnosed. Is it because of poor circulation? It's weird though 'cause my feet are fine most of the time, but even when I'm wearing insulated gloves, my hands still get numb and start to hurt. I'm wearing boots and my feet feel fine, it's just my hands that really bother me. It is really cold outside, but even in cold weather my hands never got this cold before.

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Dr John
Dr John 2014-01-11 09:04:41 -0600 Report

I suggest you get some peripheral vascular ultrasound testing done. Insurance covers it for diabetics.

denipink57 2014-01-08 04:44:45 -0600 Report

i suggest you go to your health food store and ask for a product that aids better circulation. there are very simple and safe herbs that you can take that will clear up your cold hands for you. good luck! Denise

ko4 2014-01-08 03:37:30 -0600 Report

Hi Vanessa! I'm 21, type1 and also have the same problems but it also affects my feet. It could be down to circulation but recently I've been diagnosed with Raynaud's syndrome - if you google you'll get more info, but it's common to develop Raynaud's if you already suffer from auto-immune disease

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-07 22:03:27 -0600 Report

James is correct the body regulates itself through hands, head and feet. This is why it is best to wear hats and gloves in cold weather. If your fingers are tingling, you should have a doctor check that out. Neurpathy in your hands can cause pain and sometimes numbness. If you live where the weather is extremely cold like now, your fingers could become frostbitten.

During the winter my fingers turn blue. I have had this problem long before I was diagnosed. The doctor told me the name and I cannot think of it. It also happens in the summer if I am in air conditioning that is way too cold. I have ski gloves, insulated gloves and mittens. I usually wear a pair of gloves and mittens over them. You can also buy hand warmers to put in your pocket. They last for up to 8 hours. I put them between the gloves and the mittens and my hands stay nice and warm.

GabbyPA 2014-01-07 17:20:45 -0600 Report

Is there any other tingling of your fingers? You may want to have it checked by your doctor. But this extreme cold weather may just be hounding you more than usual. Try using some coconut oil on them (the cooking kind) before you put on gloves. It helps me feet, it might help your hands.

dagger1234 2014-01-07 14:06:39 -0600 Report

That happened to me a few times before. Perhaps you are currently using new meds? Or your body is still getting adjusted to it.

jayabee52 2014-01-07 13:21:18 -0600 Report

Howdy Vanessa

I used to have unusually warm hands for most of my life until I had 3 "ministrokes" (TIAs) which seemed to mess up my body's temp regulation. Those TIAs also messed up my sense of temp in my right hand. (my left seems to sense temps normally).

I looked up cold hands in Mayo Clinic site and this is what they said: "Having cold hands even when you're not in a cold environment is common. Often, having cold hands is a part of your body's natural response to regulate your body temperature and shouldn't be cause for concern."

However If the color changes your hands (turns either white or blue) it may be indicative of problems with nerves or with blood flow. You may read more about it here ~ On the 2nd page of the Mayo article there are listed several common causes for one's cold hands (including diabetes).

I pray you get your cold hands checked out by a MD and find nothing seriously wrong.

James Baker

Vanessa Casanova
Vanessa Casanova 2014-01-07 12:25:13 -0600 Report

I posted this, I accidentally put it as anonymous. I forgot to mention that I'm 20 years old and I have Type 1 Diabetes, if that helps.

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