Being Cold

By BandonBob Latest Reply 2010-11-29 21:05:33 -0600
Started 2010-11-29 10:48:43 -0600

Ever since I was diagnosed with diabetes I have been cold all the time. I used to be warm. The cold gives me other problems like sinus problems and my skin dries out so bad that it itches badly. Any suggestions about handling this?

9 replies

GabbyPA 2010-11-29 18:15:32 -0600 Report

I am right there with you. My feet used to always be hot, and now they are always cold unless I have had a long day of exercise. Circulation seems to be connected to it, though my EEG's have been fine. It could be the nerves as well. Dry skin is a trouble with many diabetics and I have found that the body was by St. Ives that is mineral based has really helped me to keep my skin softer. I don't use the perfumed lotions because they tend to irritate and dry me out over time. Natural lotions high in minerals and even things like bees wax can be helpful.

v2rocketmom 2010-11-29 21:05:33 -0600 Report

I have skin sensitivities, two products that work great for me are "Lay in on Thick" - bath & body works Or Watkins -Petro-carbo "Salve". I have a son that a Doc wanted give a steroid cream a 6 months for skin issues I instead used the Watkins -Petro-carbo "Salve". He had “Grandma's feet” by age 3-bloody cracking heels, Watkins -Petro-carbo "Salve".

BandonBob 2010-11-29 19:27:23 -0600 Report

In my shop today one of my customers was looking at the soy candles we sell and told me that if I take the melted soy and rub it on my skin that it would help a lot also. I may have to look for a soy based lotion and try it. My doctor always makes me laugh when he checks my feet because I still have hair growing on my toes and he says that proves my circulation is still good. Since he told me that I look at my toes every morning and I'm noticing much less hair than before.

Harlen 2010-11-29 12:00:59 -0600 Report

I dont get cold I am on the other side I get hot lol lol lol
Lotion for the dry skin and itching Flownase for the sinun
Other then that I dont know
best wishes

BandonBob 2010-11-29 12:23:16 -0600 Report

I understand about lotions and use them. The doctors have told me that the sinuses are not an allergy after 20 years of fighting them. I have tried every sinus medication both prescription and over the counter with no relief. Then six months ago I saw a new ENT at the VA in Portland and he laughed and said what you have is not an allergy but overactive sinuses. He gave me a new nasal spray called Ipratropium Bromide and it cleared it right up. Now it only bothers me when it is very cold outside.

Harlen 2010-11-29 17:55:35 -0600 Report

THANK YOU I will look it up and see if it will help me I can get no relief
For my hand I use Eucerine creal and that works for me give it a try
Thank you and best wishes

CaliKo 2010-11-29 11:25:41 -0600 Report

Hi Bob,
Mine goes up and down, and its directly influenced by my eating schedule. I eat 6 small meals/snacks, and am diet and exercise controlled. I overheat when my blood glucose drops below 80 or 90, certainly not dangerously low, but I heat up. Then about 10-15 minutes after I eat at least 15 g carbs, I'm freezing. It's very annoying, but I'm lucky not to have any sinus problems. If my skin was that dried out, first I'd be trying all the over the counter moisturizing bath gels and lotions, hydrocortizone lotion for itchiness, and if that didn't work I'd ask my doctor for something topical to help. You certainly don't want to scratch up your skin. I think cooler showers are better than hot for dry skin.
Good luck!

jayabee52 2010-11-29 11:18:25 -0600 Report

Howdy Bob.

I have noticed exactly the same thing. I had thought it was from the TIAs ("ministrokes") I had had. I have sinus problems too. The only thing I do is to wear warm clothes. I even wear 2 sweatshirts & long warm up pants & a stocking hat & heavy socks to bed. That seems to be where I get the shivers the worst, in bed just before I go to sleep.

I too used to be a little furnace of heat and would usually sleep on top of the covers even in the winter time. My former wife used to love it because I would crawl on her side of the bed while she was getting ready for bed so I would warm up her side of the bed. She always seemed to be cold.

Blessings to you and yours


BandonBob 2010-11-29 11:44:16 -0600 Report

I appreciate your reply. Like you I bundle up in layers but sometimes feel rediiculous when others are running around without even a jacket. My late wife always said she could snuggle up to me and not need a blanket although she didn't like it so much in the summer as I couldn't turn off the heat.

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