Patient with Cold Temperature Sensitivity

70 year old patient with significant cold sensitivity for the past year – prior to that was fine. Cannot tolerate 72 degree room. Has to go to separate room from her husband to watch TV – and she likes her husband. 🙂

All endocrine pathways either normal or treated – thyroid, adrenal and bio-identical hormones. All standard labs are normal and she is not anemic. Any thoughts?

Thank you,

Michael Milton, MD /

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Probably the best way to assess thyroid status is to check basal body temperature first thing in the morning. This is done with a basal body temperature thermometer placed in the axilla, before the patient gets out of bed. Should be 97.8 to 98.2. If it’s low, it’s a low hormone problem. Adrenal and thyroid hormones control temperature. Chinese medicine looks at adrenal as being primary whereas western medicine doctors look to thyroid.

Linda Wright, MD

Verified Answered on September 24, 2019.
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Look for levels of heavy metals especially mercury but also lead and cadmium.  Doctors Data has a provoked urine test that may help.

Jay English

Verified Answered on September 24, 2019.
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