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?
Michael Milton, MD / www.drmilton.net
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