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Has anyone had a problem with sensitivity to cold? Since we had a cold snap in Wisconsin I have had a real problem with the cold. My feet get cold and then I get cold throughout my body. I get into bed, under the covers, and I will actually shiver. I have never been like this before and am wondering if this is a side effect of the chemo. Anyone else have this problem?

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I had the same problem you have. I had my chemo/radiation until the middle of May and my surgery in June. My wife would put the thermostat on 73 and I would literaly shiver. At times I had to drag out my jacket in July - Aug. Of course I didn't do this if I could sneak and raise thermostat...He He He. Slipped and put thermostat on heat once and forgot to switch back before she got home.

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My feet have always been like ice - when Jeff Foxworthy talks about women's butts and feet being below freezing when they get into bed, he's talking about me...

BUT, since surgery and radiation (all SUMMER long) my body thermostat seems to be off - I wore long sleeves when others were next to nekid...and then when it started getting colder here (Michigan), I started the shivering - and for some reason, when I shiver I get pain at the incision site. So far it's working at home because my husband folds the quilt and blankets back over on me (he sleeps hot) but I'm wondering what will happen when HE starts getting cold at night and actually keeps his "share" of the covers.... I have flannel jammies and huntin' socks, maybe I'll have to dig 'em out by October...

My physician was concerned about the cold feet being poor circulation, but veins are just fine...just pumpin' ice water! If you find a "cure" (beyond electric socks and thermal underwear), please be sure to share!

Ridin' the Siberian Express right along with ya'll!

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My dad would shiver too. He was very sensitive to cold and I think it is a side-effect that came from within...because even though he would shiver and cover-up...his skin sometimes felt warm and sometimes clammy from the covers.

Ask your doc about it dave.

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Yep...it's beautiful here on the Central Coast of California, and I am freezing my fingers and toes off... This has become a bit worse since starting chemo.

Dave, do you have a hot water bottle? Low tech, I know, but still very effective for warming up the foot end of the bed. Or even a heating pad might help.

Hoping you find some warmth.

Fay A.

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I have been more hot than cold, but it fluctuates. My hands have been so warm they felt like heaters during the chemo. Now that my hair is gone again and the tempertures are falling, I could really feel the effects last night. The #1 thing you can do is to wear a hat. You lose a lot of body heat through your head, especially with no hair. Try a stocking cap for awhile and see if it helps.

Jenny

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I have been more hot than cold, but it fluctuates. My hands have been so warm they felt like heaters during the chemo. Now that my hair is gone again and the tempertures are falling, I could really feel the effects last night. The #1 thing you can do is to wear a hat. You lose a lot of body heat through your head, especially with no hair. Try a stocking cap for awhile and see if it helps. My radiologist just reminded me about that.

Jenny

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Been there - done that!

I literally could not warm up and stop shivering after I went out in the cold unless I got in to a HOT bath.

Of course I also turned on my electric blanket before going in to the tub, so it would be all warm for me when I got out!

Keep pluggin' along Dave,

SandyS

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I remember I lived in sweats, the heavy ones with fuzzy insides. I was always cold. Did the long underwear thing, too. Lots of big fluffy socks. Fuzzy slippers. Boots over the ankles. Loved wearing hats. It doesn't get THAT cold in Maryland, but I sure froze for that winter. I was putting it down to being fatigued and the weight loss. Holding a cup of warm tea helps, you don't have to drink it. I slept in the sweats and heavy socks, too, and (being female) those terry turbans you see. They kept my ears warm!! Good luck fighting the cold... This too shall pass....

MaryAnn

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