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I suffer the sensation of cold in feet and legs but the flesh

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I suffer the sensation of cold in feet and legs but the flesh feels warm to the touch. Mainly in one leg but a little in the other. The sensation in the sole of the foot is cold / sometimes hot(??), on the outside of the top of the foot cold and then fleeting occasional sensations of cold travelling up the leg to the buttocks. I walk up to five miles each day with no discomfort at all and little sensation of cold (a little if I stop for a chat with someone). The cold sensation is worst when I am standing still, driving or sitting in a chair. Absolutely no discomfort in bed. My GP has tested for vascular and nerve issues (blood flow, diabetes, vitamins etc.) and can come up with no answers. I suffer from moderate levels of depression and anxiety. Would appreciate your comments.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.
Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

I am sorry you are having these cold sensations

Dr. David :

you should get your thyroid hormone levels checked.

Dr. David :

you could be having hypothyroidism possibly. or low thyroid hormone.

Dr. David :

how severe are your symptoms on a scale from 0-10?

JACUSTOMER-xr5wwzjq- :

I can live with them but I am more concerned about the possibility that they indicate something that will become more severe. ... say, 4 out of 10

Dr. David :

I see.

Dr. David :

are you on treatment for your depression and anxiety?

Dr. David :

if your anxiety symptoms are out of control, they can often magnify other mild symptoms you are having

Dr. David :

have you had your thyroid hormone levels checked for hypothyroidism?

JACUSTOMER-xr5wwzjq- :

I am working with a counsellor but no medicines.

Dr. David :

have you had your thyroid hormone levels checked?

JACUSTOMER-xr5wwzjq- :

I have had the standard GP blood test and it was OK. However, over the last few years I have had difficulty with the changes in temperature. Over hot in bed etc. ... and I have wondered whether I have a minor thyroid problem.

Dr. David :

it could be a minor thyroid problem

Dr. David :

that should be checked

Dr. David :

or it could be due to declines of your testosterone levels as you get older.

JACUSTOMER-xr5wwzjq- :

Not convinced that the NHS would be keen to help with ei

JACUSTOMER-xr5wwzjq- :

..... either issue.

Dr. David :

your GP doctor will check your thyroid hormone levels

Dr. David :

it is a very simple blood test to check your TSH or thyroid stimulating hormone level.

Dr. David :

a blood testosterone level is also a very simple blood test.

JACUSTOMER-xr5wwzjq- :

OK. So those are the two most likely areas for review? Can I rule out and blood flow or nerve issues?

Dr. David :

yes, your doctor has already done work to rule out blood flow and nerve issues

Dr. David :

by check blood flow and by checking for diabetes and nerve damage.

Dr. David :

good luck to you

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JACUSTOMER-xr5wwzjq- :

No more questions. Thanks for your help.

Dr. David :

thanks.

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