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Cold Neuropathy?

My nerve pain feels like ice water running down my shoulders, arms, and legs. I don't remember it being so cold in the past. Sometimes I put on a sweater or stand outside to get some heat.

My bulging discs are starting to encroach on my nerve roots. I had a week-long episode of toe numbness, but that has gone away. I'm left with some pain and a feeling of coldness.

For those who have experienced this "cold" experience, did it eventually turn into numbness? Was the cold feeling temporary or has it stayed with you? Did it turn into a different kind of pain? (I'm not even sure why the nerves respond with a "cold" feeling. Is the coldness some kind of natural body anesthetic?) Are there any tips/tricks you have for dealing with the cold neuropathy?


  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,813

    I am shivering now, this is the worst issue I have and the pain in my right foot and hand arm unbearable when it hits. I have issues with temp regulation ( could be from spinal cord injury, autonomic stuff, my small fiber neurapathy or my thyroid issues...that narrows it down) , but the real problem is in my right foot and hand when the cold is triggered my blood vessels shut down alot of the flow and the hand/foot becomes hard to use, but i can deal with that. But the pain is like when you have a recessed gum in your mouth and exposed nerve root and would put ice cream or ice on it, but to the tenth degree. It basically shuts me down as it is so piercing and painful , it lasts a very long time once triggered.
    And to answer you question nerves can respond with cold feeling, it can be damage to blood vessels that shunt flow from nerve damage or it can actually be an issue with nerve signal that tells your brain its freezing when it really isnt and several other reasons exist.
    I use compression socks, vasodilating supplements, anti anxiety meds cause it jumps up when cold hits, I use vasodilation creame and the other things for nerve like lyrica, etc. Nothing has worked great except..... viagra and having a fever and talking with my doctor there is medical reasons why. That central nervous system is a nightmare when it goes south. But I would really get it looked at just to rule out neuropathy as earlier the better. Are your issues in your neck?
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,813
    yea its a crazy thing. My shivering cold is more full body and not really painful, I think that is not neuropathy but something else ( scheduled for blood work on thyroid levels) , but the right foot and hand is definitly neurapathy . Hope its something simple and not neurapathy for you.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • BManBBMan Posts: 113
    edited 07/29/2015 - 4:14 AM
    I've had spine issues for a while, but I have my first Pain Management appointment scheduled for next month. Your reply has convinced me to bring up the "cold neuropathy" to discuss with him. My issues are both cervical and lumbar. The coldness is not "piercing" but it makes me physically cold and can sometimes be alleviated just by standing outside. When you say you're "shivering," that sounds very physically cold.

    It's weird the body responds with a "cold" sensation, since I'd expect "heat" or "pain" to be associated with a defense mechanism. I would associate "cold" with numbness and paralysis, which is why I'm wondering if the cold can be a signal that this is what's coming.

    If my body would do a better job of telling me what's going on, we'd get along a lot better. It's a complicated machine, but it has a lot of design flaws.
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