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Chilled to the bone

Cath111CCath111 Posts: 3,554
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:48 AM in Chronic Pain
For days now, I've been soooo cold and can't get any decent long-term warmth. Because I'm still fighting this blasted cold, I ocassionally get a hot flash and think I might have a fever spike, but most of the day, I'm just chilled to the bone.

Our weather here has changed to the normal Rocky Mountain autumn/winter weather - 45-50 degree days, some snowy and windy 35 degree days and always cold nights. I wear a long sleeved t-shirt, my lounge pants, thick sock and slippers all covered with my fleece robe which keeps me somewhat warm, but I'm constantly just chilled so deep down inside that I can't get it to go away. It hurts my joints, my muscles tighten up, it makes me tired fighting it and the pain is getting bad because of this. A hot, hot shower helps in the short-term, but not long-term. Oh, how I wish for a hot tub right now ("C", can I come over?), but I think I might pickle myself and hubby would come home to a prune.

It's not a circulation problem as I'm moving around most of the day and it doesn't help. I think I need to live in a hot water body suit.

I have to wonder if it's my hardware that gets cold and they just act like ice cubes, chilling me from the inside out (I have one anteriorly in my cervial and one posteriorly in my lumbar). On top of it all, I can't find my newest heating pad, which isn't one of those wonderful infrared ones, but I'd love one of those. Today it's going to be 56 degrees and I'm hoping it's warm enough to go outside, sit in a chair in the sun and read a book and get toasty, but I'm not sure 56 is warm enough to get rid of this deep seated chill.

Do any of you have this happening to you now that the days are getting colder? Please tell me it's not just me...



  • Hey Cathie...no its not just you!! :) Here in Co it is getting solder too and I have noticed since my lumbar fusion that the coldness is really really hard to shake!!! I too bundle up and my hubby and daughter look at me like I am crazy!!! lol

    So just keep bundling up and try to stay warm!!!!
  • I'm also in Colorado so you know what I mean about the weather. Ever since my cervical problems, I'v had a problem with my arms getting cold so even in the summer I usually wear long sleeves, but this wind we have constantly and the chilly weather just keeps the body so cold that you feel like you're living in a refrigerator.

    Thanks for commiserating, although I'm sorry you feel it too, I'm glad I'm not alone. For the first time in my life I've actually thought of moving from this most beautiful state to one that's warm all the time. Yuck.

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  • Cath have you considered talking to your GP about this? Alot of times thyroid or other "internal" things will cause you to feel cold.
  • That's a good point. I think I'll make an appointment with my PCP to go over a few things, this being one of them. Certainly can't hurt.

    I'm still wondering if other spineys feel this way, if maybe it's our hardware and a normal thing we must deal with.
  • Do you have any of those footed pajamas? Not with the hood and bunny ears, but the adult size with the zipper in front?

    I have been watching your weather on TV and all of the snow. Whenever I went skiing, I always wore those PJ's at night. They were particularly helpful if we rented a cabin and had to get up in the middle of the night. I know your house is very well insulated in comparison, but thought I'd toss out those pj's. When I would travel to Iowa with the kids, these were a must.

    Since my surgery, I get overly cold too. I haven't asked if it is due to our hardware, but boy... I need to haul out the wool skiing socks at night now and thick sweat pants. I can't stand anything too thick on my upper body, due to hormones probably, but from where I had my fusion... I need it nice and warm. And girl, it isn't snowing here! It's supposed to be 80 degrees today, but the nights are getting cold.

    Bundle up good and I hope that cold starts to go away real soon. Mike and I have had one hanging on for about 8 weeks now.

    Take good care my friend,

    Tammy >:D<

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  • Hiya Cathie...I do understand...Colorado is a beautiful state..we have been here for over 18 years but in Jan we are moving back to Bakersfield Ca and I cant wait to get away from the snow/cold!!!

    It is sad to think of leaving but I am excited because I didnt hurt as bad when we went for a week back in July...and that was after 18+ hours in the car...:):)
  • Oh, Tammy, I've had my cold for 2-1/2 weeks and I though that was bad. I'm so sorry you both have been going through it for so long. Ack, I hope that's not what I have to look forward to. And I hope you're getting better - does it look like it's going to go away soon?

    No, I don't have any footy PJs, but it's a good idea. I don't even know where to find them. LOL - I just have to laugh at the hood with the bunny ears. I could tuck those ears into the hood to keep my ears warm. What do you think people would say to themselves if I wore those when I take Wally for a walk? LOL

    Mostly the snow is staying up in the mountains, but we've been having some horrendous wind (and it's no warm breeze, I can tell ya) and a few mini-blizzards blowing through. But it looks like the weekend is going to be in the 60s. Mmmmmmm.

    Ok, I'm going to go bundle up and take Wally to the park for what I hope will be a very short walk and then come back and heat up an everything bagel with onion and chive cream cheese and a big glass of milk and read for a while. Then I might have to crawl back in bed and take a nap. What hubby doesn't know won't hurt him, right? :-)

    Keep warm everybody. Brrrrrrrrrr.
  • I find that diet and exercise (coupled with the hot tub)do wonders in keeping me warmer. Since metabolism creates heat, if I eat meals made with red meat, I get warmer. Poultry on the other hand doesn't provide any warmth. Too many carbs and starch also seem to make things worse. Lunch of tuna salad sandwich and some hot soup seem to help and of course a nice cup of roasted coffee!

  • Hi Cathie,

    You are definitely not alone, for some reason this fall I've been cold, my feet especially!

    I don't have hardware so I can't respond there, but for someone that for most of my life, rarely if ever was cold, this is sooo weird.

    We've been having a lot of wind here in NY, some rain, but today it's beautiful... and my feet are just now starting to feel like they aren't encased in ice, tho' they are still cold!

    As today is a telecommuting day, I've been trying to con the cats into laying at the bottom of the bed and warm my feet! My old man (Maxie who is 15 and a half) is cool with it, but my half feral guy keeps trying to shove me off the heating pad (I'm umm... sitting on it! 8} ) He's a real wise guy... if I get up, he's on the heating pad in a flash and really complains (loudly!) when I try to get him off :D

    I've been buying really really thick socks from places like Lands End, I try warming them up on the heater or under the pad for a few, then put them on and get under the blankie.

    Sure hope you can find a way to warm up... being cold is the suck :( I would say, if your sunny spot is out of the wind, maybe you'd feel the warmth of the sun... or, you could always bring the portable heater out and benefit from both! :D

  • "C", I have a very high metabolism and seem to be one of those people that have a hard time sitting still. However, I know that I'm not eating right because I just don't tend to when I'm alone all day. Like yesterday, I ate a bagel for breakfast and that was it until I made turkey sloppy joes for dinner. Hubby's been trying to stay away from red meat, so we don't eat much of that (unfortunately). I'm thinking that some cherry jello and hot chocolate is in my near future. (I could smell the delicious coffee the minute I read your sentence...mmmmmm....). I'll try to do better with the eating.

    Clandy, nice to know I'm not alone, along with the others here. Lucky you having a telecommute day and staying in bed with at least one kitty on your feet and a hot pad. I took a nap on the couch with my big comfy blanket and Wally curled up next to me with my arm around him - that was toasty.

    Nice idea on warming up the socks - I could use my clothes dryer. I also have big thick socks that I just love and hubby gave me some of his that he thought were too thick so I have those on now.

    As for sitting in the sun today, as usual the weatherpeople here suck - it's cloudy and windy out there.

    Anyway, hope everyone is staying nice and warm.
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