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What are some causes of increased sensitivity to feeling cold?

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What are some causes of increased sensitivity to feeling cold despite outdoor temperature being 80F?The person is a 20 years old female.
Posted Mon, 30 Sep 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah 1 hour later
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Hi and thank you so much for this query.

From the information you have provided, hypothyroidism must be investigated and ruled out as this is the most common cause of feeling cold even when others or temperatures are not very suggestive. This should have been an ongoing symptom and not a one time observation. If it occurred only once, then please monitor again before taking any actions. However, if it has been like this for a while, then get it addressed as suggested below.

other symptoms of hypothyroidism include constipation, dry skin, unexplained weight gain, muscle weakness(as in your case) elevated blood cholesterol level, muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness, heavier and irregular menstrual periods,
thinning hair, etc. Please. check whether your friend could be having even more of the above symptoms.

She would need to get consulted by a TSH and if need be, she would be referred to see an endocrinologist.

I hope this answers your query fully and provides enough guidance to work on and make informed decisions. I wish you well and feel free to ask for clarifications if need be.
Dr. Ditah, MD
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