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Dr- 1. I have noticed that in the winters my

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Dr. Mahboob Ur Rahman

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Posted on Tue, 8 Jan 2019 in Medicines and Side Effects
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1. I have noticed that in the winters my feet tend to get very cold especially at night

2. I usually have to sleep with a heating pad at my feet every night even if it's not too cold outside in the winters

3. Do you have any thoughts? Suggestions?
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Hi and Welcome to Ask A Doctor service. I have read yor query and here is my and advice.
Many times cold feet may be perfectly normal however it needs little consideration.
While in cold weather , as the legs are more distant and moslty exposed to weather , this feeling may be normal .
But there are few probelms , like
1: probelms in the vessels of the legs that deliver blood to feet is compromised .
Two common reasons which incudes to much sitting or too much stress can compromise blood blood to the feet causing cold feet; others include smoking too much , high cholesterol or other disease like hypertension or diabetes. This is some times associated with pain in legs .Raynods diseases is spasm of vessels caused by cold which causes too cold feeling and sometimes discoloration.

2: Other then vessels , nerve probelms like nueropathy may aslo cause cold feeling .This many times ssociated with numbness or tingling .

Sometimes other blood disorders like hypothyroidism may cause cold feeling This is genrally associated with fatigue, tiredness and feeling of excessive cold .Low haemoglibin may be other cause .

So to conclude, it may be perfectly normal to have cold feet in cold weather , but it's good to be examined to rule out cretain causes as dicussed above.
Hope I have answered your question. please feel free to ask anything else you need to know. kind Regards Dr Rahman. .

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