Yalinda, I have that that same cold-induced cough. It's like the cold air irritates my lungs or something. I've had it since I was a teenager and have simply learned to avoid the cold, and certainly not to exercise in the cold. I have raynaud's, and I've read that raynaud's can affect the lungs (cold air will make you cough). I've always wondered if that's it--I may ask the pulmonologist when I see him next about this. In the meantime, I usually put a scarf over my mouth and nose when it's below freezing outside, and stay outside the least amount of time as possible. Without your power, I don't know how you're faring. I hope you get your power back soon.
El, i have raynauds!!!!!!!!!! never been so happy to say that....... i was diagnosed about ten years ago when i was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. my hands turn this white , grey or blue when i am chilled and i look like a corpse hehehehehe i once told a student i was driving with if we were in a car accident dont look at my hands to see if i am alive cuz in the cold they look dead! hehehehehehe i get a cough every winter too and my doc never knew why and then we figured it was the nodules, now i think it may be the raynauds! i'll do more research lata
THANKS elcamino. yalinda
Yes Erin. 50 degrees is cold enough to cause my raynaud's to act up. My nose is often the first thing to go numb. I use it as a thermometer. Even in the house when I'm watching tv at night, I get cold (and our house temp is around 73 degrees); I know that when my nose starts hurting and then going numb, I better go grab the heating pad or something. But my hands and feet are a lot more painful when they get cold. I'm sorry to hear that you have this symptom too. It may just seem like an annoyance to others, but I find it downright painful to have to deal with. When you wear a parka in 65 degree weather, and use a space heater at your feet year round, it's a bit weird, you know?
Yalinda, yes it is funny how we all get used to our idiosyncracies and assume that everyone has those same issues. Come to find out, they're not normal at all. My reaction to the cold is downright pathological at times, and is a serious risk factor for systemic sclerosis (scleroderma). Do you have a positive ANA, by any chance? Have you ever been diagnosed with another CTD other than RA? Overlap syndromes are common, and raynaud's is a symptom of several. I don't have a positive ANA, at least yet; just a positive RF. Which, by the way, according to some reading I've been doing, a positive RF can do a lot of very strange things in your body, including your lungs. I believe the pulmonary nodules are related to seropositive disease; also the entire interstitial lung disease thing.