Cold right hand?

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BuccPride
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   Posted 12/16/2011 5:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Something I've been noticing since this summer but never when I'm around a doctor to ask. My right hand frequently turns ice cold. There's no discoloration or numbness. Just a dull tingling sensation and extreme icy feeling. All I can find is Raynaud's syndrome, poor circulation, and a lot of people overusing the mouse. I know it's not raynaud's, no way of knowing if it's poor circulation, and I don't use a mouse nor do I use my right and more than my left as I'm ambidextrous. Just wondering if any of you with nerve damage have ever had this happen.

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 12/16/2011 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
BuccPride....Has any Doc checked you for diabetes? Icy cold hand could be diabetes. Please see a family doc and get this checked out. Keep us updated on your health.

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Betsey
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Jim1969
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   Posted 12/16/2011 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Coldness in an extremity is more often due to circulation problems rather than a nerve problem.

You need to speak to your doctor. There are some simple tests that can be run to test the circulation in your extremities.
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BuccPride
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   Posted 12/16/2011 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been checked for diabetes. Sorry I didn't mention that. I know it's most commonly a circulation problem but I am trying to seek information on other causes for exploratory reasons. Not to self diagnose but rather to prepare myself with what questions I can.
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Jim1969
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   Posted 12/16/2011 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
IMHO the best thing to do at this point is to pay attention to the symptoms and make notes of the details. If possible noting the times, activities, etc of when it occurs as well as when it eases up or goes away can help your doctor come up with the best theory and then know what kind of test is really needed, not to mention a treatment plan.
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Chartreux
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   Posted 12/16/2011 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
My hands get cold as well, as do my feet, wearing socks all the time helps and I'm going to get
a hand warmer....I've been checked for diabetes and don't have that, they did show some nerve impigment
at my C-spine could be that...Maybe get your kidneys, Liver and Thyroid tested, (bloodwork)
My bloodwork comes back normal, but my mom was just dx with Autoimmunine Liver disease
and she had to have a liver biopsey but thankfully no cancer...So maybe get some bloodwork done,
and write this symptom down and journal anything you might want to ask your doctor and
take it in with your next appointment...many well wishes....
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CRPSpatient
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   Posted 12/16/2011 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bucc,

Is your right hand actually colder than the left if you touch the skin, or is it just a cold sensation that you have?

Skin temperature and appearance isn't much for me to go on - my hands are always cold and discoloured because of my CRPS, but I also have carpal tunnel syndrome and when that flares it feels like an icy cold creeping into my hands even if the skin temp isn't changing much.

Jim's & Chartreaux's suggestion about a journal is an excellent one. I do the same thing and it's a great help - it's so easy to forget on the spur of the moment what you need to ask.

Best of luck

Laura
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