Anyone else have problems being in air conditioning?

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steppingstone
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   Posted 5/27/2010 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not really an air condiitioning person, but everyone else is. We turned it on a few days ago when it was really hot, and now I notice all the aches and pains are back. I have more sinus problems when it is running, and have headaches as a result. I also notice that my fatigue is worse, and feel as if I could sleep endlessly. I feel cold, even though the thermostat is set on 73 degrees. The exception to this is if I am moving around and doing housework. Then, I'm too hot. If I am driving in a car, and one of the vents is directed on me for awhile, the glands in my neck often begin to swell. Does anyone else have this type of difficulty when the AC is going?

puppylover
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   Posted 5/27/2010 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I grew up in a non air conditioned house. When I was 18 I started working in a big air conditioned office. One day I got such a stiff/sore neck, because the air was blowing on me, that I had to go to the company nurse. This was the beginning of my love/hate relationship with air conditioning. I get so cold in stores/offices/church. This gives me shoulder/neck pain and headaches. In my house I keep the air at 80 usually. I live in a hot and dry climate and this is comfortable for me. I can't stand for the air vents in the car to be directed towards my face or I get a headache. On the other hand, when it is 100+ I love my air conditioning. :-)
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vestabula
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   Posted 5/28/2010 4:43 AM (GMT -7)   

I can't tolerate any temperature extremes...hot or cold.  It has been near 90 degrees here all week.  I had to run to the corner store for two items yesterday and grabbed my fleece jacket as you can see your breath in the dairy section.  The little check out girl, weaing a tank top, looked at me and says...'Aren't you HOT?'  I just laughed, knowing how stupid I looked.

All my tank tops are being used to polish the furniture and wash the car.

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Sheila1366
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   Posted 5/28/2010 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I am constanly freezing. I got outside to get warm all the time. Everyone else is hot so the air conditioning is already on. I have raynaud's syndrome so the cold air doesn't help.
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luvskermit
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   Posted 5/28/2010 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
OMG, yes. It's a love/hate relationship for sure. I can't stand to have it blowing on me directly. I have a constant struggle at work because the a/c sits in the window right behind me, and the boss is OCD...I point the wind AWAY from me, but he walks thru and has to make it back to "straight"... we have discussed it, now he just changes it when I'm not at my desk. I believe I have Raynaud's but haven't been diagnosed.

steppingstone
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   Posted 5/28/2010 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Puppylover, I grew up in a home without air conditioning, also. It was an older farmhouse. On hot summer nights, we would sleep downstairs in front of an old window fan. I always envied those who lived in air conditioned houses, that is until I moved into one myself! I do need to have the AC going in a car when it is hot or I get really uncomfortable. However, I am constantly adjusting the vents and temperature controls. I can't stand to have them blowing on me, but I get too warm if they are aimed away from me. I have an SUV which has a feature where you are supposed to be able to set the temperature inside-both front and back. I still can't get comforatable on warmer days, even if I use the automatic feature. Donna, I know what you mean about going to the stores in the summertime. The dairy, meat, and frozen food sections are always so cold that I feel myself tense up as I walk by. Taking a jacket or sweater with you is a good idea. It always feels so good to me to walk out of an air conditioned store into the warm air.

Acheybody
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   Posted 5/28/2010 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Me too.  We've never had air conditioning (thank goodness) but now that my husband and I are in separate bedrooms due to his extreme snoring, we have to laugh at the differences in how we get comfortable.  Last night he had 2 windows wide open, the ceiling fan on, and was still hot with just a sheet on (and no pj's.)  I had the windows closed, the fan off, a blanket, and my jammies, and woke up cold. 
 
The other night, I said I missed sleeping in the same bed with him, and he said, "yeah, when you get on a stronger sleep medication, you'll be back."  Uh, no, I'm trying to get OFF the meds - not take more!! scool No comprehension sometimes!
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Irish Babe
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   Posted 5/28/2010 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Definitely a love/hate relationship. I can't stand to be too hot or too cold. I grew up in a house that had 1 window fan. It was in the kitchen. I was about 14 before they bought another fan. shakehead  
 
When we went to the stores yrs ago, the doors were usually open and maybe 1 fan oscillating behind the cashier. If we went to the movies when I was a child, my mother and I always brought a sweater. After the first feeling of coolness, it would be absolutely freezing in the theatre.
 
Most of my time at work we had no a/c, offices and such, but also in schools. I worked in an office that had a/c, and very relaxed re: dress - you could wear jeans, t-shirt and flip flops. I thought I had gone to Heaven! I almost froze my tookus off. I had to wear socks w/ my sneakers and a sweater. Everybody else was very comfortable, they thought I was 'too much'.
 
We have a/c now and I'm grateful, but I prefer to have the doors and windows open if possible. We were dying in the heat the other day, I didn't put the air on till later - because my elderly dog was having a hard time. My DH needs the air on in the car and the house. I rarely put the air on in my car, just to start to blow out the hot air, then off. I have to turn the vents away from me in DH's car or I get such a headache and shiver. Now, when it is cold out, all vents w/ heat are pointing to me.  yeah
 
I had the most wonderful boss yrs ago. In my office the a/c wasn't working and it was sooo hot. This man was not in the best of health, but he was so worried about me, he went into another office and 'stole' that a/c and switched them so I would be comfortable. That man also loved to cook and bake and would bring things in for me to bring home to my family. What a gem!
 
IF I have the a/c on at night, I have my flannel sheets and light quilt to keep me 'comfortable'. Yes, I am a Sugar Plum!
 
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SillyMe2
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   Posted 5/28/2010 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't take heat or cold. But last winter when this internal heat wouldn't stop I was standing out in the snow to cool down. The cold now makes my face go numb and the heat makes my face like a tomato and both make breathing more of a chore.

kathydownunder
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   Posted 5/28/2010 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Air con means a coat for me I hate it ok when it gets really hot then ok, at home we only have fans even with it getting too 110 in summer I grew up with out and so did my husband we both love having windows open to let the breeze through when we built our home we had it so the breeze could flow through. Air con means a coat and long pants for me, the only time I love it is summer if in church or out shopping then I can take several coats off. And being cold means pain so no air con for me ever.

Kathy

chocolateisdivine
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   Posted 5/28/2010 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   
The a/c and ceiling fans have caused my joints to hurt for years, but some weird stuff started happening about a year or so ago. Air Cond actually was causing my skin to hurt. And I mean real pain. It was awful, I can't describe it except that it was just the epidermis, the very top layer of the skin and it was pain, not burning, stinging, or itching. Then I started having pain in the top, back-side of my hands and feet that felt like every tiny little bone had been broken in them. My doctor increased the Cymbalta and my skin in no longer affected but in did not help the hands or feet. I have to wear gloves & socks if I don't want to deal with it. My doctor also ruled out R/A and some other forms of arthritis so I figure this must just be a fibro or sjogrens thing.
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AustenFan
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   Posted 5/29/2010 4:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I have trouble with any extremes in temperature, hot or cold. I wouldn't be able to make it during the summer without my A/C (but not too cold). I have a very low threshold for discomfort of any kind. rolleyes
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Southernlady
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   Posted 5/29/2010 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I also have this problem with AC being too cold.  At school I have to keep a jacket near by because I freeze.  When anyone comes into the room they always comment that it really seems warm to them.
 
At church everyone thinks I'm crazy because I bring a sweater with me because I'm always freezing.  They keep it so cold that my teeth nearly chatter.  Then they think I must be crazy because they are too warm.  My body thermostat is really messed up.  I'm sure that's just more proof about fibro because so many of us have this same symptom.
 
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Acheybody
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   Posted 5/29/2010 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I get the same thing at church - - and then, to top it off, I have to hold a programme over my head to keep the ceiling fans out of my peripheral vision. Yes, my kids do love to be seen in public with me - of course!!
  Achey 
 
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