Emma, I don't have an answer for that one. I, too, get cold; however, I have Raynaud's disease, which is a circulatory disorder that makes the fingers, in particular, go white and blue with cold and then red as they warm up.
Raynuad's is a condition linked to cryoglobulinemia which is a extrahepatic manifestation of Hep C. I also suffer from Raynaud's disease but have not been tested for cryoglobulemia as yet. If you google Hep C and Cyroglobulemia together you can find heaps of info on this on the net.
Thanks for the info, Hepmom. I was diagnosed with Raynaud's around '85 and not with hep C until '93...but of course I'd had it since the late 60s. I never knew there was a link. However, I don't think I have cryoglobulemia. Wouldn't that have shown up as elevated protein during the massive amounts of blood work done prior to liver cancer treatment and after my hepatectomy?
It’s very common for those with liver disease to be chilled. This is usually attributed to loss of muscle mass. Other factors can contribute such as thyroid abnormalities, low sugar, and of course fever (often associated with Jaundice).
We live in Florida and Harvey would have the thermostat set on 82 degrees! He would sit with a throw blanket across his legs.
Penny, I'm in NE FL and am comfortable at 80 degrees...except at night, when I seem to get warmer when I lie down, so set the thermostat for 75. I just had thyroid testing done and it was all normal. My little left liver lobe that remains is compensating quite well.
On average, individuals with liver disease will have a body core temperature of +/- 97.6 degrees. Consider a healthy liver as the body’s furnace. Everything we take into our bodies is converted by the liver into chemicals on a molecular level to serve our cells—energy, vitamin stores, etc. When this process is compromised, the flames in the furnace are reduced. Turn down the fire and you will feel cold. Reduce the energy production and you will be left with fatigue. These sensations will get worse as the liver disease gets worse, i.e. cirrhosis, ESLD.
I don’t want to over simplify this, but anytime the body’s digestive system is chronically compromised (whether the cause is associated with ulcers, liver disease, pancreatitis, bowel disease, etc) the body’s nutritional needs will compromised.
Nutrition = Energy = Warmth
I certainly wasn’t suggesting that people with liver disease have thyroid issues. Anyone can have thyroid abnormalities or disorders and this will “contribute” to the feeling of coldness.
Individuals will experience liver disease symptoms at varying degrees based on their genetic makeup, health, physical condition, complications and disease progression. It’s no wonder the doctors aren’t discussing it. There are too many variables.
The liver disease is not a “catch-all”. Many conditions share the same symptoms. When you have multiple conditions the symptoms will be amplified. An individual with chronic liver disease must always remain vigilant for other unrelated conditions that could be present or that may develop. Addressing other conditions may improve the “related” symptoms.
This is where I was coming from. I’ve always said that liver disease affects individuals in different ways. Each case is unique. I just wanted to clarify this.
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Various studies have shown that green tea, coffee and caffeine are beneficial to the liver. But like anything else, it should be consumed in moderation. Too much of a good thing can be bad.
My wife is also suffering also from ESLD (PBC) and is always cold. Even in the 100 degree Texas summer heat, she keeps a sweater in the car to wear in restaurants. She has a twin size electric blanket on her side of our bed that she keeps on at night the year around. Before she got really sick, she was very hot-natured, so we believe it has to be her liver disease that makes her so cold all the time.
Charlie, it's good to see you posting! How is your wife doing these days? Hopefully, she has stabilized and is doing much better.
Imp, usually the objection to electric blankets is the danger of burns (same with heating pads.) These devices carry a higher risk of burns in people with medical problems. Make sure they are never directly on the skin and are on a low setting.
Imp, I've learned a lot about liver disease just from being here. You guys are always teaching me, too. In addition, I picked up a lot of basic medical information over my 15 years as a medical transcriptionist...and had to take a course in terminology and body systems before that. And then there's my personal experience with hep C and liver cancer.