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   Posted 10/4/2009 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
 I am having trouble with my feet and hands feeling very cold. I am not doing anything different but I can't seem to get my hands and feet warm. I work on my feet with my hands 10 hours a day so I am wondering if the osto is getting worst of if the firbo is worst. Anyone have any trouble with this? I know today is a bad day, I have had 2 very long hard days at work and I am having trouble standing up strait and walking.
I feel like all I do is complaine about how I feel. My birthday was yesterday, I turned 40. All I did was work over 10 hours and went home alone untill my husband came home early, about 10pm to spend the rest of my birthday with me. I don't know if I feel worst because I turned 40 or if I am just having a bad day.
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   Posted 10/4/2009 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Obrian,
I have trouble my feet and hands as well. I only have Fibro, so that may be what it is. I think you may be more emotional, because your tiired. when ever I get over tired I get highly emotional. I can cry for no reason at all. Don't worry about turning 40. Just remember the day befor you were only 39, so really your just a day older. You need to take some time for yourself. Soak in a hot tub. I love to soak in a tub while listening to some music and just forgetting about the day. I hope you get some rest soon, and feel better. <<<big hug>>>

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   Posted 10/4/2009 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   

First of all, Obrian Welcome and a most Happy Birthday to you. 40 yrs old, I kinda, sorta remember that age lol. In our family we can't celebrate birthdays on the day, we have different schedules for school or work. We celebrate the bd on Sunday, usually after the event. Today is Sunday, you can have the whole day to celebrate this special day in your life. yeah

Secondly, I have cold hands and feet every day of my life, since I was a child. My mother tells me I take after my pat GM, who had hands like ice. The only time they warm up for me is when I have a raging fever, I warm up to 98.9 - 99.6. I am sick right now just starting to get the flu, my hands and feet are still cool to the touch.

Standing on your feet all day must be so draining and tiring for you. 10 hrs a day is such a long shift. I have fibro and arthritis thru out my body, so I just can't work like I used to. I was never one to teach sitting down, I had to be up and moving.

I don't know what kind of shoes you wear for work, but I would suggest you find the most comfortable pair that your workplace allows. I used to wear an inexpensive pair of dress shoes, didn't think it mattered. IT mattered!! I wore socks to keep my feet as warm as possible. I have several prs of gloves. My hands get so cold and stiff, I can't move or bend them, they just lock. Ppl laugh b/c I wear my gloves so early in the yr, the heck w/ them I need to be able to use my hands. I take a hot shower at night to warm my whole body, then dress in sweats to keep warm. Everyone in my house feels comfortable, while I'm freezing.

I do hope you and your dh spend a wonderful day celebrating you 40th. It only comes once, unless you are in my family, they all decided to sit on 39 forever. I'm older than my older sister, funny how that works.  wink

God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 10/4/2009 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi obrien, I also suffer from cold hands and feet but I have a condition known as Raynauds.
Do you ever notice your hands and feet becoming discolored, turning white, blue or red?

Raynauds is a condition where the blood vessels in your hands, especially the fingers and
feet spasm causing them to turn differant colors; emotional stress or cold trigger the
condition. If you are experiancing these symptoms you should let your doctor know. I take
a calcium channel blocker called Diltiazem to help this.

A belated happy 40th birthday! You are still a spring chicken. I am 57 and I don't consider
myself old yet. Old is 80!

Put your feet up and get some R&R. Pamper yourself today, you deserve it!

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   Posted 10/4/2009 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Happy birthday Obrian!!! Turning 40 was so traumatic for me. Now at 59 I wonder what the big deal was, sounds pretty young.
I have osteoarthritis in my hands and anything under 70 degrees causes them to hurt and feel cold. I will be the first person in town to be wearing gloves, I put a pair in the car yesterday and it's in the 50s. I wore socks yesterday too for the first time this season. But I don't have the cold problem in the summer. I do have some neuropathy in my feet which causes them to feel cold but they aren't cold to the touch.
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   Posted 10/4/2009 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Happy Birthday to you!! I just turned 40 this April, the only thing I don't like about it is I seem to get called ma'am a lot more :S I am sorry you didn't get to celebrate though. Maybe you could plan something special on a day you and dh have off together?

I get very cold hands and feet too. My feet were always cold. Now since fibro, my hands have caught up. They ache like the dickens if I'm out in the cold without gloves or handling anything cold. Last winter, I started wearing gloves in the house, especially at the computer. It makes typing a challenge ;)
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   Posted 10/4/2009 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Happy belated birthday Obrian! I also have trouble with my hands & feet being cold off & on. In the winter I actually wear gloves to bed!! Sounds funny, but I have done that now for 5-6 yrs. Sometimes I even have trouble typing at work. My fingers just don't want to work when they are that cold & they also hurt worse at those times. Nice warm showers help me when I get that cold. I'll put a small space heater in my bathroom & take a nice long shower, then I put on my fuzzy, warm robe, thick warm socks, and try to relax in bed with a good book.

I don't know how you work 10 hr. days. That would do me in!! Standing on your feet all day doesn't help either. The suggestions of a good pair of shoes is really important. When I started having trouble with my feet & legs, I shopped till I found me a good, comfortable pair of shoes. They didn't work miracles, but I could tell a difference and they have helped.

I hope you get to feeling better soon.   Hugs!





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   Posted 10/4/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Happy Birthday, and 40 isn't old and nither is 80 my grandma passed 90 a few years ago, and to be a thorn in my side reminds me she only takes 2 yes thats 2 pills a day!! ugh boy am i in trouble. I've always had ice cold hands and feet guess i never gave it much thought.

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   Posted 10/4/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I had this problem for about a year when I was taking blood pressure medication as a migraine preventive (which didn't work). As soon as I stopped the med, my hands and feet warmed up again.

I used "Hand-eze" fingerless gloves around the house which helped a lot. Most drug stores carry them.

And I used "Bodi-heat" hand and toe warmers, also from the drug store. Ahhhhh!
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