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.