Family, Internal Medicine, General Medical Questions/chills


Female 79,  daughter 50.  Both of us cannot get warm during winter months.  We experience deep chills running through our bodies frequently. Feel like getting a cold or such, but don't.
In the house temp. at 73F and we walk around in heavy shirts and sometimes she puts a hoodie on. Sometimes I will break out in cold sores but nothing more, but she does not. Our bp. is not extremely low but on the low side.  115/69 and better at times. Mine will also spike up high and then drop during the day. Hers stays in the mentioned range. Docs don't seem to listen when you tell them. any reason for this?  thanks

Dear Pat,

Medically, when was the last time either of you had your thyroid levels checked? If they are within normal limits, I recommend wearing undergarments to protect from the cold. It is not an uncommon complaint. Brown fat is what our bodies use for insulation from the cold. Not everyone has enough brown fat to keep them warm.  

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