Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Why Are My Hands Always Cold?

Friday, 25 Jan 2013 09:55 PM

Question: I am a 54-year-old woman and it seems like I’m cold all the time, even when others around me are warm. My hands and feet are always particularly cold. Could this be a medical problem?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Temperature sensitivity with cold hands and feet could be caused by a number of conditions. An underactive thyroid may be the reason, or it could be related to a vascular disorders, peripheral circulation problem, hormone instability, drug effect, vasospasm, Raynaud’s phenomenon, rheumatoid disorders, protein/immunoglobulin issues, or other conditions.

It is time for a medical checkup to assess your symptoms, then a targeted lab evaluation after your physical evaluation to identify the cause of your complaints.


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