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 Am I Always Cold?

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.   |   Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 09:51 AM

Question: I have an enlarged thyroid and am cold all the time. Are these two things related, and can I do anything about it?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
The presence of an enlarged thyroid gland (termed a goiter) should always be evaluated by your doctor. Your thyroid function will be checked by a blood test and an ultrasound to confirm whether you have a generalized enlargement from a goiter or whether the enlargement you are noticing is from a tumor pushing your gland to becoming more prominent.
 
Cold intolerance is associated with underactive thyroid conditions (called hypothyroidism). Some patients with hypothyroidism have a goiter, but you must also realize that goiters are associated with overactive thyroid conditions (called hyperthyroidism).
 
So the answer to whether your two conditions are related will need to come from your personal physician.

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