For the last few years, I started getting really cold hands and feet. I used to be able to hold my hand in a bucket of ice water longer than all my friends (growing up) but now when it get’s just a little cold outside my hands feel like they are going to fall off! Even if the rest of me feels hot my hands and feet are freezing! My ex-girlfriends would always get mad at me when I accidentally would bump my feet into them first thing in the morning; no one likes to be woken up by the feeling of something ice cold pressing against their skin!
Well, I had looked into this and it looked like Raynaud’s Phenomena, which is defined as blood vessels in the extremities narrowing in cold conditions. When I brought this up to my neurologist he said it sounds like an early onset of Raynaud’s because “full blown” Raynaud’s can cause the skin to actually turn blue which mine does not. For years I have just dealt with this, often you will see me walking around in jeans and a t-shirt with gloves on because I felt fine everywhere but my hands and feet. Now I have to wear really thick socks to bed or else I wake up to almost completely numb feet.
Well, whatever it is, I now know I am not just crazy. When I went to Colorado my friend was showing me his iPhone FLIR camera attachment. FLIR cameras allow you to see temperature, it’s a type of infrared camera; FLIR stands for Forward Looking Infrared Radiometer. Well, my feet were feeling really cold while we were having breakfast and I said, “take a picture of our feet next to each other, I bet mine will be way colder”. So he did and, well, the picture says it all. I don’t even have to tell you who’s foot is mine. Compared to his foot you can see how much colder mine was and we were inside! I wish I took pictures of my hands after being outside but I really was not thinking about it, either way, I finally have evidence that something is actually going on!