Weight Loss Surgery - My Hands and Feet are soooooooooo cold? WHY?

12-03-2009, 01:07 AM
Hey Girls,

I have been here for a while, and want to ask a question.....
My hands and feet are so cold like all the time. I just lost more than 100 pounds, due to GB surgery. And I feel fantastic, but my hands.......

They are ICE COLD! I am taking all my vitamins and getting proper nutrition these days..... It all started in the summer time.... and now that it is winter, even in a heated room, I am freezing... my hands and feet suffer... alot...

any ideas as to what might be wrong, if there is anything wrong at all?


12-03-2009, 01:22 AM
i know you said your taking vitamins but what type are you taking? if they are pill form your body only absorbs 30-35% of the nutrients each pill claims to get into your system. you might want to look into Isotonix vitamins instead... they are liquid based (you mix a powder form with 2oz or so of water/juice) and they are the same pressure as your body so they are 100% absorbed. i think your circulation problem may be helped by an OPC-3 supplement made by that brand. I haven't gone through that surgery like you BUT i did have a lot of joint/back pain and poor circulation but I've been taking that for about 3 months now and everything's gotten better! it helped with my circulation problems (i could hardly kneel for a minute without my feet getting cold/losing feeling) and cardiovascular health. here's a link to the brand I use and some more info about it. http://www.marketamerica.com/suepasqual/product-2217/isotonix-opc3.htm

12-03-2009, 02:44 AM

12-03-2009, 09:38 AM
Your body has not yet adjusted to your weight loss and your thermosat needs time to tweak. I am almost 3 years out and have the same problem. Nothing to worry about tho.

12-03-2009, 11:51 AM
Annie's right - we ALL have this. one of my friends moved to ARIZONA because she was ALWAYS cold up here in NJ!

but seriously - wear warm socks. keep a stash of lightweight gloves. your body will adjust, but it's gonna take some time. just be sure to keep exercising!!!!

12-03-2009, 01:56 PM
My hands and feet are always cold. I usually warm them up on my DD or DH haaaaa ! well? I just thought it was the WL and age ;)

12-03-2009, 01:59 PM
I've got this problem, compounded by living in a draughty 100-year-old house, and I just gave up and started wearing incredibly ugly fleecy slippers and knitted handwarmers to get through the worst of it.

12-03-2009, 02:19 PM
I found that little things can really help. A long, soft, warm scarf wrapped around my neck and covering my chest helps a lot, and looks great too. A hoodie really helps warm me up, but doesn't look so great (with the hood up) - sometimes I just don't care. Gloves help too. Also a thin long-sleeve top layered under your main top, or even just a cami.

Sometimes those things help more than piling on heavy sweaters and jackets.

Oddly enough, better fitting socks help too. If my toes are cramped, they feel colder. I like the support trouser socks, because they have a toe and heel area built in that's noncompressing.

And fidgeting makes a surprising difference too. Although, it's annoying when someone is constantly bouncing their legs - again, sometimes I just don't care!

12-04-2009, 06:19 AM
Oh Crap!!! I'm sorry for you. I live with this and it is a terror for me. But......it is worse for me when I don't drink my WATER!!!!! Get some hand warmers and stick those in your pockets. When we go to a restaurant, my DH will order coffee so I can hold the cup!!!! Good old boy!!! I'm a little over two years out and I'm cold all the time! Wonder if that will ever change?

12-04-2009, 11:57 PM
I am so glad that someone asked this question, I wasn't sure why I am cold all the time. I know my electric bill is going to be a lot higher this month because I keep having to adjust the heat. A co-worker joked saying that is what happens when you get skinny, I just lost the one benefit of being fat LOL. I blew that off with laughter but I am FREEZING and I live in Texas...go figure.

12-05-2009, 02:00 AM
I am typing with gloves on... lol.... thanks guys... what is DD and DH? Im confused... hehe

12-05-2009, 03:02 PM
DD is dear daughter and DH is dear husband. I hope. My dad used to call one of our dogs "dumba$$ dog" but don't think Leenie meant that !!!!!! LOL!! I went to knitting class today and my fingers are now white and when they start and warm up will get purple and hurt like a son of a gun!!!! It doesn't look good at knitting class to have your hands stuck in between your thighs for warmth and you certainly can't knit with your hands there!!!! My dear you look so good and so happy! Keep up the good work!

12-05-2009, 08:34 PM
nan - fingers turning blue and aching as they warm up = Raynaud's!!!! i have the same problem.

Raynaud's is NOT related to weight loss [as far as i know]. SOME of us wear light gloves indoors sometimes. but it's hard to knit with them on! what are you knitting, Nan????

12-05-2009, 08:35 PM
BTW - last winter - when i was unemployed and freelancing, i was ICY cold and didn't dare turn the heat up because money was so tight. i wrapped my legs in an afghan, and wore a sweater plus a sweatshirt, and drank lots of tea. and occasionally wore a shawl.

12-06-2009, 01:39 AM
Nan I have that too!
Xbu one thing I do b4 I go out is take Cayenne it warms you up!

12-06-2009, 08:18 PM
First of all, congrats on getting so close to your goal! Good for you!

Second: the "cold body/hands" thing is pretty common in post ops. Some have circulation problems, and others just have difficulty adjusting from being hot all the time when we are really overweight, and suddenly not having so much insulation after weight loss, leaving us cold all the time. I was one of those people that had the AC going and a fan going all year long...but after surgery I started needing to carry a sweatshirt.

Have your Dr. check your bloodwork for iron, and all of your vitamin levels, and mention your concerns for your cold hands and feet. After eliminating a medical concern, you may need to just adjust to the new, thinner you without so much padding to keep you warm!


12-06-2009, 08:37 PM
I am 8 years out, and still get cold hands and feet at times and it seems nothing will warm them up. I usually try to jump into a hot shower if available and convenient. Otherwise I suffer, and try to find a hot cup of coffee.

12-06-2009, 08:55 PM
Nan I have that too!
Xbu one thing I do b4 I go out is take Cayenne it warms you up!

Do you take a capsule, and it warms you up?

12-07-2009, 05:01 PM
either a capsule or I break the capsule in a little water and "shoot" it

12-07-2009, 08:25 PM
Try wearing a vest or a haramaki. http://www.squidoo.com/haramaki Your body may still be trying to heal your gut from your surgery, so it's sending more blood there. With a vest or haramaki your midsection will be warm, and your body will feel safer sending blood to your hands and feet.