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Intense Frozen feet

From a really young age I have had an intense cold feeling in my feet, normally one foot at a time but it can be in both. It feels like my bones are frozen, like Ive stuck my feet in an ice bucket and is incredibly uncomfortable. My feet go stiff and if I do tense them it triggers a muscle cramp. I also get clammy feet while this is happening which doesnt help the cold sensation. There is no discolouration or changes in the colour of my skin, just the cold feeling. To the touch they feel cold but not as cold as i feel them to be. I also have regularly cold hands and the pain occurs in my hands also which makes things like driving and writing uncomfortable. Ive been to the GP but they had no idea what it was and just did blood screening for arthritis which came back normal! I am in so much discomfort and have no idea what do to. Any ideas of what this could be would be amazing.
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This sounds a lot like the symptoms of Raynaud's disease (aka Raynaud's phenomenon). https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/raynauds-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20363571

It's not life-threatening, but it certainly can be uncomfortable.  I recently moved to the southern US, but used to live in the midwest, and I am pretty sure I had a mild case of Raynaud's.  Unless it was really hot outside, my fingers were always cold.  Winter was pretty awful and I felt like I could never get my hands or feet warm if I had to go outside, even after being back inside for awhile.

Soaking your hands/feet can help, but don't use water that's overly hot.  It will hurt like crazy.  Just use mildly warm water, and then increase the temp after you get used to it.
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Thank you so much for your response. I had originally thought that it was Raynauds but because my hands and feet don’t go blue I thought maybe it was something else.
1530171 tn?1448129593

My wife has RD and she manages it well it by doing the following :

1. Cold avoidance
2. Increase Nitric Oxide (this is HUGE!!!)
Nitric Oxide (NO)  is a signaling molecule produced by the body, and is a vasodilator that helps control blood flow to every part of the body and a lot more!
3. Reduce stress

Please look also into a study titled : "Helicobacter pylori eradication ameliorates primary Raynaud's phenomenon"

If you need any more details, just let me know.
I have not only studied NO,  I implement NO boosting strategies in my everyday life
to prevent HBP, high cholesterol, Erectile Dysfunction, Reynaud's, strokes, heart disease, etc. without the use of any drugs!

I have to mention that my comments are not intended as a substitute for medical advice.

Best wishes,

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