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I am cold intolerant and I don't know why.

I am cold intolerant and it gets worse every year. I dread when winter comes because i'm only truly comfortable and not in pain when its 80 F or higher, but summer months only last about 2-3 here where I live. When fall and winter time hits layering up doesn't feel enough. My entire body aches in so much pain that sometimes it results in me crying. The most I can last outside in winter is the amount of time to run to my car. I also sleep with a timed heating pad every night while under a thick comforter, even during summer time. Even the slightest AC running sends me shivering. I tend to wear hoodies in summertime when everyone else is in shorts.  In no way can I ever use an ice pack even when needed if i'm hurt because the pain is too unbearable. The ice hurts more than the initial injury i'm trying to fix. I've ran tests by my GP. She said the results came back negative for all the common reasons like thyroid, anemia, etc. She didn't know why I might be so cold. Just stated that some people are colder than others. I want to know if there's something else I can do to figure out what is wrong because the pain gets worse every year and I want to fix it. My quality of life is slowly draining, and moving to a warmer area like Florida isn't an option.  Can anyone give me some suggestions to run more tests, even if its a specialist I need to see. I'm in the New England area. Please help i'm desperate!
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Additional infor : i'm only 30 years old.
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134578 tn?1614729226
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I could certainly see making a long-term plan to move to somewhere warmer. You say it "isn't an option." But what is your quality of life now, if you are "desperate?" If it is true that your symptoms have no cause, then find a way to not have to feel the symptoms. Don't just hang around in the coldest area of the country (besides Alaska) and be miserable for the rest of your life.

That said, it doesn't sound like you have addressed the problem completely from a medical point of view. You have basically had the usual tests from a general practitioner, who has shrugged and said oh well. It's a doctor's job to diagnose. I'd ask for a referral to a specialist or specialists. To find out which ones, I would research every condition and disease whose symptoms include sensitivity to cold, and knock down every single one on the list with testing from the appropriate specialist.

Also, if you are not exercising now, start. It will help with your circulation.
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No moving is not an option. And GP doesn't seem to know enough to help so I have to search for other conditions and reasons to why this is happening then take my findings to her to ask for a list of specialists. So far i'm thinking maybe nerve and brain specialist, but I also wanted any other info someone else might have or is maybe dealing with this as well. A lot of the other conditions that are linked to cold intolerance were either already tested, I know I dont have, or I dont have other matching symptoms to go along with the condition.
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Are you also heat sensitive, or is it  only cold?
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Just cold is painful.
134578 tn?1614729226
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Here is a list of sort of the top-ten conditions that can produce cold temperature intolerance in the body. (Take out the spaces between the letters.) What you have might not be on the list, but it's a place to start.

w w w . h e a l t h l i n e . c o m / s y m p t o m / c o l d - i n t o l e r a n c e
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Only two choices are possible/havnt tested for yet, but then a few of the symptoms on the list dont match those two choices. But I guess I might not be showing all the symptoms yet or need to in order to have the condition.
Plus, a tidily rounded list of ten conditions that have cold-temperature intolerance associated with them is merely ten possibilities.
While I will say your doctor is not particularly impressive, most of the time, doing self-diagnosis on the Internet when you have no medical training is a bad idea. This is because we who are not doctors don't know what we're looking at, when we see a list of possible conditions and symptoms. You may be asymptomatic for the most obvious parts of an ailment but still have the ailment. So, since your GP is a dud, just ask to be seen by whatever specialist you think makes any sense, and then ask the specialist who else you should see. Get away from that incurious doctor. When you have a genuine problem, the last thing any doc should do is act puzzled and blow you off.
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