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I was wondering if anyone else suffers from temperature regulation problems. I get soooo cold and then I can get soo hot. ( the thermostat in the house is always the same) Its like my body can't adapt or recover from one extreme or the other.

Could this be med related? Any suggestions? my fingers are like ice as I type!

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whrnever people complain about temperature issues, i always ask first: "have you had a thyroid (and other hormones) panrl done recently?"

EDIT:

OMG, i so should NOT post when i have JUST woken up.  look at that spelling people!  is there an upgrade version of the spellchecker for the new firefox version?  sheeeit.

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I think of thyroid because I have this problem. Atypical APs can also affect one's internal body temp regulation but this is usually related to the inability to tolerate heat. I also get cold hands if I am just sitting and typing, that is, not moving around to keep my self warm.

What meds are you taking?

Erika

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Seroquel is an atypical.  With lithium, I would guess its influence would mainly be through affecting your thyroid function.  How long have you been on lithium?  How much Seroquel?  Were your thyroid meds adjusted after you were put on lithium to compensate?  And even if you are on a thyroid supplement, Penny's question still stands:  when was your last thyroid panel? 

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I already take meds for hypothyroid--i don't think serequel is an atypical is it? could it be the lithium?

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as lmnop already said Seroquel is an atypical. Seroquel has been associated with low levels of thyroid hormone. Lithium's effect on the thyroid is well known. So, adding another "get your TSH level checked". The Seroquel and the Lithium could be doing a double whammy on your thyroid levels. When I was taking 400mg of Seroquel it was definitely affecting my thyroid. Since I have lowered my dose of Seroquel I have noticed a decrease in some of my hypothryroid symptoms but they have not disappeared completley.

Erika

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mrsloony:

I agree with everything that's been said. No matter what prior treatment you've been receiving for thyroid problems, it is reasonable and prudent to check your thyroid again.

One more question: how old are you? Do you think any of this could be related to perimenopause? Can happen pretty early for some women; hit me in my 30s. And while people talk mostly about hot flashes, with me I had this wacko "Inner Thermostat" that you describe. Hot, cold, hot, cold.

Hope you find some answers soon. I know how unnerving this can be!

revlow

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I've been on the lithium for about 2 years- i did readjust the thyroid meds but you are all right- i'm probably due for another tsh- its been a few months. i take 75 of serequel plus prn's- didn't know it was atypical-  don't know much of what that means.

revlow- it never occured to me to be perimenopause which at 40plus it could be. Any other symptoms to look out for?

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I think I will check with ncc to make sure I'm giving you accurate info. But, from what I know, it seems the symptoms are quite varied and really depends on the woman. For me, my thermostat being out of whack was the first sign.

For Oprah Winfrey, it was heart palpitations. Here's her story: http://www.oprah.com/health/omag/health_om...menopause.jhtml. She'd been having heart palpitations and over six months, went to a total of 5 doctors. All of them assured her she didn't have heart disease. But not one of them mentioned that, at then age 47, it might be a sign of perimenopause. And she's Oprah! Even she had to stumble into the fact that she was perimenopausal. No doctor told her.

Here's a list from her website of symptoms of perimenopause and menopause: http://www.oprah.com/health/lifestages/hea..._symptoms.jhtml. Searching google using "perimenopause symptoms" gave me 28,600 results, so there are plenty more. Here's another list: http://health.discovery.com/centers/womens...risymptoms.html -- this seems a bit more focused on the most common signs.

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revlow- thanks for the links- very useful. i had just been thinking how noone tells you anything about menopause- its like its the last frontier of taboo subjects. How absurd!!  Now at least I'l have some clues as to what to look out for and some explanations as to what is happening to my body. Somebody should make this a national campagne to educate women ( not me i'm too depressed- but somebody!!)

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Heya ladies,

Revlow's links are good.

Here's another with good information:

http://www.sogc.org/health/menopause%2Dperimenopause%5Fe.asp

Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada.

And yah, mrsloony, I see women every day who don't know what's going on.  We really do need to educate people better.

--ncc--

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Hey ladies

I'm a young guy so the menopause issue doesn't affect me *holds thumbs and smiles*.  But then again we have the good old prostate....

(but yes, both do seem to be pretty taboo to talk about, let alone poke a little innocent fun at ... so dont take my head off for that :-)  )

But to add my 2c worth to the main topic ... over the past 5 / 6 months or so ... also been continually hot ... ok, it has been summer here, but I'm a lot hotter than I should be (not in the good sense) and everyone around me (and myself) cant understand that.  I havent yet spoken to my doc about it and since I was diagnosed, I haven't been for a thyroid checkup...

Suppose I should speak to him about that pretty soon.

Plus being BP, I should've been for one already ...

Dylan

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But to add my 2c worth to the main topic ... over the past 5 / 6 months or so ... also been continually hot ... ok, it has been summer here, but I'm a lot hotter than I should be (not in the good sense) and everyone around me (and myself) cant understand that.
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