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Feeling cold

Now the winter months are coming. Im starting to feel cold again a lot more, I get it in the summer but' it passes quickly, now I feel it for longer. What supplements can help. I'm always on the look out for the perfect supplement combination. I'm starting my second year of TT through Graves. Only other symptoms dry sandy skin on face and some tiredness. I am getting there ( back to what I was like before all this)

As always thank you for this forum

Cheers. xx

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Nicky, vitamin C for your immune system and ask your GP to test ferritin, vitamin D, B12 and folate as hypothyroid patients are often deficient/low and these deficiencies can cause musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and low mood similar to hypothyroid symptoms. Post your results with the lab ref ranges (the figures in brackets after your results) in a new question and members will advise whether supplementation is required.

I wear long woolly hiking socks, thermals, layers, scarf, gloves and hat. Not a vision of loveliness but they keep me warm. I haven't had socks on since June so I'm believing my blood tests which show I'm optimally replaced.


I have a light clock with birdy noises :D

bloody winter... hate it - wish I could migrate or hibernate as my body is telling me to...

BUT - it is only 56 days 'til the days gets longer again - take heart! Nature needs a rest.... and so do we.

If nothing else try vit D - bolsters everything else up and makes a soul happier :D


It's true, it is, that the days grow longer verrry slowly. And then the b***ds put the clocks forward so we wake up in the dark AGAIN!!! I'm at same latitude as Roma, Italia. I feel super sorry for you guys way up north.... It's bad enough here.


Just to make you feel better it's raining/pouring here in Crete and not that warm :-(


Hi Nicky,

I also suffer badly from the cold. I find that liquorice tea helps to get the circulation going :)

I take Nifedipine (20mg) as have also got Raynauld's disease and that's lifesaver for me.

Supplement wise, I've also heard that Co-Enzyme CQ10 is supposed to help.


Don't know whether this is a valid argument but my ex endo used to advise upping the T4 at the beginning of the colder months which I have done anyway as I had a lot of hypo symptoms such as feeling too drowsy, colder etc. the dose is lowered come spring. I go from 75 and use drops to add a bit at a time. If no drops are available one can take same dose two days and then a higher dose on the third and repeat to see if it helps.


Thanks everyone, for the advice. I think I need to go the doctors get bloods done.xx



I have issues with low temps as well. Upon the recommendation of a trusted doctor I'd seen in the US -- I use a lightbox most of the year-- and my core temp is then up in normal range. (These are not just to combat depression -- in fact -- I was told they work because they raise the body temperature, which in turn allows for increased seritonin production.)

Good luck!


I use coconut oil in my cooking to help raise my temperature. Be careful with the liquorice tea as it can raise blood pressure in some people.


With the right medication one should not feel cold anymore. I used to have a similar problem. T4 has to convert into the active T3, which you need for energy, and you may be aware that there is a big controversy about both the TSH test and the type of thyroid medication that should be taken. Some people are ok on T4, but others seem to have problems converting from T4 to T3 – no matter how much T4 you take it won’t convert into T3 – so you store up T4 which isn’t good. You may be better on a combination treatment of synthetic T4 (Levothyroxine) and T3 (Liothyronine) or else go over to natural desiccated thyroid such as Armour or combine Armour with T4 and/or T3. Some other patients have gone over to a T3 monotherapy. In addition, you may find that the underlying problem is adrenal fatigue, which is often the case and must be addressed. If you have Candida Albicans that also needs addressing. The immune system needs to be strengthened.

I don’t know how much you’ve read on hypothyroidism or whether you leave it mostly to your doctor but I would say it’s good to be informed when you speak to a doctor. I can highly recommend the following books: 'Adrenal Fatigue - The 21st Century Stress Syndrome' by Dr. James L. Wilson, 'Your Thyroid and how to keep it healthy' by Dr. Barry Durrant Peatfield, 'Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - it's mitochondria, not hypochondria' by Dr. Sarah Myhill, 'Pernicious Anaemaia: The Forgotton Disease - The causes and consequences of Vitamin B12 Deficiency' by Martyn Hooper, 'Stop the Thyroid Madness' by Janie A Bowthorpe, and 'Recovering with T3' by Paul Robinson. Apart from Dr. Peatfield all the above authors also have excellent websites. In addition to the very informative Thyroid UK (TUK) website there are also other websites you might find useful - see e.g. Thyroid Patient Advocacy UK (TPAUK) and the US website Nutrition, sleep and exercise are also very important - see. e.g. Dr. Myhill's website as well as a number of other websites or Dr. Wilson's book. All of them deal not only with hypothyroidism but also with related issues such as adrenal fatigue, Vitamins (esp Vit. B12, Vit. D and Vit. C). You may quite possibly need adrenal support such as Nutri Adrenal or Nutri Adrenal extra to get your adrenals and your immune system going, not to forget the right food, excercise and sleep. As you can see from the above literature, there are ecological/functional/nutritional doctors and practitioners who may well be able to help you more than GPs or even endocrinologists as they have holistic approach.

Hope this helps.


I have read bits and bobs and to be honest it's quite hard to understand it all. There is so much good information on this site and I have started reading a Graves disease book, it's getting hard to understand. Since I've had a TT I've read that I don't have Graves disease anymore just hypothyroidism. Anyway you have really explained this very well. So thanks for that, I have been putting of going the docs because I kind of had enough of doctors for a good while yet. But I will go...thanks for the advice.



Nicky, although you are now hypothyroid as you no longer have a thyroid, unfortunately you will still have Graves antibodies. Unlike Hashimoto's antibodies which go away or become dormant, Graves antibodies stay with you and can go on to attack other organs, particularly the eyes, so just be aware.


Hi, I don't have Graves, I have Hashimoto's but I'm the opposite at the moment - sweltering hot in the winter and going out wearing t-shirts. Everyone else is out there wearing scarves but it makes me so hot and I sweat within seconds.

I hope you feel better soon.


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