Someone on this forum may know something about this, I am hoping, because it's quite troubling, especially for someone who thought he was just about at the optimum thyroid level. I was working on my house: pressure washing the decks when my hands became dangerously cold. This has happened to me many times but this was only the second time this reaction occurred. The index, middle and ring fingers on both my hands were totally drained of blood. You could see that from the bottoms to the tops of these 3 fingers on both hands turned a yellowish white. My thumb and little finger still had blood, which you could see by their color. I showed my wife and she was absolutely flabbergasted. Anyway, I didn't panic but ran absolutely boiling water over them, as hot as the sink would give. Too hot and I lowered it several times over the next hour. The feeling(s) eventually came back, with the blood, and I rubbed them vigorously. I live in Tampa Florida, a very hot region where it usually never freezes or even goes below the 40's or 50's Fahrenheit, so the colder weather, today in the high 50's, low 60's, shouldn't have really done this much. I was just recently in freezing temperatures in Georgia and my hands, along with many others' got extremely cold, some said “frozen,” but my fingers never turned this color.
I thought about hypoglycemia but checking my blood tests, I had plenty of glucose on a test about 5, 6 months ago, in August.
I'm73 but still think of myself as 33, 43 or whatever age(s) I could work for days without much sleep and never feel it but those days are, obviously, long gone but I still can't figure this out. I had only been working maybe 3 or 4 hours when I decided to eat something and went downstairs and grabbed a sandwich and some iced tea but noticed my hands were feeling very numb and glanced at them, having almost no feeling on the aforementioned 3 fingers on both hands.
Anyone ever have this happen to them? Any guesses to what it could possibly be? I mean, the thyroid, after all, does control our metabolism and our body temperatures and I still have mine, although it is under active but still this is very unusual and I haven't heard anyone else complaining about this? Any replies would be appreciated and peace be to us all.