Hi, I'm in my mid forties now but have experienced feeling abnormally cold all my life. I have also experienced life-limiting anxiety from a very young age (cannot recall a time when I wasn't anxious and fearful). Looking back now, I am amazed this was not properly addressed as a child.
The extent to which I feel cold is that I have slept with an all night electric blanket and sometimes cardigan and socks since I was probably 5/6/7 years old. I have never been able to wear nice clothes and wear multiple layers to everyone else's 1-2 layers. I have never had a great deal of stamina in my life and have never been able to cope with late evenings, feeling sleepy early on. I am early to bed, early to rise. So I've never had much of a social life.
I tend not to go near doctors if I can help it and much prefer complementary medicine. However, I had had to resort to treatment for anxiety and doctor visits from time to time in the past due to nervous breakdowns and not being able to work. I have mentioned the feeling abnomally cold all the time to doctors in the past but was told to wear more clothes! I have had routine bloods done in the past on occasion and everything comes back perfectly normal. So I tend to get on as best as I can and give GP's a wide berth where possible.
Recently I came across the Wilson's Temperature Syndrome website and have been doing some research. Having just started to take my temperatures which vary between 35.6-36.5 (with lots of clothes on!). I am now revisiting the idea that perhaps there is something more I can do to help myself. However, I find my symptomatic pictures a confusing one. I don't have the classic hypothyroid weight problems and have always been slim (except for a couple of spare tyres when I hit 40!) but I have the anxiety of the hyperthyroid. I also have very little in the way of eyebrows left. And a host of other symptoms which may or may not be related.
I have come across the work of Dr Skinner and, as I live in Scotland, I would be able to get to an appointment. I also read that it has to be a GP referral to him - and this fills me with dread. That said, and considering I avoid GP's for the most part, I wouldn't know what tests to ask them to do and how to go about getting a referral. I even doubt the GPs will take me seriously.
I am also interested in hearing people's experiences with Dr Skinner, what the appointment consists of, and how many and how frequently the follow-up appts need to be (thinking of cost here!!).
I'm am new to all of this, and no nothing about the treatments, etc, and I've never met anyone else who experiences the level of cold body that I do.