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Cold hands after coffee

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Created September 27, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Do you also get cold hands sometimes after drinking coffee?

As I understand it's related to constricting blood vessels?

Is it perfectly normal or can be problematic and connected with hyper/hypothyrodism?

Thank you

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3703 · January 04, 2012 at 5:48 AM

only noticed this weird sign to the point my thumb or pointer felt mildly numb...when I had adrenal wonkiness... i had the high adrenaline tone type; caffeine primes up cortisol and adrenaline... Fine as long as the adrenals are fine, for me they are the foundation organs for health since like the brain they work incessantly all day for ;)

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3743 · December 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM

I get this, I haven't pinned it down exactly because the context of when I drink it seems to make a difference, but I do get cold hands most of the time when I drink black coffee.

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952 · October 26, 2011 at 7:50 AM

No milk, no sugar.

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3743 · October 25, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Do you put sugar and milk in your coffee?

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5132 · October 02, 2011 at 3:58 AM

Yeah, that's perhaps the reason why they recommend restricting caffeine if you have Raynaud's. Raynauds is mainly an annoyance. Up to 5-8% of peple have it. The problem is when it's accompanied by an autoimmune disease; then you're talking about a whole host of complications that can make your life miserable.

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18412 · September 28, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Yah it's not very common. And it sounds like John doesn't have a severe case, just a mild concern. Of course vasoconstruction doesn't always lead to something as severe as Raynaud's, but it can so I wanted to include it just in case.

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1801 · September 27, 2011 at 8:08 PM

I was going to suggest Raynaud's too. I had a weird thing going on when I was pregnant with Raynaud's like symptoms.

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952 · September 27, 2011 at 3:16 PM

No paranoia here, don't worry :) Well, mostly I just feel it in my hands, especially fingers. Wouldn't say it's a very strong feeling but I'm still interested if it might be a sign of smth.

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18412 · September 27, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Seems like a question PersonMan would ask, except he would include temperature ratios. And reminds me of that post from Dr Harris about being OCD about every little body function.

"I ate a bean and then I farted 20 mintues later. Do I have IBS?

haha.

I'm just kidding around John. On a more serious note, this is a legit question... you might be sensitive to caffeine. Some people actually do just fine with caffeine, but others are far more sensitive and notice a more pronounced effect from it. I can't imagine it's the actual coffee bean itself, or that it has anything to do with the fact that coffee is a warm beverage. In fact, you could test this by drinking iced coffee, or try other caffeinated drinks, like an energy drink to see if your hands get cold. Then at least you can isolate it to the caffeine.

Caffeine has been known to contribute to restrictive blood circulation. In fact, sometimes vasoconstriction can cause more extreme cases like Raynaud's phenomenon. So it may be drawing blood away from your limbs/extremities. (I mean... it semms fairly obvious that 'cold hands only' would be connected to blood flow). Do your feet feel cold as well?

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5132 · October 02, 2011 at 3:58 AM

Yeah, that's perhaps the reason why they recommend restricting caffeine if you have Raynaud's. Raynauds is mainly an annoyance. Up to 5-8% of peple have it. The problem is when it's accompanied by an autoimmune disease; then you're talking about a whole host of complications that can make your life miserable.

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18412 · September 28, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Yah it's not very common. And it sounds like John doesn't have a severe case, just a mild concern. Of course vasoconstruction doesn't always lead to something as severe as Raynaud's, but it can so I wanted to include it just in case.

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1801 · September 27, 2011 at 8:08 PM

I was going to suggest Raynaud's too. I had a weird thing going on when I was pregnant with Raynaud's like symptoms.

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952 · September 27, 2011 at 3:16 PM

No paranoia here, don't worry :) Well, mostly I just feel it in my hands, especially fingers. Wouldn't say it's a very strong feeling but I'm still interested if it might be a sign of smth.

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122 · January 31, 2013 at 6:57 AM

its a stress reaction from the body....coffee hikes up cortisol, so you need sugar to bring cortisol down...u should also have it w/ plenty of cream or fat and not on a empty stomach to delay its release...coffee is dehydrating so it is important to eat adequate salt too...check this out

http://peatarian.com/?qa=7487/coffee-gives-me-cold-hands-and-feet

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0 · January 31, 2013 at 3:51 AM

I get cold after drinking coffee, too! Coffee can cause a cross-immune reaction for people with auto-immune Hashimoto's Thyroiditis which could cause a worsening of low thyroid symptoms. A coffee allergy in general may be the culprit; I have a confirmed mild allergy to coffee, not sure if it is the auto-immine variety or not. Also, as already mentioned, caffeine, particularly coffee, can constrict blood vessels in the hands and feet.

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480 · October 25, 2011 at 7:34 PM

I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis which lists hypothyroidism as its main symptom. Homeostasis is a little bit of a problem for me in the first place. On top of this, my doctor diagnosed me with Raynaud's. I use very little (mostly none at all) stimulants, which do constrict blood vessels. My supplements are ideal (including blood-vessel assisting vitamins like E) and I spend a lot of money and effort trying to stay healthy, which includes regular cardio exercise and weight lifting.

My hands are almost always frigid cold. Anywhere on my body that lacks adipose tissue is freezing. This sucks because I love playing instruments and it's a little weird if you ever hold hands with some girl. They expect a nice warmth I guess, but with me they'll get a blistering cold surprise.

Oh well, not much to do about it. Try decaf and see if that helps.

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5132 · October 11, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Try Sanka. I suspect I have Raynaud's and my fingers become less cold when I drink decaffeinated coffee and tea. Also, when you visit the outer aisles of your local supermarket, make sure you're bundled up! And avoid overactive air conditioning.

I need to huddle with a space heater after shopping for veggies and meats. I no longer wear short-sleeves and always wear an inner layer.

Raynaud's could affect just your fingers, not your toes. As long as you don't have some connective-tissue related disease, Raynaud's is an annoyance, not a major disease.

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881 · September 27, 2011 at 2:21 PM

I get the opposite. I could be freezing and as soon as I drink coffee my body temp increases.

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