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Cold fingers and toes!


Until I read the much-talked-about The Migraine Brain, I hadn’t realized that lots of migraineurs report frequently having cold hands and feet. I’ve often joked that from October to May my extremities are ice-cold, figuring it had something to do with my height, my circulation, my lack of exercise, and/or my tendency to feel faint rather easily. That being said, I never really thought of it as something “real”; I figured instead it was just one of those bothersome things about being skinny and lanky. Whatev.

But now I wonder if there might be something I can do to warm up! Even with socks on, my toes are frigid; when I go to hug the kids I babysit for, they shriek in delight as they run away from me, thinking I was trying to trick them by putting icy fingers on their skin. I’ve read a bit about Raynaud’s Phenomenon, but I’m not sure if that is what plagues migraineurs or if there’s something else going on all together.

In the meantime, I’ll wear my hat and gloves outside even when others look at me like I’m a bit crazy. (I get cold even when it’s in the 60s!)

Anyone else have cold hands and feet more often than so-called “regular” folks?

(Don’t miss this article on Raynaud’s Phenomenon)

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Comments

  • Fluffycat
    2 years ago

    I’m 45 and nurse. My patients biggest complaints were my cold hands. There has been nothing I could do to warm them up. I’ve always had cold hands and feet, to the point the tips would look whitish blue they were so cold. I have had migraines for 10 years now, but this is the first time I have heard other migraineurs talk about cold extremities.

  • CrystalJune
    4 years ago

    And now that I think about it,I am curious about its connection with my constant erect nipples. It can become extremely painful at times. I think this started soon after I hit puberty.

  • CrystalJune
    4 years ago

    This is incredibly fascinating. I had no idea that the my cold, discolored, and at times painful extremeties were anything more than just that. My feet are the worst. They will burn if I put them in warm water. When I used to work in an office, I had to wear gloves with the fingertips cut off to even be able to type. My migraines started in Elementary School and they were as frequent as 3 or 4 times a week and they would last for hours. They were usually at their worst when I was home after school. My head has a continuous dull ache which I have just come to accept as my life.

  • Corena
    4 years ago

    I absolutely freeze. My most precious possession is my electric blanket. That sucker is cranked all year long. I have gotten in my car after it’s been parked in full sun in the summertime and just sat there with the windows up enjoying the heat. During the winter, we supplement our heat with a wood burning stove. There are times I all but climb on top of it. lol

  • Pondrat
    4 years ago

    I’m in my early 60’s and have had migraines for well over 30 years, chronically for over 15. The older I get the colder my extremities are, especially my hands and nose; I’m also just colder in general. I wear socks 24/7, and keep a blanket handy at all times. I also have a couple of pair of silk gloves that keep me warm without much loss of dexterity.

    Magnesium supplements I think are a must; I’ve definitely noticed some improvement in number and severity of migraines since I started taking them several months ago. I also have GERD and take a drug that depletes magnesium (a proton pump inhibitor) so I was probably running very low on an essential mineral.

  • Kelly
    4 years ago

    I am so glad I found d this site! I used to get excruciating migraines when I was younger and on the pill. They stopped when I quit taking the birth control pill. Now as I move into menopause I get the auras with no pain. I did also develop raynauds about 15 years ago. I never imagined migraines and fantasies could be connected. I am pretty sure my migraines are connected to hormonal changes.

  • Kelly
    4 years ago

    Raynauds not fantasies. Stupid auto correct!

  • chiaragtl
    4 years ago

    it’s odd, i always have cold fingers and toes *unless* i have a migraine, in that case they become warmer.

  • cath432
    5 years ago

    I always have cold fingers and toes, mostly toes. Even in the middle of summer, it’s bad. I also have rosacea and am interested if others have this too.

  • ravenbird
    5 years ago

    My hands and feet get frozen too but I also get burning. I feel, if I put my hands in warm dish water that they have been put into a fire. The same if the water is cold. I wear gloves if I have to take something out of the freezer. The burning feeling is really painful.

  • Zooey
    5 years ago

    Ah, yes…..Fingers are freezing right now; toes not so much. (When it switches, I am in BIG trouble).
    I tell friends: I only have two seasons: socks & warmer socks. They look confused……..

  • Stagemom
    5 years ago

    I too have long suffered from Reynaud’s. (My neurologist agrees that there is a link between Reynaud’s and migraine. ). One of my “auras” is suddenly having one hand get icy. The headache then hits that side. If both hands and/or feet get cold I know I’m in for a really bad attack

  • Chuck
    5 years ago

    My Dr. said my migraines should decrease as I got older, but just the opposite has happened, they have increased in frequency and decreased in severity and over the last 2-3 years I’ve noticed that my feet are ice-cold for most of the year. I run a heater under my desk at work almost year around. There must be some correlation there somewhere, but so far no Dr. has offered an explanation. My feet are between 6 – 12 degrees colder skin temp than my arms. Hand get cold pretty easy, but nothing compared to the chill I always feel in my toes.

  • Benjamin Jarman
    5 years ago

    I am 18 years old, I started having migraines at the age of 8, they’ve plagued my life ever since. I have always thought that my cold fingers and toes were just because I was underweight (I am 5′ 7″ and 125 lbs.). But, now I realize I am not the only one with this problem! My hands turn purple, and I don’t look at my feet, being that I always have two pairs of socks on, and no matter how hard I try to warm them up they go back to being cold, even if I’m wearing gloves. I march in a marching band and am a snare drummer. This is a constant problem for me, being that a hand warmer in my glove will just burn straight through my hand!! They get so cold that I bust blood vessels and I am thrown into extreme pain, it’s either that or I get a cramp in my thumb and drop a drumstick. Should I ask my doctor to see about magnesium supplements? And apparently my father was plagued by chronic migraines, too.

  • alphabet
    5 years ago

    I always thought I got cold during a migraine because all the blood drained from my body to go fight in my head causing a cranial fire!!!

  • Stagemom
    5 years ago

    Sounds like my theory!

  • kelly joslyn
    5 years ago

    I’m always cold and always have a sweater with me even if it’s 80 outside. During migraines some times I have to Max the heat and bundle up cause I can control my temperature

  • AutismMom
    5 years ago

    I’ve had cold hands and feet forever! My husband loves the ice coldness when I crawl in to bed. My extremities do warm up, though, after time being under the covers. For me, the coldness comes and goes over the day. If I get anxious, my hands and feet are usually icy.

  • Delaney
    5 years ago

    Yes! I thought it was just me. I have cold hands and especially cold feet. I have gotten in the shower and stood under very hot water, and if I step out of the shower you can literally feel the heat evaporate, as if the cold is coming from the inside out. I find heat on my feet and ice on my head helpful during a migraine and have begun using a heating pad on my feet to get to sleep.

    Just wanted to thank everyone else for commenting, so I know I’m not alone 🙂

  • Stephen Rodrigues
    5 years ago

    Here is kind of an answer, but more of an alternative concept. I’m a family doctor who uses adjustments, Acupuncture, dry/wet needling, tender.trigger point.muscle.tendon.nerve injections plus many other types of therapies to treat my patients with Headaches.

    Cold feet and hands happens because a Migraine is an all body, mind and spirit disease. It is embedded in your flesh and muscle fibers. This flesh-muscle-tissue disease will affect every regulator in your body from blood flow, balance, digestive to temperature controls.

    The tissues collect stresses or pressures which build up over time and explodes out of a part of the body. These eruptions can happen in your ear, eye, face, sinus, head, neck, back, shoulders, gut etc.

    The formal name for these diseases is Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction. Much like Fibromyalgia with an outlet. In Migraines the disease builds up, boils over then explodes out of your head.

    The foundation of these explosions happens from our busy lives. We collect pressures over a long period of time. When balanced these pressures seep out with exercise and sleep. But if you are overwhelmed with pressures, you have no outlet or your outlet is too small to compensate, whammo! Sometimes these pressures collect over decades and you may not “see” them.

    I now call all of these problems Long-term pain syndromes or diseases. So any pain that is overwhelming to your well-being that has lasted over a year and is not controlled with conventional medicines falls into this category.

    The treatment for this misunderstood long-term pain syndrome should be approached holistically. Here is a short list of options, none of which your regular doctors may not know anything about. These treatment options are under the Complementary and Alternative umbrella of Myofascial Pain and Dysfunctions. These treatments are called Myofascial Release Therapies. You can visualize all these therapies on a spectrum; from self care with Wellness, magnesium supplementation, simple stretching, yoga, massage, traction or inversions, Rolfing, Active Tissue Release, John F. Barnes Myofascial Unwinding and Chiropractic adjustments.

  • ahnonnymust
    5 years ago

    It’s amusing that you say it “explodes out of your head” as I also have Exploding Head Syndrome and it’s something else entirely. That aside, I’ve worked with a Myofascial Release therapist who has been trained by Mr. Barnes. While I’ve gotten remarkable results on my back after botched physical therapy after a car accident (I went in in a wheelchair and was able to hobble out on my own two feet) I’m not getting much to any relief of my migraines. I am an avid believer in holistic therapies and would get acupuncture daily if I could afford it simply because my body craves it. I also see a Chiro regularly. I guess all this to say I follow what you’re preaching and still it doesn’t work for me in regard to migraines, and I’m a person who believes it can help in most situations.

    I believe migraines are an entirely different beast than most “diseases” and are far from being understood at this point. There has not been enough study and research put into them. Doctors just hand us prescriptions when they believe we’re not making it all up. I’ve spent the last nearly two months confined to my dark bedroom because my doc changed too many Rx’s at once and I slid way down the slope I’d just started to see the top of. Lesson learned.

    I guess I’m saying while I appreciate your methods of treatment, and even adhere to them typically, migraines are different. Many of us here have gone way past that route. We’re the type of migraineurs who can’t be glad our mom’s had migraines and gave us an Excedrin. Excedrin is like taking candy for most of us here. (I hate that commercial and want to reach through the screen and throttle the poor girl and show her what a real migraine is!) There are days, weeks, even months that we can’t function or participate in life because of our headaches. We are not your average “Chronic Pain” sufferers. (I have chronic back pain, I know that sort of pain, too.) It’s a different beast. Myofascial release and acupuncture may be helpful in ADDITION to our medications and what our neurologists and specialists are doing, but please don’t come here telling us you have the answer to our “disease.”

    And back on topic, I ordered a 50×60″ heated blanket from Amazon and am counting it as a medical expense. It’s on my bed now since that’s where I’ve been the last nearly two months. It’s also the perfect size for wrapping up in on the couch. It has three heat settings and if I’m cold I can turn it on to get warm/warmer. It was worth every penny! It makes a big difference in how comfortable I am while I have a migraine. Especially if I have to use an ice pack, at least the rest of me isn’t freezing to death! I just thought I’d recommend it to anyone else who hadn’t thought about it, or who may have been considering it. With Winter coming, I knew I was only going to get more cold!

  • Star71
    5 years ago

    I’m always cold… And I live in FLORIDA!!! LOL
    My hands are like ice 24/7…
    Sitting here now I have a blanket on me and I’m still cold…
    It’s crazy!!!

  • amandapetitt
    5 years ago

    I am 32 and started having migraines at 17. I too know the feel of cold feet, hands, and nose. I always have a blanket on me and have even thought of adding mittens to my snuggie. I never put the two together. I always assumed my coldness was due to having low B12 levels. I will now be having a chat with the doc.

  • wendy nikkel
    5 years ago

    I too have cold hands and feet, So its either a hot hot bucket of water or a hot water bottle. this warms the blood up so when it reaches the brain the pain from the migraine is not so bad. But its not a cure just a reliever.But it also makes you relax.

  • Leisa
    5 years ago

    I am 41 and have been in peri menopause since I was 30. I have had migraines since I was 12 years old. I got diagnosed with raynauds 10 years ago. I get the freezing cold purple hands and feet,my nose gets cold,ears and my butt all the time even when it’s 75 degrees outside. I have to get under the covers because my boyfriend gets to hot and opens all of the windows in the house and freezes me. I get blurred vision and a pounding in the back of my neck because my blood pressure gets raised. I have to sit up slowly and not move for a few minutes because of being dizzy. I get the headaches so bad I puke for 3 sometimes 4 days before it will lighten up. This was before I started taking the almost cure,which is at the end of my posting.

    As far as the migraines, I have been taking black cohosh,which also helps with the menopause symptoms and a hornet goat weed,maca and yohymbe combination. It actually works pretty good unless the migraine is really severe then it takes a little longer for it to work. I also drink green tea with peppermint and dandelion tea. Most of everything I do is herbal. I hate taking OTC meds or prescription meds that don’t work. At least I know what I am putting into my body by doing herbs.

    I have found certain triggers that cause the migraines are: coffee,soda,sugars,red meats,loud noises,the sun,axe deodorant spray,chemical cleaners,baby powder,pot pies,turkey(sometimes,depends on how it’s cooked),sleeping the wrong way,smoking to many cigs,alcohol. Oh and a whining baby goat!!!! Yes I raise goats and have one that constantly whines because his mom rejected him and he’s a spoiled bottle baby.

    I hope my post will help some of you and maybe try some of these herbs. Walmart has all of them except for the dandelion tea and hornet goat weed. I got that from Piping Rock online.

  • half of me
    5 years ago

    I am a 51-year -old migraineur whose migraines started at age 19. I had trouble with cold and numb fingers and toes for years. The numbness would happen with very little provocation. Some providers thought it was Raynaud’s, and maybe it is. However, one doctor is convinced it is from low thyroid. My low thyroid was being treated long before this, but my doses of Synthroid and Cytomel were too low. Since bringing my thyroid levels up my fingers and toes keep their circulation much better. I can now stay normal when in cool places, and when briefly handling cold things. I will still have episodes if I get very cold, but they are far fewer and much more easily avoided. Another thing that may be helping is that I put on some weight, although this happened around the same time as the improved thyroid, so the weight may not really be a factor. I am 5’3″ and have weighed 100-105 lbs. most of my life, but whenever I get my weight up to 115 lbs. or so (several times 10 lbs. or more have fallen off again because of depression/anxiety) my numbness problems get better. Right now I weigh about 115 lbs. and my thyroid is stable, and I am having little trouble with numb fingers or toes.

  • KarenE
    5 years ago

    My hands and feet are freezing in the winter. I can get my feet to the point where they are finally warm, but if I take off my socks in bed, they are immediately freezing again. My fingers get so cold they hurt after being outdoors for as little as five minutes. I also have a cold nose and butt cheeks (yes, butt cheeks). I have never made the connection between migraines and cold feet/hands.

    Someone previously asked about butter burr. I tried butter burr a couple of years ago in conjunction with another herbal remedy, the name of which escapes me at the moment. The butter burr made my migraines worse, so I stopped taking it. However, I’m probably not the best person to judge success or failure of a particular treatment by, since my neurologist has pulled about every trick out of her hat and nothing has worked so far.

  • Luna
    5 years ago

    Butterbur made me feel worse also. Tried it for a month.

    In reply to those that think anyone that can use Exedrin doesn’t really have migraines Please do not be prejudiced and judgmental. Some of us have terrible reactions to all those rx drugs and they don’t work anyway or for other reasons they are contraindicated. What worked 30 years ago they took off the market. So OTCs, supplements and herbs are all we have.

  • ahnonnymust
    5 years ago

    I’m a fellow cold butt cheeker! (It’s officially a thing!) My husband makes fun of me. Even in the summer my behind is ice cold. He doesn’t appreciate spooning at night because his boy parts are up against my frozen pj’d rear. Maybe this is bad, but it amuses me.

    Anyway, my hands and feet are always cold, feet more so than hands. I’ve found sleeping with my feet propped up on a pillow at night makes them less cold. I can’t explain why, but it works. If I don’t have a pillow, I have to have socks. During the day I have to have socks or slippers on, regardless of the temperature. There are periods where my hands will get cold, but it seems to be a fleeting thing unlike my feet.

    Since my migraines have become chronic rather than occasional, I have found that I tend to be more cold natured in general. Perhaps one of the medications I’m taking? I’ve never thought too much about it until now. It’s an interesting thought, however. I was just intrigued to find there’s someone else out there with a cold behind! (I just checked my nose, and it’s actually very cold at the moment, too! I never noticed my nose before!)

  • KL
    5 years ago

    It was 26 degrees C here today and my hands and feet are freezing. Never connected it to my migraines but makes total sense to me now. I don’t fee quite so ridiculous wearing socks and a flannels to bed in the summer now.

  • soccergirl
    5 years ago

    Wow, I didn’t know this, I Always thought I was underdressing or something. This really explains a lot because my hands are Always cold. Even when it is like in the 70s.

  • Lainey
    5 years ago

    Just for fodder, I hope this information helps anyone, I will be 40 by Thanksgiving and have had migraines since the age of 9. I found out I suffer from Raynaud’s at age 27, when I began nursing my first born. I never had cold hands, toes, fingers, etc. growing up, and I spent my winters skiing every weekend.

    Besides child birth, and my first bowel movement without laxatives when I got home from the hospital, nursing was the single most painful event(s) of my entire life. My nipples became so sensitive, turning purple, blue, and white, I then added anxiety to my daily round because of nursing our son.

    When I finally figured out what was wrong, (Raynaud’s syndrome) I began taking a calcium channel blocker. I believe it took a few weeks, and then I was pain free. I want to say the script was for 10mg, 3x a day, for three months. I had tremendous migraines from my postpartum hormones, my milk coming in, no sleep, etc. Yet, I never made the connection that the two could be related.

    I hope my story helps someone have less pain in their future.

  • Micki
    5 years ago

    How/why did you discover calcium channel blocker? And does it help with the migraines or just the cold extremities? I’m glad you have found something that helps you!

  • Anne
    5 years ago

    This isn’t meant to be dismissive, but what you’re describing is with the breast feeding is nipple vasospasm. I don’t know how you managed, I couldn’t.

    I’ve never breast fed a child, but starting in my early 20’s suffered with erect nipples that were blue 90% of the time with no other symptoms. There were days in the winter where I’d debate going out and would sit for hours with a heating pad on high to get them to soften up. A burning radiating pain that would leave me in agony. There were days it was so bad I wouldn’t leave the house.

    I was told by one doctor not to be so hard on them (he must have thought I engaged in nipple torture!) and another had no clue what was wrong. Then one day I looked up diseases of the breast and breast feeding. That’s how I came to know I had Raynaud’s Disease (barring other health concerns, like scleroderma, if you’re a migraineur you have Raynauds Disease NOT Phenomenon). There used to be a incredibly good first hand account of what it feels like that I found on some baby forum or other that advocated breast feeding that I wish I had saved. I had my answer.

    Then, about seven years ago, I was eating a salad I had just made when I noticed a few of my fingers on one hand turned white then blue. This was in the summer. Over time all my fingers have become affected and my nipples have stopped being permanently purple and erect.

    Mine is so severe that merely grabbing something frozen, a blast of chilled air, running my hands under cold water or walking across a cold floor … is enough to set off a full attack.

    The one thing I wish the medical profession would do is update the description of Raynaud’s to say that the hallmarks of the disease include a blanching of the extremities instead of saying hands and/or feet it might have saved people like me a lot of grief.

  • wendy nikkel
    5 years ago

    wow, I was in agony breast feeding. Lasted 5 weeks with the first and perservered with the 2nd and the agony with each feed lasted to 8 weeks.I will check out that Raynauds disease.

  • The Migraine Girl moderator author
    5 years ago

    Lainey,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story here. I feel so sad reading about how much pain you were in postpartum, but I do appreciate your comment. I’m sure someone will come across the comment one day at just the right time.

    Sincerely,
    Janet G.
    “The Migraine Girl”

  • theclaminator
    5 years ago

    Mos def. I was blaming myself–lack of sweater, lack of exercise, sitting too much.. did not realize till now that it can be related to migraines.
    I guess I’d better re-read those other posts about *not* blaming yourself

  • Vesna
    5 years ago

    I get Cold hands, feet, nose & ears (Mainly in the winter mos). I also can have excessive sweating and chills at the same time – think it might be worse due to meds.

  • Shinetrue
    5 years ago

    I may have commented on this before but there have been so many more comments that I think it bears repeating. I too, always had people commenting on how cold my hands were and wore socks to bed. This symptom has disappeared since I started taking chelated magnesium to prevent migraines. My cousin’s wife has Raynaud’s and 2 years ago I remembered seeing it mentioned in the magnesium book. I told her about it and she started taking it. Even with this past harsh winter she said it was amazing that she only had one episode and that it wasn’t even a “bad” episode.

  • The Migraine Girl moderator author
    5 years ago

    Thanks for commenting (or commenting again, as they case may be!). I’ll have to take that under advisement now that fall is almost here.

    Take care,
    Janet G.
    “The Migraine Girl”

  • theclaminator
    5 years ago

    Do you recall title/author of the magnesium bk? thx

  • StillPortia
    5 years ago

    YES!!! I get the cold fingers and toes also! My fingertips feel like I have frostbite. Everything else is at my normal body temperature. I can’t feel with them and I have to actually warm them. I usually run them under warm water when this happens while I’m out. At home, I use my microwaveable heating pad. It’s horrible!

  • oliviaruth
    5 years ago

    I never knew this! I can’t sleep without socks on and my hands are ALWAYS cold.

  • maggym
    5 years ago

    Yes me too but exercising helps alot

  • The Headache Connosiour
    5 years ago

    Yes, but my face is easily flushed.

  • Diswar66
    5 years ago

    Most definitely have the cold hands (not so much the feet though). My hands (specifically finger nails…) turn red, white and blue on occasion-guess I have Raynaud’s although I have never been formally diagnosed. Right now my hands are freezing and they (finger nails) are almost pale white. Later today I am sure my fingers will be back to their red color. (office air conditioning is on-I keep turning it up but still cold!)

    Another phenomenon I’d like to ask about is–at night when I’m falling asleep (like right before I nod off), sometimes I get this weird tingling down my back. LOL…does anyone else have this? Migraine-related or not?

  • The Migraine Girl moderator author
    5 years ago

    Diswar66,

    I myself don’t have the tingling sensation down my back when I lie in bed, but tingling is associated with migraine (and even migraine treatments) for some patients. Here are a couple of articles that may help.

    http://migraine.com/migraine-symptoms/numbness-tingling/
    http://migraine.com/faqs/can-migraines-cause-numbness-tingling-or-weakness/

    Take care, and keep those hands warm!

    -Janet G.
    “The Migraine Girl”

  • reinepapillon
    5 years ago

    I’m a massage therapist and I have to run my hands under warm water before each massage otherwise it’s like I’m icing peoples backs with my hands! I never thought anything about it until I read this article. You think it’s related to migraines? I guess it makes sense with blood circulation being restricted into the head during a migraine so we must have the same issue with our extremities too. Interesting!

  • Laurie Vincent
    5 years ago

    Yes. I have Raynaud’s Phenomenon and Migraines, too. And just like CassandraB my back feels hot all day and all night, too.

  • CassandraB
    5 years ago

    I feel hot on the inside and freezing skin on the outside. I have no idea what that is about. My hands and feet are always freezing and I get cold very easy, but when I go to bed at night I sweat. Even if it’s ice cold in the room, my upper body will sweat. I am 33yrs old and have had migraines since I was 14 as far as I know. I don’t know much about it, because I haven’t had much luck with doctors helping me.

  • Newdancerco
    5 years ago

    Aaahrg, me, too! How can i be so COLD all day but wake up soaked in sweat at night? Ick!

  • BethBlue
    5 years ago

    My favorite gift of the past year? An electric blanket! Also, I’ve taken to wearing socks to bed. (Mmm, toasty.) It’s May 1st, but I’m sitting here with cracked hands that are bleeding: I am a habitual user of New Skin Liquid Bandage, and I always have a bottle of the stuff in each room, as well as in my bag. Naturally, I sleep with gloves and lotion to alleviate the pain on my hands. So yeah, I am a veteran of the cold hands/cold feet syndrome, as well as cold nose and cold just-about-everything-else. It doesn’t matter if I weigh 140 pounds or 100 pounds, either. Oh, and you know how everyone says that migraines go away with the onset of menopause? I have two words for them: “Bull” and “shit.” The accompanying chills persist as well. I can have a hot flash and be freezing cold two minutes later! :/

  • Micki
    5 years ago

    Thanks for commenting! I have never been told that migraines can go away at the onset of menopause. Mine started after menopause. I’ve been in menopause for 10 yrs now. Started early for me due to a hysterectomy because of cancer and I’ve had the migraine for 3.5 years!

  • The Migraine Girl moderator author
    5 years ago

    Ugh, I’m so bummed for you regarding the continued migraines post-menopause. Hormones are tricky–for some women, menopause really does signal the beginning of a period wherein migraines dissipate or even disappear. For other women, they stay the same or even worsen. Have you read Dr. Susan Hutchinson’s book? Here’s a review of it now–you may find some tips she offered pretty helpful to you. http://migraine.com/blog/book-review-the-womans-guide-to-managing-migraine/

    Take care,
    Janet G.
    “The Migraine Girl”

  • Newdancerco
    5 years ago

    A heated mattress pad is my best friend – I can warm the bed when awake, then turn it off to mitigate (somewhat) the night sweats.

  • Diswar66
    5 years ago

    I get the cracked hands (finger tips) also—mostly work-related from handling papers all day! I feel your pain! Cold nose too!! arrggg!

  • Idkate
    5 years ago

    I have cold hands and feet all the time. When they are warm everyone asks if I’m ill. I also have a cold backside most of the time too. Anyone else?
    I haven’t met anyone who gets migraines who doesn’t have cold hands and feet.

  • Luna
    5 years ago

    Cold back side here too. Always considered it was because of lower back injuries but maybe not. Am beginning to think that migraine aura attacks weak points/parts of the body.

  • irish lass
    5 years ago

    Yes I also have cold hands and feet, comes in handy for baking (pastry,scones, etc) but I also wonder why?

  • laalaa81
    5 years ago

    I get cold hands and feet alot with my migraines. You can usually fry an egg on my head at the same time but the so called ‘experts’ are convinced there’s no connection between the two.

  • Sherrie Lovely
    5 years ago

    Yes, cold feet and hands. Can’t stand for my feet to be covered when I’m down with a migraine. Laying on a cold tile floor actually helps me get through it. If i get warm it makes the migraine worse. I try to stay cold all the time. I live with an icepack strapped to my head most of the time. 25 – 30 migraines a month since i was 3 years old. Never found any relief, going to try the migraine surgery in the next few months, keeping my fingers crossed!

  • Micki
    5 years ago

    I too am interested in more information about the surgery for migraines, never heard of this

  • Tina
    5 years ago

    Sherrie
    Just wondering what the surgery is. I have suffered with migraines since I was about 13, the only thing that helps is Maxalt. But you can’t take to many of them, and then what do you do?
    Has anyone heard about taking Butter Burr? I have been reading about it but have never heard of it before.

  • Tina
    5 years ago

    Sherrie
    Just wondering what the surgery is. I have suffered with migraines since I was about 13, the only thing that helps is Maxalt. But you can’t take to many of them, and then what do you do?
    Just wondering if anyone knows about taking Butter Burr? I have been reading about it but have never heard of it before.

  • The Migraine Girl moderator author
    5 years ago

    Hi, Tina220:

    Here are a handful of articles about butterbur. In my experience, it helped for a long while as a daily preventive, but it took a few weeks before I noticed any changes in my migraine patterns. It’s worth a shot, I think, though you should always check with your healthcare provider before starting any new treatments, including ones that don’t require a prescription.

    http://migraine.com/migraine-treatment/natural-remedies/butterbur/
    http://migraine.com/blog/draft-herbal-remedies/
    http://migraine.com/migraine-treatment/natural-remedies/petadolex/

    Take care, and let us know how you’re doing.

    -Janet G.
    “The Migraine Girl”

  • Misstah
    5 years ago

    I have to sleep with a heated blanket on even during a heat wave! If I don’t, my feet get so cold that I’m waking constantly in the night with cramp which then causes more migraines from the lack of sleep. My fingers are always cold. The only advantage to that is when my 11 yr old son is suffering from a migraine he finds my cold hands on his forehead comforting. If I have a bath I have to stand in it while filling it up with cold water till my feet stop feeling like the cold water is burning then gradually add hot water so the rest of me isn’t shocked by the cold water 😉

  • Heidi B
    5 years ago

    Chronic migraines for over 20 years. Cold hands and feet here too, however I do live in extreme northern Minnesota where it’s currently snowing. My finger nails are often blue and I’m constantly rubbing my fingers to get them moving more easily. My silly husband loves my cold hands and feet and uses them as ice packs for his back. 🙂

    Years ago, I did try thermal biofeedback (as Jerryw9 suggested) for stress and relaxation, and it worked wonders. I’m going to try it for this. Thanks for the reminder Jerryw9!

  • Lori B
    5 years ago

    Has anyone been evaluated for dysautonomia? My migraine specialist keyed in on a couple of things (cold hands/feet, slow digestion, feeling faint or fainting) that may be going on in conjunction with chronic migraine.

  • Luna
    5 years ago

    I have had extensive nerve damage in my lower back region in 1971. Have had other injuries in that area before and since. The last about 4 years ago. Have been wondering if that nerve damage is part of my slow digestion and in the last 3+ yrs a problem with abdomen distention. They don’t find a reason for this. I have mentioned the nerve damage but have been totally ignored. After googling dysautonomia am wondering even more if it isn’t a combination of migraine and nerve damage.

  • Jamie
    5 years ago

    I definitely have cold feet! They have gotten colder over the years, so that I have been wearing two pairs of socks from October thru April! And even at bedtime, many times I keep my slippers on while sleeping! They don’t get blue or anything, but just feel cold. The thicker the socks the better. I do live in Minnesota too! I do sometimes get foot cramps, & I have heard that low magnesium caused cramps & can help with cold. I have yet to up my magnesium intake & see the effectiveness. Whatever can help!

  • Candy
    5 years ago

    Okay, I seriously thought I was either crazy or just amazingly sensitive. I deal with frozen fish at work and have to stop every 5 minutes to run warm water over my hands or it becomes painful! I also wear socks all the time because my feet are always cold. I live in Florida, so it’s not like it’s remotely cold outside.

  • bluesguy
    5 years ago

    OMG, I though that I was crazy! I am a 50 year old guy, living in a desert town, and I wear socks and slippers until it gets into the mid 80s outside. My fingers and toes have become perpetually cold since becoming a chronic migraine patient. I have read that it could have something to do with the Triptan therapy. But I am not an MD. In the winter I actually was wearing gloves in the house! LOL How silly is that? I am happy that I too have a supportive girlfriend.

  • Kristenlucas
    5 years ago

    I always have freezing cold hands and feet! My partner tells me it’s ‘not normal” at night when I try to warm them up on his skin 🙂 I had previously attributed it to years of figure skating in cold rinks and my body just got uses to shunting blood out of my extremities… Then when I became a nurse, I figured it was because I washed my hands so much… Nice to know I’m not alone! I wear mittens from October to May!

  • Angie
    5 years ago

    My hands, feet and nose are all freezing most of the time. I started with a new chiropractor this week and he told me to try putting an ice pack on the back of my neck and putting my hands and feet in water “as warm as you can stand it” the next time I feel one coming on.

  • katy
    5 years ago

    I have never brought this issue up with my doctor, so I don’t know if it’s Raynaud’s or not… My feet, even with socks AND shoes, seem to stay cold. The more I think about it, they seem to get even more cold when I have my shoes and socks on. I thought it had something to do with the type of shoes I was wearing and have just been dealing with it, because these are my favorite shoes (sounds a tad silly I know). I guess the next step is to bring this up with my doc. Thanks so much for posting this!

  • LABurton
    5 years ago

    My hands stay warm, but my feet are always cold. Also, as strange as it sounds, my NOSE gets very cold before and during an attack. Does that happen to anyone else? Their nose getting cold to the touch?

  • Luna
    5 years ago

    Yes, my nose gets cold and it is downright uncomfortable and wants to be warmed up. Of course it goes away on it’s own time. My attacks have been pretty sneaky at times. Not really feeling right but ??? So if my nose is cold there is no doubt that it’s a migraine.

  • Krissygirl333
    5 years ago

    Oh! I will tell you what helps! I bought skunk mittens., this man makes them for ppl who have Raynauds. Very very warm, and beautiful, I kid you not. I go ice fishing with a pair of gloves and these on. I wish I could attach a pic. Unisex.
    Write me at sophiegirl333@gmail.com
    I will help you.

  • Micki
    5 years ago

    I am interested in more information about these skunk mittens you mentioned, can you p,ease share?

  • Krissygirl333
    5 years ago

    Yes yes yes! I’m cold! My fingers get cold very easy and just a week ago I was outside 3-4 min in 40 deg C and the tip of one of my fingers went total blue and was in great pain for 30 min. I have Raynauds . What to do? Nothing, I’m on enuf meds. My niece noticed all my knuckles totally blue the other day! I’m like, wow! IDK. I guess I’ll mention this to Dr, it’s getting more frequent, I took a pic then, but cannot attach for you all. Good day. Btw, this is my second day of migraine. grrrrrrrr

  • lynn
    5 years ago

    Also to add my migraines are triggered from a Varity of things to list a few perfume cleaners strong odors temperature changes different kinds of lighting and hormone during my cycle. As I cant avoid the world around me what do you all do to help offset triggers? I also do my best to avoid certain food additives a big one is msg.any advice would be great thanks

  • lynn
    5 years ago

    WOw glad I found this site have sufferd from migrains most of my life and my hands and feet stay bitter cold and sore it can be over 100 out side and my fingers and toes will be cold they turn a bluish grey in coulor. my Doc also said I have Reynaud’s but after reading about it I am not so sure that’s it.I would love to hear from some of you as to what helps . other than wearing mitten in the summer ..and what do you all do to treat the pain that goes with it.?

  • laura j
    5 years ago

    I too have always had cold and hands and feet. I was told 20 years ago it was Renaud’s, but I don’t think so. I knew a woman with Renaud’s and our symptoms even though similar were clearly different. I thought maybe because she was so advanced. Fast forward 20 years later I still have cold extremities but my current Doc doesn’t believe it is Renaud’s

  • iZapThings
    5 years ago

    I am a male with clinic migraines ( we make up less then 15% of suffers) and I live if Florida and in the last 2 years I have to go outside with 3 layers of clothing on even 71 degree weather or the air “burns” my skin. My feet and hands are always freezing. To add to it I am now hypothermoic. My “normal” temperature is 95.5 to 96 degrees. So I have a added whammy. Now that I have read this it puts 2 and 2 together, the problems with the cold are worse when I have a migraine day. See I get 15 to 18 a month on a good month, not to add the after effects. I’m sure most of you know what I mean.

  • Micki
    5 years ago

    Whammy?

  • bluesguy
    5 years ago

    I can relate to some of what you are talking about. I have had the Chronic Migraine thing for about 8 years now. Like you, I get migraines more days than not. Probably 24 days a month. Mine started after multiple PTSD incidents. I am sorry about your other health problems. That sounds very unpleasant. I wish you good health.

  • Jerryw9
    5 years ago

    Jerryw9 here – I am a Health Psychologist who started working with a neurologist in 1973 to develop a headache clinic.

    Before the triptan migraine drugs, biofeedback was one of the most effective migraine treatments. I probably used thermal biofeedback to treat between 5,000 & 6,000 patients from 1973 to 1986. The mind over body self-regulation training involved teaching the migraine patient to relax their peripheral blood vessels and produce warm/hot (96 degrees F) hands and feet. The training used a meditative and visualization process and very sensitive electronic thermometers to let the patient know when they were making their bodies react in the right direction. The training usually took a couple of months of practice and then the patients had to keep using it forever. Very effective though – we aimed for less than 10 HA per year.

    The patients had to keep very careful records of triggers so they could avoid those that could be avoided (foods, red wine/alcohol, some kinds of stress). We helped a lot of women patients by getting them off the old higher dose birth control pills due to the hormone triggers.

    We taught our patients to monitor their hand temperature constantly – if their hands were a lot colder than their face (which is usually about 90 degrees F), they needed to do the “hand-warming” mind/body meditation. Using mittens or external heat did not usually work.

    The same biofeedback treatment works for Raynaud’s symptoms but took a lot longer training (usually through 3 seasons leading up to cold weather in the Midwest). The migraine patients often had mitral valve prolapse symptoms and very low blood pressure also.

    I got interested in treating migraine after I married a woman whose whole female family tree back several generations had complex migraine. My daughters also. They all do well now (over 40 years.)

  • irish lass
    5 years ago

    Jerryw9, interesting info. I was really healthy, lots of energy, lots to do with three babies, a golden retriever puppy (in nyc), two careers, non stop traveling (kids and all), and then one day I couldn’t get out of bed. Seemed all of a sudden….my blood pressure dropped from 120/80 and it has never gotten that high in almost 20 years. 90/60 is not unusual in this new life of mine, I could faint at any moment (I try real hard not to, so far I’ve been successful in that area!!). Drs didn’t know what to label me with, so chronic fatigue, fibromylia were thrown at me. Then autoimmune lupus, sjogrens, I think it all started with a tick/lyme disease. Although most lyme tests came back neg. even tho I have been out of the country on several occasions , and in a country with no ticks and I would find a tick attached to my leg or arm…
    Anyhow the past five/maybe ten years or so I have been getting debilitating
    migraines. Just last week I had my first 7 day migraine, I thought the 3 day ones were going to kill me, but they just keep getting worse and worse. It’s mostly the non stop vomiting that really gets to me. At this point in time I have no life. I guess its time to find another neurologist, as I am desperate. Even tho the last 7 haven’t offered me much relief. I have never been offered
    biofeedback treatment, it sounds promising. Has anyone else had success with this kind of treatment? I am desperate, trying botox was next on my list, even tho I have refused that treatment for years now. Any info that might help I would really appreciate. I take zomig and if the timing is off/slow it doesn’t work. One more question, does anyone have the name of a drug that actually stops vomiting, I have tried two so far and they are hit and miss, seems more miss, as one of them has only worked once. Is it timing with them as well?

  • Cynthia P
    5 years ago

    @Jerryw9 Hello, I’ve had migraines since I was 9, (going on 41), and recently, the sole migraine meds that were covered (for me) were discontinued (YAY! not). SO, I’m trying to find a natural way of dealing with these pains in the head, as I will be working this summer, and I NEED to be pain free. I saw your comment, and would love to know more, if you would be willing to share info.

    When I saw this thread, I was like huh? wait, this is not (just) due to poor circulation, it could be due to migraines? (lightbulb moment – like finding out citrus is a trigger, and that pineapples are citrus ^_^) Looking forward to reading more on this site! <3

  • NursePammie
    5 years ago

    My feet are almost always cold, but I don’t mind because the rest of me is usually too warm. But my hands ACHE something awful if I have to handle anything cold and then take forever to warm again. Doesn’t totally fit Reynaud’s, and my doctor is baffled.

  • Kerri
    5 years ago

    You know, it is funny. I was diagnosed with Reynaud’s long before I developed/was diagnosed with Chronic Migraines. Not only are my hands and toes cold but my toes turn dark purple, if I bruise them they don’t heal well — and in fact, the condition is so bad that the doc ended up having me undergo an MRI of my Aorta valve — just to be sure there wasn’t a clot. Weird thing is, even though I am seeing a really good Migraine doc, no one has ever made the connection between the conditions. I shall have to read that book ya’all have mentioned…

  • Evelyn C
    5 years ago

    Yes, yes, yes. I didn’t make the connection until I read Migraine Brain. Truly feel relieved because I thought this was one more medical issue to deal with.

  • debbiec
    5 years ago

    Wow. I have been diagnosed with Raynaud’s and migraine but did not ever put the two, together. As I have gotten older, I have developed fibromyalgia which I think is exacerbated by my frozen hands and feet. I try to start my day with a hot bath to heat up my hands and feet, but it is counterproductive in the summer when the rest of me is hot (I am also in Georgia). My migraines (always with aura) are often weather related and I find that Ugg boots and mittens work well to keep my hands and feet warm. Also have an electric throw that I keep with me all the time in the winter. It is kind of a weird relief to know about this. Thank you!

  • M2the4
    5 years ago

    I have really cold hands and feet. Most of my menopausal hot flashes have thankfully stopped but even then, most of my body would be on fire with cold hands and feet. I tried to use them on each other to balance the extremes (without much success I might add – not flexible enough!). Heating pad works well on the feet. My warm bodied husband did not like me trying to warm them up on him. I wear down-filled mitts when going outside and even then, they can be cold.

  • nurse
    5 years ago

    I actually experience Raynaud’s. I can’t say I have overt migraine sx. when it occurs, but possibly basilar aura’s. It’s worse in the winter, but it can happen in warmer months too… going from warm to cool/cold environments especially. Sometimes it occurs when I’m anxious and unconsciously tensing my muscles, head to toe. Typically what happens is one or several finger(s) and /or toe(s) will start tingling, then they turn completely white… lack of blood flow. Blood flow usually returns within 10 minutes.. but other times I need to run warm water over them.
    It seems plausible that Raynaud’s could be linked to a cardiovascular cascade of migraines. Though, there are several possible etiologies underlying Raynaud’s.

  • shine4him
    5 years ago

    Yep & yep! My mom always makes cracks about me having poor circulation or just being too skinny, but it’s nice to know there’s other possibilities. I have a friend who has Reynaud’s, and I can’t really claim my chilliness is that extreme. So what do I call this in-between state?

    As others have noted, hypothyroidism can also be an issue, but I’ve been on Synthroid for years. Hmmm?

  • Tracy Grant
    5 years ago

    I too, have cold hands and feet and LEGS! I have an electric blanket on each night, even in summer! There is another thing besides Raynard’s that causes this. Hypothyroidism. I suspect that this can also be a cause of migraines. I tried that cure once where you put your feet in extremely hot water ,and an ice pack on your neck. It did amazingly take the pain away for awhile, but it eventually came back. But I thought if I was in severe pain i might try it again, if i can get out of bed without vomiting!So check out the Barnes Basal Test to see if you are Hypothyroid. it might help some of you.

  • lynn
    5 years ago

    Yes!!!! I actually have Raynauds and Chronic Migraine. The women in my family are known for having ice cold hands, feet, noses, and ears year round. I’m the only one that shows the corpse white fingers and toes like I have floss wrapped around my digits, however. Very scary. Then again, I’m the only one with Migraines. My mother, I believe, had undiagnosed migraines during her lifetime.

  • Laurie Vincent
    5 years ago

    Yes. I also have Raynauds Phenomenon with Migraines too. I already take Verapamil for Tachycardia and I was told it helps with Raynauds too. I keep my hands warm with coat pockets or gloves in cold weather and use cup sleeves on cold beverages. I also learned how to practice biofeedback and that helps too. When your hands get cold just imagine you are sitting or lying on a hot sandy beach on a tropical island underneath the hot sunshine. Your hands will actually warm up. I was hooked up to a machine that measured the temperature rise in my hands while thinking about a warm beach. So this really works.

  • barryolliver
    5 years ago

    I too have Raynauds as well as chronic migraine. A few years ago I saw a pain management specialist who claimed my migraines would be “cured” if I learnt how to control the temperature of my hands. The first time I was connected to the biofeedback equipment, the skin temperature of my hands was 13°C (55°F). Over the course of 6 weeks I was eventually able to consciously raise the temperature up to 27°C (81°F), but only while connected to the equipment. All attempts to do so otherwise was doomed to failure. Needless to say I wasn’t “cured”.

    BTW, having cold hands and fingers has never really bothered me, even when they are completely white and my fingernails very blue. The problem starts when they start to warm up. The pain is absolutely excruciating. Once the pain is over, the tingling sets in, and that’s almost as bad!

  • mommawithamigraine
    5 years ago

    YES!!!! I only just recently realized these could be/ are related to my migraines. My fingers, toes, nose, and sometime breasts are often ice cold to the touch. My feet get so cold they actually hurt. I use a heating pad t warm them. My co-workers used to joke that I was part lizard because I was always so cold. It is so reassuring to hear I am not alone!

  • Gramajan
    5 years ago

    Hi everyone. I am new here and as you can see be my pic, it is almost giving me a migraine because it is on its side! Oh well. I, too, always have freezing fingers and feet. I do have Raynaud’s-when your digits turn red, white or blue and tingle. My Dr attributes some of it to meds cutting down the circulation to the limbs.
    At home in South Dakota I always have 2 pair of socks on under my boots and have to wear mittens. My husband and I are spending this month in AZ but I am still freezing, even though it is 60 degrees warmer down here.

  • moneypenni
    5 years ago

    I’m always cold! I always assumed it was me. Nice to know there are others.

  • mymaybelife
    6 years ago

    Yes my hands and feet are always cold year round including my nose.

  • Cannon1455
    6 years ago

    I also always had freezing fingers and toes. But after I had surgery for chiari malformation, that symptom has disappeared. Unfortunately I still have severe migraines. Does anyone else have a similar experience?

  • kim e
    6 years ago

    Amazing information. I’m so glad I found this site! Yes, I’ve had the Raynaud’s phenomenon as long as I can remember and never considered the correlation between migraines. It makes sense and falls in line with the theories behind blood flow, restriction issues and the hypersensitive neurons in regards to migraines. As a daily migraineur, perhaps these findings will bring us closer to finding therapies that work with migraines. Let’s hope so!

  • DesiKay
    6 years ago

    I am always freezing! My little brother jokes that it is because I have no heart lol

  • barryolliver
    5 years ago

    Here we have a saying “Cold hands, warm (kind/generous) heart”.

  • abbijustme
    6 years ago

    lol. My friends have dubbed my hand the “Cold Hands of Death.”…I usually always have cold hands unless I’m sick with a fever.

  • Linda
    6 years ago

    I have always had easily cold toes. If my feet get cold, it’s all over. They will stay cold until I can get them in warm water or something like that. Even double socks don’t help. And I live in Texas, where it doesn’t usually get that cold. I used to live in Montana, and I learned to layer and such to keep warm. It was drier there, so maybe that has something to do with it.

  • Gwenny
    6 years ago

    I used to always have cold hands and feet but now that I am 51 it looks like hormonal changes have made me warmer…no hot flashes so far (knock on wood) but definitely warmer hands and feet than before. Its a nice change. My migraines have not gotten any better, sadly.

  • Newdancerco
    6 years ago

    Being cold, bone deep cold, is an aura for me. If I can get warm (no easy feat, when the body wants to be frigid) I can sometimes prevent the full bore pain from the migraine, even stay functional. Well, as functional as possible while staying warm!

  • AmyBabee
    6 years ago

    Hi Goldie, Soooo sorry for taking so long. Haven’t been back to this thread in a while till today. Like I said, I was having daily migraines for 3 months from the first dose of Imitrex. Right now, I am on Topiramate 25mg/day. It was not easy waking up daily with a pounding head and it continues throughout the day. No matter how many excedrin/tylenol I took, it remained the same. I thought I was going to jump out the window one of the days but for God’s grace. I was going thru my medicine cabinet and found some left over Fioricet from 2012, which didnt work for me then, I decided to take some, what’s the worse that could happen, I thought. Bam! within 10 mins I was like new; my pain, auras, dopiness, dizzines and all was gone. It all boiled down to MOH – medicine overuse headache caused by my use of excedrin/tylenol constantly everyday. Presently, I am on Topiramate and Maxalt. I have been on these for 6 weeks and have only had 1 -2 headaches which cleared away with the maxalt. The Dr. took me off the fioricet though. I still have cold fingers and toes! Is there a cure?

  • DitzzzyWoman
    6 years ago

    Yes, I have had cold feet and hands as long as I can remember, even from early childhood. I remember my grandmother telling me often that my hands were frigid. I have learned over the years to keep a comforter beside me in close proximity over the many years. Even with 110+ heat outside in Arizona, I was wrapped up in the comforter. People in the household cannot understand why I was so cold. I just thought it was my metabolism and have just learned to ignore the comments and other words that issue from their mouths. I have learned to prevent the cold toes is TOE SOCKS! Toe socks, (yes, those funny looking socks), found at Wal-Mart are the only thing that will keep my individual toes toasty and warm. When I have had to have surgeries, toe socks were there on my feet before the surgery.

  • Suz
    6 years ago

    Have had migraines since age 18, 50 now. Have always had cold hands & feet. I just thought I had Raynaud’s, never imagined it could be migraine related but it makes sense. Thank you for the insight into your world and opening up mine.

  • Cece Yuhas
    6 years ago

    Great info, have had Migraines since age 4, always had cold hands and feet, developed Carpel Tunnel Syndrome at age 19, thought that is what kept my hands at least cold, since 1993 have had low Thyroid. However from reading your comments this has nothing to do with cold hand and feet if under control. I guess my next stop is to get a diagnosis to see if I have this problem, It can be close to 100 degrees and I’ll still be wearing two pair of socks and have cold hands (in the sun). My core temp is always 95.7 if I hit anywhere near normal (98.6) I’m usually running a fever.

  • AmyBabee
    6 years ago

    A light just came on in my head! So this could be the reason for my constant ‘bundling up’ in sweaters, sock and ear muffs! My Dr. have done numerous tests to find out why I am always cold and could not find anything. I have already assumed it could be that I am anemic; despite iron treatment therapy, no improvement. Its the middle of July and I am wearing 2 woolen socks on my feet, wool tights under my pants, ear muffs and my fingers in the pocket of my jacket (I am wearing 2)at work due to the cold. So, I am a ‘real’ authentic migraineur; as if the headaches are not proof enough. I totally understand and identify with fellow migraineurs! I didnt have this cold situation until my first migraine at the age of 35 ten years ago. I am happy to have found this site. I am also going to try magnesium; who knows, this could be my respite from daily migraine headaches for the past 3 months…very unusual. I used to get 15-21 days migraines a month, now it is daily…My Dr. tried Imitrex, it gave me more headaches, in fact the daily headaches started after that Imitrex. Something is not right. I am just about fed up.

  • goldie
    6 years ago

    Wow! AmyBabee. I thought just my hands and feet being like ice was miserable! Bless your heart! I had no idea my freezing hands and feet were linked to these horrible headaches! My migraines are almost daily. I see yours are too. How do you cope with the guilt of daily migraines?
    Any advise will be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks! Terri

  • Shinetrue
    6 years ago

    I Highly recommend “the magnesium solution for migraine headaches” available as an e-book. I know it is not the solution for everyone, but magnesium gave me my life back after I suddenly started having migraines every 3-4 days in august 2012. In the book, the author explains how most of us are magnesium deficient. My cousin was diagnosed with Raynaud’s and when she told me it reminded me that the conditon was mentioned in the book. We looked it up and she started taking magnesium supplements and she barely had any attacks (and they were less severe) this past winter. I do not notice having cold feet anymore at night. My husband also has started taking it because his heart races and skips from time to time(he has been checked out more than onve by his doctor and is fine), and it seems to help him. I have seen magnesium recommended here on other parts of this site.

  • mymaybelife
    6 years ago

    My Dr recommend Magnesium and I take it daily, not sure if it helps but I am willing to try anything.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi Shinetrue,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us and I’m so happy to hear you have found some relief.

    Magnesium is used for migraine prevention. In fact we have an answer from one of our expert doctors here you can take a look at: http://migraine.com/blog/magnesium-for-migraine/ for more information.

    Nancy

  • slhart
    6 years ago

    I suffer from chronic migraine and I was diagnosed with Raynaud’s phenomenon back in 1990 after complaining to my neurologist that my hands and feet spasm between hot and cold. It was easy to show him what was happening just by holding a cold pop can in his air conditioned office. Air conditioning makes it worse. I keep and electric blanket handy year round. I found that drinking a warm drink, sometimes even hot water helps because I need to warm up from the inside out. My migraines have been chronic for years now and I noticed that the Raynaud’s phenomenon has been getting worse too?? Thanks for the article until I read it here I didn’t know the 2 were related but it makes sense.

  • Cecile
    6 years ago

    I’ve had both headaches and Raynaud’s since early teen years, but it was only around age 60 that I made the connection between the two. The Raynaud’s disappeared for a long time somewhere in-between, but returned in my 50s and cold/heat tolerance has become quite problematic. What a good idea to travel with the heating pad. I also keep a small space heater near my feet wherever I am working. They make them conveniently compact and quiet now. When the Raynaud’s is worst is when the migraines are at their worst, and like you, I really only warm up when I eat and drink something hot.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi slhart,

    I too have Raynaud’s and migraine, and a few other comorbid conditions. I am always plagued with cold toes and recently the tip of my nose is getting chronically involved. Other times during the year, my hands to become an issue.

    My toes…brrr. They are so cold all the time I’ve got a heating pad under my desk to keep my feet warm when I’m working. And it may start traveling with me. I think Ellen takes hers when she travels, which is an awesome idea.

    Nancy

  • mamalou
    6 years ago

    It is the last week of June. My fingers are an odd shade of blue-peach and my toes are a darker hue of the same. Both are ice cold. I have the wood stove cranked low, so as not to concern the neighbors. The temperatures have been in the 90s and upper 80s this week. So far today it is 80 degrees. Why am I so cold? My nose is cold, too, but I simply can’t see what color it is, but it drips. I am not sick, I do not have allergies, my ears were ringing earlier and my neck and upper arms are stiff. I know that a migraine is coming. These are all signs. Typical. No one understands. Soon I will rant, rave and be silly then so sad at any thing at all… Migraines. They give me goose bumps, but not because I know what lies ahead. It is because I know the goose bumps are telling me to be ready for a very, very bad migraine. Cold toes and finger tips at the end of June. the fireplace just went out. It was just paper. A sensorimotor aura to honor. Respect. Jot down in my journal.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi mamalou,

    We understand! And it’s good that you know your body well enough that you can detect when a migraine is coming. Have you tried using an abortive at this point? There is some research showing treatment during prodrome, when you are certain of it’s features can help abort a migraine attack. You may want to talk about this with your doctor at your next appointment.

    Nancy

  • Gail Hartsfield
    6 years ago

    I have suffered from this for years. It may be Raynaud’s syndrome, or NOT. I don’t really know. But it has happened in 100 degree weather, not just during the winter. One day a few years back, a couple of friends and I were on a smoke break, when I suddenly broke out in HUGE goose-bumps and got a chill (it was in the mid- to high-80’s that day). Sometimes my fingers just plain go numb from the cold(I assume).

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi Gail.

    An accurate diagnosis is always helpful so you can learn about your disease, and figure out ways to prevent an attack from occurring. If you haven’t talked to your doctor about this yet, you might want to do so at your next appointment. This way he can examine you and document his findings in your chart.

    Nancy

  • lulabelula
    6 years ago

    always cold hands. i’ve cut thumb holes in many a sweatshirt to try to keep warm. i wore fingerless gloves in the office where i used to work.

    my feet, on the other hand, vary between ice cold and burning hot, both internally and externally. i don’t know why this is, but i have been getting “hot feet” and “hot head” for more years than i can remember – many years before i noticed any symptoms of migraine other than the occasional “period headache”, which has gone from okay with two ibuprofen to “flat on my back or collapsed in the fetal position, OMFG this is the worst pain i have ever felt in my entire life, and please please please let it leave me’ that is the monster’s current state.

    i frequently step into the bath and run ice cold water over my feet during these “hot feet” incidents. i can recall running freezing water over my head in the bathroom sinks (GROSS) when i worked as an editor at a newspaper. since botox has given me a permanent burning headache stemming from my left temple, i have an ice pack or biofreeze on my shaved bald skull for the purpose of keeping it cooled. i mean, that’s WHY i shaved it.

    my head is hot, my nose and fingers and often toes are freezing. there has to be a connection, an explanation …

    and

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi lulabelula,

    Not having an accurate diagnosis is very frustrating. Have you discussed all these symptoms with your doctor? If he/she is not listening to you, it may be time to find a new one.

    Take a look at Christines post, who has trouble with cold hands and ears, but hot feet too.

    Nancy

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi Christine.

    Thanks for sharing your story with us. I now know about erthromelalgia, something I’d not heard of until today! Although I’m sorry to hear you have it.

    Not a “mess” maybe a collection of things. I try to tell myself I’m not a “mess” either with all my assorted ills 🙂

  • Christine Eubanks
    6 years ago

    I felt the same as you — hot feet and cold hands! Then I was diagnosed with erythromelalgia in my feet, which is the opposite of Raynaud’s in that the pain and discoloration are caused by heat rather than cold. It is due to microvascular dilation, and can co-occur with Raynaud’s — and with migraine! So I have Raynaud’s in my fingers and ears, and erythromelalgia in my feet, and migraines in my head. Some mess, huh? But all related….

  • csheely
    6 years ago

    So glad to see I’m not alone! I live in SC & need a cashmere sweater in July to enter into any other building other than my own home!! It’s not just my hands & feet, but the tip of my nose too – CRAZY!! Combined w/ the headaches & always being a little anemic & relatively thin I thought that’s what was going on – now I’ve got a possible “real” lead to this chilly problem!

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi csheely,

    I know the feeling well. It’s very annoying to have cold toes, fingers and a nose all the time! I’ve found toe warmers by Grabbers to be very helpful.

    We also have some information on Raynauds you may find interesting in this link; http://migraine.com/blog/migraine-comorbidities-raynauds-phenomenonsyndrome/

    Stay warm!
    Nancy

  • kimkim1105
    6 years ago

    How funny! About ten months ago I sent a picture of my dark blue/gray fingers to my Dr. They turn numb, cold & very dark. I happened to be in a grocery store at the time, but it happens frequently. He told me that my body perceives that it’s very cold and it moves blood to the heart area to protect it. As I said, it happens in various places and at different temperatures. I wonder if this has something to do with Migraines?

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    6 years ago

    We now have a post up that discusses Raynaud’s Phenomenon as well as cold fingers and toes and their connection with Migraine: http://migraine.com/blog/migraine-comorbidities-raynauds-phenomenonsyndrome/

  • Heidi Napoletano
    6 years ago

    Actually, if I remember correctly, you may have a thyroid problem and that can give you cold hands and toes, and migraines. Actually, they say it may be one of the most under diagnosed conditions and it doesn’t always show up in labratory tests.

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    6 years ago

    Heidi Napoletano – You’re almost right! Thyroid dysfunction can definitely impact our Migraines: http://migraine.com/blog/migraine-triggers-and-co-morbidities-thyroid-disease-part-1/ but they don’t cause them. Thyroid dysfunction can be comorbid with Raynaud’s too: http://migraine.com/blog/migraine-comorbidities-raynauds-phenomenonsyndrome/ and thyroid dysfunction can also cause circulation problems in patients who don’t have well maintained thyroid levels.

  • Sandra Stevic
    6 years ago

    Wow… Yes, I have cold hands and cold feet, as well. I, too, had previously though that maybe it is due to a circulation problem, but I never thought it was related o migraines. My feet are always cold, and sometimes I even wear socks to bed or two pairs of socks while wearing shoes. I have had so many people who have come into contact with my hands state how cold my hands are. Also, I must say that I am really glad that I discovered this website, and it is some-what “comforting” to know that so many people share the same issues that I have… It’s good to know that there are people out there who understand, because not very many people do who do not suffer from headaches like these.

  • Julie
    7 years ago

    You know I have noticed that too. My hands, feet and nose seem to get really cold during a migraine attack and I’m more sensative to the cold than I use to be in the past. I wonder why that is? In yrs past I hated having socks on in bed and I’d take them off and would kick the covers off my feet. Now this past year I need warmer socks, even in the summer, and keep the covers on! I’m 50 now too. Is it because the older you get your circulation is worse or the more often and severe your migraines become it affects your circulation? Never really thought too much about it until I came across this article but now I’m really curious and glad to see I’m not the only chilled one 🙂

  • JaynlM
    7 years ago

    When I was first given Beta Blockers they intensified this problem of cold feet & hands. In the winter my hands would get so cold they would turn white & then I would be unable even to feel a light switch. The pain was excruciating as the blood returned. It led to me having to stop taking BBs. My auras/symptoms have changed over the years – I now get an ice cold nose (even in summer) and a numb left hand side of my face including lips (as if I’ve been over injected with novocaine!)

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    6 years ago

    JaynlM Some of the symptoms you’re mentioning sound like Raynaud’s – a condition you might want to talk to your doctor about: http://migraine.com/blog/migraine-comorbidities-raynauds-phenomenonsyndrome/ Unfortunately, having this condition can complicate treatment (as you’ve discovered) which makes it important to have diagnosed appropriately.

  • rachelnotor
    7 years ago

    Cold Feet, Cold Hands, Warm Heart, Pain in the Brain!
    I completely didn’t know these were related.
    I thought this was passed down from my Grandmother and that I had a very early case of poor circulation. It might be nerves instead!
    Thank you!

  • jantics3
    7 years ago

    My feet/toes are almost always cold. I love, love, love the aloe infused socks. My hands vary. The greater the pain, the colder the extremities. Even sitting literally in a boiling pot of water … the jacuzzi, they are cold. Does it have something to do with blood vessel constriction?

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    6 years ago
  • khh1138
    7 years ago

    I have to post again to say YAY! for the link to Vroman’s Bookstore for “The Migraine Brain” – I love Vroman’s – it’s been my favourite haunt my whole life!!

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    7 years ago

    There is an older study showing people with Raynaud’s phenomenon may have an increased incidence of migraine. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8371215 Have you looked into this?

  • khh1138
    7 years ago

    This is a revelation to me that the two could be connected: my migraines and my freezing fingers and toes. I practically want to cry anytime I have to handle frozen food – it feels like my fingers are going to fall right off. I always chalked it up to my low blood pressure. Maybe they are all 3 related.
    I’m doing a search right now for that “heated mouse” one poster mentioned above – brilliant idea!

  • lori
    7 years ago

    I have always suffered from cold feet and hands, but never thought it might be part of my daily headaches/migraines.

    Reblogging at dearmsmigraine.com

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    7 years ago

    Hi Lori and Cathy,

    I find sometimes if I keep my core warm with layers it will help a bit with my fingers, but certainly not my toes!

  • CathyC
    7 years ago

    Oh my gosh this is so me ! My fingers are normally cold and looking at them they aren’t as pinkish as my hands. So are my Mom’s and she gets migraines too. Well now we know ! I so agree with the hot bath or shower. That feels so great or wrapping up in a big blanket helps too.

  • Kyara Peacøck
    7 years ago

    I felt like I was freezing to death when I was on beta blockers for my high blood pressure. I used to live in the hot tub and hot baths and on top of that, I used to wear my winter sweaters in the summer of desert heat because I was freezing!

  • Jane Smith Was Rigby
    7 years ago

    Is this not a side effect of Beta Blockers?

  • Penni Friess
    7 years ago

    Ha! That’s me! Cold all the time! I joke I can’t wait for menopause to be warm!

  • jantics3
    7 years ago

    THe menopause doesn’t help. Your whole body is hot & sweaty & miserable except … your hands & feet.

  • Lloyd Conn
    8 years ago

    I get to where I can’t warm up and I get very sleepy. I have come to realize that it is part of my migraine symtoms.

  • Frances
    6 years ago

    I get like that too. When it happens, I check my blood sugar [I have Reactive Hypoglycemia too] and discover that it’s WAY too low!!! If it’s too low, I need to use a shot of meds to get back. I also need to eat to get my blood sugar back. Is it all related [I have migraines too]???? I don’t know. It’s just a lot to deal with.

  • Jamie Olson
    8 years ago

    This has been me just in the past few years, where I’ve taken to wearing two pairs of socks from October thru May! All day & all night! I never knew it could be related to my migraines, thought maybe it might be related to the medication though… Thanks for realizing that I am not the only one!

  • Matthew Enright
    8 years ago

    During a Migraine blood flow is reduced to the extremities, hence cold hands a feet. Acupuncture can be very beneficial in addressing not only the pain from a migraine but also the associated signs and symptoms (ie cold extremities). When Acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points, 3 things happen: improve circulation, reduce inflammation (or stagnant heat) and relieve pain. For any of you sufferers, its worth looking into. For more information on Acupuncture and other relevant therapies available, feel free to go to http://www.westislipacupuncture.com and contact me if you have any questions, concerns or need help finding a practitioner in your area. I am in NYC and Long Island, NY.

  • Julius Lewis Morris
    8 years ago

    I get icy cold feet with my migraines. taking a extra hot (as hot as I can take it) bath feels great when that happens. for some reason it also relieves some of the migraine pain as well. I usually will let out some of the water and refill with hot a couple times. I’m getting a hot tub Specifically for this reason.

  • Meg Poore Tuttle
    8 years ago

    can i say i get migraines just so i can justify buying a hot tub? It’s a fair question, right?

  • Tammy Howard
    8 years ago

    I tend to suffer more with cold feet. We have an electric blanket for fall and winter nights, but I still have to sleep with socks or footies on, even in the summer. Sometimes I just can’t get them warm enough.

  • Haley Clutter
    8 years ago

    I’m 15 and I have had migraines as far back as I can remeber , nad my toes and fingers are ALWAYS COLD! like today its in upper 90s and they a freezing. never have I thought this is connect to migraines. wow. this explains so much,

  • Briana Rolon
    8 years ago

    I get migraines as well and always have cold fingers and toes. I also have low blood pressure.. so I figured my cold hands and feet was because of poor circulation? hmm.. gives me something to look into. I didn’t know there were so many other people with the same problems!

  • Jennifer Lee
    8 years ago

    I am cold if it’s 80 and the wind blows. It was 94 in the car yesterday and, with the windows down on the highway, I was chilled by the air coming in while my husband was soaking wet with sweat. My toes/feet (and sometimes hands) are purple, sometimes to the point of looking black. Some docs tell me it’s Raynaud’s, others say it’s just me. My “normal” temp has been 96.8 ever since high school. My hands and feet can be ice cold to touch while I am sweating through my clothes. Crazy stuff.

  • Jessica LaReau
    8 years ago

    My hands and feet are always freezing except in the dead heat of the summer. I keep my waterbed turned up to 80-85 just to keep my feet warm.

  • Judy Haight
    8 years ago

    Interesting info, thanks for posting! I still get cold hands and feet, even though my migraines are largely under control now. P is cold most of the time and has more migraine triggers than I do.

  • Karen Nix-Jackson
    8 years ago

    I also have to tell you that when I’m feeling good I like to read and I found a book at the drugstore called (the migraine brain) it’s very informative plus I saw it mentioned on this board.

  • Karen Nix-Jackson
    8 years ago

    well for my being cold I use an electric blanket it helps alot.

  • Gio Ramirez
    8 years ago

    I have never used an electic blanket cuz I am scared that I will end up electrocuted!! hahahahahaha … Instead, I sleep with 2 heavy comforters! 🙂

  • Karen Nix-Jackson
    8 years ago

    I am not skinny and lanky and I have cold hands , feet and nose. when I feel like irking my husband I put them on him and he runs away from tehetehetehethetehetehee.

  • Laura Watson
    8 years ago

    People are always commenting on my cold hands and I generally feel cold all the time. I never thought it could be linked to my migraines.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    8 years ago

    You are absolutely right! I know my fingers and toes and nose are suffering right now and it is May 5!! There are studies to back this up too. There seems to be a link between Migraine and Raynauds along with other autoimmune conditions, although that link has not been established. We know we have Migraine, and cold fingers and toes!! Here is one study that looks at this information: http://ard.bmj.com/content/48/4/312.abstract.
    Nancy

  • Elyssa Blumenthal Olgin
    8 years ago

    I’m writing this from under a blanket. I discovered that I have OH/POTS, which is Orthostatic Hypotension and Postular Tacchycarrdia. I found out when I repeatedly passed out at a headache clinic, then the doctor wasn’t able to monitor my blood pressure because it was so low. I have an autonomic doctor that guided me through The rough spots. Taking sodium helps keep the prssure up, but the migraines are definitely intertwined.

  • Lori Sanford
    8 years ago

    I will try the magnesium, I’ve also heard that Riboflavin can help prevent migraines.

  • Lori Sanford
    8 years ago

    Thanks, Melissa.

  • Melissa Vrooman
    8 years ago

    If you ever want to try any homeopathic remedies… if I have them on hand I am more than happy to make one up for you. My sister finds that phosphorus helps her with her migraines… but it has to fit the symptoms….. another person I know finds belladonna works for her….

  • Lori Sanford
    8 years ago

    My hands and feet are always cold! Especially my feet. I just thoght it was poor circulation or due to the fact that I’m getting older.

  • Mary Ortis Creighton
    8 years ago

    I have had cold hands and feet as long as I can remember and migraines for 30 years. I never even considered them to be related before! For all of you who have your heaters on under your desks, my daughter bought me a heated mouse for my computer, one of the best and most used presents ever!

  • Damy Buck
    8 years ago

    I suffer from frequent migraines, and my fingers and toes are always cold. I have always wondered if there was a connection.

  • Valorie K McLain
    8 years ago

    This is me and my sis. I get the ghost white fingers when temps did below mid 60s. My sister gets the purple toes in the winter. We both get migraines and both had hyperparathyroidism and had a single gland removed (primary hyperparathyroidism, not the familial type). I had a rheumatologist run extensive labs to check for lupus and other autoimmune disorders. Labs came back normal… I suspect Genetically Modified organisms in the US food supply or some other toxin. None of my docs can provide any other feasible reasons for my issues. Anyone else out there?

  • Jaylene Ancheta
    8 years ago

    My feet are always cold. My hands are sometimes. When having a migraine, I can have a fever and my feet will still feel cold. For some reason though, I like it. I’m not skinny but, I’m not that fat either. I’m pretty average is size. I think it’s wonderful to be able to come to a place and compare symptoms with other people who get migraines. I don’t feel so alone with this anymore. Thank you all for coming here and making your posts. Isn’t it great how we can all help each other out like this? Thank you too Migraine.com.

  • Teresa Gonzalez
    8 years ago

    When I had biofeedback – in the early 90’s – it consisted of learning to warm the feet and hands. I was a champ at it. While it didn’t do a thing for my constant migraine, it was the only winter in my life when I was able to keep my hands and feet warm if I thought about it a bit. Yes, cold nearly year-round for me too. It’s been blamed on smoking (which absolutely contributes) but I swear they were still cold the 4 years I’d stopped smoking.

  • Andrea Beard Daudy
    8 years ago

    My fingers and toes are always cold!

  • Brenda Rivera
    8 years ago

    Oh my I was wondering if it was hormonal but I don’t think sleeping with three quilts and still having a hard time falling asleep because I am cold was normal…..I just thought it was a change and I would have to get used to it. Now understanding that it is related to migraines wow I am stunned! My eyes have been really bothering me too. Lots of blurred vision when I have never really suffered from these symptoms. I am wondering can the symptoms experienced for more than 20 years change?

  • Brenda Rivera
    8 years ago

    Yes Jules they are insane….and even the medicine doesn’t help sometimes.

  • Julie Rivera
    8 years ago

    i’ve been getting migraines for a few years now and always had auras but no headache. my headaches are in my jaw and neck with sensitivity to light and sound. when i was pregnant with Jacob, I had a migraine at least 3 to 4 times a week for 20 weeks. I feel ya sista! they are horrible!

  • Brenda Rivera
    8 years ago

    a little bit

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    8 years ago

    Brenda, are your eyes dry as well as blurry?

  • Melissa Torres
    8 years ago

    good to know! ….

  • Yanny Zmbrana
    8 years ago

    I HOPE YOU FEEL WELL SOON!!! BLESS YOU..

  • Jeanne Sheedy Perez
    8 years ago

    Just awful! I hope you feel better xo

  • Brenda Rivera
    8 years ago

    Seriously Jeanne it has been a nightmare lately ……no relief in sight!

  • Brenda Rivera
    8 years ago

    Oh thanks….believe me girls I have suffered from the horrific pain for more than 20 years….it sucks to get old…LOL Thanks girls …kisses to you both mamas…<3

  • Martha Medina
    8 years ago

    Feel better my sweets

  • Fannie Olivera
    8 years ago

    I’m so sorry for your inconviences, pray that it passes and will no longer affect you at all. my love to you and family.

  • Martha Medina
    8 years ago

    welcome to the mature group, I started with migraines, then allergies, and then became a diabetic I guess it’s true that once you hit a certain age you go downhill from there

  • Jeanne Sheedy Perez
    8 years ago

    Omg, Brenda! My migraines have been awful lately with this weather and I am ALWAYS cold! Thanks for posting this.

  • Brenda Penven
    8 years ago

    Wow I always contributed my cold hands and feet to the fact that I skinny and don’t have the body fat for insulation. I have been suffering with migraines for about 25 yrs and never gave it a thought that the coldness and migraines could be connected.

  • Migraine.com
    8 years ago

    Take a look at Dr. Mauskop’s recent “Ask the Expert” answer about how magnesium levels might affect feelings of warmth/cold during a migraine attack: http://migraine.com/blog/sensation-of-heat-during-migraine-attack/.

  • Kim Sterns Lien
    8 years ago

    Well, I’m not that tall but I am thin and have suffered from migraines for 35 year’s and I also have really cold hands and feet. It can be 80 degrees outside and my feet can still be cold my husband thinks I’m nuts. Never thought that it might have something to do with my migraines?

  • Julie Zastrow
    8 years ago

    For as long as I can remember I have always had cold fingers, toes, nose and backside no matter the time of year. My grandmother used to tell me as a very little girl, that she always had cold fingers, toes, nose and backside too and that it was a sign of a warm heart 🙂 But still, I am always cold, and when the temps change drastically (up or down) my body has a very hard time adjusting. I have suffered from Migraines since I was about 12 years old. I am not tall (only 5 ftl) and I am not super skinny…a little fuller and fluffier now at age 35. I have had no success in my migraine treatments (intractable chronic sever migraines) despite numbers specialists attempts. The drs have considered Rynaud’s disease but because my fingers do not turn totally purple or bright red they said it most likely was not the cause. But they have no explination for it either.

  • Julie Zastrow
    8 years ago

    I almost always have a sweatshirt on or with me. I also have at work: a blanket, heating pad, and those things that get warm when you take them out of the package and then wrap around your back. Those things help a lot 🙂

  • Michelle Maher
    8 years ago

    I’m always cold, recently they have found that I’m mild anemic….was cold before the migraines too, not sure if I’m colder or not but space heaters are now my friends!

  • Shelli Kisch
    8 years ago

    i have always had cold fingers, feet & even my theighs can get cold. I went to the doctor even she said its either caused by my smoking or a sign of heart disease, but I’ve always been super cold. But no migraines either

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    8 years ago

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  • Carla Thomas
    8 years ago

    I am sitting here now with my thick robe on and freezing feet and nose and hands. Btw; it’s 76 degrees room temperature in the house. And I am developing a headache as we speak!

  • Janice Miano
    8 years ago

    My hands and feet are always cold!

  • Janet Lacko Fagan
    8 years ago

    Me Too!

  • Erin CafeWorld Williams
    8 years ago

    WOW! I didn’t think it was connected to my migraines but I am literally sitting in my office with my floor heater on and my feet up against it! I’ve suffered from migraines for 14 years (almost half my life) and I ALWAYS have cold hands and feet! I am also ‘skinny’ or ‘lanky’ and thought it had a lot to do with my weight! Good to know I’m not the only one!

  • Mc
    6 years ago

    Oh, that’s me, too! I keep a heater under my desk at work because sometimes I get so cold I cant’ think or type and its painful, my feet especially. I take my shoes off and put my feet right up against the heater..warms me up after about 10 min..ah, bliss! My office is normal temp, of course, its just my internal temp that gets out of whack. I would be frozen and miserable the entire day if I didnt have a chance to sit with my heater now and then.

    I’ve always been very susceptible to cold..and I usually just cant warm up without some outside heat source no matter how many blankets I pile on. I used to travel for business with a heating pad, otherwise I would get frozen and then I couldnt sleep for hours and hours.

    I always thought I was just weird, but might be the migraines. I had migraines as a kid, then none for many years, then they started again as I neared menopause during the past 10 years. Never the visual aura, just nausea and head pain. I also have low blood pressure and faint easily.

  • Asha Wills
    8 years ago

    does any one know the word that describes ‘feeling cold only in the extremities (such as the hands or feet)’? I came across the word a while ago and it’s really upsetting that I can’t remember it

  • Jesse Greenawald
    8 years ago

    I have less migraines in the summer too And can’t figure out why the summer is better

  • Lori Heagle
    8 years ago

    My hands and feet are regularly cold. Never thought it was connected to having migraines. Funny though…….I have less migraines in the summer months!?

  • Dawn Franke
    8 years ago

    Me too! Interesting. Beautiful spring day, and I have the heater on under my desk.

  • David Prater
    8 years ago

    I am also sitting in my office with my floor heater on and up against my feet, I’d never considered a connection either. Interesting…

  • Maryann Boden
    8 years ago

    I have to say that my six year old daughter sounds just like you. She has been in the 95th percentile for height and the 25th percentile for weight her whole life. She has always turned purple when cold. She would get cold a lot easier and we often make her get out of the pool and warm up even when the water is in the mid to upper 80’s every 15 to 20 minutes or so. She has just started getting migraines this year. She was born with Congenital heart defects so we have consulted her cardiologist about the skin coloring and he said that he has seen a corrilation between the coloring and migraines and even said that she will most likely be a fainter when she gets older. She has not been diagnosed with Raynauds as that is not usually diagnosed until a person is in their 30’s. Her doctors so far are just saying…some kids are like this. I am hoping to have more answers soon. She had a MRI done and we will be meeting with a neurologist to talk about the findings.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I too have suffered from cold feet and hands for years and years…and think it it due to poor circulation…and it absolutely directly corresponds with my energy and balance levels.

  • themigrainegirl
    9 years ago

    Hello!, thank you for your feedback on biofeedback (har har har). I'm so happy something worked for you. Once it gets cool out again and my fingers and toes get freezing, I will have to hit you up for advice if my yoga and vests and heating pads aren't doing the job. I appreciate your reading the blog!

  • hello!
    9 years ago

    I know this comment was from awhile ago, but I also had EXTREMELY cold toes and fingers for the longest time (I am a chronic migraineur as well) and I experienced something that really helped.
    I went through biofeedback training for about 1/2 a year, and that training was essentially to relax myself enough to get my hand temperature up. I had to moniter temperature of my fingers a couple of times a day, and now I can get the temperature of my fingers up 10 degree warmer within 5 minutes.
    If anyone is interested, I can give you some more information about where I did the training. No more cold fingers and toes!

  • themigrainegirl
    9 years ago

    My yoga teacher is also cold-natured and has repeatedly told me and another friend to "keep the core warm." When I'm sitting on the couch reading, I often have a heating pad on my back or abdomen, set on low. This keeps my extremities warmer since my body's not needing to put as much effort into keeping my heart and other organs warm and active. (This is also why vests help those of us with cold hands and feet.)

  • Antagony
    10 years ago

    Yesss, can barely type right now. Migraines since I was a child, corpse hands and feet. Anemia tends to make the circulation worse. I find my extremities cannot warm themselves up, like all cold blooded creatures, they must find outside warmth… even in summer. Interesting, I did not connect these two things either. Thank you.

  • Tony
    10 years ago

    Hi, I just came across the blog and because I'm a Raynauds sufferer I had tried all sorts of aids for cold fingers and was not satisfied until I found a UK product called Heattbands which from July is now available in the US. I work with a company called Vantage Medical and they have imported HeatBands, information on which can be found here
    Also I quit smoking and that helped as well

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    …a lot of peoples symptoms seem to point to Polycythemia Vera.

    Headaches
    cold toes and fingers
    blueish color
    gout..
    check it out.

  • miallie
    10 years ago

    I get very cold fingers and toes, and was diagnosed with raynauds phenomenon. I also suffer from migraines, though not on and meds from the doctor as i've found when i get the early symptoms i can usually stop it from getting any further by taking an over the counter painkiller called 'syndol' which has a combined muscle relaxent and seems to do the job in warding the rest of an attack off.
    'Ginko bi-loba' (a Plant extract) is very good for circulation and is widely used for raynauds, I dunno if there's any contraindications with prescribed migraine meds, so check that out if you wanna give it a try- it takes a couple of months to kick in but i think it's helped me!

  • John
    10 years ago

    Like some of your other commenters, I found your blog by entering “migraine feet” into a search.

    I have always had quite cold feet and hands. I had never had migraine though.

    This year, I started to get anxiety headaches followed very soon after by what presented itself as Gout.

    I have been told now by doctors that it is just bad chilblains. i dont believe this, as it had gone on for over two months and I can still hardly walk.

    I’m very interested to hear that these two conditions may be connected. Something friends with no mrdical experience have been suggesting all along

  • themigrainegirl
    10 years ago

    Thanks for reposting that info, Camille! I doubt most of us have anything to worry about–it’s more a nuisance than anything else. I have been told that I have low (healthily low, not dangerously low) blood pressure–maybe that’s part of the reason!

  • camille
    10 years ago

    Me again…I just read this on Preventions website…maybe this will help some of us…

    “My toes and fingertips are always freezing. Should I be concerned?” –Via e-mail

    Probably not. Cold hands and feet are fairly common and, in certain cases, a sign of good health. People whose blood pressure is low but healthy often have concentrated blood flow in the torso, leaving their extremities chilly, indoors and out.

    If icy hands and feet are your only gripe, up your activity level and drink at least eight glasses of water a day to increase circulation and warmth, says Steve Rosenbaum, MD, medical director of general internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine Clinic.

    If you experience hair or memory loss, too, however, you may have hypothyroidism; numbness or tingling could signal a vitamin B12 deficiency. A simple blood test can detect either, and both are treatable. But, if frostiness is paired with pain, burning, or drastic whitening of fingers or toes, it could be an indication of peripheral vascular disease (spasm of the arteries), which is more serious; you should see your doctor ASAP.

  • Camille
    10 years ago

    OMG, I am online searching right now for causes and cures. I had Gastric Bypass surgery 2 years ago and ever since losing 140lbs, from Nov or so thru spring my fingers sometimes feel like they are going to fall off. Same with my feet. I often find myself putting my (mittened) hads under my armpits to warm them even if just for a moment. I was wondering if it had something to do with my weight loss, like vitamin dif., or poor circulation, or just that I am so skinny now….Anyone have any suggestions…..??? If I find any I will post!
    It’s just nice to see others suffer from ICE FINGERS also and that I’m not a freak…lol

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    11 years ago

    Hi Janet, Your post inspired me to post more information about Raynaud’s and Migraine on my WEGO Health blog last night. I do have fairly serious Raynaud’s issues. Not as bad as some, but bad enough that my Migraine treatments and preventives have been seriously limited. A fellow “Frosty” has been working on another article I hope will be out soon. I’ll let you know…

  • Anonymous
    11 years ago

    Cold feet and hands here too! I walk around the house with wool socks and warm slippers from September to June! My hands are always tucked in my sleeves too.

    I thought it was just an odd thing that happened me. It must have something to do with migraines.

    Stay warm!!

  • themigrainegirl
    11 years ago

    In the fall, winter, and early spring, I go to bed with my long pajama pants tucked into thick socks. Almost every evening nowadays (this is a pattern that just began in the last year or so), I end up ripping off my socks (and sometimes my pj pants) because I’m so warm. In the morning, my feet are cold again. As they are now. Brrrrr.

  • Parin Stormlaughter
    11 years ago

    Oh yes, I get cold hands, cold feet–then end of my nose gets so cold it doesn’t feel like living flesh! :p

    Right before a Migraine attack, my peripheral circulation really does weird things. My face turns pure white and my lips turn blue.

    Wonder if that has anything to do with this??

  • Mary Carol
    11 years ago

    I ain’t saying nothin’.
    Love,
    ColdFingersandToesPerson

  • themuseasylum
    11 years ago

    I do! I do! I often wear two pairs of socks and a pair of slippers, and at night, I sleep with fleece socks over my regular ones. And my hands are always cold. Especially my right hand; don’t know if that’s something unique to me or if anybody else has that. (I’m right handed, so it puzzles me that it’s the hand that’s always iciest.)

    Lindsay

  • Migraine Chick
    11 years ago

    I have the cold feet, too!

  • Emily
    11 years ago

    yes – completely yes. My husband is often shocked when my fingers or toes touch him, because they get so cold. I have no idea why – I always thought it was bad circulation, too.

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