Spinal Cord Injury ~ Why Do We Get So Cold?

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Why do those of us with spinal cord injuries get so cold so quickly? Why does it take us hours – literally – to get warm again? Why do we get so hot and cannot cool down? Why do our legs feel like ice cubes?

Did you know that the”thermostat” of our bodies is controlled through our spinal cords? Watch this video to hear more about it!

Thank you SO much for watching, caring and sharing!


See other videos in this series:

Video 1 – Incomplete or Complete?
Video 2 – Nerve Pain!
Video 3 – Muscle Atrophy

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6 thoughts on “Spinal Cord Injury ~ Why Do We Get So Cold?

  1. Pingback: Spinal Cord Injury ~ What Are Spasms? | alicia reagan

  2. Thank you so much for this. I am struggling with it, even though my country isn’t cold and it’s quite warm, but it’s the places I go to, almost everywhere – In a workplace, a mall, a restaurant, a friend’s place or even in the car. Everywhere that’s basically air conditioned, I’d start shivering like it’s snowing and at the same time, I also sweat. A lot. That worsens the situation. Why does this happen? I’ve been trying to put on extra layers, but the sweating really doesn’t come along. It’s such a painful thing to have to live with. It’s like the only place I’m okay is in my room, or just outside in the sun to get warmed up. I can’t go anywhere without going through all of that!

  3. Thank you so much for this. I am struggling with it, even though my country isn’t cold and it’s quite warm, but it’s the places I go to, almost everywhere – In a workplace, a mall, a restaurant, a friend’s place or even in the car. Everywhere that’s basically air conditioned, I’d start shivering like it’s snowing and at the same time, I also sweat. A lot. That worsens the situation. Why does this happen? I’ve been trying to put on extra layers, but the sweating really doesn’t come along. It’s such a painful thing to have to live with. It’s like the only place I’m okay is in my room, or just outside in the sun to get warmed up. I can’t go anywhere without going through all of that!

    • Getting so cold could trigger autonomic dysreflexia which can then make you sweat. Sometimes, it is a toss up! Layers that you can take on or off, a blanket or something warm for your lower, less circulated body helps me at times. Also, if you can put your feet up to help the warm blood start flowing that is very helpful. I’m sorry and hope your body balances out!

  4. I had figured out being cold while sitting during the day, but never thought about that leading to me being cold when I first lay down at night. Wow! Thanks for that!

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