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Could it be possible that my symptoms are menopausal? l know that hot flushes are common and I assume that it is some kind of imbalance that causes disruption to the body's temperature control. My issue is the reverse - a cold nose.

I have been suffering from a freezing cold nose since June. It happens every day about 8 - 10 times a day and each episode lasts up to an hour. My nose then gradually warms up and when it does it feels burnt. After about 15 mins or so it goes cold again! This is not just a chilly nose, I feel as if my nose is in a deep freeze. It is painful and debilitating. I spend my days walking around with my hands cupping my nose or with a heated wheatgerm bag held up against it to get some respite. Although these things work, the minute I remove them it goes cold again. There have been two days since this began that I haven't had this problem and on those days the temperature reached 90 degrees.

My GP had never heard of this and referred me to an ear nose and throat specialist who also had no answers. I had an MRI brain scan which came back normal. I was then referred to a neurologist who conducted tests and drew a blank. He also said that he had not heard of this before. He spoke to a gynaecologist (I am 56 and just going through the menopause) who was also baffled. The neurologist has now suggested that I maybe see a rheumatologist to see if there is a connection with Raynauds phenomenon though my hands, feet and ears are not affected and so he doubts this. Failing this, maybe acupuncture.

I really feel that they are giving up on me because they have no answers but this is unbearable for me and I can't believe that I am the only person who has ever suffered with this even though I have searched the Internet to no avail.

One final thing: my nose doesn't change colour at all - it's always a normal colour. And it feels as cold to touch too.

I would be so grateful if anybody could offer any serious suggestions.

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replied October 19th, 2011
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Hi Nanto5 and welcome to ehealth: I, too, doubt that this is due to Menopause...However, I do know that we women let our mind play tricks on us...My best advice is to try and forget about it...Pretend it isn't there...If it keeps bothering you, then go to the specialist like your doctor suggests...Take care...

Caroline
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replied September 19th, 2012
After reading this entire forum I would like to add my history of cold nose. I am 49 years old. I had a hysterectomy when I was 33. I have been taking HRT for 16 years. The first six years was pills. The last 10 years has been the bio-identical pellet implants. These implants last about 5 months. If I go 1 month or longer between implants I get the cold nose at night. It is painful and other people can touch my nose and they are surprised at how cold it is. This goes away when I get my implants. I also suffer from migraines and bruising when I don't have my implants. I absolutely believe that this is hormone related. I am a month late on my implants. I am sitting here holding my cold nose now.
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replied March 1st, 2013
Hi, we not only share a cold nose but we also share a name......looks like yours is spelled Fay and mine is Faye lol....Do you feel HRT is something most post menopausal women should take or does it vary from woman to woman? I just noticed in the last 4 days that I have a lot of symptoms of going through menopause. I have in the past several years had hot flashes off and on but the last 4 days have had them off and on throughout the day and night. Let me know if you have any recomendations for me....from one Fay to another Faye!!!! wave
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replied October 20th, 2011
Could my freezing cold nose be symptomatic of the menopause?
Thank you Caroline for your reply. I really appreciate your comments, however this is most definitely not my mind playing tricks on me. My nose actually feels extremely cold to touch as well as cold to me.

It is difficult to forget about something that affects one constantly.

I think the rheumatologist is my next port of call, even if only for the purpose of elimination.

Regards
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replied October 24th, 2011
Cold nose
Hello, i know exactly how you feel. I've
been having very similar problems for over a year. At first I thought I had poor circulation so i tried exercise and cold showers but nothing seemed to help. My doctor doesn't take me seriously although she did prescribe some nifedipine (a drug used by Raynauds suferers) which has eased it slightly. I'm 45 so I have asked whether it could be the menopause but she doubts it. Every search i try seems to lead to a thyroid problem but apparently my thyroid test came back normal and as I'm far from over weight she won't investigate this avenue further. I do feel my nose goes pink although everyone tells me it looks fine. I'm at my witts end, I also spend a lot of time trying to warm my nose in some way, someone once asked me if I thought they smelt because I was covering my nose with my jumper. It certainly isn't my mind playing tricks on me!
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replied October 24th, 2011
Hi there

I hate to say this to you but I can't tell you how delighted I am that at last I have found someone suffering from the same thing as me. I'm sure you felt the same!

I too have had a normal thyroid test come back and like you am normal weight for my height. Nobody even suggested to me that it might be a thyroid issue. The test was just done along with a battery of other tests on my blood.

I am waiting for an appointment with a neurologist at the moment and am not on any medication at all.

As I heard your email ping through I was sitting in my lounge with a heated herbal bag on my nose - honestly!

I'm sure to most people this sounds just an inconvenience but as you know, it is so much more than that. From the minute I open my eyes in the morning until the time I go to sleep I suffer with this, and it really is debilitating.

How long have you had it and have you found anything at all that gives you some respite?

Please keep me informed of any progress you might have and I'll do the same.

Elaine
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replied November 26th, 2012
I know what everyone's going through. Absolutely freezing nose. I watch TV at night and fall asleep with my hand holding my nose. My husband says it feels like an ice cube to the touch. Here's a tip: breathe in through your mouth and out through your nose while covering your nose (with hand, blanket, etc.) After a while, you should feel your nose warming a bit. Even though it only helps temporarily, I find it's still worth it. At least it helps me fall asleep at night.
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replied October 25th, 2011
Oh don't worry, I know how you feel, it can be very lonely when you think you're suffering alone.
I first noticed it about a year ago,I did some investigations and decided it was possibly due to poor circulation so I took up running and !**@! the shower from hot to cold several times to try to give it a boost. Neither seemed to help.
Earlier this year I started to notice other symptoms such as muscle cramps and small bruises which although they were mild were worrying so I decided to see my doctor. She did lots of blood tests which all came back normal.She said it was probably just one of those things that might never be solved.
I then did some more investigation myself and found out that all my ailments are symptoms of an underactive thyroid. So I went back to the doctor feeling quite excited about it but she said she'd tested my thyroid and it was normal and that I wasn't a typical candidate for that anyway. I felt so deflated that I burst into tears so now she thinks I have depression!
My Doctor thinks I have a problem with circulation but doesn't seem to think I should be worried about it. I can live with the odd muscle cramp and bruises but the cold nose is quite another matter.
The tablets I take are called Nifedipine (or Adalat is the brand name). I have to say they have made a difference, my nose is still cold but not as cold as it was before. I do feel its only masking the problem though and I still would like to find out whats causing it.
Do you have any other symptoms or is it just your nose?
I would be really interested to know what the neurologist thinks.
Katie
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replied October 26th, 2011
Could my freezing cold nose be symptomatic of the menopause?
Hi Katie,
Thanks for getting back to me.
No I have no other symptoms at all. Once I've seen the neurologist, if I have no joy I'll try acupuncture. As much as I really want to know what's causing this, I'll settle for a treatment that will stop the coldness, though I totally understand your comments about the medication you've been given masking the problem. I might ask a few more questions about the possibility of a link to a thyroid issue though.
I'll keep in touch via this forum and let you know how I get on.
Elaine
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replied January 3rd, 2012
Hi Katie

Thought I'd update you on what's been happening since we last spoke. I have seen a rheumatologist who did various tests and was sympathetic but offered no positive solution or explanation. He said that he doubted very much if my symptoms were of Raynauds phenomenon. He could find no diagnosis and said that ultimately this has to go in the book of 'undiagnosed cases'. I'm sure he meant well but in the meantime I am left with exactly the same problem - daily.

I tried to explain to him that my nose feels inside, exactly how your mouth feels when you eat an extra, extra strong mint. My nose to touch is like a lump of ice. He had nothing new to offer. No answers.


In December, my husband and I went on holiday to New York where the weather was cold - and so was my nose! We flew on from there to Florida for 2 weeks where the temperature was in the 80's and my nose remained......cold! It's absurd!!


Nothing has changed. I have just started taking HRT for my menopause symptoms so if that has any effect I'll let you know but I very much doubt it.

Sorry that I'm not the bearer of good news but if things change for you and you think you find a treatment that works, please, please let me know.

Kind regards

Elaine
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replied January 3rd, 2012
Hi Elaine,

Thanks for getting back to me, just sorry you're no further forward. I had an appointment with an Ear, Nose and throat specialist but it was cancelled and they haven't sent another yet.

I'm seeing my GP again this week as I have developed new symptoms and existing ones are getting worse and when I investigate them I'm always led to Thyroid.
I have very painful joints in my feet, a stiff neck and my eyes are constantly sore and dry to name but a few.

I doubt she'll like the fact I've been reading up on it but what else am I supposed to do when no one seems to want to help me. I've started seeing another GP at my practice who is very sympathetic but doesn't really know what to do with me.

I've heard that Thyroid problems are hard to diagnose and routine blood tests often come back normal so I'm going to have to be tough and demand further tests.
I'll let you know if I get anywhwere with it.

Katie
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replied January 21st, 2012
cold nose syndrome...if there is one!
Hi guys,
Guess what...my nose gets freezing cold too and is very uncomfortable. I am just starting to get menopause symptoms and I am sure it is all related as I am not unwell otherwise.
No matter how much I wrap up and how warm I am, my nose remains burning cold.
Wierd!
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replied January 21st, 2012
Hi there

Thanks for your contribution to this post. As I said to Katie in one of my earlier posts, as much as it sounds awful for me to say it, I am so pleased not to be alone in this, though I wouldn't really wish it on anybody.

I'm just sorry not to be able to offer the slightest news of an answer but hopefully, the more people affected by this, the more GP's and specialists will be consulted and maybe, just maybe, one will come up with a solution or explanation.

Please keep me informed.

Best wishes

Elaine
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replied October 20th, 2012
Freezing nose and sore jaw.
Hi
My nose was so cold last night I am sure there was ice on it. I'm warm and comfy in bed but my nose can't get warm. I am fifty so I don't know why this is. I have just been diagnosed with cancer so I was thinking maybe its related.i don't know. I also have like pain in my teeth on one side. The dentist fixed a moler said it was. Fractured but been back twice to see him. It's a constant ache and my nose is freezing...I guess we are not alone.
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replied March 1st, 2013
Hi everyone..I have the same problem...my nose is always freezing and not only that...my feet get real cold and then 20 minutes later they are burning up, especially on the very bottom of them....for the last 4 days I have been having hot flashes like crazy and I get lightheadedness tooo....I am 56 and have had hot flashes off and on for a few years now but the last 4 days I have them very often.....I do believe I am finally going through menopause finally and yes, my nose has been freezing lately....glad I'm not alone here......anybody taking any over the counter help for menopause? If so, what do you recomend? Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.......
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replied January 22nd, 2012
I agree, although I wouldn't wish this on anyone it is good to know I'm not totally alone with it.

Menopause certainly seems to be a common denominator here. I'm 45 so quite young yet but both my mum and sister started going through it in their mid 40's so it is a possibility.

My Thyroid test again came back normal so I'm no further forward. Although I've heard that Thyroid problems can take years to diagnose I'm not willing to spend the next 10 years obsessing about it so I shall plod on and hope that someone finds an answer soon.

It would be useful for all of us if we stay in touch and share any information we can find out.

Katie
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replied February 2nd, 2012
Cold nose too!
What a great group. No, it's not in your head. I have it too. When I'm at home, I ask my husband to touch my nose and voila! It is cold! I think it's menopausal, which means its not interesting = silly woman is making things up.
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replied February 2nd, 2012
Hi

I know exactly what you mean. As I have said before, nobody seems to take this seriously.

I have been taking HRT now for 6 weeks and it has been fabulous for my hot flushes and has halted my hairloss (which was my main reason for taking it) but has done nothing to alleviate my cold nose symptoms. It doesn't stop me from believing that there is a possible link to the menopause though. It just seems really strange that I should be affected by something like this at the same time as menopause symptoms appearing.

Good luck

Elaine
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replied February 11th, 2012
I too experience the ice cold nose. I especially experience when relaxed or sleeping. Sometimes it is so cold and uncomfortable it wakes me up or keeps me from going to sleep. Sometimes I experience the same with my feet. Don't know about menopause, had full hysterectomy 11 years ago.
Should someone find an answer to what this is or how to help, I'd appreciate it.
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replied March 3rd, 2012
Cold nose
It's nice to find others with the same symptoms. About four months ago my annual blood test came back with extremely low iron - 7 (should be in the 40's where it was the previous year). Episodes of an almost painfully cold nose, hair loss, very tired and my thyroid test came back normal. Going back to check my iron after 100 days on iron supplements, I'm 130lbs 5'2" and walk my dogs 2.5 km every day! The worse part of all of this is knowing something isn't right but no-one can tell me what's wrong! I'm 40 so it's possible I'm starting menopause but hoe likely? I hope everyone here finds an answer and a remedy!
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replied March 4th, 2012
Hi Hollyjack

Welcome to what seems to be a very small and almost inconsequential group of people suffering these strange but very relevant symptoms.

I was really interested to read that you are also suffering hairloss. When I first noticed my hairloss, I had an iron level reading of 14, so not as low as yours. I was told that for optimum hair health, the level should be 70 (although a trichologist has since said that is the absolute base level and in reality it should be much higher). I took the recommended iron supplements for 6 months and was re-tested. My level after 6 months was 27 so not that much of an improvement. It was at this stage that my cold nose symptoms started. My GP told me to stop taking the iron.

As I said in an earlier post, the HRT has definitely helped with the hairloss and I am certainly not shedding so much now but of course the damage is done and my hair is much thinner at the front now. I am convinced that there is a connection between my cold nose and the other symptoms. You seem to be the first person I have heard of, that is suffering the cold nose and hairloss too.

I am quite late to be going through the menopause because I am 56 (though a young, fit 56). I am 5'4" and weigh 9st 5lbs and walk regularly. I wonder if there is a link between low iron levels and the cold nose syndrome.
Thanks for your response. Please keep me informed.
Elaine
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replied March 31st, 2012
RE: Cold nose + extremities
Hallo. I came here because over the past 2 nights my nose and hands have been freezing, and that makes the rest of me really cold. I even got under the covers for an hour and that didn't help much. I am on my second small nip of brandy (3-5 sips) which helps me warm up a bit. The reason I am commenting is that this happens occasionally to be in colder weather, and near my period. I think it is due to slight changes in my biochemistry - which is also likely what may be happening as a symptom of perimenopause. PM can take several years to evolve and pass into menopause, so it may be possible that your body will recalibate eventually, and even monthly after your period. Good luck. Brrrrrr!!!
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replied April 1st, 2012
Hi there
Thank you for your contribution to my posts. I still think that my symptoms are menopausal though it is only my nose that is affected and I suffer every single day whether the weather is freezing cold or boiling hot.
I'm so looking forward to the day that these unpleasant symptoms end. Good luck with yours.
Regards
Elaine
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replied October 23rd, 2012
I am 47 and therefore perimenopausal. Have had lots of what I believe are hormone related symptoms and yes, one of these is the cold nose. It comes and goes whatever the temp.
Hope this helps.
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replied April 13th, 2012
Cold nose
Hi everyone!
For the past year I have had a ice cold nose that starts in the evenings around 8:00 when I sit down and relax, like clockwork. When I go to bed I put my nose under the covers to try to warm it but it does not work. Not sure how long it stays cold but when I wake I the cold feeling is gone. I am 40 and was thinking circulation or menopause. Although rarely I have cold feet or hands, not sure it would be circulation. Its just my nose! I hate the feeling! Does anyone else have a history of migraine headaches? Trying to connect the dots....
Julie
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replied October 23rd, 2012
cold nose and migraines.
Yea I have get migraines..although pleased to say not as regular as 10 years ago. I have a cold nose regurlarly. Under the sheets and blankets at night, but still cold...weird.
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replied November 11th, 2012
Cold nose
Well I am joining the group. I am 69 and the menopause has been gone for years so its not that. I have had a cold nose for over 2 years, its cold all day and when I go to bed at night I have very warm hands so I cover my face with my hand to warm my nose. I wake up about 2 hours being in bed with a real bad headache (like migraines) mostly all to my left side which gives me an earache on top of that. I never get a full night sleep and have to take Advils and sometimes warm up a herbal bag to put on my forehead and ear until the pain goes away. I have had CatScan and Xrays and nothing is wrong. I'm in perfect health, no problems except for arthritis in my knees which I manage very well. My doctor seems to think its all coming from a bad circulation (don't know exactly what he called it) but he put me on ELAVIL 10mg. Apparently these pills are for migraines, depression etc... and sometimes are prescribed to kids. He said not to worry about taking them every day they will not harm me. Well, after being prescribed these I took them every day for 2 weeks and NEVER had one headache (don't remember about the nose). Then I stopped and felt fine for a long time and now its starting again so I guess I will go back on them. I just don't like taking pills except for vitamins. Oh yeah, when I get those awful headaches I also use NASONEX nasal spray.

It's no fun having a cold nose, in my case I was telling my husband I feel like my sinus is froze also.

I sure hope my little speech will clear some of your questions and maybe you will find a solution for your problem.

Hope to hear some comments on this. Good Luck!
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replied April 15th, 2012
Cold Nose
Hi everyone
I also have had a cold nose for about a year now and cramps in my legs expecially at night. I have always had cold hands and feet and hoped that the with the menopause I would at the very least be warmer. I also have always suffered from migraines but other than that I am a really healthy. I am 50yrs, 5'6 and weigh about 9.5 stone. Something positive - migraines are supposed to improve with the menopause but I did not expect to be wrapped up in blankets in the evening with my nose tucked underneath trying to warm it!

Sue
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replied April 16th, 2012
Hi
It's strange but, like Jjaakk, the one thing I can be sure of, is that no matter what time of day my nose is cold (and there is no particular time - it happens randomly and regularly), it is ALWAYS cold in the evenings when I am relaxing and when I wake in the morning it is always normal! I don't suffer from migraines though. Sorry, but for me, there isnt a link with migraines.
Regards
Elaine
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replied May 8th, 2012
Hi all, it's good to see others on here with the same complaint. I am 52 yrs old & had a hysterectomy 2 yrs ago, which has obviously put me into a full blown menopause (both ovaries removed)I woke again this morning with a freezing cold nose but it isn't only the mornings. I very often wear a scarf around my nose & mouth when indoors, just to get some relief. I also get headaches too & wondered if it was anything to do with sinuses?

Cath Smile
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replied May 12th, 2012
Hi Everyone ~ Like most other 'cold nose sufferers' on here, I've found this thread after trying to research my cold nose online this evening. I'm 45, fit and healthy, not experiencing the menopause yet, but have been suffering for weeks with frequent cold/sore nose. its always been the part of my body that felt coldest first, but lately its on hot days, in warm places, even in bed. i walk round with a scarf over my nose sometimes, and also get hubby to feel my nose constantly just to reassure myself i'm not imaging it. I've also noticed a variety of little pimples starting around the side of my nose, almost like teeny cold sores, wondered if i'm just run down, or its an age thing. my feet are always hot though ... its crazy .. i lie in bed with my feel dangling out of the covers, but with the duvet over my face .. what a sight .. hehehe. nice to share my concern with fellow icy noses. xx
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