I am a heavy equipment mechanic by trade and come in contact with cold steel on a daily basis. I thought the cold steel was the problem but it is not. If I walk out to the mailbox across the front lawn for just a few seconds, my hands turn a greenish white color and become numb.
The cold only affects my hands and feet. Even in the slightest cold weather I lose the ability to use my hands and it has made it very difficult to function.
I am forty-five and this has been getting worse as the years go by. My doctor tells me to keep warm while I wonder if something else is wrong and he does not tell me.
I have learned to live with this and thought I was the only person with this problem. Even with gloves on I cannot stay out in the cold for long. I am in very good shape otherwise. I exercise daily, do not smoke and have a good diet. Other than keeping warm as the doctor told me to do, which is impossible at my job, I do not know what else to do.
When we experience snow storms I have to work outside. When there are breakdowns of the equipment I have to work outside. My boss thinks I am making excuses. It is hard to convince people who do not have this problem that it is real and has an effect on people.
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