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After I eat, I get very cold with chills. What could cause

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After I eat, I get very cold with chills. What could cause this?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Cameron replied 8 years ago.
How old are you?
Any other medical problems?
What do you eat when this happens?
Do you feel your heart racing?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.

It doesn't matter what time of the day or what food, about 20 minutes after I eat, I freeze. My aunt pointed it out to me about 20 years ago. We were driving across coutntry and she noticed that no matter what the temperature was (cool, warm, hot) when we would stop to eat I would be comfortable going in before the meal and about 15-20 minutes later I would be freezing. She said that she thought that was odd because food is fuel for your body and if anything, I should warm up after eating.

Here I am 20 years later (47) and to this day it happens after most meals.



PS Otherwise healthy.

Expert:  Dr. Cameron replied 8 years ago.
Do you get any palpitations?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.

No, not at all. Just very cold.

Expert:  Dr. Cameron replied 8 years ago.
Well, it is possible that you are getting cold because the blood that you have in your peripheral blood vessels (legs, arms, etc.) gets diverted to the gastrointestinal organs while eating. This enables the nutrients to get into the blood stream and feed the body. You might just have an exaggerated response to this normal physiological occurrance. I wouldn't worry about it.

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