You describe me exactly, Leslie,
It is so weird. Way worse than post menopausal hot flashes ever were.
Usually my feet are ice cold, and then I can be sort of main body hot, but superficial cold with goosebumps.
It is the AN. My husband tries to give me the entire neurological biochemical explanation, but it won't help change anything.
At least he now understands that it's not 'all in my mind' or 'she's just exaggerating for attention'.
I don't spend ANY time outside now that's it's so terribly hot and humid. Just to and from the car. I change the thermostat in the house many times a day. Some times I can't get cool enough in the car, and other times I have to shut all the vents that are blowing on me. Only to discover that my husband's vent is coming in my direction (it's a new car, and he didn't realize that when it didn't blow on him, it blew right on me!).
We went star watching at a marvelous observatory in the mountains before we left Texas. It was gorgeous and I was dressed warmly enough, but my hands and my face became agonizingly cold. The bones in my face were aching, and I had to leave half way through.
Also I have terrible DDD (degenerative disk disease) in my cervical spine (neck) and all that craning backwards created a terrible headache.
But you know, I don't feel sorry for myself when I have to leave, I'm quite relieved and just drink cocoa and think my thoughts!
I think part of that is being 68 and having really had am amazingly full life, getting everything I've ever truly wanted, so I'm willing to let things go now. That's rather peaceful, actually.
Having my husband finally understand and accept that this is happening, really happening to me and that I just will do what I can and no more, has really eased my stress, as well.
I don't think there is any solution to the poor temperature regulation, unfortunately.
Anyone have any ideas?