Chills / Shivering

What Causes Chills / Shivering?

Chills / shivering can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'critical'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose chills / shivering, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "chills / shivering" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)
  • Pneumonia
  • Malaria
  • Babesiosis
  • Sepsis
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Fluorosis
  • Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
regular episodes of diarrhea
history of leg/foot cramping
recent onset nausea
severe muscle weakness
severe fatigue after slight exertion
temple-based headaches
metallic taste in mouth
high T3 free level
minor joint pain/swelling/stiffness
elevated free T4
constant fatigue
disturbed sleep
... and more than 110 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of chills / shivering:
Cause Probability Status
Malaria 92% Confirm
Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia 29% Unlikely
Babesiosis 27% Unlikely
Fluorosis 3% Ruled out
Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) 3% Ruled out
Sepsis 2% Ruled out
Hyperthyroidism 1% Ruled out
Pneumonia 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Metabolic Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about chills / shivering:
Do you sometimes experience 'chills' (sensations of cold accompanied by shivering) that can not be explained by your environment?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Occasionally
→ Often - more than once a month
→ I am experiencing chills due to a current illness
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of 'chills', occasional 'chills', frequent 'chills' or having chills from an illness, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Fluoride Toxicity

Symptoms include body temperature disturbances and cold shivers.

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