Your Reaction To Cold Temperatures

What Causes Cold Intolerance?

Cold intolerance can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose cold intolerance, 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 "cold intolerance" as a symptom.  Here are six possibilities:
  • High Histamine
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Hypothyroidism

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:
pain when breathing
hyperthyroidism in family members
recent body hair loss
hypoglycemia
history of adult allergies
frequent confusion/disorientation
having trouble concentrating
brittle hair
slender fingers and toes
coffee consumption
frequent dieting
history of tender muscles
... and more than 130 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of cold intolerance:
Cause Probability Status
Hypothyroidism 91% Confirm
Adrenal Fatigue 71% Possible
Epstein-Barr Virus 27% Unlikely
High Histamine 2% Ruled out
Seasonal Affective Disorder 1% Ruled out
Iron Deficiency Anemia 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 Environmental Risk Factors section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about your reaction to cold temperatures:
How does cold weather affect you in general?
Possible responses:
→ I can't take the cold well
→ It makes little difference / I'm fine / don't know
→ I enjoy cold weather, find it invigorating
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either poor cold weather tolerance or good cold weather tolerance, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
... and also rule out issues such as: