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.

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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 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:
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • High Histamine
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Adrenal Fatigue

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:
frequent unexplained nausea
often/always feeling unusually cold
suspected adrenal insufficiency
being a motivated person
being in late pregnancy
much reduced sense of smell
sugar/sweet craving
moderate unexplained weight loss
occasional runny nose
recent breastfeeding
prednisone use
significant red blood in stools
... 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
High Histamine 98% Confirm
Adrenal Fatigue 65% Possible
Iron Deficiency Anemia 30% Unlikely
Epstein-Barr Virus 0% Ruled out
Hypothyroidism 0% Ruled out
Seasonal Affective Disorder 0% 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:
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