What Causes Feeling Cold?
Feeling cold can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'life-threatening'. 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 feeling cold, 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 "feeling cold" as a symptom. Here are eight of many possibilities (more below
- Chronic Infection
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Drug Side-Effects
- Anorexia/Starvation Tendency
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 feelings of insecurity
rapid pulse rate
highly elevated lymphocyte count
unexplained missed periods
depression with anxiety
antianxiety drug use
minor nail biting
having elevated melatonin levels
very angry/hostile disposition
... and more than 50 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of feeling cold:
|Seasonal Affective Disorder
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
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 feeling cold for no reason:
How often do you feel cold for no apparent reason? This question refers to your whole body, not just hands and feet.
→ Don't know / hands and feet only
→ Never / less than once a year
→ Occasionally - several times a year
→ Regularly - several times a month
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate not feeling unusually cold, occasionally feeling unusually cold, regularly feeling unusually cold or often/always feeling unusually cold, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
(Prescription) Drug Side-Effects
|Certain medications – such as those prescribed for hypertension, angina, or migraine – can cause feelings of being cold because beta blockers may reduce the circulation in the extremities while increasing blood circulation to the heart.|Anorexia / Starvation Tendency
|Underweight people often feel cold due to having less fat and muscle mass. Body fat acts as insulation to keep the body warm; muscle activity generates heat.|Diabetes Type II
|The coldness caused by diabetic hypoglycemia is usually accompanied by weakness and, in severe cases, disorientation and fainting.|Underconsumption
|As a result of fasting, skipping meals or eating too little, the body will try to conserve energy by producing less body heat, thus reducing your body temperature.|
... and also rule out issues such as: