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.
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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 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
- Drug Side-Effects
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome
- Chronic Infection
- Anorexia/Starvation Tendency
- Panic Attacks
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:
minor nail biting
shortness of breath when at rest
not feeling injuries
strictly controlled emotions
major fatigue for 3-12 months
regular episodes of diarrhea
moderate unexplained weight loss
fatigue for over 3 months
heaviness of the legs
... and more than 60 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:
* 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.
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:
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