Inability To Tell Hot From Cold

What Causes Inability To Feel Temperature?

Inability to feel temperature can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' 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 inability to feel temperature, 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 "inability to feel temperature" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Neuritis/Neuropathy

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:
recent onset fatigue
slight voice change
loss of sense of touch
reduced sense of smell
involuntary eye movement
specific muscle weakness
recent loss of sense of touch
severe muscle weakness
regular odd skin sensations
being blind or nearly blind
poor bodily coordination
some loss of muscle tone
... and more than 20 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of inability to feel temperature:
Cause Probability Status
Guillain-Barre Syndrome 96% Confirm
Multiple Sclerosis 29% Unlikely
Neuritis/Neuropathy 4% 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.

If you indicate unusual skin sensations, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you have difficulty in telling (feeling) the difference between hot and cold?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ A little difficulty / sometimes
→ Definitely / always
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either being able to tell hot from cold or inability to tell hot from cold, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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