What Causes Muscle Tightness/Spasms In Cold Weather?
Muscle tightness/spasms in cold weather can have various causes, just like most other symptoms. 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 muscle tightness/spasms in cold weather, 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 "muscle tightness/spasms in cold weather" as a symptom. Here are two possibilities:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
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:
multiple sclerosis in remission
severe muscle weakness
severe muscle cramps/twitching
specific muscle weakness
poor bodily coordination
inability to tell hot from cold
severe fatigue after slight exertion
... and more than 10 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of muscle tightness/spasms in cold weather:
* 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.
Does cold weather cause increased muscle tightness or spasms?
→ Don't know
→ Yes, occasionally / slightly
→ Yes, regularly / definitely
→ Yes, frequently / severely
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no cold weather muscle spasms, minor cold weather muscle spasms or severe cold weather muscle spasms, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
|Very cold temperatures, or changes in temperature, can cause MS symptom flare-ups, in particular spasticity.|Muscular Dystrophy
|Paramyotonia congenita sufferers find that muscle stiffness may be made worse by exercise, especially in cold weather.|