What Causes Muscle Weakness In Cold Weather?
Muscle weakness 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 weakness 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 weakness in cold weather" as a symptom. Here are two possibilities:
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Multiple Sclerosis
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:
occasional involuntary eye movement
low lymphocyte count
gradual decline in speaking ability
minor cold weather muscle spasms
increased emotional instability
inability to tell hot from cold
being blind or nearly blind
poor bodily coordination
... and so on
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of muscle weakness 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.
Do you experience increased muscle weakness in cold weather?
→ 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 weakness, minor cold weather muscle weakness, cold weather muscle weakness or severe cold weather muscle weakness, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
|Very cold (or very hot) weather may increase weakness in myasthenia gravis patients.|