Chills / Shivering

What Causes Chills / Shivering?

Chills / shivering can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'critical'.  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 chills / shivering, 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 "chills / shivering" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)
  • Pneumonia
  • Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
  • Leukemia
  • Babesiosis
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Fluorosis
  • Malaria

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:
constant thirst
high T3 free level
having a CFS diagnosis
minor joint pain/swelling/stiffness
non-specific arm pain
morning stiffness without pain
frequent episodes of diarrhea
frequent morning stiffness
strong-smelling urine
night sweats
major fatigue for over 12 months
blue/bluish fingernails
... and more than 120 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of chills / shivering:
Cause Probability Status
Fluorosis 96% Confirm
Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia 24% Unlikely
Pneumonia 23% Unlikely
Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) 0% Ruled out
Malaria 0% Ruled out
Hyperthyroidism 0% Ruled out
Babesiosis 0% Ruled out
Leukemia 0% 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.

In the Metabolic Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about chills / shivering:
Do you sometimes experience 'chills' (sensations of cold accompanied by shivering) that can not be explained by your environment?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Occasionally
→ Often - more than once a month
→ I am experiencing chills due to a current illness
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of 'chills', occasional 'chills', frequent 'chills' or having chills from an illness, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Dehydration

Water stores heat.  Loss of water (dehydration) decreases the body's ability to regulate its temperature, which may lead to chills or shivering.

Fluoride Toxicity

Symptoms include body temperature disturbances and cold shivers.

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