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)
- Epstein-Barr Virus
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:
edema of the hands
frequent swollen cervical nodes
chronic dry cough
severe diffuse bone pain
high sensitivity to bright light
loss of appetite
recent onset nausea
unexplained high fevers
history of migraine headaches
frequent sore throats
regular runny nose
... and more than 110 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:
|Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)
* 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 chills / shivering:
Do you sometimes experience 'chills' (sensations of cold accompanied by shivering) that can not be explained by your environment?
→ Don't know
→ 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:
Water stores heat. Loss of water (dehydration) decreases the body's ability to regulate its temperature, which may lead to chills or shivering.
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