Your Reaction To Cold Temperatures

What Causes Cold Intolerance?

Cold intolerance can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' 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 cold intolerance, 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 "cold intolerance" as a symptom.  Here are six possibilities:
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Hypothyroidism
  • High Histamine
  • Adrenal Fatigue

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:
increased emotional instability
poor concentration during cycle
occasional rashes
sugar/sweet craving
being a motivated person
high sensitivity to bright light
male characteristics
multiple swollen cervical nodes
seasonal affective disorder
inability to work under pressure
having trouble concentrating
history of shingles
... and more than 130 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of cold intolerance:
Cause Probability Status
Adrenal Fatigue 92% Confirm
Hypothyroidism 59% Possible
Seasonal Affective Disorder 17% Unlikely
High Histamine 3% Ruled out
Epstein-Barr Virus 1% Ruled out
Iron Deficiency Anemia 1% 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 Environmental Risk Factors section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about your reaction to cold temperatures:
How does cold weather affect you in general?
Possible responses:
→ I can't take the cold well
→ It makes little difference / I'm fine / don't know
→ I enjoy cold weather, find it invigorating
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either poor cold weather tolerance or good cold weather tolerance, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
... and also rule out issues such as:
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