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:
  • High Histamine
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Hypothyroidism

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:
frequent confusion/disorientation
major fatigue for 3-12 months
poor mental clarity
frequent infections
dizziness when standing up
somewhat disturbed sleep
major unexplained weight loss
brittle hair
low tolerance for pain
weak appetite
premenstrual bloating/weight gain
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
Hypothyroidism 91% Confirm
Seasonal Affective Disorder 71% Possible
Epstein-Barr Virus 27% Unlikely
High Histamine 2% Ruled out
Adrenal Fatigue 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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