I get these unexplained chills all the time, where im freezing cold with goose bumps all over my body. They hurt and I can barely walk they are so bad sometimes. I check my temp when I get these episodes and its perfectly normal. I do not have a infection or am not sick. Im not even in a cold environment. Everyone around me is not cold. Its the weirdest thing, and I cant find a answer for it. Its like my body is messed up and sending these chills for no reason. Please help.
I have begun experiencing chilling at night, it wakes me up and lasts at least a half hour. Blood pressure goes up-no surprise, because it's upsetting. I'm 75 years old and it's new to me. Reading other notes on this site I've seen the possibility of nerve damage caused by taking the antibiotic Cipro, which I did late last year. Also low-dose aspiring which I take every day because of atherosclerosis and a 35-year history of cardiovascular problems. I also get an drip infusion of Remicade for Psoriatic arthritis every six weeks.
I'll take it up with my medical people and see if anything turns up.
I also have episodes with chills, they suddenly come on and i am completely debilitated, have to go to bed, chattering, can't even get up to put a pair of socks on. the episodes have been going on for about 4 years and are really bad, last about 2-3 hours, when i feel better, by evening i fall into a deep sleep and wake up ok next day. i thought these episodes could be panic attacks, but i have absolutely no anxious thoughts etc. I also have headache and nausea when these attacks strike. the only thing that i have been able to identify is possible chill eg getting out of bath/not drying hair and possible dehydration too. like everyone else here i would like some diagnosis as the episodes are really seriously debilitating and can strike anytime.
I am not sure how long this has been going on but I experience extreme chills every evening. Last night it was so bad I grabbed a blanket, turned the heat up, put it on emergency heat, and laid over the vent for almost a couple of hours to attempt to get warm. I have extremely painful joint and muscles aches. I had a bad fall several years ago and have had pain since but this has grown in intensity. The joint aches have got to the point of not being able to tolerate it. The chills already started this evening...my laptop is helping me get some warmth right now I am not sure what to do at this point. Quite a few tests have been done including checking for metapause or peri-metapause...thyroid...and others...all come up ok. I feel everyones agony for sure. And as the chills come on every evening, the aches are severe to the point I can barely walk. Wish we could all get answers to tell us exactly what it is....until then we research and become our own personal doctors. Luckily I have a doctor I can ask to do blood work if I need to get something else checked. So I see a couple of things I need them to check for now.
I am grateful to all of you who have shared your experiences. The chills just started for me about a month ago. My chills mostly come in the night, and get worse with the lack of sleep, but the onset seems to happen within 30 minutes of me eating. My tremors start at my waist and radiate down both legs. Tonight was the first night I timed how long this went on and I had the chills for about 30 minutes; subsided and then went for another 30 min; subsided again, and continued for about 3 hours.I too have had my blood work done and all is well. I am in pretty good health and 46. I have controlled BP taking triamterene 37.5mg/HCTZ 25 mg daily. I will be looking at my potassium closer. Nothing has changed in my life dramatically, or otherwise, over the past 5+ yrs. This is all a mystery to me. I too, will keep posting, should I find any answers. May God bless each of us as we walk this test.
I went to the doctor after dealing with these uncontrolable , crippling chills only to find out its simple...everyone breath!!! The doctor says its low iron. People have these symptoms and unexplained symptoms due to the little things such as not having enough iron in our diets, lack of sleep and also just not feeding our bodies at all.try iron pills and see if the problem goes away...its not easy for a doctor to test due to the fact our iron level can rise and drop and unless u have a doctor as a spouse then good luck having the test ran during an episode....gl to all!
It seems like this blog has not been updated for a while, but I am so happy to have stumbled upon it. 3 years ago, I contract a UTI that would not go away. Since I have been treated repeatedly with antibiotics and seem finally to have gotten that under control but since then have had a slew of other infections all that have been treated with antibiotics many of which now no longer work on me. 2 years ago, after the (then) most recent round of UTI; s I also developed allergies (first time) and then a severe sinus infection, during which I had my first round of bone chilling chills (w/o fever). Since they have discovered that my Chronic UTIs may not have been UTI's and that my sinus infection may not have been that either, but they cannot figure out what I have. I am so frustrated! So here are my symptoms (which seem to be common ones on this board). I have bone chilling chills every afternoon around 3-6 (at times the only way I can eliminate them is to get in a scalding hot tub for 3-5 hours to warm up and stop shaking), I have severe sinus area headaches (comes and goes), I at times get pin prick like pain into my ears, I have back pain every day that is interfering with my life (lower and mid back). I have hypothyroid and am under treatment for such. My test results for thyroid all come back fine, my blood work is generally fine but I often have blood in my urine without having an infection. I have not had a day without some or all of these symptoms now for 2 years. I have been to my MD multiple times, have blood work drawn often, have a urologist and an ENT I am working with, have been through every test with my ObGYN possible. Have had cat scans and ultrasounds...everything always comes back fine. But I am not fine. I think my MD's think I am loony tunes, but I am not. Have a wonderful life, wonderful friends, low stress, work from home, I have changed my diet, added a full complement of acidophilus and other remedies but still I am not getting better. HELP! Is there anything new out there on this chills and aches syndrome. If so, please post and let me know.
If you take three ginger capsules with 16 oz of water at the first sign of chills it keeps them from getting too bad. Wait 30 minutes, if you need to, take three more and again every half hour until you warm up. I still don't know a cause, but now that I have insurance I am making a list of questions that I read in this thread. It is hard to diagnose thyroid with just a blood test, so I plan to ask for a thyroid scan and uptake that someone suggested. Wish me luck.
I have these same symptoms: late afternoon chills with no fever. Mine also seem to be accompanied by sinus symptoms. I get sneezy and I have a smell in my nose (not a phantom smell --- and I've been checked by an ENT for infection, CAT, etc). I get this about 3 times/week. A hot bath will warm me up. But typically I feel like this for several hours before it gets better. I am on Klonopin and Ativan for anxiety and have been for years. And I want to get off these nasty drugs as I suspect they may have something to do with these symptoms. Anyone else also have a nasal smell and/or sneezes with the chills? And do they seem to come on several hours after lunch?
so what did u do to stop the symptoms.....please email me at ***@**** experience them every few days, also have severe arthritis in back and hip....I am 56 yrs old female & do not take hormones due to cancer risks
I get these from time to time over the past 25 years and at first I thought it was my body getting rid of toxins in my system, because I live a disciplined life concerning diet and exercise, but do occasionally enjoy myself off of my food plan. Then my son started getting seizures from low blood sugar and Hypoglycemia. My son had many test and low blood sugar was the only common denominator.
I know I had Hypoglycemia over the past 30 years and had to regulate it with diet and exercise to stave off diabetes which runs in the family. When I get dehydrated or exhausted the Hypoglycemia has worse symptoms which I believe include the chills at night.
I'm so glad I found this blog too, I am a diabetic for years and I have had these chills for the past two of them, I keep wondering if it is a form of neuropathy, not the usual"pins and needles" complaint. I have the chills almost constantly and when I take a hot shower they will disappear for about 45 minutes. I'm going to try that potassium pill and see if it helps. Pray for me and I'll do the same.
I am a med student currently experiencing this condition and am working nonstop to unravel the nature of its painful existence.
Currently i have a few solid theories, and ive reduced some of the symptoms already. Before i give out any advice, i must follow up on all of my studies (this week) seeing specialists and colleagues whilst further experimenting on myself, then i will check back with all of you. There is nothing worse than a "medical proffesional" giving out dangerous misinformation, therefore, i must see to the validity of my work before i continue.
I just logged on this, as chill symptoms are beginning to happen frequently. Either right before bed, of early afternoon . There is not pain or fever during these times. I do have MS, but I don't know what the relationship is.
I would love to know what your research is finding.
Your post( unlike the others). I would love to hear more from you!
I had the same symtoms. Tested for everything and found nothing. I would have to get out of bed turn heat up and stand in front of gas fireplace. I felt like this was my time if I could not warm up. I put on sweat suit and returned to bed. I noticed that when I lay in bed with torso elevated I headed back towards normal. I concluded it was acid reflux. The next time I took a couple good swigs of pepto and it worked. For me I think I nailed it as acid reflux. Changes in diet and other habits all but made it disappear except for Super Bowl sunday night. Took the pepto and slept elevated and woke up fine. Good luck, its a pain to be healthy a feel scared.
I just started having the same thing about needing to stretch, then having chills at night. I have taken ibuprofen on occasions which have helped, but I refuse to take it every night. I think stress is part of the problem. I have a torn meniscus and the doctor wouldn't do surgery. He said it would not fix the problem, because the tear was in the white part, which has no blood vessels. It has caused great trauma to my whole body and this is when I started with the symptoms.
did you have any luck with your diagnosis? My father is on beta blockers which have just been raised in strength, he is also on 2 tablets for high bp. He had what the doctor said was a urine infection and has given him antibiotics. Today is the third day of his tablets and he has just had another chill. He said his legs hurt and he feels weak and then they go and he sweats. I am really worried about him. I don't know if it's related but he has also lost the movement in his arms recently and cannot raise them on his own. Hope someone can help.
I just started having chills beginning in my face, hands, arms and feet. And the pain is excruciating at times. I have the chills mainly at night and is disruptive to my sleeping pattern. It often feels like severe frosty bite and it last a few hours.
My daughter who was very active started taking a statin drug ( Lipitor) and she progressively got to the point of looking and feeling like someone who had had a stroke. She went online to do research and found the statins do affect people in different way. She was walking with a cane and looked like someone who was 90 instead of 60. Her Dr agreed with her and she stopped taking them 3 months ago. Is slowly getting better. I WAS taking a statin which I have stopped. Good luck to your father. Lois
How fab to find this topic. Im actually seeing my pysc doc about this on tues,as I have suffered with these for years,its like being in the artic with no clothes on with someone holding ice over my body. Mine start from my head,hair rise then it goes straight through my body to my toes. About 20years ago I moved to a new home and I had a turn as soon as I was in there,Im a spiritual person and put it down to the house spirit that lived there,( lol ok blur me if you like but bare with me) these chills continued for years, eventually the kids left home and the house was empty,suddenly it started to be more often it occurred. I suffered badly with empty nest syndrome and made new plans for my next chapter of life. I bought a hull of a boat and started to build her with the intention of living on her so slowly my 3 bed house which was full of 20years of family life bits and bobs was emptying. 1 sofa 1 blow up bed 1 tv. The chills continued but because my house was empty I put the chills down to the house being empty and cold. I have been on the boat 1 year now and had 3 major attacks of these deep bone chills,the thing is ive been 3foot away from my log burner blazing away.My last one a few week ago my boyfriend was here and I suddenly felt it coming on ran to my bed wrapped myself up screamed at him to get my dressing gown,I couldnt move total agony and it scared my boyfriend. I have PTSD and have had major cont stress for about 20years, I also have bipolar recent diag. I have had a brain scan a few years ago and I have plenty of white matter on my brain,caused by extreme stress.Because I have been next to my log burner and its still happening,now I believe its my body trying to shut me down and repair in my sleep as I have noticed I sleep like a log with no disturbances in the night and the next day I feel bouncy as if Ive had a 2 week holiday in the Bahamas in one nights sleep. I will talk to my personal expert on tues and put my theory to him and see if he corrects me or agrees with me. Saying that I also think something in the mineral comment as I have been deficient in vit D in the past for years without knowing it. 1 year on new head meds and 2 cod liver oils a day and feeling much better,only 3 chills in a year. At the house the chills apeared sometimes 3/4 times a week. 2 chills last year happened when the elec man was doing my elecs and then when the plumber was doing all my plumbing ( mass of stress and mess) this recent chill , I was stressed to the mass because I realised something wrong on my boat,and found her hull was full of water due to the plumber breaking a pipe connector and still fitted it underneath my wash room floor and also cut the wires to the pump i had fitted so he could wire his waste pump up..... Then that weekend the chill blasted me ! I do believe its cause is stress. But very much open to other opinions.
Hi, I'm a 50 yr male, I have suffered from A lot of these symptoms , my 1st recall of bone retching chills when I was a teenager 14 maybe. I get the 3-4 times a year, it would be the slightest thing that triggers it , getting in my car and my pant rub against my hair on my legs and I break out in chills . Nothing seems to stop it , I take hot shower till no more heated water left , I get under the covers and just chatter and freeze afraid to move as it will worsen it ,finally I'll fall asleep and then wake up later soaked from sweat and then chills again and it repeats most of the night , I wake in the morning so exhausted . Durning these my joint will hurt like flu , I always thought it was the change of the seasons . Doctors have checked but nothing just blamed it on the flu and I should get a flu shot .... I get in the ball of my feet tingling, sharp pains. And numbness and my calls will cramp up so bad I can't release them .. I noticed another post on this wall about patassium and drinking more filtered water , has anyone tried this ?
I live in Arizona and as its super insanely hot out here I've had this problem as well a year ago and not until now I stopped to think about it. I was extremely cold that not even two warm and cozy covers did me the favor and the weird thing is it only happened at night and during the day I was perfectly fine. I want answers too!
I have been using one of those holistic warming pads with lavender, as you said when I can get up. I bought a large one that covers front and back of my shoulders,so it covers most of the front of me in bed. it takes about an hour to heat my body back up.
I know this thread is somewhat old but I thought I would she'd some light on this situation. I have had these acute episodes of chills for many years. In my explanation I will be brief so you will need to follow upon your own with the key points in caps . Start HERE: HYPOTHALAMUS- is highly involved in pituitary gland function. When it receives a signal from the nervous system, the hypothalamus secretes substances (OXYTOCIN) known as neurohormones that start and stop the secretion of pituitary hormones. It is misfiring due to sensory nerve signals received ( possibly from the VELLUS HAIR on the body) or on its own. Chills(rapid muscle movement) are the body's defense mechanism for a sudden change in internal or external temps to generate heat. Typically this is for brief periods and may be accompanied with increased reparations (breathing fast) and a"pin like" felling over the body. This feeling is the body shunting (redirecting)blood to the major organs (for protection) causing cold, bluish like extremities(fingertips, toes,etc.). Again, this is only an explanation of the process. Continue to seek medical attention if needed!!!!
I had almost the same symptoms as you guys had. Except it attack around 10 pm on wards. I started to nice this happened after I got UTI. I'm just 21 years old. Anyone here got a effective remedy for this? please help.
Has anyone found relief and/or a diagnosis? I suffer from these chills as well and they are getting worse. I become "frozen" and can't move during an episode. They happen in the afternoon, for about 2 hours duration. I have fibromyalgia, dystonia, osteoarthritis, IBS, chronic constipation, and on and on. My thyroid has been checked out, bloodworm done, no apparent cause. I see many common symptoms on this blog, but not much in way of treatment. Any ideas?
I have had this issue for years. Mine stems from brain surgery in 2001. They ended up wiping my pituitary gland out so I would not have another growth spurt. Having the gland tested could lead to diagnosis and cire
Me too! Symptoms many others have described: severe night chills, followed by sweats. I first experienced this while living in Turkey in the early 90s. At some point, the symptoms "jumped" across borders, and I had them in Europe as well as the USA. I gradually discovered that if I kept my head warm, that would control the chills, and if the chills were not severe, then neither were the subsequent sweats. Now, I keep a ski cap next to my bed at all times, and it helps a lot. Most recent episode was last night; I've not had another for several months. I consulted docs in Turkey and USA, but got no answers.
Thanks...This might be what I have. I am having blurred vision, dizziness, elevated blood pressure and heart rate along with sporadic feverish like chills with no fever. No one seems to be able to figure this one out
I'm not the only one suffering from this!
Same here, everything seems fine besides my multiple sclerosis diagnose. The doctors say it's not related to MS I was diagnosed 5 years ago. I've had the chills for over 10 years now, since I was in my twenties. They got a bit worse than at the beginning, but here is what I've learned about my body:
- it happens mostly in the evening, even on summer days when it's hot, my guess is it is linked to the level of fatigue
- it can happen very early in the morning when I drive in to work and I didn't get a lot of sleep
- the chills last until I find a way to warm up such as hot shower or extra clothes. They won't just go away, they get worse to a point where I can't move and I'm all achy.
-it's worse during in winter months
What I do:
- try to get a lot of sleep and exercise when I can, keep a healthy routine.
- I always carry with me extra layers of clothes, especially for my feet: socks and wear shoes that keep me warm.
This is helping avoid them if I feel I might get the chills. I'm also trying to avoid situations when I might get chills, such as ac or late evening patio get together. I do not care what others think of me, but I always have extra layers of clothing with me, the trunk of my car is a closet for winter weather clothes. Lately I've been doing a great job avoiding chills by keeping warm.
Just reading more comments and want to add that I am a happy person I am not stressed, I love my job and I am grateful to be able to live a healthy life despite my MS diagnose. My guess is this is not stress related in my case. So far I'm thinking it is fatigue mostly. I occasionally drink a glass of wine or have a beer - 1 drink every other week - and I do not smoke.
If u suddenly got really cold an lying in bed with a water bottle it's because you are You are tired or stayed up all hours last night, get a good sleep an you'll wake up feeling normal, don't worry just get some sleep
Thanks for sharing your comments. I would not wish this on anybodyelse but I'm glad I'm not alone. It's scarey and I feel for all of you. My body seems to be having issues regulating temperature swings. I'm very prone to heat stroke in hot weather and have to be careful to drink lots of water and add electrolytes. During one heat stroke, I drank and poured an entire case of water on me but it was two cans of Coke that got me going again. Night sweats can leave me soaking wet then leave me freezing on sweat soaked bedding.
The chills are the worst; they come from my core and lock me up in pain if I try to move. Lots of blankets help but sleep is the only respite.
After reading this I'm going on a mold hunt.
Hi everyone. I am 29 female and have been dealing with this for as long as I can remember. I am so happy I am not alone. When I describe how I feel people look at me like I am crazy, my family too :( I have great news to share that I hope reaches everyone. So I have seen some doctors this is what they have said. It is most likely not neurological related if the chills happen on both sides of the body at the same time. Bad news is I forget why :( doctors say mostly due to stress. Also I just found this website that may help others too. I have extream painful chills right now at 3am. I get them when I wake up, out of the blue during the day and at night. I feel like I have to get under blankets or get sweat pants on, get in warm bath tub or some place warm or I am gonna go crazy :(
I have an answer for several people on here. I've read through a few pages here and can confidently say that ALOT of people replying to this have a particular problem with a part of their immune system that some researchers and only a few doctors have discovered and studied the last few years. It was considered a rare thing but it is becoming more and more apparent that it is likely fairly common. It is called Mast Cell Activation Syndrome/ Mast Cell Activation Disorder. Theres a thousand different flavors of it, so i suggest reading from several different sources to get a good idea of what it is and what it can be like. For instance, some people can get migraines and chills, others brain fog and bad fatigue, some fibromylgia like symptoms with foot/calf/joint pain and uti like symptoms, ibs is quite common for many as is asthma, while others might get chills and restless legs, anxiety or rashes/flushing. That is not an exhaustive list of symptoms either. It just depends on what group(s) of mast cells in whatever part of the body is effected and the types of mediators they decide to release.
Different triggers can cause different symptoms in different people. Just about anything can potentially be a trigger, common ones are foods, environmental exposures to things like scented perfumes/soaps, v.o.c.'s, heat or sun exposure, even excercise for some. It can be difficult to make the correlations but truly amazing what proper avoidance can do for the symptoms once they are rooted out.
It appears that one can be genetically predisposed and common things that are being reported to kick it off are infections, acute or chronic (smoldering lyme infection is a very common and hard to find one, this was the case with myself and i had to go to a lyme specialist and have a few special tests done that all came back VERY positive after 3 tests using standard labs failed to produce a proper positive result. I wouldve never guessed had a doctor i saw not been vigilant about that being a possible cause), toxic environnments (think moldy house, chemical exposure from natural gas wells nearby, pesticide exposure, new house sick building syndrome, toxic water supply, etc), even the bacteria/microbes that live in your gut, and many report their problem arising very soon post-vaccination. I would like to point out that im not making an anti-vaccination argument at all, just reporting peoples accounts.
Treatment consists of avoiding triggers, which can include treating infections or detoxing, and various medications to stabilize the mast cells and combat the effects of the released mediators. The sooner it is caught and treated the better as it can get much worse if not propetly taken care of. Odds are high that your doctor has never heard of this and there are various online sources of guidelines to test for and treat this written by the specialists.
I was experience this chill twice...it elevates my blood pressure too to 140/90 but not feeling signs just the chilling effect and I tried to take paracetamol to subside my chills and after a few minutes chilling is gone and my bp went normal to 110/80...I'm really puzzled..
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