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What exactly does it mean when a person suddenly gets the chills?

What exactly does it mean when a person suddenly gets the chills?

Scary movie?: Seriously thoughmost often chills are an accompaniment to fever from an infectious process or cold exposure. Definitely see your doctor on this one if recurring as it could be something more serious like lupus or some kind of cancer. ...Read more

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Chills (Definition)

Chills may occur at the beginning of an infection and are usually associated with a fever. Chills are caused by rapid muscle contraction and relaxation, and are the body's way of generating heat when it feels that it is cold. Chills often predict the coming of a fever, or an increase in ...Read more


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What does it mean when a person gets chills and goosebumps when not cold?

Flight or Fight: As you've indicated "goose bumps" occur in response to cold as your body's way of generating heat. But this reaction (piloerection) also occurs in response to strong emotion. Fear for ex. Stimulates the sympathetic nervous system which causes the smooth muscle at the base of hair follicles to contract resulting in "goose bumps". Rarely, goose bumps are associated with medical disorders. ...Read more

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Just had baby 7 days ago and I have chills. What do you suggest?

Just had baby 7 days ago and I have chills. What do you suggest?

See your doctor: Have you taken your temperature? Do you have other symptoms? Is the baby ok? Check with the ob/gyn or your family doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you get the chills after delivery?

Possibilities: Sudden changes in the distribution of blood to the skin surface may create a differential temperature difference resulting in chills. Delivery may be accompanied by transient bacteria in your blood stream which create fever and the chills help to raise your body temperature. Perhaps you chill with excitement over the great new baby you have just seen. Congratulations. ...Read more

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When your body temperature is real hot and you always get cold chills through your body what does that mean ?

It's all physiology: Bacteria and viruses that cause human illnesses have specific requirements; oxygen, sugar, protein, and a limited temperature range for life and replication. Immune system messengers, cytokines, cause the perception iof chilling which causes lots of rapid muscle contractions (shivering) generating heat (fever) slowing pathogen reproduction . With chills we bundlle up & reduce body heat loss ...Read more

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Do the chills usually mean infection?

No: Chills can occur as a way for your body to quickly generate heat, such as the chills that men may have after urinating a large volume of fluid. ...Read more

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I just turn 39 and i been having chills and swettinng and i get upset could that mean im getting menapose?

I just turn 39 and i been having chills and swettinng and i get upset could that mean im getting menapose?

Possibly: Hormonal changes occur at different times and can present differently depending on the individual. You are a little on the younger side for menopause, but not impossible, and when it occurs it can produce personality changes, but these can also be due to other things. If it keeps up or gets worse suggest you check with your doctor. Hope this eases up soon. ...Read more

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Got epidural blood patch 5 weeks ago. My right side of head gets chills and a numbing feeling? What can this mean?

Got epidural blood patch 5 weeks ago. My right side of head gets chills and a numbing feeling? What can this mean?

Unusual, but...: Dear Brenda, having symptoms this late after a dural puncture is very unusual. I can reassure you that your symptoms most likely have nothing to do with the epidural blood patch procedure itself. The clot that was formed by injecting the blood into the epidural space was washed away after about four days. You should consult a neurologist if the symptoms persist. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have a very sharp stabbing pain in my intestines in my right side and get cold chills when having the pain?"

What does it mean if I have a very sharp stabbing pain in my intestines in my right side and get cold chills when having the pain?"

?gas pains: Sharp, stabbing abdominal pains may occur if gas is trapped in the intestines and clear as the gas moves on. If discomfort becomes steady and tenderness is present in the right lower abdomen a physician should check you for appendix or ovarian inflammation. ...Read more