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

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

Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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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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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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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

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I got cold chills and a sore throat today does that mean I will have a full blown cold or can I quickly take something to cut it out???

Your Immunity: Cold chills and a sore throat signify that your body is fight off something but how well it will succeed depends on your own immunity and the virulence of the infection. Viruses may hit hard and fast but then usually begin to get better in 3-4 days with resolution in 7-14 days. If you get sick again after this it is usually bacterial. You may just fight it off if u r in good health. ...Read more

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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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MY husband has been sick for. a while he has pain on his lefT side feels really bad. HE has no apptite, and he coughs and gets cold chills and sweaty ?

MY husband has been sick for. a while he has pain on his lefT side feels really bad. HE has no apptite, and he coughs and gets cold chills and sweaty ?

Needs treatment.: Needs to go to ER or urgicenter. If this is mostly a lung probblem with cough and fever as well as pain then he needs to be evaluated. If the pain is mostly in the chest on the left side then this is suggestive of pneumonia. See a doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have the chills sensation, but I am not cold? What could this be?

Several possibilitie: The chills are most commonly associated with high anxiety. When you have anxiety it sends hormones throughout the body and causes several changes at your skin level. Many people get goosebumps and their hair actually stands on end. ...Read more

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What's the difference between the chills and just being cold ? Because idk which one I'm feeling.

What's the difference between the chills and just being cold ? Because idk which one I'm feeling.

Fever: "Chills" refers to shivering in an adequately warm environment. This occurs when the body is developing a fever and trying to raise its temperature rapidly. Feeling cold is the skin temperature feeling uncomfortably cold due to a colder than comfortable environment. This also could be a mild fever, but is less likely to indicate fever. Check temperature to differentiate. ...Read more

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I've been really hot and get cold chills what's wrong with me? I'm usually verry cold. All my life I've needed jacets on. But the past week or so i've been really hot and get random coldchills. It's to the point i barely need a jacket outside. Help please

Chills : Chills can be a sign of infection, especially if you have fever as well. Do you have any other signs of infection (sore throat, ear pain, burning with urination, rashes etc.?). If your chills don't go away you should visit your doctor for a medical exam and treatment as deemed necessary. Best of luck. ...Read more