Tuesday, March 7, 2017

WARNING: Terrifying Causes of Shivering You Didn't Know and How To Treat Them Fast

Uncontrollable shivering is your body’s reaction to being exposed to cold or rapid shifts in temperature, a drop in sugar levels, fighting an infection, or being under extreme anxiety.

However, severe shivering also known as “rigors”, which the body uses to increase its core temperature. Depending on the reason of your shivering, you may or may not have a fever with it.

If the shivering is caused by being cold, then warming yourself up will actually stop the shivering rapidly. On the other hand, if the severe chills are caused by an underlying health condition like diabetes, abnormal thyroid, or anemia, then it is essential to address these medical problems.

For some people, uncontrollable shaking happens with a panic attack and in those cases, the shivering should stop when the panic subsides.

Common Causes and Treatments of Uncontrollable Shivering

LOW BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS

Having low blood sugar levels can cause uncontrollable shivering that is accompanied by dizziness, headache, sweating, and rapid heartbeats. This condition, also known as hypoglycemia, is common among diabetics who are taking insulin. Accidental use of an excess dose of insulin can lead to a rapid decline in blood sugar levels or hypoglycemia.
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  • Treatment: Dr. Dansinger recommends eating small meals frequently throughout the day to avoid drops in sugar levels and prevent episodes of shivering and uncontrollable body shakes. You should also avoid sugary foods and eat more complex carbohydrates. This can also help to prevent hypoglycemia in people who don’t have diabetes.

BEING COLD

A very common reason for shivering is being very cold for a long period of time. As your body temperature drops, your brain sends signals to your muscles that cause them to shake and create more heat. While being cold and shivering is something we all feel from time to time, uncontrollable shivering or rigors could be a sign of hypothermia.
  • Treatment: Putting on warm layers of clothing or blankets, drinking warm beverages, and being near to a source of heat can help to raise your body’s core temperature and stop the uncontrollable shivering.

HAVING THE FLU OR COMMON COLD

Having an uncontrollable shivering might be a sign that your body is starting to fight an infection like the common cold or the flu virus. The chills are caused by a fever which makes the body feel colder, and the shivering tries to increase the body’s core temperature. Depending of the severity of your cold, you may or may not have shivering with it. For many people, the flu usually lasts about a week, but the recovery back to full health can take longer.
  • Treatment: You can also take garlic to combat the severity of flu symptoms. Garlic contains a compound called allicin which has powerful antibiotic properties and can help the body fight off infections. Simply, mince up 1-2 cloves of garlic and let it stand for 10 minutes then mix a spoonful of raw, natural honey to it and consume. Take this remedy daily at the onset of a cold or flu to help reduce the symptoms.

INFECTIONS 

Shivering could be a sign of pneumonia in some people. The rigors will usually be accompanied by a persistent cough, breathlessness, and fatigue. Severe shivering could also be a sign of malaria. Symptoms of malaria can appear up to 12 months after returning from malaria-endemic areas. The initial malaria attack is termed as a “cold stage” which makes the body shiver uncontrollably. This is followed by fever, headaches, vomiting, and sweating.
  • Treatment: Many infections can be prevented by keeping your immune system strong and healthy.

ABNORMAL THYROID FUNCTION

It is a medical condition where your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. Many older people who have an under-active thyroid also experience rigors. According to some studies, it affects more women than men.

ANEMIA

Having an iron deficiency affects the body in many ways and can leave you feeling fatigue, experiencing headaches, and puts you at a higher risk of infections.
  • Treatment: Anemia can be caused by not getting enough iron in your diet or having a vitamin B12 deficiency. So, increasing your iron levels in your blood and fixing your vitamin B12 deficiency, will help you prevent infections, feeling fatigue, and suffering from episodes of shivering.

FOOD POISONING

When food becomes contaminated with viruses, bacteria, or parasites, it can cause inflammation and infection in your digestive system, which causes rigors as the body tries to fight the infection.
  • Treatment: Consuming ginger tea can help you recover faster from food poisoning. Ginger contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can help to lessen stomach spasms, kill infections in the gut, and alleviate an inflamed intestinal tract. Moreover, it can also help to bring down a fever and reduce bouts of uncontrollable shivering.

ANXIETY / PANIC ATTACKS

Uncontrollable shivering and body tremors with no fever could be sign of anxiety or panic attack. According to a psychiatrist, during a panic attack, a person can feel chest pains, shortness of breath, and a fear of losing control. This is usually accompanied by trembling or uncontrollable shivering and having chills.
  • Treatment: In order to prevent panic attacks and bouts of severe shivering that accompany them, it’s important to find ways to manage stress and anxiety better. Many essential oils like bergamot, lavender, orange, and chamomile can help to soothe your mind and reduce stress. 

DEHYDRATION

Extreme dehydration in children is a serious condition that can cause chills and shivering. Children can be especially prone to dehydration in hot weather and it’s important to recognize its symptoms.
If not treated properly, dehydration can lead to heart illness, which causes chills, nausea, abdominal cramping, vomiting, etc.
  • Treatment: It is essential to drink plenty of fluid to rehydrate the body and put your child in a cool place away from the sun or heat to stop the extreme shivering and help the body’s core temperature stabilize.

URINARY TRACT INFECTION 

Urinary tract infections can cause symptoms like odorous urine, painful urination, and intermittent chills. If the UTI causes a kidney infection, you will have shivering and chills along with a fever and nausea. This is a serious medical condition, which requires an immediate treatment.
  • Treatment: Baking soda water can help to reduce the acidity in your urine tract. Also, studies into probiotics have found that they can help to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections in women.