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Strange violent shivers

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 25, 2008
  • 11:17 AM

This has happened twice over a 18-24 month period.

First time was not very bad although memorable. After I had gone to bed I started feeling really cold in my arms, hands, and feet to a point of discomfort that I needed to curl up in a blanket then I began to shiver, and if I tried to move I got colder, eventually I fell asleep and woke up fine the next morning.

The second time I felt cold in the same places but more intensely, and the shivers were really violent, to the point that I could not speak cause my jaw wouldn't stop shaking, exactly as if you were naked in the middle of a snow storm. And I only felt colder as I tried to move.

Other symptoms were, fever (although it came down in about an hour), slight headache (almost negligible), acidity in throat, slight dizziness, my skin felt hot except for extremities, no sweating.

It got so bad that I had to be taken to the hospital, I got there like 1-2 hrs after the attack started and by then I was almost completely recovered. The doctor checked me out and said it was probably a viral or bacterial infection and gave me some antibiotics sent me on my way and didn't order any tests.

It has been about 4-5 months since that happened, and I feel fine.

If you have any suggestions on what it might be or have been please let me know.
Let me know if you need more details, I appreciate any feedback.

Other relevant/non-relevant information:
Male, 31
Overweight by 20-30 lbs
Heavy coffee drinker
Had a big lasagna dinner that night (second attack)

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  • I shake really violently too, not only at night, but just when I am the slightest bit cold. I have really bad circulation though, so I think that's the jist of it... Do you have any heart or circulatory problems that you know of?? Does your skin ever get purple, blue, or splotchy when you get cold? I get to the point where I my jaw won't stop clattering too, it's more annoying than anything. Kind of painful afterwards, but that's because of TMJ that I've had for 6 years. (Never got braces for my over bite :D)
    k333ly 59 Replies
    • October 25, 2008
    • 10:56 PM
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  • I've never had heart nor circulatory problems. My grandpa on my mom's side had a heart attack, and my mom suffered from high blood pressure. That's About it.Thanks for the input.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 26, 2008
    • 04:51 AM
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  • I have suffered with these same symptoms for 16 yrs. They seem to have gotten worse as I've approached menopause. They first started though when I was pregnant with my second child. Now I also get cold sweats at night with them. I can be fine ( warm enough) and as soon as I touch the cold floor-boom- violent shivers with hands and feet going white on the palms. I too suffer pain from the tightening of the muscles due to shivering or chattering. I am also trying to find out what it is and what to do about it because over the years it has gotten worse. This winter my body and hands and feet feel like ice. It use to be only triggered by a chill. But it can also happen in the middle of summer when I'm TOO WARM and go into a cool store. It's so bad that I have to keep the heating blanket on the bed even in the summer-to stop them if I get them at night. Night also seems to be the worse time. Don't know why. Would love to know if anyone else has any info.
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  • My husband has the exact symptoms as Wild Monkey guest. His episodes have also gotten worse over the years. I've started calling them Violent Shiver Seizures! We had a horrible night last night (Sept 14,2013) It was 90 degrees during the day and 70's last night. We had our AC set on 74 because it was hot & humid outside. At 2:00 am, my husband started shivering so bad it woke me. I got out our winter comforter and covered him. The shivers went from severe to mild to severe, up & down for about 1 1/2 hrs. I even folded the comforter over to double it, with no relief. About 4:00 am, the muscle pain and fever started. He wouldn't let me take him to the Hospital Emergency. He was so hot on his head, face & chest that I took his temperature, I took it twice because it was so high. (over 103- F) His arms, legs & hands didn't seem as hot and he was not sweating. He was thirsty and sipped water, then had trouble walking to the bathroom ( I didn't go in & later had to clean urine up off the floor) I gave him 2 Advil tablets for the fever & pain. Finally about an hour later he was kicking the blankets off because he was warm about 5:30 am. We both fell asleep around 6:00 am. We slept until 1:00 pm Sunday afternoon. He said he didn't feel well but his right leg is now RED from his knee to the ankle, which is the second time he has had this new symptom. What is this and what can I do for him?
    reddorothy123 1 Replies
    • September 15, 2013
    • 08:11 PM
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