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Chills Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Chills. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the chills?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. If chills are associated with a fever, what is the pattern of the fever and chills?

    Why: e.g. intermittent fever of malaria, Epstein-Barr virus and ascending cholangitis; continuous fever is common with viral infections such as influenza; remittent fever where temperature returns towards normal for a variable period but is always elevated may occur with pelvic abscess, wound infection and cancer; undulant fever where bouts of fever for several days are followed by several days of normal temperature occur with brucellosis infection and lymphomas.

  3. Have you been exposed to extreme cold weather or cold water?

    Why: may help when considering cause of low temperature and consequent chills.

  4. Travel history?

    Why: overseas travelers or visitors may have special or even exotic infections.

  5. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. AIDS, Rheumatic fever, pneumonia, immunodeficiency, cancer.

  6. Recent surgery?

    Why: may suggest post-operative complication e.g. wound infection, aspiration pneumonia, lung collapse, urinary catheter related urinary tract infection, intra-abdominal abscess.

  7. Medications?

    Why: drugs can cause fever, presumably due to hypersensitivity e.g. allopurinol, antihistamines, barbiturates, cephalosporins, cimetidine, methyl dopa, penicillins, isoniazid, phenytoin, procainamide, salicylates, sulphonamides; some drugs can suppress the immune system and increase risk of infections e.g. cancer chemotherapy agents.

  8. Sexual history?

    Why: may help to determine risk of HIV, hepatitis, syphilis, pelvic inflammatory disease e.g. AIDS patients pose a special risk for infections including opportunistic infections.

  9. Frequency and burning of urine?

    Why: would suggest pyelonephritis, abscess around the kidney or abscess in the prostate.

  10. Cough?

    Why: may suggest pneumonia, lung abscess, bronchiectasis or tuberculosis.

  11. Bone pain or bone swelling?

    Why: may suggest osteomyelitis.

  12. Pain and location of the pain?

    Why: can help determine focus of infection.

  13. Body discharge?

    Why: e.g. vaginal, penile, anal, tooth, ear, nasal.

  14. Body rash?

    Why: may help determine cause of chills.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Chills:

The following list of conditions have 'Chills' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Chills:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Chills' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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