is anyone's diarrhea preceded by chills?

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   Posted 1/26/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't had a fever yet, but in the last month, every *major* bout of diarrhea I've had has been preceded by 5-10 minutes of chills.

And then I'll be on the toilet literally shivering.

And then the moment I'm done having diarrhea, the chills stop. It's the weirdest thing.

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   Posted 1/26/2009 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I have done that sometimes. I think the diarrhea depletes everything and thats what happens.
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   Posted 1/26/2009 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I have had the same thing happen to me, Im not sure why either ???

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   Posted 1/26/2009 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm the opposite if anything, I get sweats and chills, often my stomach is literally burning hot to the touch when I am on the loo, but I - usually - only feel cold after a bout of diarrhea. I have always assumed that the amount of fluid lost - quite a considerable amount when you think of it as a percentage - is enough to clobber the electrolyte balance in the body, which makes keeping the body at an even temperature even harder than it would be during a normal infection or fever.
My remedy is drinking orange juice (to restore the electrolytes) and cups of hot non-caffeinated drinks (to restore warmth and fluid) and most effective of all, bed and sleep.
If it isn't electrolytes, then it may well be simply that the gut has such a big effect on neurotransmitters, and has so many major nerves connected to it, that the upset is enough to affect the autonomic nervous system. That wouldn't surprise me, it would certainly explain why sleep calms things down - it's like rebooting a computer.
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   Posted 1/26/2009 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had that too, along with sweats and chills together during really really bad flares, it basically happens because of the severity of the flare so it's not that uncommon...during really bad flares when you spend more time pooping than anything it's bound to happen. Drink plenty of fluids and get extra sleep during those times, your body is pretty much exhausted and sweats/chills is the reaction to it.

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   Posted 1/26/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm here visiting from the Ulcerative Colitis forum, but the same thing happens to me - when I really, really have to go, I get chills, and the hairs on my arm stand up like I'm freezing.
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   Posted 1/26/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep, I do too.
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   Posted 1/26/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine always starts as a burning deep in my intestines, then I get goosebumps, chills, and a metallic feeling in my mouth like you get before you have to vomit. It's really hard to try and fight off the urgency when you've got all that working on you at once.

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   Posted 1/27/2009 12:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I've gotten chills, hot flashes (when on the preds), and some pretty wild shivers before getting the diahreah.

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   Posted 1/27/2009 3:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes absolutely! I've spent plenty of time shivering on the loo in the middle of the night recently as I'm currently flaring.

I second the advice on making sure you're drinking lots of fluids.
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   Posted 1/27/2009 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh definitely. I have many night's running to the washroom and having hot and cold flashes while using the washroom. Then going to lay back down and shivering cold, or sweating. But I really believe it's because we are depleting so much when using the washroom our body is just reacting to that.
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   Posted 4/26/2016 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I have UC (not CD), but I have had bad nighttime shivering after upping my dose of Imuran (azathioprine). It went away with some prednisone and morphine at the ER when I was there tonight. The shivering woke me up out of a dead sleep. (I though someone was playing with the HVAC.)

The only other time I had shivering (way more violent and prolonged) was after a surgery.

I suspect it is part of the body's "shock" response to a stressful chemical or event.

The fact that it happens in the context of 'using the toilet' also suggests a fragile GI tract being stimulated leads to a full body freak out reaction -- like the shivering, chills, ext.

I find even eating and having a BM can give me Tachycardia when I'm flaring or close to it: anything that makes the gut work.


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   Posted 12/19/2016 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm having chills? freezing after diarrhoea/during? yea maybe lost too much fluid lol
on my previous hospital admission in which the doctors don't know what the matter was, I was cold and achey all over before getting a high fever. weird.

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   Posted 12/19/2016 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh yes. I can't count how many times that has happened to me. I also get very flushed in the face, all red. Not pleasant.

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   Posted 12/22/2016 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
urgh I had it again yesterday. I had diarrhoea x11 tims Monday and then Tuesday night I was all cold and shivery but also burning up and had a high temp. Then Wednesday was in so much abdo pain I couldn't walk.
I also possibly have endometriosis and was wondering if it could be that although doesn't seem to be any information on it and seems unlikely really.
My IBD nurse said get bloods done which I'm not going to get before xmas and seems pointless because I had bloods done last time this happened a few weeks back and my bloods were abnormal, and no one cared or did anything so whats the point? argh wish I knew what was going on

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   Posted 1/11/2017 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I pretty much always get chills before , during and after diarrhea. My understanding is that it has to do with dehydration and your electrolytes getting all out of whack. I use Pedialyte when it gets real bad
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