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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-19-2010, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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chills after long hikes

this is the third time this has happened to me:

about an hour after a long or grueling hike i start shivering uncontrollably i end up wearing every piece of clothing i can find and i'm still shaking

yesterday i hiked for 10 hours by meal time i was wearing long pants, fleece and down sweater and still freezing--everyone else was in shorts and flip flops

i took a pain killer because i had a slight headache and when the pain killer kicked in the shivering stopped and i started getting very hot!


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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-19-2010, 12:33 PM
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This is pretty normal after really hard physical exertion.
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if someone was to touch your skin, would they say your skin was cold or normal?

"shivering uncontrollably" sounds like the onset of hypothermia.

I would look at what you are wearing to make sure your sweat is getting out and away from your body.
also you may try to wear less as you hiking and add clothes slowly when you stop so there isnt such a shock.

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try taking a second shirt to change into, keeping a sweaty shirt on when you stop moving will lower your body temp.
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I've seen exactly these symptoms before, and it was a blood/glucose issue. Of course, internet forum medical advice ain't worth jack. Consult a physician if you're concerned it may be more than a temperature management issue.
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If you're doing a gruelling hike the shivering could be attributable to a number of factors:

1.sweating a great deal- during the hike- could lead to an electrolyte imbalance(hyponatremia), Which can produce tremor.
2. Delayed response to the cold: physcial exertion produces heat (thermogenesis) which can maintain core temperature, and delay shivering, when you stop your body will compensate to maintain this internal temperature by shivering.
3. Evaporative heat loss due to cold/wet post hike clothing.

I've worked in desert conditions where people, after periods of intense activity became hypothermic in 30 degree weather.

You could try an electrolyte drink during you hiking, and a change of dry clothes immediatly after to see if it helps.

*Hypothermia is a drop of as little as 2 degrees from core temperature, meaning it's possible up to temperature's of 35 celsius to become hypothermic.

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quote:Originally posted by Kid Charlemagne

I've seen exactly these symptoms before, and it was a blood/glucose issue. Of course, internet forum medical advice ain't worth jack. Consult a physician if you're concerned it may be more than a temperature management issue.
I agree. My wife is a diabetic, and the symptoms could result from low blood sugar. But that's definitely for a doctor to decide.

One thing to consider is that if you're all doing the same amount of exercise and you're the only one getting cold, the symptoms are likely to result from the way your body is working and not external factors.
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Try eating more to start and keeping your energy reserves high rather than letting them crash and start ruling things out from there....

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quote:i took a pain killer because i had a slight headache
The first thing I would look at when getting a headache from strenuous output is if you are drinking enough, and then if you are getting enough nurishment. Signs and symptoms of dehydration and hyponatremia are very similar and both can start off with a headache. It could also be heat related, which can be linked together with dehydration aswell. When I say heat related it can go both ways. Could be an after effect of being too hot also.
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quote:One thing to consider is that if you're all doing the same amount of exercise and you're the only one getting cold, the symptoms are likely to result from the way your body is working <s>and not</s> and or external factors.

Fixed it for you.
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post #10 of (permalink) Old 07-19-2010, 05:11 PM
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As some have said, dry clothes after a long hard hike will help. Some people have to completely change their clothes after a hike. If dry clothes, something to replace your electrolytes and keeping well hydrated don't help then it's time to see the Doc. I know, we all hate going there but sometimes these things indicate an underlying illness.
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