Low Body Temperature

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by jmaxjmax, Aug 19, 2003.

  1. jmaxjmax

    jmaxjmax New Member

    Hi All,
    I'm wondering how many of you have low body temperature. My temperature ranges between 96.5 to 97.5 degrees. I have FMS
  2. ssMarilyn

    ssMarilyn New Member

    Anybody with a sluggish thyroid, (hypothyroidism) has a low body temp. You probably have it.

    Marilyn
  3. Sissy123

    Sissy123 New Member

    Mine in 97.3 and always is. Wonder what the link could be?
  4. Irwin

    Irwin New Member

    Hi jmaxjmax,

    The first 4 years I had CFS I had low body temp and was freezing a good deal of the time. A doc tested me for my thyroid and adrenals and found that the adrenals barely functioning. I'd have a specialist check you out and see what he recommends.

    Good Luck.

    Irwin
  5. jmaxjmax

    jmaxjmax New Member

    Thank you for replying. I've had my thyroid tested and all was normal there. Like many of you I'm sure, I've been tested for everything under the sun with nearly all normal results.
    I'm a member of another forum for men with FMS and low temperature seems to be common there. Was just wondering if it held true here as well.
    Thank you again for any posts.
    :) Max
  6. jmaxjmax

    jmaxjmax New Member

    Thanks I will look into that.
    :) Max
  7. ssMarilyn

    ssMarilyn New Member

    "I've had my thyroid tested and all was normal there."

    Normal doesn't mean diddly anymore, especially if you get those test results from a GP. Most doctors only have one test done on us for our thyroid, and that's called the TSH test. That test is now known to be completely unreliable in that it can show us in normal ranges, yet our thyroid is STILL way under par. You need to see a specialist and get a full thyroid "panel" done, and it needs to be read by an endoc that really knows his business. Being cold is the #1 symptom of hypothyroidism. Don't let this go, because if you don't get your thyroid adjusted properly with thyroid hormone, you can really hit the skids bigtime.....like I did. I saw GP's for years and they did put me on Synthroid, but said I always tested "normal" after that. I didn't believe them, knew something was wrong, so insisted on an endoc. He had me tested again, said I was "low" normal, increased my synthroid and in approx. 2 weeks, the coldness went away and never returned. I was cold for over 20 years, so know for a fact that treating my "normal" thyroid is what fixed it for me. Now I've lost weight and have gone to hyperthyroidism, so am cutting back on my meds.

    Don't buy the "You're normal" routine....it just doesn't float anymore.

    Marilyn :)
  8. kateUK

    kateUK New Member

    Hi Max
    My temp has always been on the low side, even before FM.
    I cannot tolerate changes in the outside temp very much. I really suffer if it drops a bit or gets a little higher, other people with me don't seem to suffer from the change so easily
  9. fibrolindak

    fibrolindak New Member

    ssmarilyn,
    You seem to know a lot about quite a few things, so I will ask you. My thyroid always tests normal also, but I don't get cold. Instead, I am always hotter than anyone else. I've always been that way, even as a kid. I used to get migraines, and have to lay down and take a nap with a cold compress when the weather got hot. My body temp always reads low-about 97.3 and I am and always have been overweight.Could I still be hypothyroid? Should I see a endoc. Any suggestions would be helpful.
    Thanks!
    Linda
  10. ssMarilyn

    ssMarilyn New Member

    I have suffered from thyroid problems for over 20 years, and was getting little or no relief, so made it my business to find out all I could about the thyroid. My docs didn't seem to know that much...even my endoc was kind of ignorant on certain things. I have many books on the condition, written by medical specialists, plus I have done extensive research on the Internet, and I SAVE most of everything I find, for future reference, plus I frequent a couple of thyroid boards, where there are some REAL experts on this subject and they give out wonderful and valuable information and advice.

    If your body temperature is consistantly below 97.6, then you no doubt have a sluggish thyroid. You need to do the "basal" body temp test for a week. This involves using a mercury thermometer. At night, be sure you shake it down, then lay it on your nightstand. In the morning, as soon as you wake up, without sitting up or moving much at all, take that thermometer and put it in your bare armpit. Hold it there for exactly 10 minutes...still not moving. Do this for a whole week and document the temp each time. Only the mercury thermometer will work for this test. If you consistantly have that low body temp, you no doubt have a sluggish thyroid - hypothyroidism, and I would advise seeing a specialist, an endoc, not a GP. GP's aren't very up on thyroids, and even my own GP admits to that and is treating me according to the info I give her. Now ain't that a kick in the pants?

    P.S. Our thyroid is our body's thermostat, and it sounds like yours is a little out of whack. It's worth looking into.

    Marilyn :)
    [This Message was Edited on 08/20/2003]
  11. jmaxjmax

    jmaxjmax New Member

    Thanks Marilyn,
    Its good to get advice from someone who knows a bunch about the subject. One question I have is that though my temperature is low I have never been overweight. Is being overweight a necessary symptom of a sluggish thyroid?
    :) Max
  12. ssMarilyn

    ssMarilyn New Member

    Gaining weight and having a difficult time losing it can be one of the symptoms of hypothyroidism, but one shoe does not fit all. Maybe you don't gain weight because you don't feast on alot of junk food or processed foods? Or maybe your metabolism is good even though your thyroid might be low. I only gain weight when I indulge in the wrong goods, and I've been hypo since the 80's.

    Marilyn :)
  13. jmaxjmax

    jmaxjmax New Member

    Thats true. I really dont eat alot. Most of the time my stomach doesnt feel very well. I will have to look into this more. I think my Mom has thyroid problems. I will have to ask her. Perhaps this runs in families too.
    :) Max
  14. ssMarilyn

    ssMarilyn New Member

    I quite ofen have nausea, so don't eat alot. I wonder what's causing THAT? If it's not one thing, it's another!

    Marilyn :)
  15. jmaxjmax

    jmaxjmax New Member

    That could be so many things! Meds, stress, who knows. I know its really annoying. I can be hungry then go to it only to find out the food makes me feel sick. I'm glad it doesnt happen all the time though.
    :) Max
  16. jmaxjmax

    jmaxjmax New Member