Low temp Madwolf, Sujay, AC77 Please

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by IntuneJune, Aug 9, 2003.

  1. IntuneJune

    IntuneJune New Member

    I just edited the title for the medical professional input. Below is a post on low body temperatures, thyroid connection but more importantly concerns over fitting infections. Your valuable input would be greatly appreciated, thanks, June.

    What is considered a "low" temperature? Mine has run below 98.6 my whole life and had been told on many occasions in the past, "well, that IS normal for you."

    Now in the morning it is 96.2 and mid afternoon after a busy day, 97.2. Doesn't this set up my body as a haven for "critters" to nest? How do we fight infections if we cannot run temperatures about 99-100?

    Comments please. Fondly June

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  2. Lendi

    Lendi New Member

    98.8 is the temp that is considered normal. I do believe it is normal for temps to fluctuate a little through out the day, lower in the am, but am not sure where I heard that. At 96.2 your temp would be low. Have you had your thyroid checked?
  3. IntuneJune

    IntuneJune New Member

    Thank you, yes I am on thyroid med and it was increased recently.

    For those who posted in the past about body temperatures running low, exactly what was it? (I did do a search but came up with nothing specific.)

    Numbers please, thanks. June
  4. elaine_p

    elaine_p New Member

    that before I got CFS, my temp was always 97.6 (when I saw the doc) and she never saw any reason to check my thyroid (and now all tests are fine except we haven't done a T3). Now my "normal" temp is usually 98.6.

    Our temps do fluctuate throught the day. It's lowest in the morning--if you've ever had to check your basal temp, you do it before you get out of bed--and highest in the afternoon.
  5. IntuneJune

    IntuneJune New Member

    didn't take long for it to get down to the bottom :) busy place!!!
  6. Dukate

    Dukate New Member

    Hi June, the only thing I can tell you about a lower temp is that Holistic Doctors, (I went to one for accupunture) use the thermometor under the arm pit in the am before rising to determind if you have a thyroid problem. I have found that most M.D.'s did no believe in this testing method they go by the regular blood tests however when I did my temps that way mine was very low, from 92.6 to 97.8 in the AM and I have been trying to convince every DR. I every saw that I need to have a very small dose of thryroid med. I have also read a lot about this over the years. If you have not had a regular thyroid blood work up then maybe you should. I am just sending you my experiences. Good luck. As far as I know the low temp is not associated with anything to worry about.

    Best, Dukate
  7. IntuneJune

    IntuneJune New Member

    Spacee, Elaine and HTMV thanks for your input. Dukate I do remember oral temps run higher than under the arm method. I continually am checked for thyroid, and the PCP just recently upped the dosage from Levothroid 100 mcg to 125 mcg. But temp is still low. Aquarose, I do have allergies but stay away from the foods, and treat the environmentals. I don't know how concerned I should be, wouldn't a low temp lend my body most opportunistic for any "critters" looking for residence? June
  8. Hinemoa

    Hinemoa New Member

    often indicates a virus and is considered a symptom of CFS.

    Mine now runs around 95 to 96 degrees.

    I am wondering about the thyroid factor...


  9. daylilyfan

    daylilyfan New Member

    My average temp, orally, is between 96 and 96.5. If I get up to 99 I am feeling pretty ill. 100 and I am in bed. I have the same problem when I go to Dr... they see 99 and say "your fine" I can't convince them that's not normal for ME. I've had thyroid levels checked every other year and always normal.

    Another odd thing... I get warm really easy. I sleep from April to October with a tank top and panties on but no sheet or other covering. If I am at work and the air conditioning is set at 73 I am sweating. If it's over 80 degrees outside I am miserable.

    At 35 degrees outdoors in winter, it's sweater weather, no jacket. I don't even own a heavy winter coat, and I live in central Ohio where it can get below zero. In winter, I sleep in a t-shirt and use a flannel top sheet to cover with - but no blankets or comforters.

    I am 45, no sign of menopause yet - I have been this way my whole life. My Mom says as a baby she had a terrible time keeping me covered up. I just can't wait till I have hot flashes - I will probably set the house on fire ;-(
  10. IgotYou

    IgotYou New Member

    My normal temp has always been 97.6, one degree below "normal".
  11. Notonline

    Notonline New Member

    ...or so I've been told on occasion. LOL

    97.3 to 96.8

    99 sometimes on my "crappy" days.

    I need a new thermostat.

  12. Dara

    Dara New Member

    96 to 97.3, If I have a temp of 99 I am really sick. I do agree with you about the low temperature not fighting off infections.

  13. IntuneJune

    IntuneJune New Member

    AquaRose – Just had my check up with PCP, I did bring the subject of Amour up and got shot down, he said “that won’t help you much.” However, he did increase the dose of thyroid medication a notch. I told him my temperature has always been low. Unfortunately I had not taken it for a real long time except when I was not feeling well and had no idea it had slipped down over another full degree at the time of my visit.

    Hinemoa - I had always thought a high temp indicated body's response to fighting a virus, not a low temperature. But maybe a low temperature indicates presence of a virus our body is not handling well or fighting at all?

    Daylilyfan – Exactly at work when the thermostat is set for 73, I am bloody hot, have flashes, I am postmenopausal but still have “hot flashes” wonder exactly what is causing them, maybe not the usual hormones. But then on the otherhand,unlike you, I can get cold fast, real fast.

    Dara – So then, does your constant low temperature worry you?

    Aaronkatie – How wonderful for you that your doc is checking things out! Could you please keep me informed as to your progress? I am very curious.

    Igotyou – That's what my normal temperature always used to be, now I slipped another degree.

    Notonline – Yes, I want a new thermostat too, I’m figuring it will help with any infections and weight.

    Thanks everyone, June

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  14. Daffodildeb

    Daffodildeb New Member

    is my "normal" temp.

    The Docs have checked my thyroid again and again and again....and have ALWAYS said that my thyroid is "normal."


    Up until a year ago, my resting heart rate was usually 72 bpm. These days, my resting HR is around 90 bpm.


    Deb :)
  15. Kelly12

    Kelly12 New Member

    Hi June,

    My temp normally runs 97.3 and above that is considered a temperature.

    Take Care

  16. RoseSky

    RoseSky New Member

    My daughters and I have always had low temps. It makes it really hard to tell when they are sick because what might be a high temp for them, isn't high enough to be considered a "fever". I just read a lot about dr.s using "basal" temps as one of the criteria for treating thyroid. They tell you to take your temp in the morning before you get out of bed; use mercury thermometer; and place it under your arm for a full 10 minutes. If you keep getting low readings, ask your dr who is treating your thyroid. I also have hypothyroid - all of my blood levels (TSH, T3, and T4) are normal but I am still have a lot of hypothyroid symptoms. My dr gave me Cytomel (a T3 supplement) to take along with Synthroid. If you're still have symptoms, you might want to look into that. Hope this helps
  17. ssMarilyn

    ssMarilyn New Member

    My temp ran around 97.2 most all the time and I was always cold. Then I saw a specialist, an endoc, and he said my thyroid was undertreated. I had wasted years seeing GP's for this problem and it never got fixed. Now that the endoc sorta straightened me out, my temp runs 98.4 all the time and I no longer have to sleep with socks on. It's your immune system that keeps you healthy and strong, not your temp. Your temp only rears it's head when you get sick and it needs to send out it's soldiers to kill off the enemy. Anybody whose morning temp runs below 97.4 definitely needs to see an endocrinologist because your thyroid is no doubt underactive.

    Marilyn :)
  18. Dara

    Dara New Member

    worries me, but let me tell you about two different things I have wondered about.

    First of all, when my daughter was going through chemotherapy treatment for Leukemia she would have fevers that would spike to above 106. Her doctor told me that actually even though that high of a temp can be extremely dangerous, it meant that her body was fighting the infections that she had. He said, now someone older, like you & I, would lay here with a fever, but not high, because as we get older our bodies don't fight the infections like they used to. So from that conversation I had the conclusion that if I ever got extremely ill with a infection my body would not be able to fight it off as well as a person with a 98.6 normal temperature.

    Another thought, this has to do with thyroid problems. I have had 2/3 of my thyroid removed about 12 years ago. I had a tumor on the thyroid, they left me with 1/3 of it and said I did not need thyroid medication. The doctors said that 1/3 of your thyroid is enough to run it normally. I have been checked and re-checked for thyroid functions so many times I can't remember how many now. My tests always come in "normal", at the very lowest number of normal. Also, I have tachacardia, my pulse/heartbeat before medication was running 120 plus beats per minute. With medication it now stays around mid 80's, at rest. I've always thought these were connected and that I really do have a problem with my thyroid, but after seeing a specialist and having even more testing done she says no, I'm just fine.... so, what to do when the doctors have their mind set on a certain scale of numbers and won't budge from it???

  19. IntuneJune

    IntuneJune New Member

    Thanks Daffodildeb, Kelly, Rosesky, SSMarilyn and Dara, the thyroid seems to be the culprit. I will have to give the new thyroid dose a little time to see if it cranks things up. Our immune system is the General in the war against the "beasties" but I am still wondering, if the General cannot call the "body temperature" fully to arms, ie, not reach a 99-100-101 degree range, those beasties may not cook. Like putting a cake in an underheated oven. I wish our Medics would jump in, maybe I'll edit the title. Thanks everyone. June
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  20. IntuneJune

    IntuneJune New Member

    post rolled over