What is your normal temp?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Musica, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. Musica

    Musica New Member

    Under another post, a couple of people mentioned having low temps. I hadn't had mine taken much until I had surgery in October, but I found my temp seemed to be between 96.6 and 97.3.

    Where do yours fall?
  2. Flaming

    Flaming New Member

    I'm not sure it's "normal" but I find it 97.4. When the temp goes up to 100.4 the dr calls it a low grade temp - hummm.
  3. millennia

    millennia New Member

    Mine tends to fall just below 98. If I have a temperature of 98.6, I consider it a little fever.
  4. joanng

    joanng New Member

    My temperature was always below 98.6. I never made the connection with this! Like someone else said, if it goes above 98, I consider it a low grade fever because I usually feel like I have a fever at that point.
  5. XKathiX

    XKathiX New Member

    I'm usually 96.7, sometimes go down to 96 - if it goes to the "normal" 98.6 it's when I'm sick.

    :) Kathi
  6. petsrme

    petsrme Member

    Mine has been as low as in the low 95 range. It is usually 95.7 or 96.5. I sometimes wonder how criminal investigators can rely on body temp at finding a body to be accurate for alibis and time of death. I have read books that have convicted people on a body temperature. Such as if a body is found and the temp is 95 degrees this suggests the person has been dead for several hours. I am not sure how many, but I it was a couple at least. If I died right now my temp would be 95.8 and they would think I had been dead for awhile. Has anyone else ever thought about this? I know I got off subject, but this has interested me for awhile.

    Anyway, when I get over 98 I feel like I have a fever and am sick. If it gets over 100 I am in bed and can't move. This is a very interesting subject and I would like to know what the correlation is with our disease.
  7. Dee50

    Dee50 New Member

    94 to 97 but my blood pressure is half of what it should be now days-talk about weird.

    My body wants me in bed 24/7 and I'm fighting it for the first time with pain pills and not going down 24/7 but I'm not going to be able to fight it much longer as my body is doing many things to make me go down and stay down.

    Dee50
  8. WoodstocksMusic

    WoodstocksMusic New Member

    Normal falls around 97 for me... but it runs in a range between 96 and 98.

    Like many others anything above 98 and I feel feverish.

    Anything above 100 and I think I am dying.

    Have been this way all my life. My sister a year younger then me would be up running and playing with temps of 102 and I would be in bed writhing in pain with only 99.

    Funny how different our bodies behave.
  9. jeunefille

    jeunefille New Member

    mine is usually 97.4ish
  10. suzetal

    suzetal New Member

    Mine is 94.7

    Sue
  11. Sandyz

    Sandyz New Member

    My is low too. It averages 96 sometimes it goes down to 94. We had a good post here awhile ago about how low body temp affects our bodies. It had a list of symptoms people feel. I don`t feel well when mine drops really low. I feel cold, dizzy, weak, my brain doesn`t seem to work very well at all. Try searching on low body temp.
  12. Sheila1366

    Sheila1366 New Member

    My temp. has been as low as 95.6 recently all the while I am freezing to death thinking I am running a fear.I wish I knew why our body temp. drops so low.And if it is very low normally when it does reach 98.7 is that a fever?My temp rarely gets to 97 anymore.What temp is considered hypothermic?95.6 seems low to me.I wonder alot about this.
    Sheila
  13. elsa

    elsa New Member



    Hmmm, .... We all have low thyroid. I guess all those studies I have read about the HPA Axis (glands) been dysregulated in CFS/FM are true! Not that I really doubted it, but it's spooky to see in print one person right after the other posting low body temps! I kept expecting to see at least one person pop up and be "normal".

    I started thyroid treatment not thatlong ago. I'm up to 50mcg T3 right now ... I don't think I'm near done climbing to my optimal dose. I also think I may be one of those that need an early afternoon dose.

    Have any of ya'll read about Dr. Wilson and Wilson Syndrome? It makes for interesting reading. I don't think we have yet another illness ... I think it is part of the one we already have.

    I had the urge to test my temp this morning right after waking .... haven't done that since I was diagnosed with low thyroid. Anyway, weighing in at a whopping 97.1! I can honestly say it is an improvement. How bad was I anyway?! Truly, 96 was not a stretch and I had a couple of freightening 95.somethings thrown in.

    I was not always like this .... I was the person in the room burning up. Always needed the air turned on (AC) or the heat turned back. Always had the window open in the car... in winter time! Those days are long gone!

    I hope ya'll are doing OK this morning ... whimpy body temp and all!

    Elsa
  14. Fudge43

    Fudge43 New Member

    I have had a low body temp all my life .. even when I was skinny .. it still ranges between 96 and 97 .. even though I'm having hotflashes and sweating ( most unlady-like type ! haha ) .. even with thyroid meds, it is still like this .. the doctor has never asked .. and I have never told .. I didn't think it was important .. is it ? should I mention it ?
    Fudge : )
  15. elsa

    elsa New Member



    I think you should mention it ... It is difficult sometimes to pinpoint hypothyroid in CFS/FM patients. We need more then the standard three tests and often CFS/FM specialist doctors will rely on the symptoms presented to guide them.

    Many doctors after dx'ing low thyroid will , for the rest of the treatment process , rely on the patient's symptom relief and how they are feeling overall vs future blood tests to tell them how the treatment is going.

    I don't hold out too much faith in doctors who use blood tests only and ignore the patient ... I like the ones who use them as tools only. Getting more and more difficult to find these docs, but they are out there ... God bless 'em!

    Sooo to answer that question you asked way long time ago ... Yes, tell him your body temp. Record the temp reading from the very moment you wake ... prior to getting out of bed ... basil temperature. This helps alot, along with any of the other symptoms of low thyroid you have.

    Many docs ... Dr Teitlebaum comes to mind, use the body temperature as a gauge ... when the temp registers normal they feel the have arrived at the correct dose for that person.

    Take care,

    Elsa
  16. stillfighting

    stillfighting New Member

    I don't generally take my temp unless I'm not feeling well (aside from the DD). When the doc takes it during a routine exam, it runs around 96.8 (even my temp is dyslexic--LOL). When I'm not feeling well, it runs lower and always has been like that.
  17. Aberlaine

    Aberlaine Member

    After reading this post, I decided to take my temp (which I haven't done in months). I'm 97.0. I wonder if that's the cause of my fog lately. My head feels like it's floating somewhere, unattached to my body. It's a different feeling than fibrofog - more like I'm about to lose consciousness.

    Darn, darn!
  18. Fudge43

    Fudge43 New Member

    Thanks very much for the information !
    I just thought since it was low all of my life, it was "normal" for me .. but I think you are right .. there are so many things to mention to my doctor ( she is good, but we hit a bump in the road with her being away so long on maternity leave) .. that I forget some of the points or questions I have .. and yes .. I do try to write them down .. and still forget .. sigh ! haha ..
    I will try to record the temps and see if there is a pattern or a holding pattern rather ? haha
    So thank you for your input ! I appreciate it .. and I appreciate seeing all the others with their wacky temps too !
    Fudge : )
  19. nanna4550

    nanna4550 New Member

    I took my temp proir to a dr. apt for about a month. The range was 96.6-97.6 Average was 97.2 I think. My doctor didn't seem to think the low temp was a problem, and since the blood test was normal, she didn't want to even try a low dose of thyroid med. I have read that low dose thyroid med helps some FM patients, but she said if you take the med and don't need it, it can cause bad reactions.

  20. karatelady52

    karatelady52 New Member

    I always thought mine was low because of my thyroid. But I've been on bio-identical thyroid hormones for 5 months now and my temperature is still low.

    On another forum I'm on, they believe its because of viruses and/or bacteria. They set themselves up in our bodies for their comfort -- not ours and higher temperatures would kill them off.

    It makes sense to me now because I do have lyme and 3 viruses. They're having a party I guess because my temperature stays around 97.0.

    Sandy