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   Posted 11/21/2012 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I was reading a post where a person talks about low body temperture and it got me curious...
I have low body temperture-96.8 cool
A fever for me is 98 or higher. If it reaches 100 you better call 911. devil
During a bad case of pnuemonia I never got over 99.
I've been this way almost all my life. My mom and dad has it too, but not as low as mine. Mom has MDS (pre-lukemia). Dad's had problems with skin cancer and heart disease.
It made me think if this was common among people who are wired different like us? confused
Do any of you have low body tempertures?
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   Posted 11/22/2012 2:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Couchtater- In my fibro book it does mention fibromites having low body temps. I am like you mine runs low even when I am sick. If I get a temp of 100 I am real sick. Lol Now that my thyroid is normal I am much warmer feeling wise. I haven't check my temp to see if it came up since I started my thyroid meds. I live in Alaska, it's kind of hard to no what is normal feeling. I have to have lots of layers on to keep my raynauds under control.

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   Posted 11/22/2012 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had low grade temperatures for as long as I can recall. I was told they're generally caused by allergies. I do have allergies but I keep them under control with avoiding foods I'm sensitive to and environments I'm allergic to.

I googled low grade temperatures and allergies and found this healing well post from 2005:

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   Posted 11/22/2012 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
My temp runs between 94.4 - 96.6. Yrs back when I had pneumonia the 1st time, I went to a new dr and my temp was 98.2. She told me 'I would put you in the hospital, IF you had a temp'. I never knew my temp ran low at the time.
I've had the many different tests for my thyroid, always comes back normal. I've mentioned that my Gma & aunt both had their thyroids removed, but it doesn't seem to mean anything to the drs.
When my temp drops so low, my body goes into survival mode. I have to lay on the heating pad w/ an afghan over me till I start to warm up. I can't even think to take my temp at that point, so I'm sure it's lower than 94.4, because at that temp I am still functional.
That is one of the reasons I dislike winter so much. I seem to drop like a rock as the weather gets colder.
It would be nice to have some answers to this question.
God bless.   Alice.

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   Posted 11/22/2012 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I am hypothyroid. I get checked regular by my doctor. He's great at monitoring my T3, T4. My old doctor refused to admit I was hypo because I was 5.8, but I went to my new doctor and he checked my T3 & T4.
I've been on synthoid for 6 years now.
Last check I was at .4 on my bloodwork.
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   Posted 11/24/2012 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I too have a low temp. Usually in the 96 range. I get mad when I know I am sick and the temp shows 98.6 and they say your temp is fine no fever when I know I have a fever. How do you explain this to your doctor?
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   Posted 11/24/2012 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I've always had a pretty low temp as well. The best thing to do is when you are at a regular visit with your Dr....have them take your temperature so they can write down what your baseline/normal temp is so if you have an issue in the future...they can easily see what is a fever for you.

Even with my low temp...when I have gotten sick with strep throat, Scarlet Fever, and Dengue Fever....the temp would go up into the 101/102 range.
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   Posted 11/25/2012 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had my Thyroid checked numerous times and there is nothing wrong with my thyroid, but I've had low temps all my life. My average is 95/96. I get cold really easily too. When it goes back into the 98 range, I still feel fine but anything over 98 makes me feel like I'm dying! One time I was really sick with bronchitis and my temp reached 102.3 - I was delirious. So I always try to catch my illnesses early before they get to that point.
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   Posted 11/26/2012 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, low all the time. Going on thyroid meds has done nothing for my temp or feeling cold all the time. Actually, I don't feel any different at all...

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   Posted 11/27/2012 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I have always had a normal body temp around 96.5. When I would register "normal", I would really have some fever. It isn't a problem now because of digital thermometers, but when I was a kid, I had to register 99.5 or better before anyone believed I was sick. Frustrating.

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   Posted 11/27/2012 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
i'm usually right on the money 98.6

but my mom is just like you (she has fibro too)
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   Posted 11/29/2012 3:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Joy, its ok to have a low body temp. Mine is lower than yours. I'm usually 95.5. We have temp ranges though and I found mine 95.5 to 97.1 Just like others, if I am at 100 I am sicker than a dog. A former primary didn't believe me til I got real sick one time. My temp was 102.3 and they saw me sweating and freezing and not talking straight, shaking, despite me having a blanket with me and wearing long johns with sweats and a tank top under a t shirt under a turtle neck under a sweater under a jacket.
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   Posted 11/29/2012 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
What's so strange is when I feel really rotten my temperture drops down to 96.1. I can't figure it out.
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   Posted 11/29/2012 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, always on the low side. But I prefer lower environmental temperatures. Cooler weather to warmer. I would prefer to shiver a little than be too warm.

At least it saves heating bills in the winter.
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   Posted 11/29/2012 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm the same. I run cool, but prefer cooler weather. I hate being hot.

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   Posted 11/29/2012 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I love cooler weather. Tonight everyone in the house is freezing and bundling up. I'm actually sweating! I even asked for the temperture in the house to be lower at night because I sweat so much under one sheet and in a cami and shorts!
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