What temp do you consider a fever?

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   Posted 9/15/2007 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a question for everyone.  What temp do you think is considered a fever?  I normally run 97.6 so when I get to 99.7 I feel like I have a fever, but my doctor says no.  What do you all think?  Just curious!!!
Mary Ann
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   Posted 9/15/2007 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Maty Ann, I had this same conversation with my old rheumy and she told me the same thing your doc told you, but I personally think it's a load of bull... I also run a pretty low normal temp, so when I get to 99 or above, I feel miserable and feverish. I think the medical community has set certain cut and dry guidelines for this and don't look at it on an individual basis. However, my old pcp recognized that anything over 99.5 or so was a fever and documented it as a fever.

I've heard different things like your temp has to be one degree about "normal" to be considered a fever, but your temp was a degree over normal, so your doc was going on something different. Other people here have said that docs only consider a temp of over 100 a fever.

It's all kind of confusing and doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
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   Posted 9/15/2007 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Mary Ann,

I think a lot of us have a lower than average body temp. However, most docs consider a reading of 100 or above as a temp and it doesn't matter to them what your "normal" reading is. Hope this helps.


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   Posted 9/15/2007 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there

You know I take temperatures all day long hardly anyone runs 98.6.  I myself run 97.4 but when I am flaring I run 98-99.  Everyone has a baseline and when that baseline changes and you feel terrible, yes you have a fever.  Don't let anyone even a doctor tell you what you already know which is that you feel terrible and you should be treated not ignored.


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