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5/18/13 4:00 P

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Okay, guys, what I'm trying to say here, is that body temperature alone isn't a symptom.
Some people just run hotter or cooler than others and its perfectly normal.. for them.
Also you temperature fluctuates during a 24 hour period.
Its not static.
Look at the graph in the link I posted and you can see for yourself.

What you do need to check if you are so cold you can't function, is your thyroid hormone numbers. NOT the TSH, which is made by the pituitary.
This would be your Free T4 and Free T3.

When you get your Free Ts back, they may reveal that you need the addition of some T3 thyroid hormone.
That would Cytomel or one of the Porcines like Armour that contain both.

With summer coming up, I'd wait to Fall to ask.
Quite frankly I like my cooler body temp in summer... keeping my house at 81 degrees helps me save on my air conditioning bill.

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5/18/13 2:21 P

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My Doctor knows my diagnoses and meds but rarely understand why I am freezing most times and maybe only had 1 real hot flash in the last 10 years. My husband says my external body temp feels warm when I feel cold. So I know it is my core temp. I have problems using a rectal in placing myself. When I do oral temp I get cross-eyed when I try and see if the time is up by the timer not flashing.

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5/18/13 12:24 P

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Many doctors don't listen. Temps are seldom exactly the same during the day. My suggestion is to take your temp and blood pressure (can be affected by temp, infections, etc) a few times a day, about the same time every day. Record the date, time, how your feel, what meds your on and any other info that might help your doctor see a pattern that might help with a diagnosis. Now that doctors are required to use electronic records they can't make notes, like "patient's normal temp runs low." Your health is worth being persistent. Don't give up!

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5/18/13 12:13 P

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Are you guys taking a rectal thermometer reading?
Mouth temperatures/under arms do not reflect core temps.

The temperature of your hands, feet and legs will be different than your internal core.

98.6 is an average body temperature.
Its varies throughout the day... it rises and falls at in a set circadian rhythm..

Here's a link that explains it:

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Mine is usually 96.8 when I take it by mouth.
I'm usually colder than most people.
Which is great in the summer but makes it so that I can't live anywhere that has a "real" winter like the Northeast. That's why I moved South as soon as I got out of college.

Some of you might need some Cytomel (T3) or one of Porcines like Armour that has it in there already. I had to add Cytomel to my Levothyroxine once I got deeper into perimenopause as my body wasn't converting my T4 properly to T3.

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I forget to check it unless I am having issues so I am not sure what my normal is just that 98.6 is a temp for me. The health topics did not help either.

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mine does not change unless I am sick ??



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When seeing the doctor and my temp is taken the nurse of often says "no temperature" when it is 97.1* or so. I usually say something to the doctor as I have been in often enough that they see how low it tends to be. I had a time that it was low in the morning and then 99.6* or so in the afternoon with my having trouble staying awake. I think the doctors don't know what to do so they just ignore it.

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I have the same problem.. and after surgery they said to call if over 101- well when my normal is 96.7--- 101 is 99 for me and it was 100.9.... seems they do not listen to the person only use what is normal for most people- so I still have sore belly button area- with gallbladder out 7 weeks ago.. they said it was ok- stitches out - the surgeon did not look or feel my stomach..??
I have it written on my medical papers - for what good it does



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5/17/13 10:08 P

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All the friends that I know that know about medical problems understand but when I talk to a Doctor as in the problem I now have they go by the 98.6. I trained as an EMT but still it would be nice to know who will believe me when I say I have a temp at 98.6

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I don't know, but it seems if you took your own temp for a regular period of time and were able to demonstrate to your drs that your "normal" was lower than what they were seeing, that might help them understand? Good luck!

Personally, I know that I run a little low. Hands/feet are always cold, when others are comfortable, I am cold; when others are hot, I am finally comfortable; if I'm warm, everyone else is miserably hot! I get so cold, I've been known to teach in a coat and gloves! Lucky that I don't get sick very often, though.

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5/17/13 9:42 P

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I too would be interested in knowing. My body temp runs average at about 96.4.

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5/17/13 9:05 P

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I have constantly had issues where I have infections and because my body temp is so low I cannot get Doctors to believe me. I just had a Doctor give me a med to help with my sinuses and all it gave me was breathing problems and ear infection but my temp only got up to 98.6 so how am I to get the proper temp for Hypothyroidism?

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