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Cause of low body temp?

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  • Posted By: paul1149
  • April 26, 2008
  • 11:43 PM

I'm just wondering what causes low body temp. I've been fighting a cold or flu and have been weak. Today I took a long nap. Still fatigued, I took my oral temp and it was around 97*.

I looked at typical hypothermia causes and none of them seem to apply. I think this is a normal body reaction to fighting infection, but I'd like to understand it better.


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  • Have your thyroid checked, and in the meantime look up hypothyroidism. I never get a fever anymore, and when I do its very low.Kiera
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  • blaze, Kiera, thank you. Some of those Lyme symptoms hit. And I've wondered about my thyroid before, though it's been pretty good for a while now. I've got a doc appt today and will discuss it. It's about time for a good check up anyway. That CanLyme site was very helpful.paul
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  • This isn't a "low" body temp - this is YOUR normal temp."normal" body temp is just the middle number in a range- which means that some people are below it and some are above it. And the time of day influences temperature changes as well as ovulation for women.And no one can actually agree what that normal is:It originally was 98.6 - which comes from a 19th century German study; a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that their "normal" was 98.2. It isn't hypothermia (would be concerned if it is under 95 degrees), it isn't hypothyroidism, it isn't lyme.
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  • Would it affect your rather certain conclusions if I emphasized that I have been having accompanying fatigue, and if I told you that I have a decades-long body temp history of 98.6 on the nose?
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