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CarrieJett

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This probably has nothing to do with being diabetic, but just curious if anyone else has a low body temperature. Whenever I check my temp (many different thermometers), I always have a reading of 96.5-97.0 F. It occured to me the other day that I may not be a weirdo, so I thought I would ask. Who knows? PS. I am not a vampire.
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Not meaning any impropriety but where are you testing your temp?

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Not meaning any impropriety but where are you testing your temp?


Under the tongue. I know there's nothing wrong with the thermometer, cause my whole family uses it (sterilized!) and they all read a nice 98.6!
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I have read that there is a natural variation among people... metabolic rate is one variable.

Under the tongue... I would wonder if you tend to breathe through your mouth? Also beware of cold drinks before taking your temp. Or there may be other factors which make your mouth cooler than others.

The core temperature is the one you really need to be concerned about.

I understand that the electronic thermometers which measure in the ear are closer to the core temp... although there are other ways to measure this which are (ahem) a little more invasive.

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I also have a lower than "normal" temperature. Not long ago, I found a relation to low body temp and hypothyroidism (which I have). Even though I'm controlled w/Synthroid, I still run low temps.

Is there any chance your thyroid is slow?
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CarrieJett

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I also have a lower than "normal" temperature. Not long ago, I found a relation to low body temp and hypothyroidism (which I have). Even though I'm controlled w/Synthroid, I still run low temps.

Is there any chance your thyroid is slow?


You know, most of the women in my family have hypothyroidism so we checked mine last time and I am well within normal. Probabaly something for me to keep a eye on, though!
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As far back as I can remember (even as a child), my healthy temp has always been lower than "the normal 98.6". This may be a YMMV thing. :)
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mine is lower then 98.6 too. I also have the thyroid disorder but never connected the dots.
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I too read somewhere that it can be related to metabolic disorders...I never run a "normal" temp and if I do, I am sick! Hard to tell your work you have to stay home sick because your temp is "normal" :)

My temps are usually 95-97ish. My mom has said too that even when I was little, I rarely had a fever. Thanks for posting this, nice to know I am not alone!
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Mine is almost always in the low 97's. I have hypothyroidism as well. Interesting.
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cherokee_psh

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I never gave a temp. My is usually 96.7 and has always run low ever since I can remember.
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Hi Carrie, From the number of people with thyroid issues on this forum, there does seem to be a strong correlation between having diabetes and thyroid problems. Low body temperature is one of the symptoms. In compiling a list of things to talk to my dr. about this week (which started me thinking of hypochondria as # 15), I realized that they were all symptoms of low thyroid. It seems to me that I read that your thyroid level may seem normal, but for some reason it is not being utilized properly, which reminded me of insulin resistance. Unfortunately, I can't remember where I read this (poor memory and lack of concentration are other symptoms)....now where was I? :confused:
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CarrieJett

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Hi Carrie, From the number of people with thyroid issues on this forum, there does seem to be a strong correlation between having diabetes and thyroid problems. Low body temperature is one of the symptoms. In compiling a list of things to talk to my dr. about this week (which started me thinking of hypochondria as # 15), I realized that they were all symptoms of low thyroid. It seems to me that I read that your thyroid level may seem normal, but for some reason it is not being utilized properly, which reminded me of insulin resistance. Unfortunately, I can't remember where I read this (poor memory and lack of concentration are other symptoms)....now where was I? :confused:


Susan, My mom had to go through about four doctors before they would give her enough synthyroid to get her to feel healthy. She still fell asleep at the wheel, got hives, and all sorts of hypothyroid things till she found a doctor who believed her that even though her numbers were "normal" she was really not okay. I hope your doc listens to you!
At this point my vitality feels pretty good, but I am definitley going to insist on getting the THS test each time I get my labs, so if there is any change I will know! I remember my mom sleeping through my whole childhood, and just trying SO HARD all the time. Before I was DX'ed I managed to ignore my symptoms till I ended up in the hospital for a week. I think a lot of us feel that is normal to be tired, to feel like ****, and to not complain.
Thanks for all the replies, everyone! I always wondered about this, and now I will keep an eye on the thyroid more. Hopefully I am just a low temp person. We'll see!
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