Is your normal body temperature below 98.0?

My normal temperature is around 97. When I have a fever or the sweats, it may go up to 98. At 99 I am deathly ill.

I am the only person I know who has this oddity. But I was surprised to see this old thread where 20 posters all said the same thing!

This is NOT in any of the medical textbooks about sarcoidosis. Is a chronically low body temperature a symptom? I should add that my thyroid levels have always been smack in the middle of the normal range. Because of my low temps, doctors keep checking my thyroid but it is always normal.

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97 is a common normal body temp for many many folks, so yes, you will feel 'ill' at 99 degrees. I worked in a hospital for many years and observed this as well as have it this body temp myself. Thyroid is no issue for me.

Regards,
I.

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Mine dropped from 98.6 down to 97 when I came down with sarc. I don't have thyroid issues either.

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My normal is in the low 97 range. 99.9 is the low grade fever I had for three weeks in November of 1999 when my Sarcoidosis journey began!

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Yes, around 97.6 is normal for me. I do have hypothyroidism and take synthroid.

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My normal body temp varies between 95.8 and 97. When my temp goes up to 99 degrees, I feel like I'm burning up, but when I've tried to explain this to doctors, they ignore me and tell me that you really aren't considered as having a fever until it goes up to 101 degrees. That would be around 104 degrees for me.

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Oh yes, I do have hypothyroidism and am on levothyroxin.

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Irene, I know that there are healthy people who have a normal temperature of 97. But there are also healthy people whose normal temperature is 99.6. The average is around 98.6 or 98.4.
All I am saying is that it seems unlikely to be random chance that so many sarkies without thyroid problems have a low normal temperature. Statistically, you would expect half of us to have high normal temps and half of us to have low normal temps. Also, normal temps for many of us fell when sarcoidosis developed.

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My temp's always 97. Even when I feel like I have a fever; my temp doesn't go up over that. No thyroid problem.

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Over the last 181 days, my minimum temp was 97.0, maximum was 99.2 with an average of 98.2. I take my temp morning and evening along with my blood pressure and oxygen saturation.

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I always have low body temp and no thyroid issues at all. Last time I was in hospital with pneumonia, they were going to release me because I had "no temp" told them to do another chest x ray and ended up staying another 4 days until temp was MY normal 97.1

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I spent the month of December 09' as per my doctor charting my temps...I barely made it to 97.0 much less 98.7 and again I was following dr.'s orders...using the thermometer under my arm 3 times a day. I had been telling doctors my internal thermostat was broken...they looked at my like I was crazy except for one holistic doctor. By the way I never thought I had any thyroid problems. But because of my Premature Ovarian Failure they always checked all my levels...and it was just not my thyroid and my hormones that went hypo and hyper...It was a more dangerous condition involving my adrenals..which were dangerously low(cortisol) and then months later without medication would be high and then very low again. At this point I dare any doctor tell me what is going on with my body. I finally have an amazing internal med/DR who is also a genetics specialist. He knows that I am spot on in describing what is happening in my body...To the point that I am almost an outsider looking in (with that kind of objectivity) for the first time in 44 years my doctor knows that I know more about my body then he does. His job is to then figure out medically what is wrong with it! (and that it is not psychological)!
Ironically I was improperly diagnosed bipolar earlier in my life (though I have never had a manic episode) Now that is how I describe my body...my mind is fine..but my body is bipolar...One other point BRAIN FOG AND BODY TEMP. there have been many studies about how even a tiny degree lower body temp affects your mental clarity...So people like us who can normally range from 95.00-97.00 are at a serious disadvantage.

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No Thyroid problem here, yet my temp has been as low as 94.6 and my blood pressure has been as low as 65/39. I'm told that my Autonomic nervous system is not working properly. My Neuro doc feels the disturbance in my autonomic nervous system is due to my Neuro Sarc. Apparently your autonomic nervous system has two sides, parasympathetic and sympathetic. Our temps and bp will go up and down but these two systems are supposed to communicate and regulate, mine don't!!

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My temp is ALWAYS low, around 97.6, also the Drs. don't believe me when my temp is "normal" and I tell them that I have a fever. Oh brother! I had a cyst on my thyroid that turned out to be concerous but I had no symptoms or unusual thyroid blood work. My Dr. found the cyst in a normal check up. I thank God for him - Dr. Philip Morrow.

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My normal, non-sick body temp is 96.5. If I get to 99, I am hurting all over, eyes burning, and miserable. At 101, I want to die.

I have had 1 physician acknowledge this. ONE. And that was the cardio-thoracic that did my mediastinoscopy. Not even my PCP will acknowledge it. Last week when I had strep, my temp hit 100. The NP that saw me thought I was faking it (her words not mine; she saw a number of appts for me for the past year and decided I was a hypochondriac. while she was waiting on my strep swab to come back, she went through my chart. she literally came back in the room and apologized. she thought i was a drug seeker--though when the last time someone sought out amoxicillen was, i can't tell you. it's not like it's good for anything....) She was really surprised to find the strep screen positive when * you have no temperature.*

I get so sick of having to walk every physician I meet through medical school with a dictionary and google.

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I also have a low body temp, no thyroid issues, and 99 is definitely a fever for me. Long before sarc was diagnosed I told my docs that my internal thermostat needed replacing. When I'm hot, I am really hot - dripping with sweat with no exertion (lovely), and then freezing cold. What's that song? You're hot then you're cold, you're yes then you're no...... Lol

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I am always cold unless I have a sarc fever and was diagnosed with low blood pressure 27 yrs ago! dont know my body temp ... maybe I should buy a thermometer now .... love that song btw NE...

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Interesting subject my temp has always been low too - around 96.4 even when I am sure I am burning up. When I was having the terrible night sweats a few years back my temp would go up to around 100 or 101 and I would think I was dying. No Dr. has ever mentioned that my temp was too low. As far as I know I do not have any thyroid issues but I am having a full endocrine eval end of this month.

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I too have a low normal temp. 97.4, bp is also always low. Been to way to many specialists this last year and half. Sad to say I had forgotten that the original onset of Sarcoidosis I went through the same kind of symptoms. Each Dr. knew about the Sarcoid but none of them put it together. All this to say all of them acknowledge my normal low temp. and recognized that my "fever" was also one of the symptoms we ignored. About 6 weeks ago I exploded with symptoms and right now dealing with the fatigue,
and the side effects of intense steriod treatment.
No one wants to take me on since I am longterm
Diabetic with some complications. My PC dr. put me on the steriods but told me to go to a Rheumatologist that treats Sarc., well that has been an eyeopener. My onset is not a priority for the Dr. I am still 1 month out from that newbie appointment. Other Rheumatologist simply do not treat it. I am trying to contact other Sarc. patients in my area to find a Dr. that will treat ALL the symptoms. This is not an easy path we walk.

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I never had a low body temp until I started getting sarc symptoms. Now my average temp is 97. There have been times when I felt really bad and had chills and my temp would be 98.7 or so, but I know I had fever.

Interesting discussion. Something I have wondered about, too.

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My avg. temp has been about 97.3 for years before dx with neuro-Sarc. Sometimes lower. If mine gets over 98 I can tell I have a fever. When they say ave. temp is 98.6...that means the ave. person's temp. But Dr want to act like its carved in stone. Every time I go to Dr. and they check my temp. if its 98 or above I tell them (again) what my avg. is. They look back on my chart and see I'm right.

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