View Full Version : Lower than average body temp?

09-26-2011, 04:18 PM
Okay so I know fevers are common and I will admit that I feel "feverish" often (ie chills, achy, malaise) but for me, I often get a "lower" than normal body temp when I take my temperature (96.something or 97)...not drastically but a degree or two below the "average" normal seems to be normal for me. Therefore I wonder when my temp is "normal 98 up to say 99.5)" if I don't have a low-grade fever. Anyway, if this makes sense at all , then I just thought I would ask if anyone else has a low temp.

BTW - Quite often I feel feverish when my hands and feet are freezing but my core (chest/head, etc) feels hot.

09-26-2011, 04:52 PM
I'm with you on this. My normal is 96/97. So when it's 98 I feel feverish. I think lupus knock our internal thermostat out of wack

09-26-2011, 06:37 PM
I have always run 96/97, ever since I was little. A couple of my kids do as well. My current doctor said that anything above what the "normal" (98.6) would be considered a low grade fever for me. On the other hand I've had other doctors tell me that's not true, so I would guess it would just depend on your doctor and what they would say. Personally, I think if the "average" normal temp is 98.6 and 99 is considered a low grade fever, and if you know your "normal" is lets say 97.6 - then if your current temp is 98.5 you would be running a low grade temp. But, that's just my 2 cents! *grin*

09-26-2011, 07:29 PM
You know, I was wondering about this myself. I started having fevers/feeling feverish, but didn't have a thermometer. When I got one, every time i felt feverish i was actually at like 98.6 and most other days I was lower than that by one or two degrees. Was very odd!

09-26-2011, 08:59 PM
Every time I take mine or my daughters temp it is lower than usual. Anywhere from 34deg c. When I have felt feverish, I was only 36deg c. I dont know whats up with that. Thryroid issues?

09-27-2011, 06:40 AM
Great question, I too have wondered about this as my "normal" temp is around 96-97.

09-27-2011, 12:08 PM
I started wondering about this too because there were times when I just KNEW I had fever but the thermometer would read 98.6 or so. So I started a log, and took my temp 3 times a day for 3 weeks. Turns out my normal temp is around 96.5. My theory/belief is that 98.6 for me is a low-grade fever, and at 100 I'm sick as a dog. My body temp hasn't always been like this, just over the last 5/6 years or so when the old body went haywire, lol. Lupus related? I don't know......

Hope this helps!


09-27-2011, 04:41 PM
Wow! It is nice to know I am not alone. I will definitely mention this to my doctor.

Thanks everyone!

09-27-2011, 08:49 PM
My normal temp really is 95. 98 and I know I have a fever.

09-28-2011, 02:34 AM
Ok how many of us have thyroid issues?

1) me

09-28-2011, 05:40 AM
Probably more thyroid related. I think it's the Broda Barnes (not sure if BB) to take temp under arm pit every morning upon wakening and then every evening before turning in. Keep a log for x amount of weeks. I am low......"normal" for me is
96.whatev I am also hypothyroid.

09-28-2011, 11:29 AM
Ok how many of us have thyroid issues?

1) me

Not me that I know of but my dad does so maybe this is something I should look into.

09-28-2011, 11:57 AM
My daughter and I both have this issue. 98.6 is fever for me although the docs don't accept it. Ash and I both stay just under 97. Interesting topic!

09-28-2011, 02:54 PM
Once again - the board is the "go to" spot for real info! I also run 97.5. As far as thyroid, not long before my fibro kicked in (a few years before Lupus), my thyroid went crazy! I've had issues since I gave birth to my son but these were big swings. There are a few meds that I never miss and my thyroid is one of them.

09-28-2011, 04:07 PM
I have a bad thyroid as well