Low body temperature
I invested in getting a thermometer, since I know a lot of you have frequent low-grade fevers.
I was shocked to find that my temp. was a low 96.2 F. I chalked it up to be because of some water I must of drank or something. But everyday after that I'd check, and it's always in the 96.0 F - 97.0 F range. I know normal body temp. ranges from person to perosn, but that just seems a little low. But hell what do I know!
But, today, I had a temp of 99.0 F. I know technically that isn't a fever yet, but would it be? Since my normal temp seems to be a 96.5 F, that would mean I have a fever? I NEVER get fevers, ever. Or do I? Maybe I've had em' all along, but they seemed normal because we are all under the assumption that 'normal body temperature' doesn't vary from person to person.
I have very low body temp as well. Do you take your temp axillary?
I feel healthy around 97 (oral). If I'm 98.6 I have a low-grade fever and feel crummy. It's been that way at least since High School.
When you go to the doc, make sure they take your temp. Over the years they will have a good record, then...and will be able to see that probably if you're at 99 or 100, you're pretty sick.
I take mine oral. I've been meaning to get my temp. immediately after they take mine to see if they match up but the nurse never tells me and I always have brain fog lol.
Many people have lower than average body temps. 98.6 is just the average. My hubby has a low body temp, and several of our kids inherited it from him. It was really frustrating for them when dealing with school nurses. The nurse would refuse to send them home, or even to call me, if they didn't have a "high enough" temperature to be called a fever. I could walk in and tell by looking at my kid that he/she was really sick. We had to get the pediatrician to document the low normal body temps for my kids.
I think that you have the right idea by documenting it for yourself. Try taking it at the same time each day for a while (temp can vary at different times of day) and chart it. It can help you to understand your own body better.
I've noticed that with me my oral temp isnt always accurate. Plus I had been searching for years for a digital thermometer that would work right on me. They all said my oral was like 96 and my axilary was 96 or 97 (after adding a degree) though I did JUST find a thermometer that works for me. It's one from amazon.com it's an ACDTemp digital pen thermometer. My normal body temperature is about 98.5 (in the mornings) but as the day progresses it goes up to 100.9 many days and around 100.5 other days. BUT I may just be in a flare... I started having fevers at least 6 weeks ago. At that time I didn't have a thermometer to check but I had body aches, arthritis pain that jumps from limb to limb, throbbing, feeling ill... So I took a chance on a cheap thermometer on amazon and by golly it works for me! lol Woohoo! So I've been living with fevers for at least 6 weeks. Not sure why other than possibly lupus flare (not diagnosed yet though). I see my doctor on monday to talk about my fevers and pain.
So maybe the thermometer isn't accurate for you guys? Our ear thermometer doesn't work on me either, it is low by 2 degrees. I can't trust thermometers and even the ear thermometer at the doctors office recorded me as low when I know I had a fever. Just baffling I know. Good luck!