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Old 12-15-08, 01:55 AM   #1
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I have a low baseline body temp. 97 ish is normal for me and 98.6 is a fever. Does anyone else have an unusually low or high body temp? If so, any other temp related conditions such as reynauds?
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I've often wondered if I have a mild form of reynauds ... my hands and feet will ache from the cold while sitting in a heated, but cool, basement ... nevermind how they feel when I actually get outside.


I've also noticed that since I started having hotflashes, when I'm not actually having a hotflash, I'm cold. I'm sitting in classes wearing a long-sleeved T-shirt, a fleecy vest, and a sweatshirt overtop those ... while other (much younger) students are in some light sleeveless thing and not appearing to be freezing to death. And at work, the guys are sitting at their desks in dress shirt, and I'm in 2 or 3 layers of wool, and still feeling very cold.

My actual body temperature seems to range between 98 and 99, but I feel pretty uncomfortable when it hits 99.
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I have a low baseline body temp. 97 ish is normal for me and 98.6 is a fever. Does anyone else have an unusually low or high body temp? If so, any other temp related conditions such as reynauds?
I'm about the same.

I suspect I have a bit of Raynaud's (not confirmed by a doctor).
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Same here - 97.5 is "normal" for me. Now y'all got my googling Reynaurds...My hypochondriac wife will love this.
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Same here - 97.5 is "normal" for me. Now y'all got my googling Reynaurds...My hypochondriac wife will love this.
There was a typo originally, it is Raynaud's.

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Doesn't Raynaud's have more to do with agonizing pain in the extremities in cool-cold conditions rather than low body temps?
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Normal temp for me is 97.3. I definitely have a fever at 98.6. No Raynaud's, but thanks for introducing me to another worry
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I have a low baseline body temp. 97 ish is normal for me and 98.6 is a fever. Does anyone else have an unusually low or high body temp? If so, any other temp related conditions such as reynauds?
Low Thyroid causes low body temps.
I take 60 mg of Armour Thyroid once a day.
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Low Thyroid causes low body temps.
I take 60 mg of Armour Thyroid once a day.
I don't have a low thyroid, I just have a lower than "typical" body temp, although from what I've been reading, still within the "normal" range. I kind of like it, I think it's what allows me to be more tolerant of the cold than most people. It was in the 40s and raining this morning and I was talking around in shorts and a t-shirt... people always ask me "aren't you cold?". Nah, it's comfy
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There was a typo originally, it is Raynaud's.
I always do that... Funny thing is, I try to remember that it's not spelled how I think it should be, so I had typed it correctly and then remembered that and "fixed" it. Oh well.

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Doesn't Raynaud's have more to do with agonizing pain in the extremities in cool-cold conditions rather than low body temps?
For me it's not agonizing, it's just uncomfortable/annoying. I don't know if they are linked, but they are both temp related things and I was curious if anyone else had both too. I could imagine scenarios where they are linked and one causes or feeds off the other.

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Normal temp for me is 97.3. I definitely have a fever at 98.6. No Raynaud's, but thanks for introducing me to another worry
Well it's either something you've noticed before or not, it's not something to worry about. For me there is a pretty extensive family history of it on my dad's side. I didn't really know what it was until one day I commented to my dad that my hands were cold and my fingers were white, and he said "oh I guess you have it too then"
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...I kind of like it, I think it's what allows me to be more tolerant of the cold than most people. It was in the 40s and raining this morning and I was talking around in shorts and a t-shirt... people always ask me "aren't you cold?". Nah, it's comfy
not sure if you can ascribe your 'tolerance' to what you say is your lower 'measured' body temp.
At a younger age the metabolism is significantly higher. As age creeps up, the metabolism slows and temp variance tolerance decreases. 20 years from now you'll be singin a different tune and movin around like a cat to find that purrfect, just right, sunny spot. Just ask any olde fart
poor circulation (not your average cyclist's common issue) allows some to feel chilled even on a hot day.

some of your body temp variance might be due to circulation anomaly in the areas you're commonly tested.
if you wanna get a bit more accurate than the avg, get a good rectal thermometer and give that a spin.
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no thanks on the rectal... I use an ear thermometer that's supposed to be pretty accurate. My tolerance is not just due to age, because it's compared to people my own age to 10 years younger.

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my baseline is low too around 97... I also have Reynauds, diagnosed. It really affects my feet. I have to have my feet covered and warm at all times around the house, otherwise my toes go numb and turn white. It sucks. I have to warm them up with a hairdryer sometimes. XC skiing is tremendously difficult....on really cold days i'll get done and from the ball of my feet forward looks dead. I've been wearing chemical toeheaters which helps.
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I have a low baseline body temp. 97 ish is normal for me and 98.6 is a fever. Does anyone else have an unusually low or high body temp? If so, any other temp related conditions such as reynauds?
I guess i'll be the first to have a higher then normal body temperature. Every test I am always right around 98.9. Not sure what it means but that is what is normal for me.
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My normal seems to be between 97.7-98.1. I had 98.1 late in the evening after a busy day, so...
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I have a low baseline body temp. 97 ish is normal for me and 98.6 is a fever. Does anyone else have an unusually low or high body temp? If so, any other temp related conditions such as reynauds?
primary hypothyroidism. usual temp is about 97.2F when I explained this to the last dr. I saw, his response was "oh, your one of those". Guess its not too uncommon.
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Not much sure what difference any of this makes. Is there some reason to think that body temp and athletic performance are somehow related?
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Not much sure what difference any of this makes. Is there some reason to think that body temp and athletic performance are somehow related?
Never said anything about relation to athletic performance.
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Brian forwarded your email, I responded this morning, should be in your mailbox...
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I've noticed that I've become more tolerant to cold the more I ride outside.
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I've noticed that I've become more tolerant to cold the more I ride outside.
I've always been rather cold tolerant (despite growing up in Texas) but the more I ride (mostly in the Seattle area, often in cold/rainy conditions) the more cold tolerant I've become. I don't know if it's due to exposure, exercise, metabolism, increased muscle mass, age, or something else.

My wife and I are currently in Poland visiting her family. The outside temperature is in the mid 30's, and the temp inside the flat is cool. Everyone in the flat is wearing sweatpants, long-sleeve shirts, wool socks, and house slippers. I'm wearing a cotton t-shirt, shorts, my feet are bare, and I'm quite comfortable.

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I guess i'll be the first to have a higher then normal body temperature. Every test I am always right around 98.9. Not sure what it means but that is what is normal for me.
I'm in the same boat. My normal is about 98.9 or 99.0.
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my baseline is low too around 97... I also have Reynauds, diagnosed. It really affects my feet . . . . XC skiing is tremendously difficult....on really cold days i'll get done and from the ball of my feet forward looks dead. I've been wearing chemical toeheaters which helps.
I also have a low base temperature. My hands and nails sometimes turn blue. One of my doctors mentioned Reynauds. I downhill ski and the battery powered heaters in the ski boots are worth their weight in gold. The irony of this is that I also have Morton's neuroma in both of my feet which is aggravated by cycling in hot weather. So I have have come to welcome the cold feet while cycling - lesser of the two evils.
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