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Thyroid and Body Temp


#1

Ok so I have very low waking temp. Usually mid 95s. Never below 95.4. I have also never made it up to 98.6. My GP tested TSH came back 3.1 she said i'm fine I see this a lot in maryland people just have low temps here. I called BS. Saw a specialist who diagnosed it as "sub-clinical" hypothyroidism. I have had the symptoms for quite some time but never added them all together.

Even with armor thyroid 30mg I wasn't seeing a measurable temp increase. Some days maybe others not at all.

Is it normal for some people to just have a lower temp? I'm 187lbs tall and lean. I eat healthy and exercise like any T-Nation reader does. Any ideas?


#2

The author of The Thyroid Solution (a real physician) didn’t even mention body temperatures. When I mentioned low body temperatures and waking/midday results the physicians I saw almost rolled their eyes out of their sockets. It seems like a horrendous fad on this site and some are true warriors when it comes to thyroid health but it loses it’s validity when it’s from books authored by an RN with a PhD in literature. My TSH was up to 4 and I couldn’t convince anyone to treat it. I’d be interested in hearing how you progress.


#3

Please read these stickies:

  • advice for new guys

  • thyroid basics

Verify that thermometer is good, someone else should be able to get 98.6 with it.

Are you iodine deficient from using sea salt or no salt at all. Should be using iodized salt and/or vitamins that list iodine AND selenium.

If one is iodine deficient, often others in the home are too. Check their temperatures.

Is your thyroid enlarged, achy, asymmetric or lumpy?

Post all of your lab work with lab ranges. Hoping for TSH, fT3, fT4

Have you had a lot of stress, illnesses, surgeries, accidents, job lost or other crisis that seem to wear you done?


#4

[quote]KSman wrote:
Please read these stickies:

  • advice for new guys

  • thyroid basics

Verify that thermometer is good, someone else should be able to get 98.6 with it.

Are you iodine deficient from using sea salt or no salt at all. Should be using iodized salt and/or vitamins that list iodine AND selenium.

If one is iodine deficient, often others in the home are too. Check their temperatures.

Is your thyroid enlarged, achy, asymmetric or lumpy?

Post all of your lab work with lab ranges. Hoping for TSH, fT3, fT4

Have you had a lot of stress, illnesses, surgeries, accidents, job lost or other crisis that seem to wear you done?[/quote]

Read the stickys- check.
Thermo showed slight deviation, bought a new one and morning temp was 96 even.
I take a thyroid supplement that has iodine, selenium, b vitamins, etc.
Thyroid shows no lumps, tenderness, or any kind of physical abnormality.
It is hard to get docs to check ft3 and ft4. I know “find another one” and I did. Telling a doctor what to do usually doesn’t get me anywhere.

I have had more stress, two chronic illnesses, and many many things that wear me down on a daily basis. I am only still here by the good lords graces. I have attempted suicide before because of other illnesses. I have a muscular condition that the doctors believe is causing the thyroid issue. It is called myofibrositis aka myofacial pain syndrome.

If it’s normal to be this low in temp then I will steer clear of thyroid meds. They always seem to make me speedy and jittery in a bad way.


#5

You can order your own labs in most USA states: https://www.lef.org/Vitamins-Supplements/Blood-Tests/Blood-Tests

There are other sources as well. In some cases, it makes sense to join LEF to get lower lab test costs.