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My temperature is very low today - so low it's off the scale

(20 Posts)
Katymac Mon 26-Oct-09 10:50:04

It's normally reasonably low closer to 36 on average that 36.5

But today it isn't registering as 35

Am I a freak unusual?

Sagacious Mon 26-Oct-09 10:51:39

I always register as mid 35's and never feel the cold.

But I am V Odd.

TheDevilEatsBabies Mon 26-Oct-09 10:52:04

that's worrying.

did you leave it in place for long enough?

did you put it somewhere that might be a little bit colder (eg in a fold of skin that has been exposed?)

TheDevilEatsBabies Mon 26-Oct-09 10:53:28

just got this from google:

"Normal human body temperature is usually stated as 98.6 F (37 C) orally, it actually ranges from 97.5 to 98.8 F (36.4 to 37.1 C). Some people have temperatures in the 96 F range and feel fine. Your body temperature is not considered dangerously low until it is below 95 F (35 C). Mild reductions in body temperature are often temporary and don't indicate a serious problem or condition. For example, your temperature normally is lower in the morning than in the evening. The most common cause of a lower-than-normal body temperature is exposure to cold. But occasionally, a low body temperature can indicate an underlying problem or condition, such as:
Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
Adrenal gland insufficiency (Addison's disease)
Hypothalamus dysfunction
Liver failure
Kidney failure
Widespread infection (sepsis)
Excessive use of alcohol or illicit drugs
A side effect of certain medications, such as phenothiazines, barbiturates, opiates, clonidine, lithium and benzodiazepines
If your low body temperature persists, consult your doctor."

from here

Katymac Mon 26-Oct-09 10:54:48

It's a forehead thermometer - everyone elses (should that have an apostrophe?)is fine

I've always thought I was a bit odd unusual

Katymac Mon 26-Oct-09 10:57:00

I have had an ear infection for over a week & I am finally seeing the GP at about 3 because it got worse grin.......maybe it's worse than I though <gulp>

MarthaFarquhar Mon 26-Oct-09 10:59:14

Forehead thermometers are hugely affected by ambient temperature so not v.accurate.

bran Mon 26-Oct-09 10:59:31

If you're using an in-ear thermometer you might need to give the sensor a bit of a polish or change the plastic cap. Otherwise, yes, you are a freak. wink

I always register too hot, so similarly freakish. Health professionals think I'm running a temperature because I'm outside the 'normal' range. I'm usually between 37.3 and 37.5.

bran Mon 26-Oct-09 11:01:03

Sorry, crossed with your post about it being a forehead thermometer. I'm packing the suitcase as well as posting on here.

belgo Mon 26-Oct-09 11:02:18

It's probably the thermometer reading that is inaccurate. I wouldn't worry too much, unless of course you want an accurate measure of your temperature.

TanteRoseFromTheDead Mon 26-Oct-09 11:05:24

if I take my temp. in the morning, then I am always around 35.5. I warm up a bit as the day progresses....

EightiesChick Mon 26-Oct-09 11:08:04

I think it's very likely that this is a thermometer problem. Forehead ones certainly are not that good anyway. Get a decent digital one if you can and try again. I used to get freakish results when temping (TTC) until I worked out I was messing up the preocedure, otherwise I ought to have been dead smile

Katymac Mon 26-Oct-09 15:39:44

Well the GP said my temp is low - but he isn't worried about it

Oh & I have a boil in my ear hmm

bran Tue 27-Oct-09 11:46:09

I'm wincing at the thought of a boil in the ear. I hope you feel better soon.

Katymac Tue 27-Oct-09 12:07:13

It is very very sore tbh

the GP gave me codeine for it - he couldn't see my ear drum as the ear canal was so swollen

mmrred Tue 27-Oct-09 21:15:42

Could you be dead but too busy to notice?

EyeOfFrogSpawnChorus Tue 27-Oct-09 21:20:19

lol at mmrred

<<sorry KatyMac...nothing valuable to add>>

Katymac Tue 27-Oct-09 21:43:15


How would I know ?(I have stopped going to the loo......but I put that down to the codeine wink)

Daisydot Sat 07-Nov-09 22:51:11

check out wilsons syndrome.

jybay Sun 08-Nov-09 12:06:21

TBH forehead thermometers are rubbish. Get the old fashioned under the tongue mercury sort and make sure you leave it in for 3 mins. The chances are that your temp will be in the normal range.

jybay (GP)

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