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Low Body Temperature

Many doctors are not aware that low body temperatures can cause severe problems or that they can be corrected. Therefore, they rarely check patients for low temperatures. In fact, the body temperature is probably the most important reading doctors rarely check!

Absolutely, a low body temperature is more than enough to explain many debilitating symptoms such as:

Weight Gain
Panic Attacks
Hair loss
Dry hair
Poor memory
Low sex drive
and many others…
Fluid retention
Dry skin
Unhealthy nails
Decreased concentration
Low motivation
Carpal tunnel Syndrome

Many people regain their health when they reset their low temperatures back to normal through the use of stress reduction, rest, healthy diet, exercise, or the WT3 protocol described in the Doctor’s Manual. Probably the most exciting part is that they often remain improved even after they stop taking the T3.

It’s easy to see how important body temperatures are to good health. You know that people can get sick and die from heat stroke, and you know that people can die from hypothermia. You know people can feel terrible when they have a fever that is just 1.5 degrees above normal. It’s obvious that people can feel terrible when their temperatures are 1.5 degrees below normal. Of course temperature matters.

A proper temperature is critical for proper function of the body. Body temperature affects virtually all bodily functions. The thyroid system plays a key role in maintaining normal body temperatures. However, people can have low temperatures and severe symptoms even when their thryoid glands and thyroid blood tests are completely normal.

You see, under conditions of severe stress like childbirth, divorce, death of a loved one, or job or family stress, the body has the ability to slow down in order to conserve energy. When that occurs the temperature will frequently go down below 98.0 F, and patients will often develop symptoms as described above (the body can conserve energy by shutting down energy spent on expendible items such as hair, skin, and nails).

All this is normal and often helpful. However, after the stress has passed, the body is supposed to speed back up again to a normal temperature and vigorous good health…but sometimes it doesn’t. Persistent low body temperatures and symptoms in the face of normal thyroid blood tests is called Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome. Luckily, Wilsons Temperature Syndrome is usually reversible.(information for physicians HERE)

Some people can recover by reducing stress and improving diet and exercise and other health measures such as sleep. Others benefit from definitive medical treatment with a special thyroid hormone protocol.

To learn more, we invite you to use the navigational tabs above to continue exploring our site. You can find a doctor, read the eBook online, or the eManual. You can also subscribe to our Newsletter.

If you are looking for answers, you owe it to yourself to start checking your body temperatures: How to measure body temperatures.

About the Author:

Denis Wilson, MD described Wilson 's Temperature Syndrome in 1988 after observing people with symptoms of low thyroid and low body temperature, yet who had normal blood tests. He found that by normalizing their temperatures with T3 (without T4) their symptoms often remained improved even after the treatment was discontinued. He was the first doctor to use sustained-release T3.


  1. doreen Doherty November 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    I had my thyroid removed ten years ago and have been on Levothyroxine (100 micrograms daily) since then. Can I take this supplement along with my medication? I have been told to avoid any supplements containing iodine.
    Doreen Doherty

    • Dr. Denis Wilson December 10, 2013 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      Many people take these supplements with Levothyroxine without difficulty. ThyroCare does contain iodine though I’m not sure why you would be advised to stay away from iodine, since iodine is an important nutrient for the thyroid.

  2. joy osborn November 27, 2013 at 12:18 am - Reply

    I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I have got a low body temperature of 35.04. Do you think I could have Wilson syndrome?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson December 10, 2013 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      Many patients with fibromyalgia and low temperatures respond well to the treatment for WTS.

  3. roger paczensky December 30, 2013 at 12:46 am - Reply

    My body temp is allways 96.8 and its been like that for 25 years

  4. Joy Pollock January 10, 2014 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Low body temp.— but hot flashes and sweating at the smallest of activilty. taking 100 mcg thyroid for past 12 yrs. Was on prempfo for many yrs but no longer. never had thyr;oid symptoms but first test showed it was low. I was always underweight and energetic. went from 102 at age 62 to 149 at 67. Am very active walk several miles a day ( when its safe Ice- snow etc) plus biking and exercise facility. I am tired of feelling like a steam boiler ready to explode with heat. I dont understand it but am resigned to hot flashes the rest of my life

    • Dr. Denis Wilson January 14, 2014 at 9:14 am - Reply

      Some people with low temps do sweat easily and feel hot all the time, while others get cold easily. That’s why we stress the importance of checking the temperature with a thermometer.

  5. Jon January 21, 2014 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Hi just measured my temp. it was 97.7 F. Is that too low? I do however feel hot and sweat easily. I will do more temperature measurements at other times of the day.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson January 29, 2014 at 5:14 am - Reply

      Yes, that is typical of a low temperature. Sometimes people with low temps do feel hot and sweat easily and still respond well to treatment.

  6. Mary February 2, 2014 at 4:01 am - Reply

    I was diagnosed with low thyroid one year ago and a possible diagnosis of Lupus and/or Scleroderma a few weeks ago. Recently I’ve noticed myself freezing to death while watching TV or reading at night. After taking my temp several nights in a row I was concerned that my temp was a low 95.8 to 96.2. What should I do?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson February 5, 2014 at 5:28 am - Reply

      You can go to our list of treating physicians at to see if there’s a doctor near you that can help you normalize your temperature.

  7. Christin February 15, 2014 at 9:42 am - Reply

    I had a total thyroidectomy in 2005 – I suffered for at least 5 years previous to that and gained over 60 lbs in that 5 years previous to thyroidectomy, felt miserable all the time, all blood work said I was “borderline” hypothyroid so Dr. kept telling me nothing to worry about and it was just age causing all my symptoms including weight gain. I finally was so fed up sought another Dr. – quickly I was diagnosed with multi nodular goiter and had biopsy that came back positive for follicular carcinoma – a week later total thyroidectomy. Fast forward and many years of playing with dosages of levothyroxine I was once again sick of the way I feel and lack of ability to lose weight and laid it all out to my current Dr. – he agreed to listen and work with me to try to get me where I feel better and 8 months ago I switched to Armour thyroid with T3 and T4 – I have seen some improvement although still not optimal yet – My T4 levels remain unbalanced although better – My body temp is always 97.2 and rarely fluctuated at all and I still have symptoms of hypothyroid – the difficult part is T3 levels indicate optimal range so Dr. doesn’t feel comfortable raising my dosage. I just recently (last 30 days) have started taking iodine supplements to see if that would help – I think it has helped some but looking for more and looking for answers, any help is GREATLY appreciated.

    47 year old female
    97.2 morning temp daily
    Total Thyroidectomy (follicular carcinoma)
    Total Hysterectomy (benign tumor, anemia, and stage 4 endometriosis)

    RX & Supplements
    90mg Armour Thyroid daily
    20mg pantoprazole twice daily
    0.1mg Vivelle-Dot patch twice weekly
    1CC B-12 injection weekly
    Vitamin D3 oral liquid daily
    Iodine supplement

    • Dr. Denis Wilson February 17, 2014 at 4:04 am - Reply

      Sounds like a classic case of what we deal with every day. If your doctor would like to call us at 800 420 5801 we can discuss your case with him for free.

  8. Jennifer Wilson February 22, 2014 at 2:32 am - Reply

    I am 71 years old and have been told that I have deranged liver function, my latest reading is 453. I am awaiting an ultrasound to see if I have stones in my liver or bile ducts. I have had bouts of this problem, severe pain in the upper abdomen since my gallstone removal about four years ago. I had an ERCP about five months after my op. I have returned to the doctor quite a few times with these symptoms to be told it is ‘just gastritis”. I am having sleepless nights due to itching on my fingers and toes sometimes staying with me the next day as tingling and itching on the very ends of my fingers and toes. Usually the itching stops in the early hours of the night when I do then go to sleep. Today after a bad night I woke to very high colour in my cheeks and sneezing, I checked my temp which read as 97.7. Is this something to be concerned about and is there anything I can do regarding the itching. I also seem to have very cold feet and lower leg with feeling suddenly very shivery, this is usually associated with the starting of the pain which I am experiencing almost every day. I have been prescribed nefopam which I only take twice a day.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson February 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      I’m sorry Jennifer, we can’t give specific medical advice in your individual case.
      Best regards.

  9. uma garai February 25, 2014 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Today I had a sudden drop of temp, excessive sweating, feeling week, and a tndncy to poop during that period. Though i recovred frm it within 2hrs…
    Had faced the same problem some days b4…
    Hope to get your regards on it.

  10. student February 26, 2014 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    I am a middle school student doing a science project and wanted to know at what age does normal body temperature begin to decrease. I also wanted to know if low body temperatures at old age lead to age related health problems and how.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson March 4, 2014 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Body temperatures can drop at any age. On the other hand, some elderly people have normal body temperatures. As soon as the body temperature drops, whether it’s at 9 years old, or 90 years old, then health related problems can develop because the enzymes of the body depend on their shape for their activity and their shape depend on their temperature. You can study for more information.
      Good luck!

  11. Shawn Pierce March 2, 2014 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    About 5 years ago (40 y/o now), I got really sick. In a nutshell, my bodies endocrine system stopped working properly. Since then I have been on Armour, and several other bio hormones to regulate. that being said I have always, had a low body temp…..usually 96.7, but on occasion it can be lower. Have you ever seen this cause issues it metabolizing food? I am very active, and eat as many whole foods as possible. Stay in the gym, and am active in my community. Have a normal bodyweight, but I have dealt with chronic diarrhea since being sick. Bowl movements in the 6-7 range per day, and never solid…..would body temp have anything to do with this?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson March 4, 2014 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      It certainly could. I’ve seen it before and I’ve seen it resolve with normalization of body temperatures.

  12. B Gurecky March 11, 2014 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    I’m intrigued by this information. My 15 year old son has been having difficulties over the past year with periodic migraines, morning mush brain as we call it, insomnia – all which started shortly after his ‘first’ growth spurt. We’ve been tracking his temperature over the past day as he’s felt pretty bad. Morning temp before 11 am is around 97.1/97.2. After 11 am, rises to a little over 98. Mid afternoon and evening is right around 98.6. He is very active in high school sports (soccer & track). Ironically, his classes he has first in the morning, his grades are not nearly what his grades are after 11 am (difference in C’s vs A’s) We’ve never had his blood tested for thyroid. Based on the info here, thoughts on next steps?

  13. Lauri March 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Have been suffering for several months with excessive night sweats but am so cold my teeth chatter. Started taking my temp and it will go as low as 93 degrees. Have done massive research and because I suffer from candiditis I have recently changed my diet to gluten free, grain free, sugar free, soy free, dairy free and all organic vegetables and only organic chicken, eggs and beef. It did seem to help some but I am still suffering with low body temp. Last night I woke up completely out from under the bedcovers but again dripping sweat, almost like my body was working very hard to return to a normal temp and therefore causing me to sweat excessively. I have been hypothyroid for over 25 years and have been diagnosed with MS for 10 years. The excessive sweating began after a cross-country move and having to go through withdrawal from pain meds for chronic pain. I have been to the ER because of low body temp and was told that there was nothing wrong with me. Can the low temp cause the excessive sweating? It is keeping me awake at night, haven’t slept more than 4 hrs at a time for months. I’m just seeking answers wherever I can as I am beyond exhausted and completely frustrated! Thank you.

  14. carl freitag March 13, 2014 at 6:46 am - Reply

    Hello, i just came thru a period that I attribute to H1N1 or variant of this years flu started last Friday with severe aches after working out the saturday continued w fatigue that had me nap for three hours then turned into fevers and headaches w mild dry cough my normal temp is 98° and it went up to 101.8 took aleve and then down to 99. Next day temp went up to 102.5 and took three ibuprofen and it went down to 97.6 till it wore off and went up to 102.9 at highest then i took one ibuprofen every couple hours. I would wake up drenched at three a.m. and again each of next two hour monday tuesday and wednesday. Yesterday my temp was 98-97.6 so normal for me so no pills no headache so i expected i am getting better but was surprised to have drenching sweat again this morning and now my temp is down to 96.8°. I am sick of walking up trying to find dry linens and things to sleep in. Will this issie self regulate or is my body going to need help?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson March 16, 2014 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      It seems still too early to tell. Best wishes.

  15. afsar Raza March 17, 2014 at 2:21 am - Reply

    I have cough for last 20 days . i was feeling low as if i have fever . I measured the temperature and discovered that i have temperature 97. 3 F . I was already taking antibiotics for cough on the recommendation of doctor .
    i again told doctor that my temperature is one degree below normal and it making me lethargic and low energy . I am feeling sleepy through out the day. Doctor smiled and recommended me B-complex capsules. Now i am taking antibiotics along with B complex capsules but of no help . Please suggest me what now i should do?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson March 21, 2014 at 11:08 am - Reply

      If your temperature is still low and you’re still feeling poorly after your illness subsides then I’d suggest you consider some of the options presented at If you wish, Dr. Wilson can speak to your doctor about your case for free.

  16. aileen mckay March 19, 2014 at 1:50 am - Reply

    I have had symptoms of high cholesterol for a couple of years (no rubbish in my diet), sweat at the slightest activity, am sluggish and forgetful some days, starting to gain unexplained weight. All put down to ageing. Am 69yrs old, weigh 64kilos (was 59kilos for a long time). All thyroid blood tests come back normal. However I just accidently saw this low temperature info and decided to try taking my temp. It never gets to the normal range. Early morning and readings during the day are all in the 97+ range with occasional readings of low 98’s. I did this randomly for a few days but now have drawn up a graph chart and will do these readings for a week and take them to my Dr. I am worried he will dismiss this and leave me wondering again. However if this happens I will try another Dr. When I read the probs a low temp can cause I am shocked. I have flu and colds all year even tho I have the flu needles. Last year I even had swine flu.Thanks for your post. Aileen.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson March 21, 2014 at 11:18 am - Reply

      Good luck :)

  17. Mrs.Frank March 19, 2014 at 8:07 am - Reply

    I have suffered from being cold my entire life. I’m now 47. Several years ago I started my quest to see if there was any help for my symptoms which are as follows. Severely cold most of the time. Extremely cold hands and feet. Go to bed freezing and wake up in middle of the night drenched in sweat and of course back to freezing. Tired regardless of how much sleep I get, never feel energetic in the morning. I look at food and gain weight, so when I do eat I barely eat, I don’t smoke and rarely drink. Been tested for pre-menapasul, not it. Been blood tested for Thyroid and told all came back normal. Even had a Endocrinologist ask my why I was there and then they prescribed me Prozac, as if I was making this all up. It is so upsetting to look around a room of people who are so comfortable and I’m bundled up because I’m cold, or to be at the pool with my children the outside temp is 78 and it’s too cold for me to get in the water with them. Took my temp mid afternoon the last 2 days and it is 96.8 . Is this normal? Is there any help?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson March 21, 2014 at 11:23 am - Reply

      Some doctors look at patients like you all day and see nothing wrong and do nothing for them. On the other hand there are doctors that look at patients like you all day and see a simple solution to difficult problems and treat it all day long because it’s one of the most common problems known to man. If your doctors can’t help you normalize your temperature that doesn’t mean you won’t feel a lot better if someone can.

  18. Lesia March 19, 2014 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    It seems like after simple URI with some fever, my temperature is dropping to 36.2C. I would not be bothered checking it, but I feel awfully tired, kind of hot and sweaty. What would you recommend to do for me and why is it happening?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson March 21, 2014 at 11:41 am - Reply

      Stress can cause the metabolism to go into conservation mode and drop the temperature. You can wait to see if your temperature normalizes after your illness has passed for a few weeks. Diet, exercise, good nutrition, plenty of sleep. If it persists low then you can consider the options here:

  19. raj April 10, 2014 at 10:58 am - Reply

    since last 2 days in night timings i had sleepless & also excessive sweating.what was the problem & how to cure it

    • Dr. Denis Wilson April 16, 2014 at 9:44 am - Reply

      It’s hard to say what caused that in your case. Low body temperatures can cause excessive sweating at night. You can check your temperature during the day to see if it averages low.

  20. Alana April 17, 2014 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    Hello. I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, PCOS, depression, acid reflux, am on 9 medications daily, a lot more than once & several are strong narcotics due to my chronic pain, depression since 2007. Born 1978. The Fibromyalgia seems to have developed due to head trauma from being hit head on in a car accident. P.S keeps me from driving. I am 35 years old & the back pain, although on many pain medications, has me almost bed ridden. I hardly eat & have gained 100 pounds. My temperature is always between 96.8 – 97.6. I am always hot. Different parts of my body, usually my ears (1 at a time), start to burn & turn bright red/purple for approximately 10 mins. If i can get my doctor to get my temperature to normal, will any of my symptoms get better? I think about suicide & how I can do it almost daily, my doctor is aware. I am 5 foot 2 inches & weighed 100-110 my whole adult life until the brain injury & all these problems followed along with an extra 100 pounds! I hardly eat! If getting my temperature to a normal level will help with any of my symptoms, please let me know. Thank you.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson April 28, 2014 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      Since you are thinking of suicide I must recommend that you call your doctor or local police department immediately for help to get you through your crisis. Low temps can explain many of they symptoms you describe and it is quite possible that you may feel much better with a normal temperature. I’m not saying it would solve all your problems but it may help you a lot. Best wishes

  21. Alana April 17, 2014 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Correction: PTSD from 2007 car accident keeps me from driving. This isn’t living life. This is torture.

  22. elizabeth clagg April 29, 2014 at 7:53 am - Reply

    I have temp of 93.6 and soaking wet I get cold easily . after a long bout with migrains I changed my diet and lost weight when doctors couldn’t help- I have arhritus, fibromyalgia and take thyroid meds fatigue is a big problem iam 75 any sugestionsi cant do much exercise due to the damage in most of my spine walking or standing for any length is tiring and painful ive been on oxicontin for years( 40 mg 2times daily) so I can move through he day

    • Dr. Denis Wilson April 30, 2014 at 7:48 am - Reply

      A low temperature can feel pretty bad. I would encourage you to pursue measures to increase your temperature. I can’t give medical advice over the internet but you can go to the “Doctors” tab on our website and see if there’s a doctor near you. Otherwise, you can have your doctor call 800 420 5801 and I can discuss your case with him/her.

  23. moe May 6, 2014 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    I have been suffering with excessive sweating for nearly 23 years. Am 38 male now and any slight activity or subtle movement and am sweating or shopping in the supermarket and I start sweating with sudden hot flushes that can continue for a whole day. I know my means body temperature us below avg. What is the main reason, it’s completely depressing me and affecting my social and working life.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson May 7, 2014 at 7:31 am - Reply

      I’m not sure why you’re sweating. I do know that low temperatures can cause excessive and easy sweating in some people.

  24. Prince May 15, 2014 at 3:28 am - Reply

    I have been suffering from low body temp…. And body feels hot… I been experiencing fatigue… Blurred vision and heart beat increase for the past 11/2 months….all of my reports are completely normal

  25. Linda May 21, 2014 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Have always had low body temp….96.8….and have always been cold. Only truly comfortable at temps over 80. Normal?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson May 29, 2014 at 9:33 am - Reply

      It is common for people with low temps to have cold intolerance, for sure. Many people in that situation feel better now that their temperatures have been normalized. They don’t freeze when everyone else is comfortable.

  26. Josha May 23, 2014 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Wow. I have been suffering for years and now with the symptoms listed on this site as well as by people in these comments. I feel like things are beginning to turn around. At the urging of friends with thyroid issues I finally decided to have mine checked. The first Dr only tested TSH though I requested a full panel and said it was “normal” and I should come back in to discuss other causes for my symptoms (another office visit = more $). I declined and contacted a homeopathic Dr an hour away. He got me in, took my blood, got my results back the next day, said things were on the low end of normal and I should take my early morning temperature for 10 days. I have had a low body temperature for years. Even when ill and suffering with what feels like a fever I’m usually 95-96 F. Today is day 3 of taking my waking temperature and it is steadily 96.8 F.
    37 y/o female on my way to answers and better health!

  27. Chris May 29, 2014 at 2:03 am - Reply

    Hi I am at the end of my tether. I am a 56 year old female and have been on HRT for 8 years. My father, sister, brother and aunty all have been diagnosed with underactive thryoid but my test come back normal. I am either very cold or boiling hot in the day time and from around 9 oclock in the evening I start to sweat. My night sweats are terrible and from around 4 am I wake drenched every hour. My temperature is 36.4. I am exhausted and can not function during the day. I do not know what to do as I can no carry on like this.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson May 29, 2014 at 9:25 am - Reply

      A low temperature can cause these symptoms.
      Our site has some ideas on how you can get your temperature up. Good luck !

  28. Sarah June 8, 2014 at 8:20 am - Reply

    I have struggled with most of the symptoms listed for 20 years and I am only 32! Thank you so much for being brave enough to “step outside the box” and provide sound info that proves this condition exists. I have seen significant improvement on the T3 therapy in addition to Thyrocare and Adaptogen. I have noticed, oddly enough, that my temp decreases on the weekend and then goes back up on Monday irregardless of an adjustment in the T3. Have you seen this and/or do you have any thoughts as to why this would occur? Thank you again for helping so many patients feel better and get well! God bless!

    • Dr. Denis Wilson June 11, 2014 at 12:52 pm - Reply

      No, i have not heard this very often. Temp usually goes down under more stress…however, for most people the weekend is less stressful rather than more

  29. Kasey June 9, 2014 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    I have a low body temperature all the time, around 97.4, I suffer from severe migraines that either result from really low temperature or the temperature lowers due to the migraine. I am having one right now, my temperature is 95.3 right now. To help with my headaches I have to take an extremely hot bath to help raise my temp and then i lay with a heating pad wrapped around my head. Some of my migraines can last days. My thyroid tests are normal. My body temperature can go much lower than it is right now (the migraine I have now is not that bad for me…I have had some so bad I cant see) The lowest my temp has dropped was 84.0 that I actually took my temperature but I got it back up quickly. I can go from below normal temperature to above normal within minutes without doing anything. Is this normal for Wilsons Temperature Syndrome? I do have almost all of the symptoms on your lists. I have discussed the low temperature problem with my doctor but nothing has been done but checking my thyroid. I am beginning to get worried, I am only 34 and it keeps getting worse.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson June 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      Temperatures can fluctuate, that’s why we go by the average. A temperature that averages low can easily explain migraines and can usually be easily corrected when treated properly.
      There is a conference coming up that doctors can attend to get trained:

  30. ken June 24, 2014 at 7:45 am - Reply

    I’m 37 years old 4 years ago I weighed 250 lbs one day my leg started dragging a little then felt like I got hit by a freight train and never went away at that point I was diagnosed with fibro as my father was then the infections started I get infections and severe pain in my guts several times a year and also in my sinuses in the last 4 years I have had multiple surgeries including gallbladder and the pound and a half of scar tissue around it sinuses multiple times tonsils and around $100k in different tests and procedures at the U of W my body temp is always low usually around 96-97 I can feel the infections come on due to the way my body acts and my WBC count is usually 13.7 or higher with high absolute neutrophils a lot of the time I feel cold but can onlyou handle outside Temps between about 65- 75 degrees are these problems that can come from low temp I can afford to go to the Dr anymore now I just try to ride out the infections and get normal blood work thank you

    • Dr. Denis Wilson July 2, 2014 at 6:22 am - Reply

      Surely, a low temperature could explain a lot of these problems.

  31. ken June 24, 2014 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Sorry at my sickest point I was 170 lbs and now about 180

  32. Stephen Pirschl July 4, 2014 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    My 28yr old wife has a low temp. She was recently diagnosed w/ Ehlers-Danlos syndrome ,POTS, & Narcolepsy. This is day 2 of her taking Privigil. After 5yrs of no one being able to make a diagnosis, she had felt this was the first sign of her having a sense of feeling “normal” again. Should the low temp be in correlation to the new drug or more likely the illness?

    Thank you for your time, its greatly appreciated.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson July 9, 2014 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      My guess would be that she’s had a low temperature for a months but I suppose it’s possible that a drug could lower the temperature in a couple of days.

  33. Maria August 10, 2014 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Wow, this is really interesting. I’ve had a temperature of 34.5 for about 15 years. I also have CFS, fibro, POTS, and severe intolerance to cold, hard to lose weight, daily headaches. Can a low temperature contribute to all these problems? I’ve been having different treatments, supplements, and working on diet, stretching, and stress reduction for years now. Anything else that would help?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson August 12, 2014 at 8:07 am - Reply

      Yes, low temps can certainly contribute to CFS, Fibro, weight, cold, headaches, and possibly POTS. The website suggests possible interventions you can pursue.

  34. Malcolm August 15, 2014 at 5:28 am - Reply

    I have been taking my temperature orally because I have had a bout of vomiting and diarrhea lasting nearly a week now. The vomiting stopped after a few days but my temperature – 97.9 when I was feeling quite ill – is now 97.3. These are mid day measurements. I have also been feeling cold and sweating a lot more.
    Waiting for some results from test of stool sample, but suspect that whatever caused this episode has left me with a low body temperature and diarrhea. Also have a few of the symptoms like dry hair and lapses of memory, and have lost about 6 pounds which is OK, as my ideal weight based on BMI should be 180 pounds or so and presently about 194.

  35. Kathy Taylor August 16, 2014 at 1:50 am - Reply

    I have many of the symptoms listed including a consistent low temp at 97.4 . I’m also extremely allergic to iodine, shellfish. Etc. Would this affect recovery options?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson August 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      Actually, iodine is something that’s found and necessary in every person’s body. People are sometimes allergic to seafood but it’s not the iodine. They are sometimes allergic to radiological contrast but it’s not the iodine. An official Allergy association takes the position that people aren’t actually allergic to iodine itself.

  36. Shaina August 19, 2014 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Am I able to order the supplements for the WT3 protocol without going through a doctor?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson August 24, 2014 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      The WT3 protocol involves T3 which is a medicine requiring a doctor’s prescription.

  37. Sara Morley September 16, 2014 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Hello there.
    I just took my temp. and it is 97.2Sometimes it will go down to 96.0
    I was recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Lupus. Why does the temp. go lower than normal? I just don’t understand that.

    Also, I have had fevers. 99.5 To 99.9 It will go back and forth, between high and low. Is this explainable?
    This is an everyday occurrance. A lot of the time I feel like I’m just going to collapse and pass out. It’s not fun.

    Could you help me understand this a bit? As far as the low temp. I mean…

    • Dr. Denis Wilson September 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      I’m not sure why the temperature would go up and down so much in the same day, though it is typical for people’s temperatures to fluctuate somewhat during the day. Stress is one thing that can reduce the body temperature. There is a fairly thorough discussion of the possible reasons on Fibromyalgia can definitely be caused by low body temperatures. Research shows now that there are many things that can affect T4 to T3 conversion and the body temperature. Basically, the body can get out of balance and, without intervention, it may stay out of balance with low temperatures for many years.

  38. Larry September 16, 2014 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    My temp is 96.8. It’s usually 97 or lower whenever I see the doctor they never say anything. I have extreme issues with heat intolerance, but the TSH is a borderline low, but the doctors are not concerned. I can’t figure out what’s causing this heat intolerance. Can it be a hiatal hernia?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson September 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      A low body temperature can explain heat intolerance.

  39. Jessica Muth September 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    My body temperature is normally 96.6 to 97.6 is that something I should be worried about?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson October 5, 2014 at 5:50 am - Reply

      Those temperatures could explain symptoms. However, if you have no symptoms, I’m not sure there is need for concern.

  40. orion September 30, 2014 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Hi there, Doc my body temperature is always cold and mostly my nails turn blue, very often with my lips and skin…
    could you please tell me what is it… and why

    thank you

    • Dr. Denis Wilson October 5, 2014 at 5:52 am - Reply

      Low body temperatures can result in Raynaud’s phenomenon (excessively reduced blood flow in response to cold or emotional stress, causing discoloration of the fingers, toes, and occasionally other areas. This condition may also cause nails to become brittle with longitudinal ridges). I’m not sure why, but I do know that it can often improve when body temperatures are normalized.

  41. Jessica Muth October 5, 2014 at 7:07 am - Reply

    I wrote earlier that my body temperature is normally 96.6 to 97.6 is that something I should be worried about?

    You replied, “Those temperatures could explain symptoms. However, if you have no symptoms, I’m not sure there is need for concern.”

    I have both IBS and PCOS. I have irregular periods, pms, had depression, I have anxiety and I easily gain weight but I was told that they were all symptoms of my PCOS. I also have allergies both indoor and outdoor along with an unknown food allergy that they think is a spice. I’ve had a lot of unexplainable things happen to me medically over the years such as uveitis, extreme vertigo, and easy dislocation of my knees due to being double jointed. Every time I am told it is stress.

  42. Peggy October 9, 2014 at 8:24 am - Reply

    I have been taking kelp to increase my body’s temperature. My nutritionist thinks I may have a thyroid problem but my tests have been normal. Prior to taking kelp my waking temperature was 95.2, and if I don’t take kelp my temperature plummets quickly. With kelp I can keep it in the 97’s. Other than thyroid what can cause low body temperature?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson October 12, 2014 at 11:40 am - Reply

      Nutritional deficiencies in Selenium, Zinc, Iodine, might contribute to low temps…as well toxins, imbalance of thyroid hormones. Exercise and good nutrition are important.

  43. Vicky Lynn October 24, 2014 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Hi, I am a 27 year old female with constant low body temps. My temperature today was 96.3 degrees Fahrenheit it’s usually 96. Something I have a majority of the symptoms above and am tired of feeling like this. I have been to my doctor and they seem to think a 96 degree body temp is fine. I am not sure what to do.

  44. Julia Anne October 28, 2014 at 4:34 am - Reply

    Since I have a normal temperature of 97.1 F, would that mean that when my temperature is the normal 98.6 F (difference of 1.5 F) that that would be the equivalent of a person with a normal temperature of 98.6 F having a fever of 100.1 F (same 1.5 F difference)???

    • Dr. Denis Wilson October 28, 2014 at 10:04 am - Reply

      That makes sense to me. When I first saw your post, in my mind, i reworded it to say, “I normally have a temperature of 97.1F” I say that because a temperature that low is enough to explain symptoms and can be reversible. Best :)

  45. Navin November 14, 2014 at 4:17 am - Reply

    I’ve had a temperature between 96.5-96.8 as far back as when I was 12, I’m 33 now. The only time my temperature ever really go up is when I’m running (usually after the 4th mile), I’m sick, or i’ve been in the heat too long. Metabolically I’m pretty so so. I can eat all day long and be lazy and not worry about gaining weight at all. My only issue I’ve really ever had was getting my body warmed up for doing anything physical. It usually take me jogging a few miles before I can actually go into any kind of full pace running. Once I’m warmed up I can run over 40 miles with little or no preparations. I exercise pretty regularly and eat pretty well. I do suffer from migraines on a daily basis and nothing short of a long soak in the tub or running helps. I’ve gotten my temp normal ranges with help from doctors before. My problem however is if I maintain a tempt in the 98.5- 98.8 range for more than a few hours my body goes into what I call flu mode. I act like I am coming down with the worst cold in history, I get all achy, nauseous, light headed, and a whole list of symptoms of being sick. I’m hoping that they are more solutions other than chalk it up and live with daily migraines.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson November 16, 2014 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      I’m not sure what means the doctors used to normalize your temperatures and for how long. Perhaps with the right approach you’d feel well with a normal temperature and not have migraines.

  46. Girish Kumar November 14, 2014 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Yesterday I was checking my temperature the reading becomes 97.0 degree Fahrenheit.
    when i told to my brother he told to me that take access exercise.
    After exercise, I checked my temperature the reading becomes 99.0 degree Fahrenheit.
    I feel very active after taking exercise.

  47. edna lugo November 14, 2014 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Ever since i can remember I get cold easily, sweat a lot, and get sick really fast. I’ve been checking my temp. for about a month now and the average seems to be 96.8 should I go to a doctor about this?

  48. michael November 18, 2014 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    I’ve had a body temp between 96-97 for a couple of days now. I feel extremely sick and coughing very hard and having flu like symptoms minus the fever. Reading the article and how it talks about thyroids worried me because my family has a large history of thyroid problems… I was wondering if I was over reacting or there is something actually wrong with me

    • Dr. Denis Wilson November 24, 2014 at 3:16 am - Reply

      Thyroid issues often run in families. Low temperatures can cause symptoms. People without symptoms don’t need to be particularly concerned.

  49. Denise November 24, 2014 at 7:40 am - Reply

    I was told I have hyperthyroidism my levels were in 5s I was put on levothryoxcin but I was told by many I should have hypothyroidism I don’t know what doctor to go with

  50. kayce November 29, 2014 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Hello my temp usually stays around 97.7 it goes up sometimes but normally is that and i stay cold most of the time and I stay tired I have depression but I was wondering if I could have wilsons and if not should I be concerned about my tempature bein so low

    • Dr. Denis Wilson November 30, 2014 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      Yes, you could have WTS. I don’t think low temperatures are necessarily problematic in and of themselves, however, they can certainly explain the symptoms you’ve mentioned. If you’re not concerned about the symptoms then you might not need to be very concerned about the low temperature. Cheers :)

  51. jenna December 4, 2014 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    I am 27 years old, female, 180 pounds. I had 3 blood clots due to tearing my acl and the hospital at the time treated as a sprain, which caused the blood clots in June 2011 in which are now gone, but ever since I stopped taking blood thinners in September 2012; I have been cold, having hand tremors, and temperature is always 97.1
    no thyroid issues run in the family, I feEl like myself other than being cold and the hand tremors.
    my question is it normal for my age to have that temperature? And what would be causin it?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson December 8, 2014 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      Some people can develop low temperatures like yours in their youth. Maybe the stress of the sprain and blood clots developed in you a case of Wilson’s Syndrome (which is caused by stress).

  52. gwen hill December 8, 2014 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Hi, why is it that people who have a low body temperature tend to sweat more?


    • Dr. Denis Wilson December 8, 2014 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      Some people with low temperatures do sometimes sweat excessively. I don’t know why. And some people with low temperatures feel cold a lot and don’t sweat very much.

  53. andy s. December 9, 2014 at 11:43 am - Reply

    My 13 year old daughter seems to run a low temperature all the time. She is short 4’10” and has seemed to stop growing. She is active and does not lose weight. Could her thyroid be underactive and could it hinder her growth in height?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson December 15, 2014 at 4:10 am - Reply

      Absolutely possible. You can try taking her to a practitioner listed on our site. Good luck.

  54. Tom dummitt December 11, 2014 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    46 years old,white male,Hi, I have the hardest time falling asleep I just can not shut off my brain nor get comfortable, I lost 22pounds in the last year, i feel like I have rls except it covers my back and neck too .i can’t gain the weight back no matter how much I eat. The insomnia has my stools being light even though I eat a lot and do not gain,weird to me how my body burns all that food also I can eat a full meal and my stomach will growl,any help would be appreciated.need to just fall asleep.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson December 15, 2014 at 4:19 am - Reply

      I can’t give medical advice over the internet. Do you have a doctor I could talk to? Or, you can try seeing a doctor on our list of treating physicians. Best :)

  55. Marc December 12, 2014 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Hi Dr Wilson,
    Im a 34 year old male who has suffered from chronic fatigue for 18 years. I have many symptoms, but I think there is something wrong with my thryoid even though my tests are borderline normal. My body temperature is always really low, and fluctuates widely. A doctor prescribed me Amrour thyroid but it made me so sick! I tried iodine but that didnt really help. I decided to treat my adrenals. Vitamin C, B6 and magnesum helped immensely, but my temp is still low/fluctuating and I am still exhausted. I tried cortisone which made me feel jittery, and adrenal glandular which also made me terribly sick. I tried various adrenal and thyroid glandular, all of which made me sick. I also have a lot of trouble detoxing – always feeling full and toxic. My questions are:
    1) Could my low body temp be caused by something other than thryoid/adrenal probs?
    2) I often have trouble with supps, so i was going to find a farm that would sell me their animal thryoids/adrenal that i can eat fresh.

    Any advice you provide would be much appreciated.



    • Dr. Denis Wilson December 15, 2014 at 4:52 am - Reply

      Hi Marc :) What you describe is the classic situation that we describe on We need to start separating the notion between thyroid SUPPLY which shows up on blood tests, and thyroid CONVERSION and utilization that shows up on the body temperature. How do we tell how fast we’re traveling in a car? By looking at the speedometer right? Not the gas gauge. That’s why body temperature tells you something that blood tests don’t. I recommend that you see a doctor on our list who can help your normalize your body temperature.

  56. Liz December 18, 2014 at 1:36 am - Reply

    Dear Dr Wilson,
    Over this last 11 years I have been under a considerable amount of stress. I’m am finally in a happy place, but my body seems to be having a hard time recovering. My temperature ranges from 35.6 to 34.92 degrees celsius depending on the time of the month. I have dry hair/skin. I have put on 21lbs in a year and I’m now not losing any weight even though I eat 1400 calories a day and excercise for an hour three times a week. I have had blood tests and everything has come up clear. My blood pressure is 132/80. I don’t feel overly tired, but that could be overworked adrenal glands (I was told by a reflexologist) I have had two miscarriages this year one at 16wks. My doctor doesn’t think I have a problem medically. I know something isn’t right. Please help!

    • Dr. Denis Wilson December 21, 2014 at 9:59 am - Reply

      It can be very difficult to lose weight with a low body temperature, even if your blood tests are normal. Diet can also be important, not just in calories but in content. You could try visiting a doctor to normalize your body temperature and try a diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, lots of water (not a lot of refined carbohydrates like crackers, bread, and pasta).

  57. Saleem Malik December 20, 2014 at 9:01 am - Reply

    My names saleem and I’m 69 years old
    I recently had a suspected DVT and every time I have been to the GP/Hospital they say I have
    A low body temperature.
    I would like to know what is causing this please?
    Also one of my symptoms which doctors cannot explain is a cold sensation in my chest. I feel extremely cold on the inside of my chest and it often stops me from sleeping as I feel too cold. I’m currently suffering approx every other night.
    I would be very grateful if you could provide me with any info with regards to my (strange) condition.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson December 21, 2014 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Hi Saleem, There are many signaling pathways in the cells of the body that can lead to low body temperatures. When the body is stressed, the body temperature can drop as the body drops into a compensatory mode. Cold sensations in the body can easily be explained by low body temperatures.

  58. Skye January 2, 2015 at 8:40 am - Reply

    For the past 6 months I have been having all kinds of health issues, repeat infections, etc., yet even though I feel like I have fever, my body temperature stays low. I am wondering if the low temperature is the reason the body has a hard time fighting the germs off, not being able to raise to a fever level to fight back? My blood tests, etc. have shown “normal” which is one reason I am having a hard time getting issues resolved. I have just gotten diagnosed with h pylori (after having symptoms for months with MDs turning a blind eye). Could the h pylori be the cause of immune system dis regulation resulting in the low body temperature issues (plus many other issues)? MDs never take any notice of my sustained low temperature, as if it has no significiance.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson January 2, 2015 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      Low body temperatures can explain many symptoms. Low temperatures can be brought on by physical, mental, or emotional stress. Infection (such as with h pylori) is one potential stressor that could contribute to low temperatures. Best wishes :)

  59. Vanessa Lindgren January 4, 2015 at 6:38 am - Reply


    I have bad night sweats. My temperature always runs low. It was 95.5 this morning. I am on Armour Thyroid at 90 mg a day and have been for years. My thyroid tests are now normal and any higher thyroid dose makes me jittery. How do I get my temperature up without more thyroid? Thanks.

  60. Jeanne Burns January 6, 2015 at 8:02 am - Reply

    My body temp is usually 97.4F thru-out the day but at times only 96.2F. I’m constantly cold, even wearing 3 sets of clothes daily and need three quilts covering me at night to sleep. I’m diabetic, taking insulin for treatment and at times go off the diet but generally eat from all the food groups. I started taking levothroxine 50mg a year ago for hypothyroidism because of low readings. Thirty minutes after taking, I have a sweating sensation on the back of my right thigh, the only time I ever sweat. My skin is extremely dry still, however my hair has stopped falling out by the handfuls and my nails are finally not peeling back. I still am totally exhausted by noon, constantly hungry, gained 15 pounds within a month, even after walking an hour, three times a week. How do I get my body temp to normal?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson January 12, 2015 at 7:16 am - Reply

      Levothyroxine is T4. T4 gets converted to T3 and RT3. T4 gets converted to T3 by an enzyme called 5′ deiodinase. That enzyme can be inhibited by T4 and RT3. T3 is the active hormone responsible for normal temperatures. People taking T4 who still have low temperatures may not be converting T4 to T3 well. The T4 they are taking can get converted to RT3 and the T4 and RT3 can further suppress the enzyme. Sometimes, a good solution is for the doctor to stop the T4 and treat the patient with T3 only therapy. This reduces the T4 and RT3 levels, decreasing suppression of the enzyme. I recommend that you have your doctor call us at 800 420 5801 so we can discuss your case with him/her for free, or you can consult a doctor on our list of treating medical providers.

  61. Angue January 12, 2015 at 3:07 am - Reply

    I’ve always been skinny. Always had a normal temp of 97.6. Diagnosed with hyperthyroidism 10yrs ago while pregnant. Took the Prego meds till after I stopped nursing. Then switched to other meds (don’t remember the names). When I went Theu about 2 months of regular meds and they ran out I didn’t get them refilled.

    I was disappointed that I gained so much weight (195lbs from 130) when I was pregnant that I now know was because of the meds. When the baby was born I only lost 20lbs and he was 8lbs.

    I am 5’3″ and I professionally sing. Just shy of 4 yrs after the baby was born my husband passed. Earlier the same year I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and put on cymbalta. (Glad I was in it during the funeral) but 2yrs later I got off it with Dr’s help thru physical therapy and noticing reduced brain function (worked in accounting – was tired all the time and making stupid mistakes.)

    Dr said I had 3 options to treat thyroid. Meds, surgery to remove, or radiation. No to surgery because I’d probably never sing again. At one point I lost a LOT of weight fast going down to 115….went back on the meds and gained 40lbs in about 7weeks. No radiation because is have to be separated from my son and lack of family support made radiation not an option.

    Couldn’t breathe at night to sleep with the extra weight went off the meds again. I have been Ned free for about four years now. I’ve gotten rid of sugar in my life except what occurs naturally in food. I hovered around 140-147 for about 2 years, dropped to 120-125 right now. Can’t exercise – winded fast. I’m weak now, can’t do what I used to.

    Now ive had the tremors for four days. Woke up and my temp has been 96.7.

    I hate meds and would love to do more natural ways of getting regulated. A lot of heat intolerances. Love the air to be no higher than 73….need help

    • Dr. Denis Wilson January 12, 2015 at 5:05 am - Reply

      Your doctor can call 800 420 5801 for free information about your situation. You can also try visiting a doctor on our list of medical providers. Best :)

  62. Melanie January 12, 2015 at 9:08 am - Reply

    I’m as low as low can get right now
    I’m currently on 75mg of Levo T4 I’ve gained 4 stone my hair and skin is disgusting
    I look in mirror & don’t even recognise the women looking back at me .
    The side effects of t4 are worse than how I was feeling leading up low thyroid confirmed
    The pain in my hands is disabling I’m freezing ice cold hands & feet
    I’m always so cold !!& out of breath .
    I get mmmmmm & oohhhhh from my GP and sent on my way with my Levo that’s the only help I can be given !!
    My colestrol is so high she wants me to take stains , I don’t want to nor do I want a stroke !!
    I’m a very healthy eater and I don’t eat a lot personal trainers have called me a liar with diaries I’m in UK
    But if happily save up and pay for your help
    I just feel like stopping my T4s they make me feel worse ;(

    • Dr. Denis Wilson January 16, 2015 at 2:32 am - Reply

      You might look for a Dr. Jean Haining in East Sussex, or check our website for other doctors near you.

  63. Sheena January 14, 2015 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Hi, I’m 27 years old and have a 3.5 month old baby. My body temp has been ranging from 94.8-96.6 (usually closer to 95.5) I have never been this cold in my life. A lot of my symptoms seem to overlap with normal post partum. I have been losing hair (which for me doesn’t usually happen until I am done breastfeeding), no energy, Can NOT lose weight, cold, muscle and joint aches. I can’t get into my doctor until Feb 10th. Do you think this warrants having my thyroid checked? I’m worried everything will come back normal and I’ll just be cold and unable to lose weight or have energy. Also my brother had his thyroid out almost a year ago for hyper thyroid. MY mom is slightly hypo and my grandma was hypo too. Does it run in the family?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson January 16, 2015 at 2:33 am - Reply

      Yes, thyroid problems can tend to run in families. Your thyroid tests can come back normal and you can still have low temperatures and symptoms that can be normalized with proper treatment.

  64. prissy January 15, 2015 at 1:51 am - Reply

    Hi, for the past few years now i usually feel hot inside me and it makes me uncomfortable that i often had to take cold bath more than twice a day to cool myself a little. But resentle i started monitoring my body temperature and it always ranges from 35.5 to 36. Could it be the cause or is there any illment that might be causing it.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson January 16, 2015 at 2:37 am - Reply

      Yes, some people with low temps feel hot all the time, some feel cold all the time.

  65. Catherine January 15, 2015 at 4:50 am - Reply

    My body temperature is usually around 34.7-35 degrees centigrade. I also have low ferritin levels and suffer from lots of the symptoms on your list. Is it likely that the low body temp is a result of the ferritin levels, or something in its own right. I also suffer from frequent cystitis. As yet my doctor hasn’t taken my temperature.
    Thank you

    • Dr. Denis Wilson January 16, 2015 at 2:36 am - Reply

      Low ferritin can contribute to low temperatures, people with normal ferritin can have low temperatures too.

  66. Leah Mazdra January 17, 2015 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    so I’ve always had a temp on the lower side. around 97.4 or lower. but earlier this summer I was at school and began feeling very flushed and extremely hot and was sweating profusely and almost collapsed I was so hot, while not many other people were. but I was wearing long sleeved clothes. my dad and I began walking to the nurse and when we got there I vomited because of the heat. the nurses took my tempurature and it was 93.4 and they said it was because I was sweating so much and that it was normal but it didn’t feel that way. after wards I was much better and felt cooled down. it happened again in October but I didn’t vomit but I was extremely light headed and was wearing thin clothes. it went away after I ate. I also have my thyroid tested about every year because my mom and my twin sister both have hypothyroidism but I’ve always turned out normal. I have a lot of stress in my life due to family problems and other medical conditions such as depression, anxiety, adhd, epilepsy, and more so is this what it is?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson January 18, 2015 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      Hi Leah :) That’s a very interesting story you have. I do know that some people with low temperatures feel like they are freezing while others feel they are hot (as you describe). Hypoglycemia can lead to sweating. However, low temperatures can contribute to blood sugar issues like hypoglycemia and diabetes. If your temperatures run low, they could be contributing to your symptoms no matter what your thyroid blood tests say.

  67. Kevin Sunnekalb January 22, 2015 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Since I was a teen my body temp is normally 97.3. If my temp goes up to 98.6 (normal) my body starts to react in a weird way. I feel I’m burning up, but the oral thermometer says it is a normal reading. What can I do?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson January 25, 2015 at 7:54 pm - Reply

      Hi Kevin, it may be that if you can get your average temperature normalized with proper treatment that you may not be uncomfortable when your temperature is normal. There may be a difference between a “thyroid-supported” normal temperature and a “non-thyroid supported” normal temperature. Also, if your temp is averaging low and sometimes goes up and leaves you feeling feverish, maybe you have some kind of infection going on. Best wishes.

  68. Jackie January 25, 2015 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    My body temperature has remained from 96.2 down to 96.0 for several months now. I had a normal result test for thyroid. I’ve started to physically shake even though I don’t feel cold. Is this normal? My Dr. Isn’t concerned.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson February 3, 2015 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      Lots of people have low body temperatures and normal thyroid tests and they are freezing all the time. It’s not usually very dangerous. However, it’s totally unnecessary. Normalizing temps often help people have happier and more productive and healthier lives.

  69. Diana February 8, 2015 at 2:19 am - Reply

    I have not been feeling well. I took my temperature yesterday and it was 95.3. I waited awhile, took it again and it was 95.7. I thought the thermometer was wrong so had my husband take his temp which was 98.5. Today I am feeling better but not great and my temp is 97.5. I searched the net to see if there could be a reason and came to this site. I had never heard of it before. I have always been sensitive to cold but it seems that lately I am always cold. Could there be any other explanation for such low body temp other than Wilson’s?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson February 8, 2015 at 8:05 pm - Reply

      Some people have low temperatures due to heavy metal toxicity, and sometimes their temperatures can normalize after they have their mercury amalgams removed. On the other hand, many people have low temperatures due to Wilson’s.

  70. suyo February 17, 2015 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    Can someone please help me out here or give me advice I’m 25 got a gf a d two kids I love hanging out with people just relax and much more but my problem I just pop out no where I get angry mad pissed idk in side off me want break everything I see it just comes idk what hell to do I feel angry as hell for most off time I protend like im happy aroubd mfy family but in side me something is like eating me today I think in morning I’m call doctor see if he can help me seriously its not joke I wouldn’t kill my time on this I really need someones advice seriouslyyyy I just feel most up which I’m on everything bothers me I wisent like this couple years ago I’m afraid stupid stuff could happen thank you

    • Dr. Denis Wilson March 1, 2015 at 8:57 am - Reply

      Yes, low temperatures could explain symptoms like this. Irritability, panic, depression, overwhelm, end of rope, etc. Also, perspective can contribute. If you notice that you feel ok when people treat you the way that you’d like to be treated but then you seem to “snap” when people don’t treat you the way you’d like to be treated then that might be an indication that you are looking for happiness in the way others treat you (like most of us do). That can often be a disappointing and difficult approach. Another approach would be to learn to look for and find happiness in a more reliable source, like God, for example. That way, we can be happy and do good to others without needing or hoping for them to treat us the way we’d like to be treated in return. That way we could be kind to everyone, those who treat us well and those who don’t. Just a thought.

  71. Paul February 19, 2015 at 7:26 am - Reply

    I’m trying to decide if this might be a solution for me.

    At 45, male, for nearly the past ten years I’ve had all the classic symptoms of hypothyroidism, but none of the corresponding blood work to support a medical course of action.

    It started by gaining about 35lb (215-250+) after the death of a GM and then mother..and I cannot for the LIFE of me find a solution for losing any of it. I’ve had some mild success with high protein, low calorie diets, but even after months of 150-200gr protein (1200-1500 cal) a day for months, I’ll end up losing 2-3 lb a month. It’s not sustainable. I’ve tried everything possible over the last 10 years and had nearly no improvement.

    I have low libido, low energy, some confusion and memory loss, I have very low oral temperatures, averages in the AM 95.5 (sometimes 94.6-94.9) with a rise in the mid-day to about 96.5-97. I have not seen 98.6 in over a decade. (I hand the thermometer to my GF and she shows 98.6 on the dot!)

    My feet are always cold, I’m susceptible to cold all the time, in the past five years I’ve probably gotten sick 20 times and this is NOT normal for me (although it has become the new normal)

    I wake up in the middle of the night and cannot get back to sleep, insomnia.

    Hair loss, itchy scalp, joint pain, and over the years a bit of growing depression borne out really by the frustration of not being able to solve this problem and get back to a more normal life.

    I’ve had my pituitary checked, testosterone levels, and all things appear ‘normal’

    Recently I was trying to do some iodine supplementation as I don’t eat much iodine rich foods, don’t use salt with iodine and figured that as it is so necessary to proper thyroid function. But, after 4-5 weeks of high dosing iodine (and supplemental vitamins and minerals) my gut feeling would be that it’s making it worse. I feel MORE cold and lower energy so I’m not sure it’s making things better.

    So, I’m intrigued by this idea and protocol, but somewhat concerned that so many seem to disregard it as a proper protocol for what seem to be Thyroid issues.?

    Are there downsides to supplemental WT3 that could lead ultimately to even worse symptoms or permanent damage?

    Where does one start?

  72. Autumn Tibbitts February 21, 2015 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Hi I was taking a nap earlier and when I woke up I had an amazing pain in my left ear that didn’t go away for about an hour and I don’t know why this was around 7:00/7:30 PM. I took my temperature around 8:30 PM because I just didn’t feel right, my temperature was 97.1. I just took it again at 10:00 PM and it’s now 96.8 and dropping. I have chills and can’t stop shaking. I’ve never has this low of a temperature before in my life. Also when I feel my forehead like most people do to check their temp. It’s extremely warm. What do I do? Please help

  73. Jane February 22, 2015 at 8:47 am - Reply

    I found your site because I’m looking for information about normal low body temperature. For years I’ve felt feverish–headache, body aches, tired, eyes hurting, chilled–often in the afternoon, but when I take my temperature, it will between 98.5 or 99.9. I started charting my temperature at the same times every day and found that my normal temperature runs between 95.7 and 96.9. It makes sense then that 98.6 would be a fever for me. If 98.6 is normal, a two degree increase would be a temperature, right?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson March 1, 2015 at 5:59 am - Reply

      Yes, when people normally run low temps they often say, “I’d have to be sick with a fever to have a normal temperature”.

  74. stephen March 5, 2015 at 10:48 am - Reply

    I have recently discovered i have a basal body temp of 34.7 raising to 36.3 during the day i live a very healthy lifestile visit my doctor about once every 10 years and apart from the occasional cold i never get ill . I get cold if i sit still but warm up and stay warm when i do any form of physical activity . I find i never suffer in the heat just sweat lots . My father is a white kenyan i was born and live in the uk . Is it possible my low temp is down to genetic changes allowing my african ancestors to withstand the hotter african environment?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson March 8, 2015 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      I think that’s possible. :)

  75. penny March 9, 2015 at 11:00 am - Reply

    My body temp is 97 even after exercise …..I have had my thyroid checked and was told it was normal …any suggestions I also had a bit of a thyroid issue when I was pregnant but was told it went away

    • Dr. Denis Wilson March 15, 2015 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      Yes, a lot of people with symptoms of low temperatures have normal thyroid tests. You can get more information on

  76. singhal March 12, 2015 at 1:51 am - Reply


    My husband is a healthy and physically active male of 50 years. For past few years he is suffering from low fever which dips to 96″ degree at times. All his tests are always normal. During the bouts of low temp he feels cold, exhausted, body pain and depressed. Doctors say it is no cause for worry but his condition becomes very painful. Is there any remedy for it. I reside in India. All that doctor prescribe are vitamins tablets which does not seen to work. An early reply will be a favour to me.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson March 15, 2015 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      This is very typical of what we see every day and describe on You can get more information about treatment under the “Restore” tab of

  77. Krystal March 12, 2015 at 7:20 am - Reply

    I am a 22 year old female with an average low body temp 96.8 and 97.8. I am very active at least 4 days a week with lifting and cardio. My diet is very cleaned and balanced. My stress levels are quite low, (thank goodness!). And I do my best to get a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep a night. However, I do struggle with dry skin, hair, unhealthy nails, poor memory, low sex drive and an extreme struggle with weight loss despite my efforts between healthy eating and exercise. I feel fine most of the time, other then being cold most of the time even in warm temps. Is the only way to get this under control with medication?? Are there any natural remedies?! I feel like I’m running out of options here…

    • Dr. Denis Wilson March 15, 2015 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      Supporting the health of the body can sometimes enable the body to recover on its own. Maybe a naturopathic doctor on our list of treating physicians could help you with natural approaches you could consider.

  78. Paul Barclay March 16, 2015 at 4:04 am - Reply

    I am a 60 year old male with Sjogrens syndrom and a few other issues. My Temperature readings average 35 degrees C, but range between 36.2 – 32.5 . My temperature reduces as I get hotter and can feel weak & faint, I also experience severe night sweats.

    I use two digital thermometers and check them against my wifes temperature which is normal.

    Regards Paul

  79. Kim March 24, 2015 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    I am 52 years ol my normal temp is 97.6 if I get to the “normal” temp I have all of the fever aches and pains . Today I haven’t felt good I get hot and cold and sweaty cannot sleep and my temp is 96.6 now. What could it mean ?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson March 29, 2015 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      Hi Kim :), It could mean that your low temperature is causing you symptoms. Physical, mental, and emotional stress are a few things that can cause body temperatures to drop.

  80. Laura Smith March 30, 2015 at 6:01 am - Reply

    Good Morning, I am a 51 y/o female and in good health. For the past few months i have been trying to donate plasma, but my Temp is ALWAYS too low for their criteria. My Temp is usually around 95.6* F and their cutoff is 96*! Could i just be a person who has “low body temperature”? My BP is on the low side, but nothing to worry about… according to my Dr. I take no medications and work-out moderately. i was looking forward to donating… a good way to make a little extra cash! Thanks, Laura

    • Dr. Denis Wilson April 5, 2015 at 6:06 am - Reply

      I presume you’re asking if it’s ok for people with low body temperatures to not seek treatment. Yes, I’d say it’s ok for you to not seek treatment. However, if you want to have a more normal temperature it’s quite possible that you could get your temperature up. The main reason people want to have a normal temperature is so that they can get rid of symptoms like fatigue, depression, decreased ambition, fluid retention, headaches, PMS, panic attacks, and so on.

  81. Angela April 5, 2015 at 8:00 am - Reply

    I suffered for 9 months after my thyroidectomy ! My endo would not listen to me at all ! She kept telling that all the symptoms I discussed with he were because I was a 50 yr old woman ! I fired her ! I have been on 90 armour thyroid for almost 5 months and feel alot better although I feel like it should be raised my endo said no. Every time I take my temperature it s 95.6 both endos said it’s ok and my primary doctor also. What should I do ?

  82. Angela April 5, 2015 at 8:02 am - Reply

    And also how do I raise my temperature ?

  83. Jess April 9, 2015 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    I was diagnosed with Chlamydia pneumoniae about 4 years ago and was on 3 diff types of antibiotics for 3 years. I’m doing great with the Cpn sx and have been off treatment for 6 months but about a year ago I started with all the classic hypothyroid sx except constipation. Here in the last few months I have had really bad night sweats. I noticed I was cold when all of my sx started a year ago and sure enough my temp doesn’t rise above 97.9. My entire life I’ve always been 98.6 and thin. My mother has hashi’s and I’m wondering if that’s what I have. All of my labs are normal even TSH is slightly on low side. My family doc is great but doesn’t know what to do since ALL of my labs are great-including my reverse T3, anti TPO, etc. He mentioned Wilsons but doesn’t think I have it since my labs are great. Right now I’m trying to raise my temp to 98.6 everyday bc I always feel better at that temp but it always keep dropping. Does this sound like wilsons? How would I know if this is what it is? Thanks:)

    • Dr. Denis Wilson April 12, 2015 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      Possibly. People can have Wilson’s even when their RT3 is low and T3 is high. The treatment is the test. If normalizing your temp with treatment corrects your symptoms then you have your answer.

  84. Dr. Denis Wilson April 12, 2015 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Hi Kelly! Low body temperatures can explain lots of symptoms. However, if people don’t have symptoms, I don’t know that having a low temp is particularly worrisome. But later on, if you do get symptoms, don’t forget your temp is low because that could be part of it.

  85. Dave thompson April 30, 2015 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Paul feb19th 2015… Hi, I have had the same symptoms as you for 13 long years.. For me what set off the low temperature was taking iron,selenium and zinc… Meaning I put my balance out by not including iodine…for some strange reason paracetomal would stop the temperature drop for at least 4 hours… Would love to talk to you more.. I hope you respond . Thanks,Dave.

  86. Amy May 2, 2015 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    I have always been “lowish” temp, also very low energy, feeling cold, constipated (weekly bm at times), can’t tolerate exercise (okay doing the exercise, but not invigorated, really tired afterwards). Past two or three years since moving, have gained more weight and feeling horrible, temps around 97. I am on synthroid 50mcg, but never had a “genuine” low TSH. Increasing trouble concentrating, constant baseline anxious feeling, get extremely tired or sleepy, must cover up with tons of blankets during the DAY. I wear thick wool socks and fleece lined pants even in 70 degree house. Huge craving for salmon and mackerel. (Now that is odd) Doze off, wake up and now 97.5 feeling a bit better. Is it possible that the new house with city water is the problem? It smells like chlorine. Should I see an endocrinologist? My internist just follows TSH. BTW, age 51 beginning to get irregular periods, is it hormonal?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson May 3, 2015 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Amy :) Chorine is a halogen that competes with iodine, so it is possible that the chorinated water is contributing to your low body temperature. Endocrinologists tend to follow TSH’s as well. Irregular periods at 51 could certainly be menopause which could contribute to some of your complaints. We have a list of treating physicians on and there may be a doctor near you.

  87. Heather June 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Hi my natural body temperature is 34.4 and has been this as long as I can remember my mothers is the exact same she also suffers from an under active thyroid. I don’t think I do but I recently found out I am severely deficient in B12 and need to get injections for it I am constantly tired and feel weak which could because on the B12 we also both suffer from many if not most of the things listed at the top of the page the thing we majorly differ on is how we deal with the temperature around us I cannot stand even warm temperatures nevermind hot I cannot deal with heat at all and much prefer being cold my mam is the complete opposite. How is Wilsons syndrome diagnosed? And how should we bring it up with our doctors? Thanks Heather :)

  88. Courtney July 7, 2015 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    I have fibromyalgia, and pcos. My body temp is normally 97.7°. My concern is for my cousin her normal body temp is 95.5° and if it is higher than the she sweats a lot or feels sick. What can we both do to feel better?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson July 12, 2015 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      Hi Courtney! has some ideas on things you can do to get your temperatures normalized.

  89. Kayla F July 14, 2015 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    This afternoon I suddenly started hurting in my lower back. In no time it was agonizing and spread to my lower abdomen. If I cough my insides hurt, and it hasn’t gone away. It’s a little bit worse. My temp is around 97.6 and I oddly, I can’t see anything up close, my vision gets blurry. I’ve been sick off and on my whole life, I’m 25…migraines, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy 13 yes ago, spinal tap, back pains, non epileptic seizure disorder which the frequency is increasing more and more, ovarian cysts. Ocd, bipolar, colitis, multiple concussions, insomnia, and terrible dental issues due to clenching and grinding during seizures. I guess when it rains it pours. My grandmother had thyroid surgery and replacement therapy, along with fibromyalga, rheumatoid arthritis, back problems, and chrons disease. Is it possible for her to pass on any of those in our genetics? No doctors have wanted to do extensive testing because of my young age, but I know something is wrong with me. Could it all stem from my thyroid? Please help me out here. With my health only getting worse I don’t have insurance and can’t afford it. My seizures prevent me from working. I need to see a doctor really bad. My health is constantly going downhill and I can’t stop it….I don’t want to leave my two kids here to face the world without a mom, but my family doesn’t think I will live to thirty.

  90. Michael July 19, 2015 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Im a 49 year old male at night my temperature of my body drops to about 90-90.2 degrees my wife says she thinks she’s sleeping with a snake. My stomach is always cold. I put the thermometer on my stomach and it drops.Im tired all the time and can barely make it 3 hours before I need a nap. I do take thyroid pills 100 mcg in the morning.My both my liver enzymes are double the normal amount. It has been that way for 25 years. I take depakot 1000 mg for being bipolar. I can sleep 12-15 easily what do u think is wrong ?????

    • Dr. Denis Wilson July 19, 2015 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      Elevated liver enzymes are listed as a side effect of Depakote. Low body temperatures can contribute to your fatigue, even if you’re taking thyroid medicine and even though your thyroid blood tests are normal. Normalizing low body temperatures can often help people with low temperatures feel better.

  91. saurabh deokate August 1, 2015 at 11:48 pm - Reply


    • Dr. Denis Wilson August 2, 2015 at 8:49 am - Reply

      Hi Saurabh :), Many people with low temperatures do find their temperature going to normal only when they have fevers. Low temperatures can contribute to digestion problems including diarrhea, constipation, and malabsorption which can lead to weight loss. has some ideas on what you can do to normalize your temperature with diet, exercise, and possibly thyroid medicine. Best :)

  92. Kaylee August 16, 2015 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Hey there i have always had a low body temp 96.8-97.2, i suffer from headaches, migraines, fatigue, depression, anxiety, my hair falls out and i forget things alot plus i am always hot and sweaty no matter the temp in the house or car. HELP!!

  93. Allen Lee August 18, 2015 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    I just stumbled across your website and I thought I would post my comments. For more than 20 years I have had a constant headache, sometimes seriously debilitating while other times just a nuisance. Been going to the Doctor quite frequently, I’ve been diagnosed with high liver enzymes, high triglycerides, but never really had a mention of body temp until just recently.

    Went to a gastroenterologist due to frequent bowel movements, sometimes with blood in stool, during initial consultation they did check the body temp to find it at 95.8 and yet nobody seemed overly concerned with that. Now, the Doctor ordered a colonoscopy and a endoscopy.

    Another point that they didn’t seem to take the time to address is I’ve had a decrease in appetite, and yet a increase in weight gain.

    Lastly, I should mention that no matter what the temperature is I am always hot, waking up with my bed soaked from perspiration.

  94. Rakhee desai August 19, 2015 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Hi doctor
    I m 35 yrs with h/o stress since childhood..I have been a regular patient of IBS, allergic rhinitis, severe sinusitis , PCOD , .and as per my memory I never saw myself landing into temp more than 100f .my last temp was 101.
    I can’t tolerate cold since childhood.
    My body temp most of time is 95f.
    My TFT till 2 yrs back were normal.
    I get hot flushes very easily esp in Mumbai.
    I m suffering from Wilson’s Syndreme..

    • Dr. Denis Wilson August 20, 2015 at 8:31 am - Reply

      Best wishes

  95. Patty August 28, 2015 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    I had my thyroid out. Since then My temperature alway runs lower then normal. Today it is runny 98.8 but I feel much hotter. How can I tell I really have a temperature.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson August 30, 2015 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      Normal temperature is 98.6F and a fever is 100F, that’s a difference of 1.4 degrees F. So, I would think if one’s temperature is averaging 1.4 degrees F higher than it normally does, one might have a fever.

  96. Ozcan September 20, 2015 at 4:53 am - Reply


    I am 42. For the last 5 years I am feeling very cold. My temperature measured from mouth is 36.5 Celcius (97.7). But my legs, arms, face, stomach and some other body parts are very cold. I measured and compared my legs’ temperature with my wife’s. There are sometimes 4 degrees between mine and her measured with same device in the same room. I feel tired every day. I get sick very easily especially at winters. My triod tests always come OK. I have a slight insulin resistance for which I have been very careful with my diet. I do not eat much but I still get weight although I lost them with a heavy workouts. I have a long (2 years+) stress and insomnia history before this coldness started 5 years ago. I cannot stand office environment where there are air conditions although I wear clothes that I wear at winters at outside. My testesteron levels are low but we could not detects anything wrong with my hypophysis. Sometimes I feel pains at my feet because of cold. I use heater to get warm even it is hot outside. Do you think I have your condition?



    • Dr. Denis Wilson September 20, 2015 at 8:14 pm - Reply

      Hi Ozcan, what you describe is very typical of WTS. Certainly, your low temps can explain your symptoms and people can have low temperatures even when their thyroid tests are normal.

  97. Kathryn Riker September 23, 2015 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Hi so I am 25 and as far back as I remember I have always had an average temperature of 96.8 I have been over weight my whole life. I get really cold really fast. I sweat super easily. I am always tired but can never seem to get enough sleep. And always a constant headache since puberty. Not like a severe one but one I notice. Does this seem like wilsons syndrome? Oh my thyroid levels are normal.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson October 5, 2015 at 9:31 am - Reply

      Yes Kathyryn, this might very well be Wilson’s Syndrome.

  98. LaDonna September 29, 2015 at 5:48 am - Reply

    I have a question..sorry to bother son is only 17..he stays stressed of course, for a while now his temp has been running 95.5 to 96.8, he has constant headaches, night sweats, shivering, cold and nauseated..should I be of concern? I have only read a few comments and just scrolled down to see if I could post you a question. Thank you for your time.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson October 5, 2015 at 9:44 am - Reply

      I’m not sure you need to be concerned. Maybe you could be excited that normalizing his low temperature might be an easy way to save him from years of difficulty and lost productivity.
      Best :)

  99. Heidi September 30, 2015 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    I am a 48 year old female with lupus sle, rheumatoid arthritis, raynauds, fibromyalgia, and hypothyroidism. I have been taking 100mcg levothyroxine for numerous years. My body temp is 96 degrees daily. Needless to say, I feel poorly all the time. I work 50 hours a week and have a crafting hobby. I am exhausted continually. I keep going but nothing seems to change. I have gained about 50 lbs. it seems to be a vicious cycle. You hurt and are exhausted so you move less. Since you move less, you gain more weight. Then there are the steroids DAILY! But at night, I have freezing episodes. I shiver for over an hour so hard that I am sore and exhausted for 2 days after. This happens about 2-3 times a week. And it doesn’t matter where I am or what I am doing…it happens. I wonder if Wilson’s syndrome has anything to do with this. With an ongoing body temp of 96 degrees…I think it’s possible. Your input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  100. Steve October 9, 2015 at 5:57 am - Reply

    Dr. Wilson,

    Just around my son’s 4th birthday we started realizing he was experiencing cold sweats a night. Taking his temp he was reading around 95/96. Two trips to the ER, confirmed the low temps along with strong vitals and blood work, thyroid ok, and other test left the doctors telling us there are not explanations for everything and if our son is otherwise healthy – just to basically ignore the situation. That was 8 months ago – while it still occurs we dont monitor him or react with concern.

    Last night my 14 month old daughter was cold at night reading 95.5 from a few thermometers. She’s been sick with fever that day maybe in the 101’s. We didnt panic just put warm blankets on her she woke up this morning as usual.

    Any suggestions? We want to make sure we are doing the right thing for our children. ER doctors said its unrelated by my wife has Hasimoto’s disease.

    Thank you!

    • Dr. Denis Wilson October 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Steve, If your children are feeling well and functioning well then I wouldn’t be very concerned. However, if they start developing symptoms, then a low temperature could possibly explain them and could improve with normalization of body temperature.

  101. James Caldwell October 16, 2015 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Hi Dr Denis

    I have had surgery and chemo for cancer of the appendix.

    I recently was admitted to hospital with a blockage of my right kidney – kidney function 30% – probably caused by scar tissue in my ureter following surgery. My temperature over two days averaged 35.2c – while unwell I felt perfectly warm. Any thoughts?



    • Dr. Denis Wilson October 18, 2015 at 10:02 am - Reply

      If you felt warm and well then you may not need to take any action. However, if you have symptoms of low thyroid function then a low body temperature could certainly explain that.

  102. Judi October 31, 2015 at 1:13 am - Reply

    Hi, As long as I can recall my normall body temperature is 96.8 give or take a liittle during the day. When I get an infection it drops drastically. I have thyroid nodules due to tonsil treatments when I was a child. I was told when I was 39 to contact an endocrinologist about my thyroid since people who have had those treatments as children usually develop thyroid cancer. My doctor does a blood test and ultrasound every 6 months. Blood tests are normal T3. I chose to have her monitor my thyroid rather than remove it and have to deal with medicine side effects. I have night or early morning sweats and am unusually warm. My feet and hands are always warm. I have gained 75 pounds in the past 30 years but I have plenty of energy. I want to lose weight but my body doesnt seem to want me to. So do I have the Wilson thing?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson November 10, 2015 at 4:40 am - Reply

      Wilson’s syndrome, (low body temperatures and normal thyroid blood tests) is enough to explain easy weight gain.

  103. Jake November 20, 2015 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    My body temperature averages 96.5, and has stayed there for years. I don’t have many negative side effects, but have a very high amount of muscle mass naturally. I weigh 200 lbs at 5’7″, but it’s almost all muscle. I always sweat more than anyone I know when exercising and am comfortable with a 68 degree room temperature.

  104. Meleray Staebell December 13, 2015 at 10:40 am - Reply

    My temp is consistently 97 degrees but I don’t sweat alot, in fact I never sweat.. ever. But suffer from migraines, depression, MS symptoms, and all the fun things that come with them. Yet have never showen the typical signs on an MRI, my doctor calls me his 5% patient. Could this low temperature be the actual issue? What would he look for to find out?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson December 14, 2015 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      Absolutely, a low temperature is enough to explain Depression, migraines, fatigue, and many other symptoms. Your doctor can look at your thermometer. He can go to to learn more about how to normalize low temperatures and he can call 800 420 5801 to arrange a free consultation with me about your case.

  105. Jennifer December 16, 2015 at 4:59 am - Reply


    My Dr. Keeps telling me my 97.1 body temp is fine, but I have CFS, and now at 44 gained 30 lbs in two years eating and exercising the same. Also I have MTHFR, heavy metals in body with very low amounts of good flora in my gut. Bone broth and probiotics have mad no improvement in a year. Could low body temperature keep my body in a state of ill health to not recover??

    • Dr. Denis Wilson December 20, 2015 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      Absolutely, low body temperature equals slow metabolism, by definition. Slow metabolism can explain ill health.

  106. Brenda December 24, 2015 at 4:13 am - Reply

    I told my son’s pediatrician who we have been using for 17 years that his temperature “runs low” and he said there was no such thing, that it it must be a measurement issue?? My temp also “runs low” in my opinion by about a degree.

    We both tend toward overweight, even with reasonable eating and moderate exercise. Body seems to want to “hold on” to the weight in my opinion.

    Any thoughts? I have done the regular thyroid tests with numbers coming back in the normal ranges.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson December 29, 2015 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      I have seen low temps and normal blood tests for decades, and I’ve seen many such patients normalize their temperatures and find it easier to reach normal body weight.

  107. Karen Oberbroeckling January 12, 2016 at 6:37 am - Reply

    I have died 3 times.My body temperature is 97.1 all the time.I have hepatitis C also.I am homeless right now and no insurance.My 23 year old son died August 2nd Is there any natural cure for what is wrong with me?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson January 17, 2016 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      I’m so sorry to hear about your condition and about your son’s passing. I recommend that you go to the “Doctors” tab at to see if there’s a doctor near you.

  108. Sandy January 15, 2016 at 8:43 am - Reply

    I take 88 mcg of Levothyroxine daily, and my levels are within normal range. I recently had some tests run by an immunologist and my Titre scores are low. I’m generally fatigued and/or tire easily, have recurrent sinus infections. My daily temperature rarely goes over 98 and is usually 96.7. Can immune deficiencies cause low body temps? Any pearls of wisdom for me? Also I’d like to add that my white blood count is low as well as my platelets.

    Thank you.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson January 17, 2016 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      Hi Sandy :) According to me, if your temp is low then your metabolic rate is low by definition. And if your TSH is normal then you might not be converting T4 to T3 properly. Any illness or physical stress can contribute to low body temperatures, and low body temps can contribute to ailments as well. You might benefit from T3-only therapy. I can discuss your case with your doctors for free (they can call 802 262 6100 to make arrangements)

  109. Hailey January 31, 2016 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Hello! Ever since having my first child I have a consistently low body temperature, around 35-35.5 celsius and I get warm and flushed very easily. My youngest is now 6 months old and they both have lower than average temperaturs though seem to be otherwise healthy. Should I bring up our temperature and my issues , such as easily flushed and overheated, weak and dry nails, hair, skin, overwhelmed and frustrated easily, severe back and neck pain with headaches etc, to our GP ? Should I be concerned with my young boys low temps? They are ages 3 and 6 months and I am 22.
    Thanks for any help! I never even knew that low body temperature could be causing other issues.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson February 7, 2016 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      Sure Hailey, low body temperatures can certainly contribute to the symptoms you mentioned. I have successfully treated some mothers and then successfully treated their children. So you might see if you can get your own temperature sorted out and see how you respond and then you can think about what, if anything you want to consider doing for your children.

  110. Renee P. February 11, 2016 at 3:57 am - Reply

    My daughter had not been feeling well for the past year. She has a lot of stomach pain and is very fatigued. She has withdrawn from her friends and never wants to go anywhere. She is 13 years old. She texts me from school daily that she doesn’t feel good and wants to come home. She has had several panels of blood work. She had a scope of her esophagus and stomach. All tests have come back good. I know have her in counciling for anxiety. I have noticed that every time I take her temperature it is in range of 96.5 – 96.8. I began researching low body temperature and she has a lot of the symptoms that you have listed. Is the treatment safe for 13 year old? What should I have her pediatrician do next? I really hope this is the answer we have been looking for!

    • Dr. Denis Wilson February 21, 2016 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      Many people less that 13 years old have done very well on T3 therapy. Your pediatrician can learn more at I can also discuss your daughter’s case for free with your pediatrician. He or she can call 800 520 4801 to make the arrangements. Also, you can got to to see if there is another doctor near you.

  111. Travis W February 22, 2016 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Hello, 35yo male with RA symptoms for five years. Hand and shoulder pain mostly. Seems my tendons are always easily inflamed and sore after long days or working out. I take Humira and take a Butrans 5mg patch.
    Always cold most of time and body core of 97-97.2 most of time.
    Usually in midday I feel very like something is off and out of wack at times and very low energy with moodiness. Can be 75degrees in house and still freezing with heater going beside me. Hot showers and baths make things feel better but only temporarily.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson April 10, 2016 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Travis, definitely, having low temperatures can be uncomfortable and can be corrected. Good luck! I would recommend also that you consider checking with a doctor listed on We can help the doctor try to help you with your RA and low temperature symptoms.

  112. Ellie Brace February 23, 2016 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Hello, I am a junior in highschool and normally have a fairly low body temperature (96.6-97.3). I also experience many of the symptoms listed above. Lately I have not been feeling well and several teachers and friends have said that I look feverish. I finally went to the school nurse today and my temperature was 98.6 exactly. Is a normal body temperature for everyone else a fever for me or is my low temperature a problem for my health? I would love your opinion on the issue, thank you.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson April 10, 2016 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Low temperatures can easily explain the symptoms and many people with low temperatures truly say, “I’d have to be sick with a fever to have a normal temperature”. So yes, when the temp is low, it sometimes only gets to normal when people have a fever-producing illness

  113. linda March 4, 2016 at 3:35 am - Reply

    I am a 45 y/o woman that has had a 96.6 temp for the past 2 weeks, within those 2 weeks I have been extremely tired, however I been powering through work and functioning okay. The concern is I had a recent filling fall out of one of my molars, that I can not get fixed as of yet. I also been told since I was young I have a sluggish thyroid and anemia. But its never been this bad where I am just exhausted. What do you think it could be? Should I be concerned?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson April 10, 2016 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      Stress, either emotional physical or mental, can lead to low temperatures. Low temperatures can cause symptoms. The low temps and symptoms can persist for years even after the stress has passed. It is treatable and reversible. The temps and symptoms are supposed to return to normal after the stress has passed but sometimes they don’t

  114. Catherine M March 5, 2016 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    I have always had a normal functioning thyroid. My body temperature reads 36.2 degrees which seems a bit low. Is this within a normal range? I always have cold feet but do live in a cold damp climate. My fingers can turn white as I shop in the freezer section of the supermarket…..? Raynauds.
    I have been diagnosed with idiopathic peripheral neuropathy in both lower limbs. I am a retired sonographer
    of 71 and would be interested in your thoughts on this, thanks.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson April 10, 2016 at 5:22 pm - Reply

      I have had patients with Raynauds whose symptoms resolved when we were able to get their temperatures to normal. 37 is normal. 36.2 is low enough to explain your symptoms

  115. Jeff March 20, 2016 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    I am interested in finding out about the deeper studies that have been conducted on this subject whether from chronic medicine, genetics or any other field of which you might be aware. Will you direct me to the sources you know?

    Thank you, in advance for any effort or response.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson April 10, 2016 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      Evidence-based Approach For Restoring Thyroid Health” is a book that I’ve written that has over 800 scientific references in it. It’s available on for purchase.

  116. Pamm Gassaway April 3, 2016 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Hey Dr Wilson I have Adrenal Insufficiency & take steroids to replace cortisol I don’t make, plus I take 50mcg synthroid & 5mcg cytomel daily. My temp will just drop fast out of nowhere like today from 98.3 to 97.2. After we got back from a camping trip. What causes this sudden drop? They happen occassionly. But I can’t function when it happens. I get really sleepy & cold as this is happening & out of it. My feet are freezing. They just increased my synthroid from 25 to 50. I do not convert ft4 to ft3. My face also more puffy as this is happening. Heart rate also will drop along with temp. Thank you

    • Dr. Denis Wilson April 8, 2016 at 4:59 am - Reply

      Temperatures do fluctuate each day normally. However, when the temperature is averaging low then the low’s are lower and can easily cause symptoms. T4 can downregulate the conversion of T4 to T3, which may be part of the reason many people don’t average normal temperatures on T4.

  117. Lawrence badman May 7, 2016 at 7:52 am - Reply

    Hi dr.wilson,
    Had cold temperatures for many years -low 35,s in mornings, mentally fatigued , insomnia etc etc,
    Doctors say it’s psychological, thyroid results are normal. Had exposure to chemicals – trichlorethylene and perclorethylene years ago where it wasn’t considered important. Interested in t3 protocol. Doctors are not interested , I’m in UK. Have managed to get thyrogold from Florida No sure what to do as yet- wish I could get t3, Could an infection in teeth affect things? Is it helpful to take warming herbs please?
    I am male 72 and been like this since 21 years old – always seeking. Strangely my jaw freezes up in cold weather and speech is affected, but work — on roofs makes me feel better until I’m at rest again now have no motivation Always drowsy. Don’t sweat easily. C

    • Jen Palmer May 17, 2016 at 6:02 am - Reply


      You may want to find a doctor who can assist you with a good detox to start, and then address your thyroid issues. I’m sorry I don’t have any contacts in the UK to recommend and I don’t know the regulations for T3 there. Best of luck finding a good practitioner who can help you. It may take some time but a detox could be a good start.

  118. Carla September 5, 2016 at 4:43 am - Reply

    Can you help me find a doctor close to me? I live in Denver, North Carolina, outside of Charlotte. Your list doesn’t show anyone in my state.

    Thank you,

  119. Gin September 4, 2020 at 1:12 am - Reply


    I just observed that most of the time I check my body temperature it is always low. I keep on getting 35 point something to 36°C though at that moment I am sweating and feels hot. I also feel cold most of the time with the warm weather and gets pale cold, and wet palm and feet sole. Is something wrong with me?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson September 4, 2020 at 1:53 am - Reply

      Many people with low temperatures have cold and heat intolerance.

  120. Mercedes September 29, 2020 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Hello !! I am a 20 year old female and my average regular temperature is 97.3 degrees F , I am always clammy, my palms and feet sweat constantly although I’m usually cold. My grandma had hyperthyroidism and had her thyroid removed and I exhibit a lot of symptoms of hyperthyroidism as well, she also has graves disease and I was wondering if maybe that is hereditary? I have severe uncontrolled asthma and severe general anxiety therefore my doctors always tell me I’m clammy because of my anxiety and because my lack of O2 in my body. But I can be completely calm in bed with AC set at 67 degrees F and still be cold and extremely sweaty. I’m in pre-med currently and after going through last weeks presentation I am wondering if maybe I have an issue with my thyroid. I am 102 pounds and 5’3, however in highschool I was 125 pounds. I am constantly snacking. I also struggle with insomnia and my fitbit tells me that my pulse is almost always high for no reason usually around 110 bpm. I have been thinking all of this was my anxiety but anxiety can be a symptom of hyperthyroidism so now I am more concerned. I also have suffered from migraines, easily bruise, kidney stones, and a collapsed lung. Would you recommend for me to be checked for thyroid problems or suggest that it truly is probably just my asthma and anxiety? Thank you !!!

    • Dr. Denis Wilson September 30, 2020 at 8:24 am - Reply

      Hi Sadie,

      Clammy, sweaty, cold, anxiety, high pulse, asthma can all be explained by a low body temperature. It is possible that a person can have hyperthyroidism (low TSH) and a low body temperature but in all likelihood, your TSH is probably normal. Therefore, I’m thinking it’s more likely that you have Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome than you do hyperthyroidism and I do think you should look for a practitioner on this website and see if you can get your temperature normalized to see if it helps you feel better. Stress is one of the things that can lower T4 to T3 conversion and lower body temperature. It may be that you are under a lot of stress right now which is lowering your body temperature and worsening your symptoms. Good luck.

  121. Sarah G December 13, 2021 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    I have not gotten a temperature in years… I was in sepsis then septic shock and then it was 99 (high for me). I’m constantly dismissed by any physician when I come in because I am at a point of unable to function. First Q is do you have fever and I say no, and reiterate that I don’t get a fever no matter how sick I am (I am in recovery from anorexia nervosa and have been told that a large population of “chronic anorexia” patients have a lower than average temperature regardless of weight restoration). Of course no one agrees with it (except for the physicians/psychiatrists who are trained in eating disorders).
    I have been getting sick nonstop now for almost two years. My bladder stopped working and I now self cath…. Despite everything I still get UTIs unrelated to the catheterizing and no matter what I say they only catch them once I’m about to or already in urosepsis. Lately I have been stating that I am in a constant fog, and just forget things, my hip bones and back have been burning and terribly painful- and I have a very high pain threshold. Today I got home and I was just in so much pain tired I haven’t been feeling myself been more anxious and/or depressed sweating losing my breath from nothing and constantly freezing. Abdominal pain my throat has been hurting intensely for a month at least…. You would think physicians would respond to these issues especially since I am a patient who rarely ever complains and downplay my symptoms always… on top of that around the same time I started having seizures yet of course given a “psych history” nobody wants to deal with it. My temp was 94.7, then 95.1 I honestly don’t know what to do. I am a Med student and a emt/paramedic so I know this isn’t normal (and the statement doctors are the worst patients is never more true).
    Any advice is helpful… all the symptoms above are exactly me… I had been wondering about EDSyndrome which also makes tremendous sense. Here and there my thyroid results will be slightly off, not enough to ring danger bells to anyone. My hematocrit levels RBC RBW/D neutrophils etc.. are constantly off and still nothing despite not having had a history of that. I correlated everything time I was more psychology symptomatic with an infection thus far. I have PANDAS an MFTHR gene mutation gastroperisis recurrent strep B and D osteoporosis hip dysplasia IC IBS cystitis cholethisiasis neurogenic bladder disease autoimmune immune disorder (any bladder related condition in the book) had sepsis far too many times for one human(yes each time they ignored it until I was almost gone) in remission from IGA Nephropathy a seizure disorder that has been argued about between neuro and psych for so long that I gave up (neither wants to be in charge), lately my heart rate has been all over, the list can keep on going . I honestly gave up on the ER as well as my parents since nothing comes from it (and I hate the hospital so if I feel that desperate to go in it says a lot) I’m 23 years old and my entire life has been put on hold. I have never been one to allow something to stop me from living my life and I don’t feel like having that happen now- I spent my life fighting hell and kept on pushing despite all of the no’s and doctors or others saying otherwise- I’m glad I did or I wouldn’t be here now. I am so used to being sick or not myself that I go about my day until I just physically can’t. I can’t play music anymore either my muscles cramp or I can’t focus: and music is my life I have been playing since I was 4, I’m wiped out from the simplest things I can’t focus on a course and I historically take them for fun… I had better focus when I was my sickest in my eating disorder which was fairly bad if that says much. My eye sight has also diminished and no one knows why. If there’s a case study please let me know. Nothing adds up In my mind and I know there’s an answer out there, I’m exhausted from being my own doctor and gave up on physicians … could this possibly be a cause?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson December 19, 2021 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      Hi Sarah,
      Sorry to hear that you have had such a rough time of it. I’m not saying that normalizing your temperature will resolve all your problems but I do believe that normalizing low body temperatures is among the first things doctors should try rather than the last because it’s a fairly simple approach that can often generate dramatic benefits throughout the body. There’s a reason that body temperature is one of the 4 “vital signs”…it’s a direct measure of metabolic rate. If you have a low body temperature then you have a slow metabolism by definition. Metabolism is the sum of all chemical reactions in the body.

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