Under conditions of severe physical or emotional stress,
- The body can slow down as a coping mechanism
- The temperature can go down to conserve energy
That’s normal. But sometimes,
- The temperature can remain persistently low even after the stress has passed.
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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.
I am 54 years old and have a temp 96.5. I have been having terrible hot flashes for weeks. I dont feel well and my energy level has really sank low. I have been stressed and have symptoms of anxiety. I sometimes have diahrea
My temp is 33.5 is this low
Yes! 37 Celcius is normal.
I am 33 year old and had a baby 9 months ago. I breastfeed but have never made sufficient milk and during pregnancy had high blood pressure although never have had issues before or since with blood pressure. A few months ago while nursing I started noticing I would feel like I was freezing and I would be super tired. However in the last month this happens to me for no apparent reason. Body temp has been around 96-97 and I get almost a paralyzed feeling from cold and sleepiness. Also my psoriasis has flared badly. Went to have TSH and T4 tested and they came back normal. My father has thyroid problems and recommended it. Blood pressure normal as well as sugar levels and iron. Have any suggestions?
A low temperature could easily explain your symptoms and wilsonssyndrome.com is all about suggestions for people with low temps and normal thyroid tests.
Lately with the cold weather, I’ve been really cold and I can’t warm up even though I dress in layers and even a jacket around the house. Even my feet are cold, and I am wearing socks and shoes. My temp is only 96.8 – a little under normal, but not much. I started juicing vegetables so it would help with menopause symptoms like hot flashes, and so I would just be healthier all around. I also have arthritis, and I don’t like to take any over the counter medications, Motrin, etc. So, I’m hoping juicing helps. But should I be concerned about my body low body temp?
I would consider 96.8 a very low temperature that can explain a lot of symptoms. If you don’t mind feeling cold and don’t have many complaints then you might not need to do anything about it. There is a chance that people with low temperatures have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but perhaps you low temperature will not cause you any chronic illness.
Hi, I am a 38 yr old female. In 2009, I felt I had the flu..for two weeks! No fever though. Most remarkable symptoms were severe fatigue, aches, burning eyes, hot skin. From then ,till now, I have had several days a month I feel the exact same way. It will hit me out of the blue and debilitates me almost immediately. My thyroid has checked out find. My normal temp is 96.2. If I am feeling really bad..95.2-95-7. I don’t understand. My muscles, bones..even my skin hurts. I notice many, but not all of theses episodes will come 1-2 days after something very stressful. I also have severe lower back pain everyday, with x rays showing only mild scoliosis.
Hi Christine, your low body temperatures could explain your symptoms and Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome could explain your temperatures. Some people have a hereditary predisposition to developing a slow metabolism. It often comes on or worsens with stress. This book explains a lot about it: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/eBook/
Hi Christine, just wondering if you since found a cure or anything else that improved your symptoms, please. I’ve been suffering from the exact same symptoms and keep dropping out of work as a result. I can no longer plan any activities and often can’t look after our daughter.
I always feel cold, no matter what, I feel cold when it’s 70 degrees in a room. (Ferenheight) I know I have really low iron could that be that cause or is it something else? When I get cold I get back pain and joint pain and it’s harder for me to function and my fingers are a tint of blue too at the end of them. Let me know what you think. Thanks!
Yes, low iron could explain that cold feeling.
They call that Raynaulds Syndrome. My body teml. ranges from 97.4-97.7. I am cold most the time & when I get really cold, it feels like my bones are cold & I am miserable. My toes get so cold they become numb & my hands are always freezing, ppl are always commenting on how cold they are. The tip of my nose also gets cold alot of the time. Some ppls top of earlobes get cold W/Raynaulds. I do notice after stress flareups I can have episodes. If you are experiencing bluish or even very white, like you can’t see any color in your fingertips, that is more severe Raynaulds. It needs to be treated by a Dr. If you don’t have a Cardiologist you should see one. You should protect your hands & feet from cold, so no permanent damage will occur. You can read about Raynaulds if you want & that will help you better know what to do.
For the past couple years, I have been gaining weight. I have always suffered from constipation. I have a feeling of fatigue that isn’t like a lazy feeling, but a feeling of I honestly can’t do something or getting out of bed is complete suffering. I have always had a low temp my norm was 97.2, but last week I went in for bladder surgery my temp was 95.7. I have been checking it daily its in the low 96’s. The worst part is I started checking my 6 yr olds temp is from 96.6 to 97.8. I have an autoimmune disease and made an appt with my Dr. To see what these symptoms are. I just want to feel normal Again not so crappy
Those symptoms could be due to a low temperature, for sure. Good luck to you.
I have been having temps of 95/96. Is this something I should worry about?
If you have symptoms of low thyroid function, then a low temperature could explain it. If you have no symptoms then I don’t think it’s much cause for concern.
i am 15 and i seem to have been having problems with my body temperature in my softmore year i tend to slow down and daze off. at times i feel like i can control when my temperature goes down and when it doesn’t but when it does i just lose everything thats normal about me…last recorded oral temperature was 95.5
I am 49 and 1/2 and have been struggling with weight loss and fatigue. I went to a natural hormone specialist late in 2013 and determined my Testosterone levels were low (450) so she inserted 10 pellets which increased my level to near 950.. I workout 3 to 4 days a week with cardio and weight training but have not lost any of the weight around my waist. I have actually gained weight since the pellets. My wife, who has thyroid issues, mentioned/suggested taking my body temp for 10 days to see what the range. Well, for the last 7 mornings, my body temp has been in the 95.6 to 96.4 range. My TSH level for the past several years have been “normal” but could I have a issue with hypothyroidism? thanks for you time and response.
To me, a low body temperature is the best sign that you may not be getting enough thyroid stimulation to your cells. There are hundreds of medical references that indicate that the TSH is not a reliable indicator of tissue thyroid status.
Recently I have been having flu like symptoms: coughing, throat pain, nausea, runny nose. Also my body temp is 96.5. A lot of kids in my high school are sick and I think the amount of stress I’m in was a factor in getting these symptoms as well. Is this just the flu?
It may be just the flu. It will be clearer after some time has passed. Best :)
I woke today hardly able to function. I had a horrible headache, nauseas, etc. I treated it as a migraine and over the next few hours took advil, amerge, tylenol 3, betahistine.
I still had a bad headache and continued to throwup. My husband woke up and looked after me. He noticed I was very cold, I’m NEVER cold. I can get a little chilled when battling a migraine, I am not cold, likely 97.5-98.
My temperature was 96. I dressed warm, covered myself again in a blanket and had warm tea. It finally started to improve over the next few hours. The fog lifted, the dizzyness as well. I could actually look at things, have a conversation with my husband without vertigo feelings, etc. Its 11 hrs later, and I am feeling about 80% better, I was able to eat something and a few more sipps of tea. My temperature is 98 now, and that is fairly normal for me.
I have had an abnormal test result for a year now. the one they check for arthritis, how quick something settles in the blood. ESR I think. the test continues to come back abnormal. Nothing else over the past year has come back conclusive from my gp nor specialists. Although there just seems to be these weird things that happen, then go away. And this was very weird, I’m wondering why my body would not be able to keep its own temperature while I was sleeping at night, and not able to regain it on its own, snuggled in a blanket. why so suddently and then gone ?
As you know, a low temperature can explain those symptoms. Some people have trouble maintaining a normal temperature. Not sure why you had such trouble with your temperature that this particular day.
My 15 year old daughter has a consistent temperature of 96.8. Her thyroid is fine and stress is normal, fairly minimal. She frequently catches colds, which seem to last much longer than other people in the family. Could the two be related?
Absolutely. A low temperature can explain frequent colds and decreased immunity.
For the past 2 months off and on, especially yesterday & today Ive felt terrible! My body feels like its overheating but yet Im not hot, just my skin. My temp has been 95.4. I have feelings of weakness run thru my body, no energy, and when this happens my anxiety kicks in worse. I have been under a tremendous amount of stress…could that be the cause?
Hi I’m concerned my body temperature is 95F and I haven’t been out in the cold for more than like two minutes at a time, I am actually in bed and have this tempurature
Yes, that’s a low temperature and could explain health symptoms.
My 8 year old daughter was complaining that she was really hot and that her head felt sweaty. She didn’t look sweaty at all so my instinct told me to check her temperature. I checked her temperature orally and her temp was 96.5 F.
My First thought was mild hypothermia, but she was not exposed to any cold weather today because it was 80 F outside. She caught a cold last week and didn’t run a fever the whole time. Just sneezey, stuffy nose and cough. We had been giving her triaminic for her cold symptoms and because she has had a history of asthma, her doctor prescribed an oral steroid Prednizone.
Her cough has slowly gotten better, but her voice is now horse and showing signs of the early stages of laryngitis. The last time I checked on her she was still cool to the touch, but she was sweating this time.
She’s been on the Prednizone for 4 days now and tomorrow is her last day.
Could this be related to her medication or should I be concerned and seek medical attention for her ?
I can’t give medical advice over the internet but if you’re concerned about your daughter’s health then it seems prudent for her to be checked by her doctor.
how do you increase body temperature? I have been on Armor Thyroid for 2 years. TSH=1.02. I have a temperature of 97.3 this winter and have had frequent colds. All my other hypothyroid symptoms are gone. I was treated for Lead toxicity with IV chelation for 3 years and now have eliminated all the symptoms that were involved with the lead mainly. Does it mean I need more thyroxine, the lead cause permanent damage to my mitrochondria?
No, if your temperature is not normal on Armour, it may mean that you might benefit from taking T3 only medicine. T4 can lead to RT3 and T4 and RT3 can both increase the destruction of the enzyme that converts T4 to T3. Diet exercise nutrition can also help support normal temperatures.
I’m fantastically interested in your research. At 41, I have a body temp of 97.7 averaged over the day. My early morning temp is 97.2. I have exercise intolerance, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, intolerance of cold, excessive sweating in heat. My TSH was at 3.2, but has now dropped to 2.2. My T4 is at 0.86, T3 at 290.
I have been treated for low T but with little result (TT is fine, FT is low).
I have suspected the thyroid and body temperature but the numbers are ‘in range’. For this reason, I am very interested to have found your site. If you have any thoughts on the numbers above as to if I fit the criteria for WTS, I’d be interested.
Thanks for persevering with your research.
Yes, people with WTS typically have normal TSH and normal Thyroid tests. A low temperature is a good indicator of possible WTS.
I’m 47,My temperature has been running 96.5 to 97 tops for the last 3+ years.. I have no energy for anything, feel drained all the time and was curious how or what I can eat to raise it close to normal.. I have copd, severe allergic asthma, on xolair 3 shots every 2 weeks 2 year treatment so far, inhalers, symbicort, Flovent, ventolin, nebulizer, singulair, and on oxygen at night connected to cflex machine, 6 insulin shots a day for insulin, pancreatitis, and I don’t drink or do drugs, heart issues taking coreg 6.5 twice a day, for heart failer, Crestor 20 mg for high cholesterol, protonix for stomach issues, and is it possible from all the meds keeping temp low..?
Anything that stresses the body can contribute to low temperatures. Metabolizing drugs can certainly be an extra burden on the body.
Hi Dr Wilson!
I’m 45, My temperature has been running from 94.5- 97.6 for over a month. It only goes up to 97 when I feel like I may have a slight fever.I have hair loss, chills,headaches,fatigue,hoarse voice ,swollen glands(neck, L armpit, right bend of arm and groin) night sweats.I have made a Dr. appointment to get my thyroid checked, can’t be seen until april. Is it possible that the swollen glands are from the thyroid?
I suppose anything’s possible, but swollen lymph nodes is usually more characteristic of some viral or bacterial infection, more than low thyroid function.
Just happened on your website by chance. My body temperature this morning is 96.5f with a pretty bad sore throat. Constant feeling of thirst and dry mouth while sleeping. My question is, do you think there is any relation to drinking cold water or beverages to the thyroid and bodies immunity being low? I know to some it may sound silly but I have met plenty of people who really dislike drinking vold beverages because they feel it is not a benefit to the body.
Hi Jennifer, people with low thyroid function or hypometabolism struggle to maintain normal temps. Low temps cause symptoms. I can imagine that cold drinks add to the challenge of staying warm, however, I’m not sure it’s a cause of slow metabolism, as much as a burden for slow metabolism.
Previous tests were negative for any infections, have not been sick, not even a cold. Thyroid is only thing that has not been checked.
Hi Dr. Wilson,
I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis last 2010. For the longest time, I haven’t taken my medication (Levothyroxine, El Troxin 100mcg). I’d give it over a year, at least.
Last 2 March, I started to feel sick – body feels hot but I am actually cold (and always needed a comforter to be able to sleep comfortably). I am just a bit worried because I have felt this for over 2 weeks now and nothing has changed. Have no fever – temperature would always be around 35-36.9 degrees c (maximum).
I haven’t taken any medication, just functioned as normal. No other symptoms present.
Hashimoto’s can cause low temps, and a sense of feeling hot even when cold. Thyroid medicine can improve low temps. A low temp is reason enough to explain feeling badly.
My question would be: can i attribute everything that has been happening to not taking my thyroid medication?
Hi Kathy :)
Not getting your temp up can explain your symptoms, but there’s no guarantee that Levothyroxine would normalize your temp. You might have to use T3-only treatment to normalize your temp.
I often feel cold, at times I get really cold chills, if I move around more then not so bad, cold weather temps is worst than warmer climate although have gotten chills in the middle of the summer but tend to be more sensitive during the colder season. My skin often turns reddish/purple, taking warm baths helps and also keeping on the move not so bad but when in a non moving position I feel worst, often body temp will drop and can get below 92 which get the shaking chills. I am 59 year old male, had this condition for the past 6 years, seen various doctors with no idea what could be causing this, I also have weakness standing, no problems walking as I could walk several miles but as soon as I stop have to find support, body temp drops and get weakness in my legs. I try walking every day, eat proper foods, take multi-vitmans every day. I live in Connecticut
Wow Les, those are some low temps. It may be that you have WTS, due to faulty conversion of T4 to T3…which doesn’t show on blood tests. You may have something else driving your temps down, like mercury or environmental toxins. Normalizing your body temperature may correct your symptoms. Adrenal fatigue is also common in people with WTS.
I’m 48, and have had low thyroid for over 10 yrs. I take 175 mg of synthroid. I am also menopausal, and am following my naturopath’s instructions with regards to all natural remedies. I’ve felt better since going off the doctor prescribed menopausal meds, but am wondering if doing so may attribute to my body temp of 95-96 for the past 4 days? Other people I work with are off right now due to some sort of flu. I’m hoping it could just be the flu that is affecting my body temp. What do you think, Doc?
Usually viral infections cause the temp to go up, not down, as you know. Female hormones can sometimes affect body temperature. As long as your temperature is low, your thyroid may not be adjusted correctly. T4 can suppress the enzyme that converts T4 to T3, believe it or not. It’s called down regulation.
I’ve been feeling bad the past few days. I’ve had a stuffy nose, watery eyes, sneezing and a headache. Also feel like my heads full of air. I checked my temp and it’s 96. Should I be worried?
I’m not sure what you mean by worried. 96 probably isn’t causing your stuffy nose, and watery eyes, and headache, as you know. But 96, if it persists, can explain other complaints. If you have health concerns then I’d recommend you see your health care practitioner so you can be evaluated (I can’t do that over the internet).
Dr. W… being on the subject of body temp.. i had a question. I am one of the 20% or some of people who get colds that last 2 weeks or longer; been that way my whole life. It just seems that my symptoms just linger on and I feel generally weak or tired… Once I cross the primary peak point of the cold, the recover time is long. This time, I’ve measuring my body temp. Usually (both at home and in the doctors office) I am 98.6 at mid-day. what I am noticing is that the most i can reach during my recovery is 98.0 from a morning of 97.4. Is this normal? T
Sounds reasonable. Infections often result in higher temperatures. However, illness can also stress the body and result in lower temperatures.
Dr. Wilson, I have Diabetes insipidus due to surgery to remove a colloid cyst from the third ventricle in 2003 and four shunt revisions.and a Endoscopic third ventriculostomy over the last decade. I felt terrible for years, most of the time I was in bed do to hydrocephalus. After the ETV was done things improve a little but still something was wrong., A few years back I started to get rash on my shins and bruising that does not heal, puffy eyes, face, swollen joint. joint pain, swollen hands and feet. Cold hands and feet, constipation.low sex drive ( impotence ), extreme fatigue, ext….. Pretty much all the symptoms you list on your website.
Recently I been diagnosed with hypothyroidism sleep apnea and was put on levothyroxine, a mixture of central and obstructive sleep apnea. But I still have the symptoms stated above. Often I get the chills like I have a fever but I never do. My eyes get so swollen is amazing. I was check for graves, crushing, and lupus, but all came back normal.
After hours of searching on the internet for something, I came across your website and found that I had most of the symptoms that you list. I took my temp and it was 96.9 so I was surprised that it was so low. Before I never paid attention to it. So, for the last week I been taking it every 3 hours from the time I get up, I am averaging 96.4 over that period. It is the lowest when I am in bed in the morning it usually is in the 95’s, when I am covered up and not feeling cold. I reached 98.1 only twice in six days but that is the highest in the late afternoon.
I am also on 60mg a day of Ritalin for ADD, what I read is that is suppose to raise your body temp. I sleep 12 hours a night with naps during the day, I do not have a life. What kind of doctor do I see about this? I live in Albuquerque, NM and you do not list any doctors for NM. I am tired of being tired and sick. Please point me in the right direction? Troy
Troy, your story sounds classic for low body temperature and poor peripheral utilization of thyroid hormones. When T4 isn’t converted well to T3 it can get converted toward rT3. Both T4 and rT3 can downregulate the deiodinase enzyme that converts T4 to T3, setting up a vicious cycle. You can look for a doctor on our website or you can work with a doctor in your area by using this information: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/patients/recruiting-a-doctor/
If you find a doctor willing to work with you we can discuss your case with him and do everything to help him help you recover.
Dr. Wilson, I’m curious if its a possibility that I’ve had wilsons syndrom since I was a child or even as long as birth? I’ve always had severe anxiety and depression that does not respond well to medication. Over the years i have had other thyroid symptoms show up, for example Im always cold, carpal tunnel and hair loss, but thyroid bloodwork is always normal. My mother was also severely depressed most of her life. She eventually had thyroid blood tests come back abnormal and started thyroid treatment. She told me that thyroid treatment changed her life and decreased her depression! Could this be related to wilsons syndrom? Is wilsons sydrome a genetic thing that could start at birth? Thanks
Yes, WTS can be genetic and can start at birth. Low temperatures can explain your symptoms in spite of normal thyroid tests. When you want to know how fast you’re driving you look at the speedometer, not the gas gauge. Likewise, when you want to know how fast your metabolism is going you look at the temperature, not the blood tests.
I just spoke to my mother this morning and her and I was having the same symptoms. We both feel tired, dizziness, profound sweating at night , sick on the stomach. we both are taking synthroid, I am taking the generic brand. dosage is 12.5 MCG in the morning. I heard that synthroid had been recalled? I also get extremely sleepy after eating my evening meal. I have told my doctor about it, they said it was due to my age, I am 66, but this started about 10 years ago? My mother stop taking her synthroid said she felt better? my health was good until last year, I got a bad lung infection and was diagnose with COPD, I don’t agree with my primary doctor. Since then I have feeling not myself. I always had a lot of energy but now sometimes I can’t get out of bed. I was also diagnosed with firbramaralgia.
Lot’s of people don’t convert Synthroid (T4) very well to T3. Consequently they suffer low temperatures and symptoms. This can especially happen after a stressful illness like the lung infection you have. If you have low temperatures then your thyroid medicine isn’t being managed optimally.
I am a 24 Yr old male who has a panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. I just recently had a Insertable Cardiac Loop Recorder put in surgically a few days ago and since than have been in a constant state of panic and stress. I have some other chronic health issues such as dizziness, lightheadedness, indigestion problems, visual problems, etc. I am currently seeing a Neurologist to rule out things though to possibly see if all these symptoms arent just being caused by anxiety. For about a day now my body Temperature taken orally has been fluctuating betweem 95.6-97. Is this something to worry about? even when I woke up and didnt feel cold this morning my temp was still 96.0 not to sure whats been going on but just thought it was kind of strange.
Hi Nico, I think the fact that your temperature is so low is something you can be more excited about than worried about because a low temperature can easily explain anxiety and panic disorder and it is often reversible.
Hi Dr Wilson,
For the past 7 years I have been having problems with low body temperature, extreme dry skin, brittle hair, weak nails, muscle spasms to the point I have to take medicine for the spasms and recurring sinus infections. I took allergy shots for 2 1/2 years and they did help some. I have a yearly exam done each year and they check my blood work including testing my thyroid functions and the results come back in the ‘normal’ range. I am so tired of feeling sick and being on antibiotics. I try to not take the antibiotics but if I don’t the infection goes to my throat and ears and I just keep feeling worse till I get the antibiotics in my system. I am on antibiotics at least six times a year. As long as I’m on antibiotics I feel fine once I take my last dose within a week the symptoms come back and the sinus infection comes back. I cannot seem to get a Doctor to even consider my Thyroids since the test show ‘normal’. I do have an appointment to see a ENT doctor May 22nd. It is my past experience that doctors do not like for a patient to tell them what they ‘think’ their problem is but I do know this is not normal and something has to be causing the infections. Will an ENT (ears, nose & throat) Doctor look at the thyroid or should I see an endocrinologist instead?
Hi T.Sue :)
Here is some information on discussing things with your doctor and some pointers on which doctors to try and see. You can also look for a doctor near you on our referral list. http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/patients/recruiting-a-doctor/
My waking body temperature has been very low recently, 93.3, 92.7 and the lowest so far was 91.8. I do have hypothyroidism and I am taking synthroid for it and recently had my levels checked and they were normal. My temperature goes up and down during the day, I’m never at 98.9 though. Is this dangerous?
I don’t know what you mean by dangerous, but low temps can explain many health difficulties such as high cholesterol, fatigue, depression, etc.
I have many back problems, scoliosis, stenosis, etc which causes great stress. Some days ago, got a cold and checked temps. They were 96.2 to 96.7, several times a day. In your earlier post, you indicated stress could do this. Or it is related to having a cold?
Normally, a cold would be expected to increase a person’s temperature. Stress could explain your temperatures being low, even when you’re sick.
I am a twice cancer survivor. I had a double mastectomy a year ago, and since then my life has been difficult even tough I decided no chemo for the second time, and there is no traces of cancer in me. I react to certain food, stress and environment chemicals and temperature. I had a thyroid nodule that disappeared after surgery, but everything else is gone crazy. when a trigger makes me flair I have many histamine intolerance symptoms like headaches, GI problems, itching, red watery eyes, muscle/bone pain, etc, and in addition I lost half the hair on my head, I loose weight instead of gaining it eating 3000 calories a day, I get really disoriented and depressed and anxious, and my temp goes down to 93. I am able to control the emotional symptoms and raise my temp by taking baking soda-don’t know why- and physical symptoms by limiting my diet, over all I am feeling better, but I still flair due to stress or additional foods added to my diet-still working on introducing more foods for better nutrition, but is painful when the food doesn’t agree with me. I have been tested for histamine, chromoganing A and 5 hiaa- All my blood work is normal and just show a little elevated 5 hiaa, which could explain my foggy head.
I had pelvic reconstruction surgery 6 months ago and haven’t been able to get over it. Supposed to feel like a champ 3-4 weeks out, but I am in chronic pain unless I’m on antibiotics, and then I feel great. I started taking my temperature 3 days ago and of the 5 times I’ve taken it in 3 days, 3 of those temps were between 95.3 and 95.5. Should I share this info with my doctor or is it even relevant? I’m looking for any clues as to why I can’t recover from surgery. Docs are trying to determine if infection or inflammatory process may be my problem.
For sure, a low temperature could explain difficulty with healing. Would be great to share this with your doctors. Hopefully they will be open-minded enough to consider it.
Good luck :)
I have had a low body temperature for years and have only had a 98. body temperature 2 days after they raise my armour thyroid. The third day it goes right back down. On the days where it’s up, I feel fantastic and want those days to last. I found a Dr. who gave me the T3 for a month, but my Free T3 went through the roof and my temperature never changed. Now they say I have Lyme Disease and test positive for Lupus so they don’t seem to care about my low body temperature. Now my T3 is normal but my Free T4 is below the charts. I cannot convince them that my thyroid is the root of my problems. I still fell the 4 times I had the perfect days after raising my armour have to mean something. Am I wrong?
The days you feel fantastic have to be very significant. If your temperatures were higher those days, I’d say that could be very meaningful, regardless of what the blood tests say. I’ve been saying that for over 2 decades now because I’ve seen that when patients’ temps are better they often feel better. The fact that you feel better with increasing your Armour and then worse again is also part of a classic story
Hi Dr. Denis,
Thyroid tests normal, temperature always around 95.6. I’m 55 and I don’t feel cold. I am past the hot flash stage of menopause but always feel hot even though my temperature is so low. It always has been, all my life. I feel feverish a lot of the time and very tired. I actually take some Armour thyroid just in case but it doesn’t seem to improve the symptoms. Really stuck on what to do to feel better. Any suggestions of a specific course of action?
Can’t give medical advice. Low temps can cause heat intolerance. Armour may not improve temperature since the T4 can downregulate the deiodinase enzyme. You may want to visit a doctor listed on our site.
Sir my father is 45 years old, n dese days he is
Feeling very dull n weak.he sweats ecessively n his body temp almost 5 days a week remains low. He has hydrosil issues.Is dis can be a cause of all dese symptoms?If yes pls suggest possible remedy?
A low temperature can certainly contribute to some of these complaints. The possible remedies are listed on the website. Good luck.
Hi Dr. Wilson,
I’m 50 years old very active and have always been very fit. And have a normal body temp of 98.6. After I had my laparascopic hysterectomy 2 weeks ago. I was fine after 5 days post surgery. On the 6th day I started having unbearable pain in my pelvic region. I have been to ER twice prescribed with really strong antibiotics. CT done and they only found UTI. Pain has not gone away and my body temp has stayed at around 97.3. Does antibiotics affect body temp?
I haven’t noticed a connection between antibiotics and low temperatures. However, surgery and stress and pain can certainly lower body temperature.
Have you had success treating patients with WT3 therapy who are slow methylators (homozygous MTHFR mutations), who are dealing with detoxification from mercury? I have read that metal toxicity brings down the body temperature, and I noticed you even commented on that above. I wondered if patients in that situation are more resistant to WT3 treatment, in your experience, or if you are seeing that patients with those characteristics are just as likely as other patients to respond to WT3 treatment, irrespective of those factors.
I believe that it can be harder to get patients’ temps up with T3 when they have mercury toxicity.
I have been diagnosed with Generalized anxiety disorder and have been prescribed .5mg of clonezepan three times a day. I am always cold and with an inside temperature of 72 degrees, I am dressed in layers from top to bottom. It makes it very difficult when working in an air condition environment with co workers dressed in summer clothing and you are still in your winter dress. My TSH tests normal. Could this reaction to temperature be a side effect of this medication which I have been on for the past four months?
I’m not sure if clonezepan can cause low temperatures but I am sure that low temperatures can cause generalized anxiety disorder. My guess is that you might have had a low temperature before starting clonezepan.
Hi Dr Wilson
I am female and 58 years of age I do have some arthritic problems but recently I have felt terrible with aches and pains in joints and muscles, just like flu symptoms, I find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, and I feel useless, everything I do needs to be paced so I can get things done in the day. I have taken my temperature first thing in the morning it reads 36.11 then rises through the day to reach 36.78 could this be what’s making me feel ill.
Yes, a low temperature could be contributing to your symptoms.
My average body temp is 96.5 like year round unles I’m sick then I’m high. But I always feel fine so what up?
I suppose that temp is working well for you. Then again, there’s a remote possibility that you could feel even better with a normal temp.
I also have MTHFR mutation take B-12 shots 3x’s per week. Hypothyroid diagnosis 2008. Took Armour and Synthroid. My doctor told me of you and ask me to record my temps. Was on lower dose then two weeks ago increased to 7O compounded T4 and 1 cytomel. Fatigue is still unbearable most days. My highest temp is 95.4. So uncertain as to what is going on and next step? Would I focus on other areas of concern if this is not resolving fatigue or increasing temps?
You may not be converting T4 very well to T3. You might benefit from T3-alone therapy. You can ask your doctor about that.
I’m 39 weeks pregnant and body yemp is around 96 to 96.4 from 3 days.. Is it normal or some thing i should worry about???
I’m having severe leg pain starting from pelvis to toe but not continuous, it’s rythmic. My body temperature at morning under armpit ranges from 35.2 to 35.8. I have also took thyroid test (T3 T4 TSH) where all results shows normal. And also i took complete master health check up where i didn’t see anything different other than normal except a bit high cholestrol. Whenever i get leg pain my stomach will get upset and i will have a feel like my eyes get shrink and energy get drain out. Especially when i’m in AC i feel totally uncomfortable and these symptoms are getting increase and i’m suffering this for the past 11 months. Still not sure what it is and none of the doctor can able to identify. Infact for the past 3 months i’m practising yoga and having only green tea. Do you have any idea what could be these symptoms? Also to add upon i’m not interested in SEX all these days
Low temperatures can account for fluid retention. When fluid retention occurs in tight bony spaces it can pinch nerves and cause pain. Low temps can contribute to the other complaints you mention as well.
Thank you so much doctor for your response, what is fluid retention means, what should i do for that. I suffering like being in a hell whenever i got this pain and also i thought it may be due to Adrenal fatigue. As i’m practising yoga regularly i don’t find any cold in nose or in lungs as well. It’s almost 12 months i’m suffering from low body temperature, especially my eye gets tired and my energy level comes down. Please give me some health tips to over come this
I’ve been sick for almost three years without a diagnosis. The last six weeks my body temperature has been running between 94.3-96.5. I’m cold all the time (and it’s summer) and I cannot judge the temperature of things like hot water. I am waiting for test results for Cushing’s Syndrome and Pyoderma Gangrenosum. I’ve been on 4 different antibiotics for 5 weeks. I’m exhausted! My ENTIRE body hurts! I’ve developed a fist sized lump just to the left of my thoracic spine that feels like I’m being stabbed! Chest pains for the last couple of months. Since September of 2011, I’ve had over 200 skin infections, some developed into MRSA and I’ve been in the hospital several times. I’ve had 52 of these infections in my mouth in the last 16 months and they kill the roots of my teeth and they fall out! I two teeth that have not been affected and I only have 14 teeth left! 16 months ago I had a mouth full of gorgeous teeth with zero dental problems!!! I’ve also lost close to 80lbs!! I seriously feel like I am dying!!
I sure hope you can find solutions to your problems. I know that low temperatures can contribute to such symptoms.
I am 71 and have Sjogren’s Syndrome, mixed connective tissue disease,hypothyroid and take seizure medication. All my life my normal temperature has been 97.6 but there have been times that I have been seriously ill with an infection and I do not run a temperature or if I do it is one degree one way or the other. My body has difficulty adjusting to ambient temperature and I will break out in a sweat if the house is 78 or 80. we live in Florida. I also have immune deficient problems. Are there people who cannot run a temperature?
Yes, in as sense. Many people have told me that when they get a “fever” their temperature goes up to what other people consider normal.
Im 55, wake up extreamly hot feeling not sweaty. And temp is 96.5 or 96.6 every morning. I do not take any hormones of any kind. Or any other meds except Welbutrin, which I’ve taken for over 15 years. This just started a few months ago. I dont see any real helpful info in your answers. In my situation, low temp , with no meds to be the possible blame, what could be causing my low morning temp when I feel firey hot?
I’m not sure why but some people feel hot when their temperatures are low. And sometimes, when their temperatures are normalized they don’t feel hot.
I have been suffering from sleep issues for years. I had a hysterectomy 7 years ago and I am through most of the major symptoms (surgical menopause etc). I still continue to have episodes of hot flashes but they don’t feel associated to surgical menopause. They wake me up a few times a night and are a major contributor to my sleep issues. Recently had blood work do e and my TSH has doubled in the last 5 years. From 2.2 to 4.5. I have no energy despite working out intensely for 90 min x 4 a week. I started taking my temperature at night when I wake up with sweating and it is usually 95.4, maybe 95.8. My tempt doesn’t rise above 96 until after I get up in the morning. It has been suler challenging to figure all this out. I just started low dose synthroid and maybe that takes a while to help? Isn’t a temp in the 95 range unhealthy? I never had these 8-10 years ago. Should I see an endocrinologist?
A low temperature at night can explain your fatigue and night sweats. Synthroid may not be able to normalize your low body temperature. You could see an endocrinologist but many of them do not focus on the body temperature. You might consider seeing a doctor from the list on our website, or calling medaus.com to see if they know of a doctor near you.
Im reading all these comments trying to find someone who has the same symptoms as me.. Well I am 38yrs old I have one gallstone in my gallbladder that flares up from time to time, I breastfeed my 1yr old and besides that Im pretty healthy I think.. This hasnt happened to me in awhile and I really hope it never does again. I live in Florida and I was sitting in the house at night. I had to run to the store to get something and I put on a sweatshirt just because the temps dropped to 75 degrees and I was chilly. Felt fine at the store.. Came home and was sitting on couch again and I couldnt get warm. I felt like I was getting sick. You know when you start to get body aches from a fever, well I started to get this but had no fever. I started to shake and felt the need to lay down.. I could hardly stand and was really cold. I quickly walked to the bath and made a extremely hot bath. I climbed in and I had to control my breathing because of the shaking I was breathing fast to get air. My body was locking up it felt like it.. My chest hurt from the tightness of the shaking. My teeth were chattering so badly I had to bite on a towel because I thought my teeth would break from the pressure of my jaw clenching down. I couldnt calm myself and I was still cold.. This continued for about a hour. Then it just stopped. The next day in the afternoon it happened again. Everything I just wrote happened again but this time I didnt go into the bath, I climbed into my bed with a heating pad and a paper bag to breath into to try to calm my breathing and shaking.. I bit my blankets to stop my teeth from breaking off. The grip I had on the blanket was unreal. The shaking was uncontrollable and to this day I have no idea what this was caused by. I sometimes get the feeling that Im getting sick and my body starts to shiver and I get really scared that its going to happen again but it doesnt. Do you have any idea what this is from?? I live in hot sunny Florida so its not cold here.. I just dont get it.. And Im very concerned about what this is.. I dont get dizzy or have a headache, I am just cold and shaking. Any suggestions?
Hi Summer, It would be very interesting for you to take your temperature when you’re not freezing and to take your temperature when you are (though probably you want to check it before you get to the point of teeth clenching so you don’t crush the thermometer). It’s not uncommon to have low temperatures after childbirth (that’s actually the most common time). Having 5 children I know that caring for newborns can be stressful. Stress can result in low temperatures and anxiety and panicky feelings sometimes.
I forgot to mention that I have a mass on my thyroid but no one seems to be worried about it. They said that its from my hormones of breastfeeding since I never had this before I got pregnant.
I am Hypo on Armour my FT3 is 3.9 ft4 .09 TSH .34.. I feel ok . But my temps are always low 97.6 average. I have HASHIS and CELIAC Im GF, DF, eat perfect… Why are my temps always low…?
Stress and many other factors can result in poor T4 to T3 conversion and utilization.
Hi Dr Wilson,
My 1 year old son has been have low temperature ‘attacks’ since January. They range from 93-96 during the episodes. When it happens, he seems irritable, but not overly lethargic or sickly. The level of his discomfort varies, and sometime he act perfectly normal. The low temperature will last for a few hours or as little as 30 minutes. I have taken him to the ER the first coupe times, only to be sent home by the doctors. They always say that he does not behave like he is sick, so they are not worried. I have spoken to my pediatrician and have gotten no response from them either. No one has offered to run tests. He has had 8 episodes since January with 2 this month. Do you have any idea what may be causing it?
I’m afraid I’ve never heard of a situation like this before. I normally view low temperatures as a possible explanation for symptoms. I know he’s only one and it might be hard to tell if he has symptoms. I’m not so concerned about low temperatures when there are no symptoms. I’m not sure what would explain his episodes of low temperatures. Very interesting question.
My daughter is 5 and her temperature of 95.4-96.7 for the past few days. I took her to the Er and was diagnosed with an ear infection. Her temp was normal at time of treatment(98.6). But she shivers and says her hands are tingling. I have been checking her temp every hour and its low. the only time its been normal was at triage. 3different thermometers and sane temp. i dont find it to be normal and need advice. she does have chronic asthma and is on 4 different meds. Someone please tell me what I can do to ease my babies suffering!
Low body temperatures can contribute to asthma. Maybe a doctor listed on the website can help her temperature to normal.
Please help me. I’m cold most of the time.It is almost impossible for me to get warm in the winter months. I have checked my basal body temperature in the mornings before getting out of bed and it ranges between 96.5 -97.8. There are some nights I get so cold that can I not sleep and I can feel my heart quivering. I have been having thyroid symptoms for about 10 years now. I have been told I have a goiter on my thyroid but my blood work keeps coming back within in the normal ranges.(????) I have chronic Migraines that are getting worse, hair loss, dry and brittle hair, weight gain (no matter how active I am), chronic fatigue, my body aches all over, miscarriages, no tolerance to cold, insomnia. When I have my bad days they can last for days. I am so tired of doctors telling me – well maybe you are just depressed or maybe you need to take pain medicine for chronic pain, I have been constipated most of my life and I have had migraines since I was 5 and I am now 42. Since 2011 the trainer at the gym I was working out with said I have a fast resting heart rate. Five months ago I started taking 10 mg of Adderall twice a day to help me focus and to keep me from falling asleep behind the wheel at stop lights. I just recently saw a cardiologist for the fast resting heart rate. It ranged between 57 -153 when I wore the 24 hour monitor. He checked my TSH level and it was 1. 02. So he told me the Tachycardia was probably coming from the Adderall. Even though I was having problems way before I started taking the Adderall. When I take the Adderall I push through my days, I am extremely tired after going to the gym and my body wants to crash but the Adderall helps me get throgh the day. Before taking it I could not get out of bed some days and I was afraid to drive. There are some days I hurt so bad my children can’t even touch me. About a year ago I took a saliva test from Diagnos -Techs, Inc. and it showed that I was in the Maladated Phase II stage. I am so tired of researching and feeling like my symptoms are in my head because my blood work is within the normal ranges. ????? If you having any words of wisdom I really would appreciate it.
Hi, yes low body temperatures can explain your symptoms. Perhaps a doctor on our list of treating physicians can help you get your temperatures up.
I have a constantly low body temperature ranging from 96 to 97 degrees fahrenheit. This has been over the past 15 or so years since I was about 17 years old. I also have an extremely low heart rate ranging from 40 to 55 beats per minute resting. Is there a possibility that these two symptoms have something in common?
Yes, a low body temperature and low pulse rate could possibly be related.
My thyroid numbers have consistantly been normal for 2 years now but my morning waking temp ranges from 95.5 to 96.1. None of my physician’s seem to think there is an issue with that. I sleep well but wake up feeling tired and alot of time I wake up feelimg like I am freezing although I am sweating from head to toe This morning at 3 am I woke up frrezing its in middle of summer turned off air nothing helped piled on down comforter and 2 other blnkets finlly 4 hours later I can rest only to wake back up sweat profusely with a body temp of 95.5. Uually after being up and about for for a few hours my temp jumps up to its normal daytime temp 97.1 to 97.6. Two years ago they also found a nodule on my thyroid which by rules of all test is beneign. Recent check showed its still growing, but not hot or cold. I am 50 years old and yes overweight. But no matter what I cant seem to muster energy to go forward.I have always been a pro for positive action and positive thinking person.I am determined to get a handle on this. Any suggestions?
Low body temperatures can explain the symptoms you describe. Perhaps a doctor on our list of treating physicians can help you normalize your temperatures.
43 year old with low body temperature (95-96) and weakness, dizziness only in winter months about 2-3 times and need to take a hot shower to get temperature to rise and then feel better. Went to endocrinologist, gyno with no help — was recommended to see a Nationally Certified Menopausal Practitioner in NYC. Fear of getting attack when outside in winter with baby. Any help. Thank you.
Yes, I agree that low body temperatures can cause such symptoms. Have you checked the list of practitioners on our website?
Hello, im samantha and I have a auestion , my body temperature is normal really low as in 194.7 , well for the past couple of days I have had a running nose, coughing , sneezing, well I walked down to my bus stop this morning and check it a again and noe it 96.7 , I was hot to the touch but no sweating , could this be a cold or do I need to be seen my a doctor ?
Ps. I dont have anything wrong with be but my ribs are inlarged, asthma, depression and adhd but I still have no energy before and after I take my meds
Some people with chronic low temperatures don’t get temperatures over 98.6 even when they are sick.
I started with sinus problems then to migraine with nausea. 3 days ago this started. My temp is 96.0. Felling very weak. Under a lot of stress with a terminal I’ll 96 year old Mother. Don’t want to get her sicker. What should I do? Go to doctor, stay away from Mom?
Hi Barb :)
Stress can reduce the body temperature which can lead to migraines. Coping with stress is a great skill to develop. One way, is to reduce your exposure to stress (cut down on it where you can), another way is to improve your ability to handle stress (this could be diet, exercise, meditation, prayer, and so on). Doctors can help if they understand how to improve body temperature. You can get ideas about how to improve temperature at wilsonssyndrome.com
Hello, could low iron levels in the blood cause low body temperatures? Thanks!
Hi, I’ll try to be as brief as possible, I’m 36 yr old female. I have Endometriosis, Bipolar, Hepatitis C, Advanced cirrhosis, and ME after suffering severe glandular fever turned to meningitis at 16yo. I’ve had various blood tests done, including cortisol levels checked as my BP when I stand, they came back low, had short synathin test done, one Dr said results were bad I need treatment, never said the results were low but didn’t need treatment. My thyroid has come back as low on blood tests, but next time will be OK again. As well as fatigue, pain etc. The symptom that’s making my life utter misery is being so so cold all the time, like I’m shivering no matter what, when others are saying it’s hot, I have a thick cardigan and coat on, and still frozen, i physically shiver but am also cold to the touch – can feel how one leg is against the other through trousers for example. My oral temperature is often as low as 35, all through the day. It sometimes does up a bit later in the day/evening but still generally only to around 36.4. It is only just Autumn here, and I’m having to hide under my quilt through the day and am still frozen. I’m terrified of winter, I don’t know how cope, I could cry to be honest it’s that bad! Is it possible I have Wilson’s? How do I convince my GP? (I’m in the UK), he said even if my thyroid stays low he wouldn’t put me on Thyroid treatment as I’m very hard to get blood out of for monitoring so how could I convince them to try me on it? Please I’m really desperate, I don’t know how much more I can take! I’m pretty sure people think I’m exaggerating how bad this is, just how cold I truly feel, and how badly it’s affecting my already poor quality of life. Thanks
Low body temperatures can easily explain the freezing feeling.
You could consider giving him my book “Evidence-based approach to restoring thyroid health” from this website. There are 100’s of references that explain why temps can be low even when tests are normal. Treatment is also explained and I can discuss it with him over the phone. Most doctors that are treating this heard about it from their patients: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/patients/recruiting-a-doctor/
Can low temperature be allergy related? I used to have low temperature before my period from time to time, but since I started having allergy it became very common. My normal temperature is 36.7 it goes as low as 35, which makes me very tired and fatigue. What tests should i get?
Low temperatures can make allergies worse, for sure. I can’t give medical advice over the internet but I’d be happy to discuss your case for free with your doctor (doctor can call 800 420 5801 to make arrangements)
I am a 61 year old male who was recently diagnosed with stage 4, grade 1.5 follicular lymphoma. I began chemo and biotherapy (Rituxan and Bendamustin) one week ago. My heart also went into afib shortly before treatment, which happens sometimes under stress, but I never noticed low body temps before. My heart remains in afib as of this writing accompanied with a constant low temperature between 66.2 and 67.5. Is my low temperature caused by the cancer treatments and or the afib? Is this normal under the current medical circumstances?
I assume you meant 96.2 and 97.5. Stress is enough to explain low temperatures for sure. Just the emotional stress of going through cancer treatment could explain low temps. Physical stress could also lead to low temps.
My body temperature hovers at 94 – 96 degrees. I have had hot flashes for many years, and just found out that I am not menopausal. I have 5 – 20 flashes per hour and go from sweaty to freezing all day long, and have night sweats. My doctor said my thyroid looks good (other than a thyroid goiter with 12 nodules). What would you recommend I investigate next?
A low temperature could explain some or all of your symptoms. I’d recommend you see a doctor who can normalize your temperatures and see how you do.
I left a reply a few days ago, and today i’ve made and appt. with my Internal medicine Dr. who is also my Family Dr. as well. I’ve told him i’m at my roots ends and am getting sicker by the day. I can’t cope. He is going to check my blood work for low thyroid, adrenal or endocrine , with my blood work.. Should i tell him about your website, and the T3, it couldn’t hurt to try. They are still awaiting word from the ECU Surgical team about taking my left lobe of my liver, due to a very rare form of dominant Polycystic disease in my liver only. I have over 300 blood filled, hard filled and fluid filled cysts and they have started rupturing. Is there a relation to your knowledge of low body tempature and extreme sweating, palpitations, and no regulation of heat control or cold. I even fog my glass’s from sweating so profusely. This started getting worse in April after a ruptured cyst in my liver. I have no energy and sweat so severely that i cannot leave the house. My blood pressure also crashes when standing for 20 minutes or any exertion. I have been on the verge of fainting quite often if not resting. I’m at my wits ends!
Yes, a low body temperature could explain a lot of those symptoms. Quite a lot of T4 is converted to T3 in the liver. Your doctor could look at our website and also NAhypothyroidism.org which has lots of references.
In the past month I have had two surgeries for breast cancer. The first was a total mastectomy of the right breast, the second to “mop up” a few suspect cells that were on the border of the margins. It is my understanding that all cancer cells have now been removed.
In the past week I have felt as though I am getting flu … headache, aches and pains and chills interspersed with fever. I feel totally exhausted. My current temperature is 36.4. I do have Hashimotos thyroiditis and have been on thyroid replacement for 25 years. Do you think I need to have my thyroid levels re-checked, or is this just the aftermath of surgery?
The stress of the diagnosis and surgery for cancer can lead to low body temperatures which can contribute to symptoms. It’s normal for the body temperature to go down under stress, but it is sometimes counter-productive, especially when food is ample and when it persists long after the stress and surgery have passed. Poor T4 to T3 conversion can account for low body temperatures but doesn’t always show up on blood tests. You might want to consult a physician on our list if you have lingering concerns.
my body temprature is around 97 from past few days…is it a matter to worry ? am i suffering from weakness ?
Low body temperatures can explain many symptoms, including fatigue.
Even though my body is hot my temperature is normal, why is that, and if my necks hot does that mean i have a fever
People can have low temperatures even if they feel hot all the time.
Dr. Wilson, thanks for your research you seem to be the only one that is aware of this problem.
I am a 59 year old 5’8 and 117 lbs and on and off vegan. The main reason for my vegan diet is that
every time I eat meat for a few weeks or a few months I lose 10 lbs become more hyper and a slight bit
I recently started to check my temperature regularly and noticed that when wake up in the morning my
temperature is 95.5 with 3 different thermometers and as the day goes on my temperature rises to 97.2 or 97.7 and rarely 98.6 I have been unusually cold most winters since I was a skinny 3 year old eating a typical Texas diet till I was 21. I remember checking my temperature at least once a year during flu season and was pretty much 98.6 unless I had the flu then I might go as high as 101.7 only at night day time 95.5 mornings even with the flu. My mother has had Thyroid problems eating one meal a day and still gaining weight. I use to work for Dr. Ronald Hoffman in NYC as a dietary consultant my vitamin and mineral count is normal.
Any advice would be most helpful
Low temperatures can explain many complaints. If you’re having complaints you might want to consult one of the physicians on our list. There are dietary, lifestyle, and treatment options that can be applied to help people normalize their temperatures.
Wow, thank you for responding. My Internal medicine Dr. said ” He thinks the liver is throwing off my hormones, and triggering receptors in the brain to lower my blood pressure and my pulse is always high, palpitations, then excessive amounts of sweating. He said if it’s what he thinks it is he can block it. Is that what he’s talking about, the T3? My Liver Specialist said the Liver doesn’t usually throw off signals that triggers these symptoms. I’m willing to try anything. I really have enjoyed your research, and it makes perfect sense. TY kindly……
I have measured my basal body temperature over a number of days now; it seems to start at 35.0 (on wake) and raise to an average of 35.6 over the day (when measuring at 3 hour intervals) I am a male in the late 20’s, who exercises regularly and find it really hard to gain weight even after adopting a balanced high calorie diet (3000kcals +). I work shifts and often have trouble having a full nights sleep (I assumed its due to the shift pattern). I have tried the adrenal fatigue blood pressure test and systolic pressure raises by 10 when standing. Im a bit stuck on what to think now…please help. Thanks.
Shift work can sometimes contribute to the stress that contributes to low body temperatures. Doctors on our list may be able to help you normalize your temperatures.
Dr. Wilson, HELP !!!!! I’m 49 years old I was diagnosed with Hemochromatosis about 4 years ago, I have stage 2 fibrins in my liver and I SWEAT all the time. not just a glisten or a lil bit under my arms but a a full diaphoretic flood of sweat across my whole body. My body temp is normally 96.2 to 96.7 if i have a temp of 98.6 that is a low grade fever for me. I have sever body aches all the time, and joint stiffness. My blood pressure is slightly elevated and my pulse is always tachacardic in the low 100’s 107-117 only drops down to high 80’s when sleep. I was looking into the leaky gut syndrome as I have 40+ symptoms of it. I am now on blood pressure meds and anxiety meds and 50,000 units of D3 ,along with a muscle relaxer to try to reduce muscle and joint pain so I can sleep. I can deal with the pain, stiffness, anxiety, and other issues but the sweating has to stop!!! it is gross. I don’t feel comfortable unless in in my underwear in front of a fan. I feel like a social outcast. I’m the creepy sweaty guy over there. I even sweat 30 seconds after getting out of a cold or hot shower. My clothes and hair are never dry. I avoid as much as i can with silly excuses. it has held me back at work. Someone stop the madness.
Yes Art, I have seen folks with low temperatures prone to excessive sweating, and I’ve seen it resolve with normalization of body temperatures:
Normal temps can help with anxiety, blood pressure, and joint pain and muscle stiffness.
Wilsonssyndrome.com covers some of the options available to normalize temperatures. You may want to consult a doctor on our list.
Good luck :)
Hi Dr. Wilson, my 15 year old athletic daughter started experiencing symptoms 2 years ago which have worsened this past year. As a distance runner her performances have gotten steadily worse in spite of regular training, and she has developed exercise induced asthma (severe enough that she has collapsed during a race) which has been untreatable by any of the puffers they have tried so far, and exercise induced vocal cord dysfunction. In spite of heavy training and a very healthy diet, she has gained a little extra weight and appears to have lost muscle mass. She frequently complains that she is ‘freezing’ and cannot warm up no matter how many layers she puts on. She is so cold during the night that she often sleeps with her head under the blanket.
I was wondering about thyroid issues and had her blood tested last week, her results were: TSH: 2.38 (0.5 – 5.0), free T4: 13 (9 – 23), free T3: 4.6 (3.5 – 6.5), last year her levels were: TSH: 2.18. free T4:13, free T3: 5.2
Does this sound like thyroid to you, and do her symptoms and numbers seem like Wilsons temperature syndrome or more like something else?
Thank you for your help, we don’t know where to turn, our doctor is quite disinterested as she is ‘normal’.
Low body temperatures (as measured here: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/identify/how-are-body-temperatures-measured/) can explain asthma symptoms and freezing and weight gain, despite normal thyroid blood tests. Stress and extreme exercise can also strain adrenal function. You may want to seek an opinion from a doctor on our list. Best :)
Hii my hubby feel very week sometimes in a day n sometimes later he had a low body temperature BT he is OK with it BT he feels sometimes that their is nothing in his body so plz tell about this
Please see the information on wilsonssyndrome.com
Hi Dr. Wilson,
I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and my doctors wants to put me on Synthroid. I was wondering if there are alternative ways to heal my thyroid besides taking Synthroid.
Absolutely! Some options are discussed on wilsonssyndrome.com
my husband, age 58 has been running a temperature of only 95.5-96.6. He has been really tired, and been having cold sweats but feels hot……also has a sore throat for about 5 weeks now…..finally went to the doctor and he is just treating him for strep ( without testing him for it )…and has referred him to a ent ( whom he has not seen as of yet. can you give me any insight as to what you think may be causing these symptoms?
Low temperatures can be brought on by physical and emotional stress or illness. Low temps can contribute to infections. I can’t give medical advice over the internet but I’d be happy to discuss your case for free with your doctor (doctor can call 800 420 5801 to make arrangements)
Suddenly I feel cold today afternoon, there was 95.5F body temperature. I am interested to know the course of low tempreture. I am 58yrs male,
Low temperatures can be brought on by the impaired conversion of the thyroid hormone T4 to T3 brought on by physical, mental, emotional stress or illness. It can be chronic and is often reversible.
hi im 19 i have 2 kids well yesterday i woke up finr but as the day went on i got a sore throat and congestion well today ever since i woke up ive had the sensation of freezing and i cant warm no even if i set in front of a heater its causing me to shiver majorly. and heres some medical history if it helps both my kids were emergency cesarean due to preeclampsia and i still have a few stitches in as well as i was told that my dr has to check my thyroid because of weight change, period change, and fatique. do you think you can help? i as well apologize for my spelling for i am using one hand to type. tia
Hi Billie :) Low body temperatures can explain the symptoms you’re describing and low temperatures can be brought on by childbirth. Low temperatures can often be corrected, even when thyroid blood tests are normal.
My daughter visited one of the doctors on your list; we are in New York City. Since all her bloodwork came back normal, it is determined she has Wilson’s – Medaus pharmacy is in AL so is it correct we have to wait on the protocol? Can my daughter first try the Thyrocare and Adaptogen to see if she responds to those? If she can, how long before we know they would work and can she take them indefinitely? Thank you.
I am a healthy 57 year old man. 5″6, 140 pounds, retired, walk 5 to 10 miles each day, very active socially and never drink or smoke. Last medical issue was appendix removal back in high school. My temperature has been running 96.1 to 97.1 for the last 20 years. Its always mentioned when I am checked prior to my annual flu shot. Not on any meds. Only real issues have been a few root canals a couple years ago. No family illness, most relatives live into their 90’s without cancer. Why is my temp low?
Hi Mark :) I’m not sure why your temperature is low. It may be that your temperature is not causing you a problem if you are not having any symptoms that bother you. What I’ve noticed about low temperatures is that they can explain a lot of unpleasant symptoms, in that the symptoms can often be reversed when the body temperature is normalized. Often, temperatures become persistently low after severe mental, physical, or emotional stress and they can persist even after the stress has passed.
My temperature is at 96.1 F. I have had headaches and I’m not hungry at all. I am unsure what this means. If someone has an answer I would love to hear it
Low temperatures can sometimes be due to severe mental, emotional, or physical stress. Low temperatures can contribute to headaches and can often be corrected.
I was on 120mg ms contin from my doctor for back pain. I’ve had 5 spine surgeries and suffer from multiple other things, back related. I went through detox 6 weeks ago and had the typical withdrawals and still dealing with the RLS, leg cramps/pains and the bones in my legs ache. I started getting sick 2 days ago(haven’t been sick in years, assuming the meds where the reason). My body temp has been 96.4 – 97.2 throughout the day and my blood pressure is 143/97. I’m a 29 yr old male weighing roughly 122lbs. Curious on your thoughts and insight.
Thanks and it seems you have been a great help to many people.
Hi Will :) Pain and stress can contribute to low body temperatures and high blood pressure. I wish you continued progress toward great health.
Btw, that was 120mg of ms contin 2x per day for a little over 2.5 years.
I have had GAD for about 3 years now, I tend to stress a lot about diseases i think i have that i don’t, but recently 3 months ago i started feeling a bit cold, not shivering or anything (goosebumps though) for last three months whenever i check my body temp its between 96-97.5f max…. It kind of scares me, and makes me stress more thinking i have liver or kidney problems. I know stress lowers body temp but more than stressing i over think so a lot. I have also for the last month had a stuffy nose, and my throats been full of phlegm
Interestingly, GAD can be caused by a low body temperature. Normalizing a low temperature can often eliminate generalized anxiety disorder.
Hello Dr. Wilson, I am a women and 42 years of age. When I was 27 years old I was diagnosed with Graves disease. I took 60mg of Tapazole a day and also 50 mg of Inderal, to help regulate my irregular heart beat due to being Hyperthyroid. When I was diagnosed with it my levels were SO high that they thought the 1st test was wrong and I had to be tested again. I was sent immediately to a Endocrinologist. He treated me for a few years but we had a personality conflict and he quit being my doctor. Which was perfectly fine with me because I didn’t have the best experience with his staff. From then I went to my family Doctor. He treated me for years. Then one day my blood work came back fine and for the last 5 years I haven’t had to be on any hyperthyroid meds. But for the last couple years I have taken my temp., and it ranges from 96 to 96.4 everyday. I also have gain approximately 25lbs in the last 3 years. I have also been a thin lady, and now no matter what I do I can’t get this extra weight off. The best problem that I have is that I feel tired ALL of the time, and I have a hard time getting motivated to do anything. I just feel sluggish everyday. At night I get SO hot that I installed a window A/C and I also have a fan. Keep in mind that I have central air also. In the morning I feel like I can’t get my body to regulate my temperature. One minute I am freezing the next minute I am burning up and sometimes I feel both hot and cold at the same time. I know that I getting to the age that the some of these issue my be the state of the change of life, but it is SO frustrating. I use to be a person that got up and was on the go all the time, now I have to drag myself out of bed. Also the extra 25 lbs that I have put on is depressing. Because of my years of experiencing hyperthyroid problems I get it check twice a year and my test are coming back in the normal range, but I feel like I did when I had thyroid problems, except the weight gain. I hate being tired ALL of the time. Do you have any suggestions? And do you think that I may be experiencing thyroid issues, and is my low temperature a sign of an underling issue that I need to address to my doctor at my next appointment? I need some suggestion on what to do to make me feel better and have the energy again, instead feeling like a slug every day.
Your low temperatures could easily explain your symptoms. If your doctor doesn’t know how to normalize your temperature then I’d be happy to discuss your case with him or her personally. On the other hand, The doctors we know that are treating WTS are listed here:
If there is not a doctor near you, just know that most of the doctors that are treating WTS heard about it through their patients:
If you find an open-minded physician, I’d be happy to talk with him/her personally on the phone for free to help them get started (doctor can call 800 420 5801 to make arrangements). There may be other reasons your temperature is low (like diet, exercise, toxins, etc)
My nephew is 5 and has a temperature of 34.2. We’re not sure what the cause is and are also unsure of what to do
It would be important to find a practitioner who can help identify the root cause of the problem. I recommend looking for a doctor who is certified in Restorative Medicine. You can use this search tool to find someone in your area: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/patients/medical-providers/
I am currently seeking nutritional advice following a long period of malaise and exhaustion to the point where I have taken a year off work.
My temperature in the morning is 33.5 degrees Celsius and improved to 35.5 *C by 3pm in the afternoon.
I am suspected to have Adrenal Fatigue and possible under performing Thyroid. However, all previous GP blood tests appear as ok. Is a low body temperature a result of the Adrenal Fatigue/Hypothyroid or more likely to be a cause?
I am constantly cold regardless of the temperature of my environment.
I’m inclined to think of low temperatures as a result, but low temperatures can also be a cause of issues. Sometimes, issues can feed on each other and lead to a downward spiral of poor health. Obviously, the goal is to pursue an upward spiral of good health.
I am a 63 year old male. I got to sleep around 2:30 in the morning. My legs and torso feel clammy and hot. I took my temperature and it is 96.4. My room temp is around 68. If I use a comforter I feel hot. If I don’t arms and shoulders feel cold. I have head and neck sweats when I sleep but no other part of my body perspires. I wake up around every two hours. I can’t get back to sleep around 8:00 am because I wake up feeling hot. Any suggestions I have hypertension and it is under control with meds. I am overweight 218 5-7.
Low temperatures can contribute to sweating abnormalities and insomnia.
I am 64 yo my body is retaining fluid really bad.My Dr. Will not listen to me .I have gone through your list of symptoms with my husband we say I have at least 20 of the symptoms.Do you think I might have WTS
If you have symptoms and a low body temperature then you may very well have WTS. A lot of people do. Especially, if your symptoms came on or worsened with stress you may want to look into it.
Hi Dr Wilson, I am 16 and I have had a cold this week. But my body temperature has been measuring from 97.4-96.4 and even 95.5 one night. Is this anything to be concerned about or do some people just have lower body temperatures? Or is it from my cold?
Hi Hannah :)
A low temperature can be a good thing, because it can explain a lot of difficult problems and can be reversible. If you have symptoms of fatigue, irritability, easy weight gain, or a lot of other problems it could be due to low temperatures. You may have had a low temperature for years. You can consult a physician listed on wilsonssyndrome.com
Hello my name is Dusty I just happen to come across your article and had a question. I suffer from fibro,interstitial cystitis, Degenerate bone disease,osteoarthritis, chronic dry eye,shoulder syndrome,endometriosis, PTSD and now in last year having allergic lip swelling for no reason been to hospital 5 times this year from it. My body temp is always 97.3 and today a steady 95.6. I’m going on day three of allergic swelling is this why my temp is low. How do I raise it. Please offer options.
Health stress can contribute to low temperatures and low temperatures can contribute to health problems such as fibro, allergic swelling and so on. I recommend that you visit a doctor listed on wilsonssyndrome.com
Hi.I just stumbled across this and very interested in getting your input. I am a 39 yo female last year diagnosed gluten intolerant due to vitamin d and b as well as iron deficiencies and nerve issues.i have always had a low temp 97.1. My daughters norm is 97.1 as well.i am always cold and have a low bp . Thyroid tests were normal. Is there something else i should be looking at other than celiacs?
Celiac can definitely lead to low thyroid function. However, even if a person’s Celiac is well-managed they can still have persistent low temperatures that can often be reversed with proper treatment. I recommend you study the info on wilsonssyndrome.com and consult with a physician listed on that website. Good luck :)
I am 36 years old. I just had a baby. At my six week appointment i was perfectly fine. couple weeks later I went to the dentist and had an ab reaction to the numbing medicine. I’ve been so scared about that appointment. It was very tramatic for me but dentist didn’t seem to be worried. Wouldve been nice to have an explanation why my body had reacted so badly to numbing meds. Ever since I have been going down hill. I started with tingling and numbing in my feet and it moved its way all through my body. It litterally was head to toe and now My body is so cold now in extremities. I feel like my feet and hands are in bucket sof ice. There very cold to touch too. I am beginning to feel the cooling feeling (cold) in my muscles going twards my head (left side brain) through my arms and into my chest. I’ve had so many tests ran and everything checks out good. I’m just so cold and cannot warm up. My temp is between 96.0 – 97.4 any higher than that my body doesn’t react well to getting warmed up. I begin to feel as if im being choked a lil in my throat and bands around my arms. Does this sound anything like wilsons temperature syndrome?
Yes, actually, that sounds very typical of WTS (the cold symptoms and choking sensation)(I haven’t heard of many having trouble with numbing medicine). Physically and emotionally traumatic experiences can very easily explain low temperatures and the symptoms you’re experiencing.
I’m 52 and my body temp constantly runs around 97.6. Does this explain why I’m always cold?
It certainly could.
I am 18
My body temp. Is always around 97.6-98.6
And i feel perfectly fine
So is it ok??
If your body temperature is low and you feel fine then I wouldn’t be very concerned about it. The only question is, could you feel even better if your temperature was normal? Some people don’t know what normal feels like.
I have had a temp of 95.4 for about a week now. I had a cold the first day after the first time my temperature was taken, but have felt okay since. I have had my thyroid checked a few times over the past year do to issues that my doctor thought might be from that. All test came back normal. Yet more symptoms keep showing up. I am now becoming more concerned because of my temperature. I do have stress, but nothing out of the ordinary and no more than I have before and these symptoms weren’t there then. What should my next step be?
Hi Robyn :)
If you want to address the symptoms you’re experiencing and no one knows what might be causing them and what you can do about them, that is, if doctors have no idea what might be causing your symptoms and have no idea what you could do that might relieve them, then I would have you to know that low temperatures can cause the symptoms of low thyroid even if the blood tests are normal. Sometimes, people can normalize their temperatures with dietary and lifestyle changes such as the ones mentioned here: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/restore/restoring-metabolism-without-a-prescription/ and sometimes they need the help of physicians such as those listed here: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/patients/medical-providers/ Best wishes :)
I’m 56 and have always had a low body temperature of around 97. I also suffer from Major depression, anxiety and panic disorder, low thyroid and high cholesterol I have gained around 60 pounds over the last 5 years. If my body temperature were to be raised, would I feel better? Over the last couple weeks, I’ve had additional stress, had a cold about a month and now I have hot flashes frequently. The hot flashes are the worst. Please let me know if raising my body temperature would help any of my conditions or symptoms. Thank you..
I couldn’t say whether raising your temperature will help you specifically but I do know that many people with depression, panic attacks, cholesterol and easy weight gain respond beautifully to normalizing their temperatures. You can go to a doctor on our list of Medical Practitioners and he or she can guide you through the use of herbs, nutrition, and/or thyroid hormones in order to normalize your temperature to see if it will help. Good luck.
I am a 33 year old female. I feel as though I am in pretty good health. I am always cold no matter what time of year it is. If it is 70 outside, I wear a jacket. In Indiana, it gets pretty cold. I don’t have diabetes or thyroid issues, as those have been checked. I go to school online and I could be on my computer and after about to minutes my hands are cold like I had them sticking out the window in the middle of the winter. I don’t have a thermometer, but I have been like this for the past 10-15 years. I hate it that I am always cold. I can’t enjoy my life. And if I get cold, it takes about 2 hours under 3 blankets with two of everything on to warm up and even then, I am still cold. I have been prescribed iron tablets, but that doesn’t change anything. If know any suggestions can you please email me?
If you have normal thyroid tests that indicates you have a normal SUPPLY of thyroid hormones. If you have a low body temperature that indicates that you have a low EXPRESSION of thyroid hormones which may be due to the inadequate CONVERSION and utilization of thyroid hormones. Normalizing your temperatures with diet, exercise, herbal, nutritional support and/or T3 therapy might help your symptoms.
Of course I found this site by looking up why I sometimes get low body temperatures. You say T3 will help many of the symptoms I and others here have described. Interestingly, I hadn’t connected all of what I’m feeling today with low body temp (which I only discovered because I wondered if I had a fever). It’s relatively normal compared to what I’m reading here, 96.8, but I have lower back pain and I ache all over. Can’t get warm and just want to sleep. But I don’t have any weight issues. In fact, I think I eat too much. I do have pretty severe hypoglycemia which causes neuropathy-like sensations in my hands and feet (it’s very painful but goes away if I eat like a monk), my vision goes and I can’t make sense of things when it gets to a certain point. I also get incredibly hyper and feel like I hate everybody and everything. Dreadful state. Can there be a connection between hypoglycemia, thyroid and low body temperature? I’ve had thyroid tests but they come back normal.
Absolutely, low temperatures can contribute to blood sugar abnormalities, including hypoglycemia. Normal thyroid tests indicate a normal supply of thyroid hormones but low temperatures suggest inadequate conversion and utilization of thyroid hormone.
I am 34 years old. BP off and on high since 2001. Been on and off meds since. Currently on labetelol. Had two bariatric surgeries one in 2012 (Lap Band) 2013 (Gastric Sleeve.) Only lost a total of 50lbs. My temp has always been more normal around 97.7. Post surgeries I am always cold. Had recent case of Strep Throat . felt like I had fever but temp was 98.9. Chills\tremors. Recently tracking basil temps and now as low as 96.5…. Is there any connection with the bariatric surgeries???
Many people report symptoms of low body temperature after surgery. Any surgery can be very stressful on the body. Stress can trigger the body to slow the metabolism and lower the body temperature. In addition, even moderate caloric restriction has been known to result in persistently slower metabolism. Low body temperatures can often be reversed. I feel every bariatric surgeon (and every doctor) should pay close attention to the body temperature.
I have had a very low body temperature since at least my teen age years. At 21 I had an average temp of 96F established in a presurgical work up. It’s about that today at age 64. In my late 30’s my thyroid slowed. I started thyroid supplement. I’m now on medication and maintain a t4 count of 4.2. My pulse is also very low: base rate of 39/40 with blood pressure at 110/80. It’s always been very low but I only recently did a 24 hour check. My cholesterol level runs about 250 now, slowly climbing to this level over the years and now plateauing. I sleep warm. Have no dizziness. I’m holding at a 27% body fat level. It seems I have no heart disease. I do mild workouts every day. I worry that everything just seems to run so much slower that other people’s. Obviously with these numbers doctors have taken notice for some time in different sorts of ways. Bottom line, I also very rarely get sick. Is there any reason to be concerned? I am just simply set up to run this way? There are 3 grandparents in their 90’s and a couple great grandparents over 100. Is my low body temperature just my norm… or should I search for something wrong? I hope these descriptors help the conversation. I’m sure I’m not alone in this sort of profile.
If you are not having debilitating symptoms then I don’t think there is particular cause for alarm in having a low body temperature. However, if you have symptoms of low body temperature then it may be impossible for them to be resolved without normalizing the body temperature.
Hi Dr. Wilson,
I’m fourteen years old and i have had a lower body temperature for at least a month now. When i checked my temperature about a month ago, i just had stomach pain, a headache and felt very fatigue, i was at a 96.5 if i remember correctly. i thought nothing of it considering i had some of the same symptoms when i had H. pylori for the second time three months before all this. ever since my temp. was below ive been constantly tired and ALWAYS have headaches. i dont think it had anything to do with my age because im pretty normal. but i do dance and do gymnastics and the headaches and fatigue have really been affecting how i dance and how much effort i put into gymnastics. now, sick at home my temperature is at a 95.5. my moms a birth and delivery nurse but she doesnt think anything of it. what do you think about all this?
I think low temperatures can easily explain headache and fatigue and that low temperatures can come on after physical and / or emotional stress such as illness. Temperatures can be normalized. Would be very interesting to see how you feel with a normal temperature. Best :)
I have persistently low core body temperature (33.5 Celsius – 35.5 Celsius) and unexplained neutropenia, both of which my doctors have dismissed as unimportant, as all my other bloods are normal, apart from the neutropenia. However, I do feel rotten constantly. Breathless constantly (I used to run 6 miles a day), lack of energy and concentration, very cold extremities, stomach and lower gut problems and more recently anxiety and depression (although that has followed on from everything else).
Does this have any context wrt Wilson’s syndrome?
With many thanks for your help and advice .
I’ve never heard of any correlation between low temperatures and neutropenia but I wouldn’t be surprised because the purpose of the thyroid hormones is to tell the body how fast to transcribe the DNA in each cell. If a cell has DNA then it’s affected by thyroid hormone. The rest of the symptoms can all easily be explained by low temperatures and low temperatures can be corrected.
Am a lady 74 years old have been having a low body temperature for the last 4 years this morning about 2 a.m. it was at its lowers 94.4, is that because of my age, ( I heard older people are always cold); or have I got something going on ? Had my thyroid checked twice come back normal.
People of all ages can experience unpleasant symptoms that are relieved when their low temperatures are raised to normal with treatment. I hope that helps :)
Hi Dr. Wilson,
I am am a 41 y/o male and not normally a cold person at all. However I continue to have episodes where I will all of a sudden not feel well, get nauseous and then get freezing cold. To the point of where my body aches and hurts, and I can hardly walk. I take a very hot shower just to try and warm up, then get into bed with socks, sweats, sweatshirts, etc – just to get warm. With all of that I am able to get warm enough to sleep. Sometime during the night I will wake up bathed in sweat, completely drenched. And after that I feel totally fine. I have probably had this happen to me 10-12 times in the last year or two. But in the past 6 months I have had it happen twice where I had episodes that came within a week or two of the other. I went to the Doctor and got blood work done and everything came back fine. I know at one point I had a low Vitamin D count, but other than that – nothing abnormal. The Doctor didn’t seem to concerned about these episodes. But when they happen, it is extremely uncomfortable and I’m just worried there is something more serious going on. Is there anything in particular I should be checking or do you have any ideas on what I should get checked out? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Mark :)
I would recommend that you take your oral temperature when you feel your best, and also when you feel your worst. If your symptoms correlate with your body temperature then that might explain your symptoms. Low body temperatures can be due to inadequate T4 to T3 conversion especially brought on by stress. This inadequate conversion is intracellular and may not show up on blood tests. If your temperatures are low when you have symptoms, you can try visiting one of the doctors listed on our website.
Hello my name is Matthew Fountain I’m 21. Around December of last year I started feeling dizzy and having tingling on the top of my head. This carried on for 5 months until I finally had a doctor do a full panel on me after multiple doctors visits feeling like crap. They misdiagnosed it at first for meiners disease or an inner ear problem. Well in May I got my lap results and my TSH was 168.4. Yes 168.4 that wasn’t a typo. I went straight to Dr Rowland at brookwood medical in Birmingham, Alabama. Since then he put me on synthroid 100 mcg. It’s been 5 months and he hoped it to 112 mcg because my symptoms were not better I’m still very dizzy and have the tingling on the top of my head. I’m not as sleepy so that has gotten better. My testosterone level is staying about 200 range for now. I have currently been taking my temperature and its anywhere from 95-97F do you think my temperature could have anything to do with this dizzyness? It’s every day and it’s affecting my every day lifestyle. I’m a full time Firefighter/EMT So as you can see it’s also affecting my job.
I have seen some people complain of lightheadedness when their temps were low:
as well as ringing of the ears:
I am a 26 yo female and also a personal trainer so I am very active and health conscious. I have been tracking my temperature every day for the last two months (trying to conceive) and my basal temperature is around 96.8. I just went on a 40 minute walk in 46 degree weather and my temperature went down to 92.7 degrees. I checked it with two thermometers! Is this normal or do temperatures normally rise when exercising! Thinking about getting thyroid work done. Any thoughts about this connecting with Wilson’s syndrome?
Temperatures often tend to rise during exercise (which is why people start to sweat). However, sweating can lower the temperature, (that’s the purpose) and so sometimes the net effect is a lower temperature. People with WTS often have a hard time maintaining normal body temperatures. Best :)
I constantly am in the 96.2°-97.5° range. I have an absurdly hard time losing weight despite the fact that I only eat probably about 1500 calories a day AT MOST. I’m 5’2 and 135. My doctor suggested a thyroid issue once, yet the test came back normal. What’s concerning me all of a sudden is that I’m sick with a horrible cough and sometimes feel like it’s the flu but still my temperature is not above 97.8°.
Low temperatures can explain great difficulty losing weight. Many people with low temperatures don’t get fevers even when they are quite sick.
I’m 22 I recently had my wisdom teeth pulled out all four and I’m never cold. But recently after the surgery I’m cold from temperatures In rooms I used to find comfortable like 65degrees F. I don’t understand why. Is I because of the stress from the surgery?
Hi Bradley, that is quite possible. Having wisdom teeth pulled can be very stressful. One way to body has coping with stress is by dropping the body temperature. This helps the body conserve energy. It is supposed to go back to normal once the stress has passed. If it doesn’t then the temperature can often be normalized with T3 therapy and/or diet and exercise.
Dear Dr Wilson..im a 52 year old very healthy male..I have been feeling tried for about 3 weeks..body temp around 97.2
My primary care did blood work..said I am..” Borderline Hypothyroid”.my level was 10…
Being that im borderline…is there a way that I can feel better without taking synthroid?…
I am a baggage handler and I work 4am to 1230 pm…im up at 2.30 am..lucky to get 5 or 6 hours sleep…
could that be what has caused this issue?
I sincerely appreciate any insights you may have for these questions Dr.Wilson. .
Hi David :), Any circumstances that put stress on the body can contribute to lower body temperatures. Stressful work hours (if they are) and inadequate amounts of sleep could certainly qualify. Sometimes, the body can heal itself and recover when given a chance and when supported with proper diet, nutrition, and exercise (and sleep).
I am a 31 year old woman. I had a thyroid blood test done about 5 years ago and it showed low levels. For the past year I have (for no reason I can pinpoint) been nauseous and has diarrhea after eating and have been rapidly been dropping weight even when holding down food. Dr.’s have run every test they can think of but still have no answers. Within the last 2 months I have started to gain a lot of weight. I did not change my lifestyle in any way. Multiple thyroid panels have been done and all were within normal levels. My temp is 96.2-97.8. I have a family history of thyroid problems ( both grandma’s, aunt, cousin and mother) Can my thyroid still be the cause of this with negative tests?
The nausea and diarrhea are not typical symptoms of body temperature however, some people can get malabsorption issues and possibly be more susceptible to infection with low body temperatures. Low body temperature can certainly explain easy weight gain even when thyroid blood tests are normal. Low body temperatures can often be corrected with proper treatment.
Since I was a child my normal temperature has been 96.9. Lately I have been getting real bad headaches and have been very tired and weak. My temp. has lowered to between 96.2 and 96.4 the last two days. Any advise on what could be wrong?
Low body temperatures can be due to Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome which can be brought on or worsened under periods of stress and fasting.
I have had all my life since after my puberty problems with my weight. I have had the most persistent constipation. I have never eaten unhealthy foods. Now days, I only eat organic food and the like. I am 77 now. I practically do not have appetite. I do not taste any food/drink anyway. I am involved since November in a ‘Metabolic type 2 diet’ a friend introduced me to. After I had a liposuction in 1995, I have managed to be
less fat. I have never drank alcohol, only in very special occasions. My body temp. first thing in the morning is 98.42. Some time ago I had sometimes 98.6. I do not take medications. Only supplements I choose very
carefully. I have many of the symptoms of Wilson’s Syndrome. Although I am only six or seven kilos overweight eating very little all my life + liposuction, I look fatter, big belly, big arms… what do you think?
It sounds like your body temperature is pretty normal. You may want to check it with a different thermometer for verification. If your temperature is normal then it would be less likely that your symptoms are temperature related.
My son is 6 years old and got sent home from school cause his temp was 95.5 what can that be.
It is surprising that they would send him home because his temperature was low. Most times healthcare providers are not concerned by low body temperatures the patient isn’t demonstrating symptoms of hypothermia. One thing that can cause low body temperatures is Wilson’s temperature syndrome. This is when thyroid gland function is normal and people still have low body temperatures that can cause symptoms such as headache, Fatigue, difficulty concentrating, difficulty learning. Hypothyroidism is another condition that can lead to lower body temperatures. These conditions are treatable. If your son has any symptoms it might be a very worthwhile to have him evaluated buy a practitioner on our medical provider list.
Other than having a low body temperature (around 96.5-97) I don’t appear to have any problems. I get blood work every 6 months and all the results are I the “good” range. I don’t know how long I’ve had low body temperature because I never check it. I found it when I bought a new thermometer and was testing it. I juice vegetables every day. exercise 5 days a week. I’m 70 years old and feel great. Should I be concerned?
I don’t think you need to be concerned if you feel great. I hope you have a wonderful year ahead.
I am a 43 female. I have been dx with Multiple Sclerosis 12yrs ago. I also had graves disease back in 2005. Then in 2009 I had radioactive iodine to kill my thyroid. Since then I have been on various dosages of synthroid. Ranging from 88mcg-137mcg. Within the last two years I am always cold. No matter how many layers of clothing I put on. I have always had a low body temp. It is normally 96F range. My bp is around 125/75 however my resting heart rate is always over 110bpm. I have been tested for anemia. I was iron deficient and I am getting iron infusions once a month since I cannot tolerate oral iron. Even with the iron infusions and my iron levels back to normal I am still freezing. Sometimes it feels like ice water is flowing through my veins, I then get the chills. My TSH is also normal. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
People can have normal TSH tests while taking thyroid medicine and still have low body temperatures and very disturbing complaints. 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 :)
I’m 24 and have had a normal temp of 97.5 my whole life. Today however i feel hot but my temp is 96.5. I’ve took it twice, 30 mins in between, and haven’t drank anything. My mouth and throat are dry. I’ve had a horrible time trying to lose weight. Should i have my thyroid checked out or could something else be going on?
Many people can feel hot and still have low body temperatures. Low body temperature can be due to a thyroid problem. However, some people can have low body temperatures even when their thyroid gland function is normal. These low body temperatures can often be corrected with proper treatment. For more information you can visit a doctor practitioner on our medical provider list. Best wishes :)
I am 39 and my body temp today has been as low as 90 and only has hi as 92.8.
Wow, that’s low.
Hello. I’m 15 years old and my body temperature is always 96 or 97 degrees on a daily basis. Only when I’m sick is when my temperature is like 100 degrees. A few weeks ago, I had a really bad headache, and I was highly sensitive to sound and light. I lost my appetite, even though I was never sick on my stomach. My neck was sore, and I had a fever. I’m afraid it’s a migraine. Also, my hands are always cold. I think there might be something really wrong with me, but my parents always shun the situation. Do you have a diagnosis? Should I go to the doctor? Any help would be appreciated.
Hi Shannon, Sorry to hear that you’re not feeling well. We can’t offer diagnosis or medical advice over the internet. Low temperatures can contribute to some of the symptoms you describe. I suppose a doctor would be able to help you know if you have a serious medical condition or not.
hello, Im 11 my temperature is 36.4 C what should do to get it to 37.0 C
Hi Ismail! I can’t give medical advice over the internet but I’d be happy to speak to your doctor about your situation for free. He can call 800 420 5801 to make the arrangements. Best regards.
Fortunately, i live in Houston, Texas. So the temperature doesn’t get that low too often around here. but as of lately, we had high temps in the 40’s for 8 straight days. I felt like i had a bad case of the flu. I had approximately 15 back surgeries, 3 due to staph infections. when the weather gets cold, i cant get out of bed, i get depressed,, every joint in body hurts. Doctors just give me the old” you’re getting old and it could be arhtritis. I live in Houston, Texas with one of the greatest medical centers in the world and thats the only response I get. Should I speak to a certain specialist or am I destined for this miserable existence? I’ve been on pain killers for pain managment but each one works for a time but loses its strength. What can I do?
If your problems seem to be worse when you are cold, it they seem related to temperature then there’s a good chance you can provide yourself some benefit. I once had a patient who had a $30,000 workup at a world famous medical center and doctors could find nothing wrong with her. We used a $6 thermometer to discover that her temperature ran low. When her temperature was normalized in a matter of weeks she recovered. Of course, diet and exercise and healthy lifestyle and avoiding toxins are always important for everyone’s health. However, low temperatures can be devastating and can be reversible. You can consult a doctor on our list of medical providers.
I am a 59 year old female. I was septic February 2013 with group B strep. I haven’t been the same since. I have been cold for the last couple months and my body temp has been between 92.4 – 96.8. Yesterday I went to bed during the day with 4 blankets on me. after an hour and a half my temp went from 94 to 95. I take Thyroid med’s but the Doctor took blood work and everything is good. I have my doctor puzzled so I am trying to find out what is wrong with me.
This is not an unusual story. It’s pretty classic actually. Person goes through physical stress and the body temperature drops and they suffer from symptoms consistent with low thyroid even though their blood tests are normal and they are taking thyroid medications. I really wouldn’t be surprised if more than half the people on thyroid medicine still have low temperatures and don’t feel that well. Happens all the time. Wilsonssyndrome.com discusses the problem and possible solutions. Good luck.
Hi my 5 year old son has been having migraines for about a year persistently getting worse. One week ago coming home from school started complaining of his head like normal for him well it seems too keep getting worse he missed a week if school due to on and off migraines with vomiting. Then Wednesday developed a low grade fever. Took to doc today tested positive for the flu. My guess is he had something else first that lowered his immune system then he got the flu. My big concern right now is his body temp after his nap today was 93.6. I checked it in armpit, ear, rectal, mouth, with 3 different thermometers. I tried them in me to make sure they work and that was accurate. After 2+ hours it rose to 95.0. He has been asleep 15 minutes I Checked it again 93.8. This can’t be normal or good? What should I have him tested for? Blood infection???? Thank you
You may want to bring him back to his doctor for an evaluation. Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome is typically a chronic, long term condition rather than an acute situation as in your son’s case. Good Luck- I hope he feels better soon!
I just had a leep surgery, I had an infection and took antibiotics. My temp is at 96.8. I have cold sweats, body aches, and no matter how high I put the heater or wear layers I’m always freezing. I do have some swollen lymph nodes but two different doctors couldn’t find an infection or anything of concern. Should I just let it go and trust the doctors or should I be more persistent in finding the cause?
Hi Courtney :) It just depends on how bothersome the complaints are to you. If you’re really not enjoying the way you’re feeling then normalizing your temperature might help you feel much better.
My body temperature is consistently low at 96.0. I suffer from depression and panic attacks and stress easily. Do you think this is the reason? And would 98.6 be fever for me? Thanks
Hi Danielle ! Low temperatures could easily account for your symptoms. Lots of people have such low temperatures that their temperatures only reach 98.6 when they are ill with a fever.
All signs of Lupus too. Very Difficult to diagnose for the symptoms mimic so many other disorders.
Hey I’m a 24 yr old male And my temp is usually 98.4 during the day but as the afternoon comes around it steadily declines and by night fall it can drop to 96.4. I get cold at night but is this normal and can it be prevented?
Hi Corey :) It is normal for temperatures to be lower in the morning, higher in the afternoon, and lower at night again. However, I’d say a 2 degree drop is unusual. It may be that with thyroid and adrenal support you could experience less of a drop in your evening temperatures.
Hi I’m 17 years old and my temperature has been 96.6 for the last month. I have been on and off sick for the last month. I eat pretty healthy and exercise regularly. I am experiencing night sweats, hot flashes, dizziness, tired easily and also stuffy nose and headache. Does that body temp explain my symptoms?
It’s possible, yes.
I was diagnosed with low thyroid function 2 years ago. I have been seeing an endocrinologist since that time. She discovered a few lumps on my thyroid and the biopsy came back negative. I am currently on 97mg of naturethroid. My endocrine tells me that all my levels a good now and that I am all better. However, my temperature remains low. Usually around 96-97F in the morning and 97-97.9 during the day. I took my temperature once right after I exercised and noticed my temperature was 95.5F. Since then I have taken my temperature right before, during, and after exercise. A typical reading would be 97.7 when I start, it will drop as low as 92.5 during exercise. My temperature will slowly go back up 97.7 about 15 minutes after I finish exercise. Do you have any idea what could be causing this? My doctor has dismissed my findings. I have tried numerous thermometers with the same results. Also, I still have symptoms of hypothyroidism.
Hi Matt, the story that you have of having a low body temperature even though you are on thyroid medicine and your blood tests are normal is classic. There are millions and millions of people in the United States that are suffering all of the symptoms of hypothyroidism even though their blood tests are normal and they are on thyroid medicine. I have not heard of people’s body temperatures dropping so much during exercise however I don’t know of many people that have checked that. I don’t think that your measurements of your body temperature with regard to your exercise changes the fact that your persistently low body temperature in the face of normal blood test while taking thyroid medicine could easily be explained by Wilson’s temperature syndrome, and may respond very well to proper treatment.
Hi, my mom is a chemo patient for colon cancer. She has been vomiting and complaining she was hot though to touch her body is cold. I took her temp and it was 65.0 . Is this normal?
I’m going to assume you mean that her temperature was 96.5. That’s low and could explain a lot of symptoms.
I am a 21 year old male who constantly sweats and by that I mean in a 7 hour period I have to change my shirt 4 times from armpit and back sweat. I have an average temperature of 96.4° F and I feel cold most of the time while I sweat. I also get diarrhea frequently. I cannot seem to figure out what is wrong, please help.
Hi Tanner, low bottom temperatures can explain sweating abnormalities. It seems as though the easiest way for you to find out is to see if you can get your body temperature normalized (with treatment if necessary) and see if it makes any difference.
My temperature has been 96.8 for the last few days what does this mean?
It may mean that your metabolism is slow. It may mean that your body is not transcribing DNA very quickly. It might explain a large number of symptoms that you may have. If you are feeling fine it may not be much to worry about.
I am a type 2 diabetic. I have just had my thyroid, A1C, and a bunch of other test ran and they have all come back negative. I am having a hard time maintaining my body temperature. I have to wear multiple layers of clothing to keep warm and my body actually feels cool/cold to the touch. It is happening more frequently but not every day which has caused them to rule out dysautonomia. Is there anything else that it could be?
Yes, it could be Wilson’s Syndrome. Low temperatures don’t show up on blood tests but they can still cause low thyroid symptoms.
My temperature has been right around 97.9 for a month now and my hands and feet are sweating all the time now. Is this related? What should I do? I’m getting really nervous about it. The sweaty hands and feet have become almost unbearable. I have also been dieting and exercising more.
Some people with low body temperatures can develop sweating abnormalities. You can try getting an opinion from a doctor listed on wilsonssyndrome.com.
i feel sick but my body temp. is low. Is this normal.
Lots of people feel sick when their body temperature is low.
My temperature right now is 95 degrees. Last night and this morning I’ve had trouble tolerating heat and sweat a lot. I’m pretty uncomfortable. Should I be worried?
I am on a lot of medications for anxiety and depression and other health problems related to high stress. I see my doctor today, what questions should I ask?
Your low temperatures can explain your symptoms and can be corrected. You might ask him he’d like to discuss your case with me for free by calling 800 420 5801, to find out how he can normalize a low body temperature. Or you can suggest to him wilsonssyndrome.com for more information.
I’m 42 have been told my thyroid is a mess as is my adrenal but I’m seriously anxious underweight a lot and instead of hot flashes I get freeze spells outta no where to the point I shake and sweat please what do I do Drs aren’t taking me at106 pds serious
I recommend you get an opinion from a doctor on the list of providers at Wilsonssyndrome.com. Or, you can educate your current doctor. I am happy to discuss your case for free with your doctor. Your doctor can call 800 420 5801 to make the arrangements.
I have essential thrombocythemia, a myeloprolirative neoplasm and take the chemo drug hydroxyurea daily. My temp runs 95 to 96.5. Related?
Any stress can trigger the body to have a low temperature. The physical stress of cancer and chronic illness can contribute to low body temperatures and low thyroid symptoms. Normalizing the temperature helps many people feel better.
Have a temp of 97. I feel hot almost always.
I want the air on when others want the heat.
I get so hot I am sick to my stomach.
Regular blood thyroid tests sometimes show I have a low count and within range other times. A recent ultrasound showed enlarged thyroid.
Thanks for any input.
A low temperature can certainly explain those symptoms even when tests are normal.
Cold hands and feet… Low energy… Feeling fragile… Low body temperature from 94.7 to 96.4. Usually normal thyroid… What should I ask my doc to do the test… Please explain as I have nil thyroid knowledge.
Hi Mubi :) You can learn more by reading through this section of the website: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/identify/identifying-the-problems/
I have many of the symptoms discussed on you web site an I am currently on T4 therapy with TSH below 1. I seem feel better when I don’t take the thyroid medication. It is such a drastic change that on special occasions I intentionally don’t take it so I will fell well. My doctor says that I am very sensitive but at the same time says that there is no way that I would feel any difference in just one or two days. Is there a possible explanation for what I am experiencing?
Hi Jill, I do understand what your doctor means, in that the half life of T4 is 7 days. That means that when you take a dose of T4 half of that dose is still around 7 days later. On the other hand, T4 has been show to downregulate the enzyme that converts T4 to T3. It may be that your converting enzyme is so suppressed with the T4 that any little reprieve may be a noticeable improvement. If your temperatures are low on T4 it may be that you’re not getting adequate conversion and expression of the thyroid hormone you’re taking.
I took my body temp for 3 months approximately 8 x a day..it averaged to 95.7 I also have severe body pain…fatigue..and a bazillion other unexplained problems…my skin sheds in my mouth..my chest has red spots in the summer etc… Any thoughts?
I do think that your low temperatures could easily explain many of your symptoms. I’ve seen skin shed on the body. I don’t recall anyone mentioning skin shedding in the mouth but it certainly seems possible.
Dr. Wilson, I have had issues all my life with low body temp, weight issues, edema in my legs until I went on BP meds. I am diagnosed bipolar with sever depression, exhaustion all the time, SAD. I also had a wonderful pregnancy, never felt healthier in my life except then. I have read part of your book on Wilsons Thyroid Syndrome and feel that these and many other symptoms attribute to this but it is difficult to get my Dr to look into it. I am on disability because of the Bipolar diagnoses, am on Medicade and medicare and am not sure if these will cover a Dr that works with this. I have asked to see an endocrinologist because I am diabetic, had a goiter, high blood pressure and ……. I was having some very real issues with memory until I was tested and found that I do not absorb Folate very well so after starting 1 mg of Folic acid every day, after a couple months noticed that my eyebrows started growing back, my memory improved, my balance improved….. Anyway, do you think this would be something to look into, WTS? I am tired of being tired, I am 53 and have always had difficulty with energy, my dad just passed but had told me that he too had always had problems with energy and he was taking thyroid med as I am even though my tests have been ok all along, it was my complaining about the lump in my throat and finding the enlarged thyroid that caused my dr to prescribe the medication. Anyway, your thoughts would be wonderful thank you PKing
Hi Paula :) There are lots and lots of people that have symptoms similar to yours because they have low body temperatures. Such low temperatures can be very correctable. It can sometimes be done with diet (including herbs and nutrients) and exercise. Sometimes T3 is needed. Obviously, food, exercise, medical care usually requires money. Some of it may not be covered by Medicare and Medicaid. But I think a normal temperature is definitely worth pursuing.
I have been checking my temps in the morning and in the afternoon. the mornings i wake up with a temp anywhere from 94.1 to 95.5 just kinda varies. in the afternoons it is around 95.8 to 96.8 unless i have just finished a workout. i have been meaning to go to a dr to get blood work done i am 24. I am not sure what i should be asking them to do though. I often feel sick and take zofran probably about 4 times a week and the rest of the time just struggle with it. i am not over weight my BMI is 23.6. I have irregular periods sometimes a 28 day cycle and then onto a 60 day cycle. I was wondering if all this would be linked and what should I be asking my dr to check for.
Hi Emma :) Yes, a low body temperature can cause those symptoms. You could ask your doctor to find some explanation for your complaints. If he can’t find any, then you could ask your doctor to check out http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com. You can also ask him to call 800.420.5801 and I can discuss your case with him for free. I can give him some ideas on how to normalize your body temperature.
I’m 57 and I have severe overheating with any exercise (red face/white around my lips/extreme sweating). And after stopping the exercise, an hour later I’m shivering cold. Recently I was diagnosed low thyroid and put on synthroid, which didn’t raise my T3 at all. It only decreased my TSH and raised free T4. T3 was 5 points below the lowest acceptable range, even with my TSH saying I was fine. So the doctor agreed to add cytomel. Do you think that if I can bring my T3 into a normal/upper range that it will help with the overheating? I have all of the other thyroid symptoms, but it’s the overheating that I’m really concerned about since I love cycling and can’t participate without experiencing near-heat stroke.
I have seen such an overheating problem corrected when when people’s temperatures were normalized. I’ve seen people with normal T3’s still have the overheating problem…but when their temps normalized, that’s when they recovered. There are 3 concepts in thyroid. One is thyroid hormone supply (which can be measured with blood tests). Another is conversion and utilization (which is invisible to blood tests, even T3). Third, there is thyroid hormone expression which is demonstrated by the body temperature. T4 (Synthroid) can hinder T4 to T3 conversion. Adding cytomel and increasing the T3 may or may not overcome that. Sometimes, people need to be weaned off T4 in order to get their temperatures up.
Hi I am hypothyroid and take 75mg of levothyroxine daily for the past 2 years following a very stressful time, in the morning my waking temp is 35.7 rising to 36.1 to 36.4 during the day. During the day I have very cold hand with a hot face this changes after a warm bath in the evening my face goes cool and my body can get warm and I feel sweaty even though im warm in the evenings my temp is low 36.1.
I broke two ribs Feb 16 and my temperature has went from 97 to 94 is this normal
The stress of injury can certainly lower body temperatures. Cracked ribs can be very stressful.
I was looking up the symptoms that my daughter has been facing for the past year, off and on, and came across this page. I am going out on a limb here and asking for help online. I want to help her but I don’t even know where to begin. To start with, she was diagnosed 3 years ago with High Functioning Autism (possible Asperger’s) after being treated for Sensory Processing Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder 2 years prior. At the age of 6, I learned that she had been victimized and treatment and realizations have caused seemingly lasting stressful effects…emotionally and physically, as well as with her health. She has always had night terrors and that turned into sleepwalking a couple of years ago, but for the past year she has occasionally waken in the night, trembling, feeling nauseous, panicky, and cold but not wanting to be consoled or even touched…won’t even let me wrap her in a blanket, but ALWAYS asks for a hot bath. I allow the midnight hot baths because they seem to calm her and she is able to go back to sleep relaxed. It has happened every night this week, which is much more than the usual once or twice a month. The problem is that I can’t figure out why her temp is so low when this happens. She is normally 97.8-98.6 but in these instances, her temp reads 95-96. I asked her pediatrician about it but I didn’t get any answers, only “I think that is more likely the device you are using to take her temp”. That irritated me because I know how to take her temp and the thermometer is just fine (I have checked my own immediately after just to check). Can this be due to the trauma she endured, the stress, anxiety, etc? I just want to help my daughter and can’t seem to get any advice…can you help me?
Hi Shannon :) Certainly a low temperature can cause her to be panicky and cold and want a hot bath. Yes, emotional and mental stress can lead to low temperatures. I don’t know if she’s having memories or nightmares that is bringing on these low temps. It may be that she’s just running a low metabolism in general and for some reason it’s worse on those nights. Low temps themselves can cause trembling and panicky feelings. Wilsonssyndrome.com has options on how to pursue normalizing a person’s body temperature. Best :)
I suffer from chronic colds, that means that I get a cold and it lasts two to three weeks, I get over it and within one to two days I catch another. This year seems to be getting worse and worse. I can count the days I’ve been without a cold, every time its a serious cold, not just a little discomfort. I exercise, sleep enough, and eat very healthy. I’ve been to doctors they laugh when I say I think I have something wrong with my body and say it’s just a cold or tell me to exercise or take more vitamin c. I do all this already. I have very low body temperatures, I’m the one who is always cold, always wearing layers, and never get a fever. Even when I feel feverish I feel my head and it’s very cold. Could this be linked to your research? Any advice? I’ve taken every remedy and medicine I’m offered by the doctors as well as natural remedies and nothing seems to help.
Hi Rosa :) Certainly low temperatures can easily explain a susceptibility to colds. If low temperatures are a causing a person to get colds then I wouldn’t expect their situation to improve until their temperatures are normalized. Wilsonssyndrome.com explains options on how to get the temperature up. Good luck :)
I have been having trouble sleeping for several years. Usually I would wake up after only 3 or 4 hours sleep with Hot Flashes but recently I also have trouble going to sleep as well. I am 69 years old. Nether my primary care dr or my natural path dr can find anything that works to keep my sleeping. This last visit to the dr showed by temp to be only 94…I’ve been taking it for several days and it is anywhere from 94 – 97. Could it be my thyroid? What tests should be done? Thank you
The temperature and treatment are the tests. You can get a TSH and T4 to rule out hypothyroidism. But even if those are normal, your low temperature can easily explain insomnia. Lots of insomniacs sleep like babies when their temperatures are normalized.
Hello Dr. Denis
My dad is 68 yrs. he has enlarged prostate, ulcerative colitis and low temp- around 96 F. Has sinusitis also. Kindly advise how to control. He has normal blood sugar level but feels fatigued most of the time.
Hi Charandeep, there are ideas on how to address low body temperatures under the “Restore” tab of wilsonssyndrome.com
I had a body temp of 95.6 to 96.2 for 5 yrs or more. I froze in the summer time from AC and in the winter from the cold climate. My Dr changed my thyroid med to one containing T3 and T4. L-Thyronine and L-Thyroxine. After a few weeks my body temp came up to 98.2. I no longer freeze. I can stay under an air conditioner or go outside without long sleeves. My meds are compounded at a local pharmacy. I feel better on the new meds. It worked for me. Being cold all the time is miserable.
I am 53 and have had MS for 40+ years. I happened onto your site after a Google search. I have been taking my temperature under my armpit and come up with temperatures from 95.8 – 96.1. Do you know if MS is any indicator that Wilson’s Syndrome will happen? I will call my GP tomorrow. I was so excited in reading Dr. comments and there was my late physician, Dr. Steven Ayre talking about how this treatment was very helpful to his patients, that made me feel I am on the right track just seeing his words! So tired of freezing hands & feet. It will be interesting to see if my foggy “MS” brain clears up a bit after I get started on this treatment.
Yes, any kind of physical, mental, and emotional stress can contribute to WTS and low body temperature symptoms. Good luck!
I had a total thyroidectomy in November 2013 because of a goitre and biopsy suggesting cancer. I am on 125 mcg levothyroxine and feeling awful! My temperature is never above 36.5 C and often lower. I really struggle in cold weather and feel like I could cry if I am outdoors for long.My skin is dry and hair is thinning, and my weight is creeping up. My doctor won’t give me a higher dose because it could ‘affect my heart’. Please give some some advice!
Hi Joyce, It sounds like you might benefit from normalizing your body temperature. That might require a change in your thyroid medicine. I would be happy to speak to your doctor for free about it (Doc can call 800 420 5801 to make arrangements). Or, you may need to find another doctor (see the list at wilsonssyndrome.com). Best :)
Hi I’m a 21 year old woman in good health but for some reason my temperature stays between 95 and 96 degrees what could cause this?
Hi Kehren, this can be due to your body’s reaction to stress, heavy metals, toxins from the environment, chronic infections. Usually, it’s due to stress in one form or another.
Hi, I’m a 17 year old girl. My normal body temperature is usually around 76 degrees. People say that it’s abnormal but I was wondering what could cause this and what temperature would a fever be?
Some people have a genetic predisposition toward having lower body temperatures. http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/what-people-are-most-susceptible-to-getting-wilsons-temperature-syndrome/. Usually a temp of about 1.5 degrees above normal is considered a fever.
Hi Dr Wilson
I am 47 and about one year ago I decided to take my temperature because I was felt extremely cold. Temperature was 34.9. I told a few GPs and they tested it when I was feeling warm and it was normal.. I was told it would be the flu. I have kept getting chilled so took photos of my temperature/thermometer which averages on 35.1. Today I asked an Endocrinologist why this happens. He said the brain regulates temperature. He said he could check it out in 3 mths when I see him next. I was seeing him about fluctuations with my Calcium levels and high PTH. My thyroid tests always show normal but iodine in the urine was severely low. However hair analysis showed normal iodine. I just did a Google search on low temperatures and found this Web page..
Have u found that people with normal thyroid and low Iodine have low temperature? In ur research have u seen how the brain regulates temperature? I get really cold only when the outdoor temperature drops on a hot day or in winter. My BMI averages around 16.0. Any ideas would be appreciated. All the best in your work. ..
Hi Dr Wilson,
I am 44 and have type 1 diabetes. For the most part I am fairly healthy. When I was younger my temperature was always between 98 and 99.5. I never got cold. Now days I am always cold and exhausted. For the past year my temperature has been around 95. Right now I am burning up and my temp is 94.3. Should I be concerned? Thanks.
I don’t know if you should be concerned, but I do know that low temperatures can cause symptoms and that those low temperatures can often be reversed.
I noticed every few months usually during resting time laying in bed.I get a hyper anxiety feeling that sometime wakes me up if I’m sleep I feel extremely cold like I’m freezing to death teeth chattering, my whole body shakes no matter how hard I try to relax I get muscle spasms all over I put as many blankets as I can I can’t drink anything cause I will waste it from shaking so bad. It may last 15-45 min then my body gets extramly hot I sweat and my tempature spikes as well as blood pressure. Then things back to normal however I am really tired after the episode. My blood test has been normal never had high blood pressure. My doctor just say I was cold and I’m to sensitive
I have a boy that is 14 year old and his body temp is 95.5 is this low? should he check the doctor
That is low. If he has symptoms then perhaps they may be due to his low temperature because low temperatures can explain many different symptoms. Doctors can help normalize low temperatures but not all doctors recognize the importance of body temperature and not all of them know how to normalize the temperature.
Hello. I’m a 33 yo male and as far as I can remember my temps have always been low to mid 97s. Currently 97.6. Also since I was a kid I’ve always had cold feet even when it’s 100 degrees out. Could this be a reason. Secondly do you think it’s plausible that cold limbs could lead to significant circulation issues? My blood work has always been within ranges as well. I get worried because I have a naturally high platlete levels. Thanks for you time!
Certainly low temperatures can explain cold limbs and possibly circulation issues.
I have had a temp of 32 to 33 for over a fortnight…. But been told nothing to worry about… I find it hard to get warm and sleep loads…. Do I keep pushing until I am listened too :(
Hi Sarah, those are the lowest temperatures I’ve ever heard of a living person having under normal circumstances. I certainly could imagine you feeling much more comfortable with normal temperatures. Maybe you could visit a doctor listed on wilsonssyndrome.com
i have hep c and my body temp is 96.6 but i feel kinda sick like right now i have a headache everytime i say just vaccuming the floor i just keep sweating and im not doing anything that should be making me sweat that much does that mean i have a thyroid problem or could that mean something is wrong with a lymth node?
Low body temperatures can cause people to have sweating abnormalities, such as easy sweating.
Dr Wilson on March 10th I was at work and had a sinkable episode with difficulty skipping and numb from the
knees down thru the feet! Also was diagnosed with Afib Oct 2009. This episode lasted for about 2 hours, buy the time I got from work to the Hospital the symptoms were nearly gone. I had the following tests CAT SCAN, Echocardiogram, Carotid Doppler, MRI, 24 Hour EEG & TTG. After reviewing all of these tests I was told there was nothing conclusive and since my Hands and Feet have been averaging around 95.5 degrees. After reviewing my test results at home a few days later I discovered that the reports stated TIA. DO You feel that
I do in fact have Wilsonstemperaturesyndrome?? I was under a lot of stress at work and in my home life at the time of the episode. I just need facts and I am getting lets alter the current meds that I have been given to see
what works. In Feburary 18th I had a stint placed in the LAD off my Heart and was put on Plavix, Xerelto and an 81 mg Aspirin. The changes have not worked and I am still on the three Blood Thinners per my Cardiologist. Please I Seriously need Your Opinion. Thank You in advance. Ron!!
Hi Ron :)
Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. I don’t doubt that your temperature could be low with all the stress you’ve had. And I don’t doubt that the low temperature could be contributing to some of your problems. It’s true that low body temperatures can contribute to cardiovascular disease. But it’s possible that you have more going on than just low body temperature.
I just had 2 spinal fusions on 3/31. (I already have the L5/S1 disc fused 14 years ago. I now have L4/5 and L3/4 fused as well for a total of 3.)
I was released from hospital on 4/2 and just now checked my temperature because I was told in my release papers to do so as a fever would be an indication of an infection.
Doc has me on a Keflex antibiotic. I am also on Valium (Diazepam) for sleep and back spasms. For the pain I am on 100mg Morphine sulphate ER (Max = 3 per day,) and for break-through pain I have 30mg of the same but Immediate Relief and those are max == 6 per day.
Am trying real hard not to take ALL I can each day but I’ve been needing all of them as I am still in some really serious pain. Worst I’ve ever been in.
I need one more surgery in 8 days I have to go back to have the spacers he put in between my vertebrae “stabilized.”
Back to my temperature – I “Normally” run 97.4-97.7, all my life. This morning my temp is 95.4 first time I took it. I was shocked so I took it three more times within the next 1/2 hour. 95.5, 95.7, 95.5
Is this something I should be worried about? I’m NEVER this low.
I need to add (I think) that I am a 47 year old female who has been in menopause now for 4 years of which the past 2-1/2 I have not had a menstrual cycle AT ALL.
I must also add that I have been on pain meds (strictly taken as prescribed), for 14+ years. I have a very high tolerance to pain AND high tolerance to opiates.
My pain level for the 1st two days I was out of the hospital wasn’t as bad as it is right now. On the 2nd & 3rd I’d say maybe an 8-9 all day.
Yesterday & today my pain is at a 10+
Can my low temp. have something to do with the mount of pain I am in OR could the antibiotics be causing the low body temp?
And yes, I am a little constipated to the pain where today is the day I will be doing something I’d rather not say because I hate to have to resort to this; but today I will make sure one way or another I have a movement.
What do you think? ANY advice/help would be greatly appreciated.
Pain is stressful. Stress can lower temp. Low temp can result in constipation. Low temp can cause fluid retention. Fluid retention can contribute to joint and muscle pain.
I was diagnosed with hashimotos in October of 2014. Tsh shows normal but the Dr still put me on 25mcg synthroid. Before diagnosed I was tired and cold and didn’t care about anything. I was forgetful my legs didn’t hurt but just felt heavy. Some symptoms got a little better after being on synthroid for a month. After 3 months on synthroid all the symptoms came back. Being cold never went away. I started taking my temp and it was always between 96.3 and 97.4. Today I am so cold its 71 in my house I have jeans, 2 pair of socks a t shirt and sweatshirt on and my temp is 94.8. I’ve told my Dr about my temp and she says she is always cold too and she doesn’t have thyroid issues. I am at a lose.
I bet if your temperature was normalized with proper treatment you might not feel so cold.
Hello Dr. Wilson: After 6 months of prolonged stress (parents’ death) – I developed painless muscle twitching that responded well to magnesium. I thought I was good until a month ago my hands started to get cold, but primarily during the day only. After early evening they warm up fine and stay that way until about 10am. I had blood tests done – all looked great except Vit D was lowish, FT3 (2.7) FT4 (1.05). TSH was ok at 1.83. makes me think there is a conversion problem – but why cold hands in the day? My temp seems to be OK. Does it sound like perhaps too low or too high cortisol during the day? Having no trouble sleeping at night either. A point in the right direction will be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Jeannie
It would be interesting to see what your body temperature is doing during the times that you are having cold hands. If your temperature is normal when you are having cold hands then it is unlikely the cold hands are due to thyroid issues.
I need help! My temp has been persistently low now for at least 6 weeks – dipping as low as 95 but never higher than today at my Dr.s it was 97.9 – I can’t seem to get it to 98. I don’t know if this is normal for other people but I KNOW its odd for me. I’ve been sick plenty in my life and I’ve had to check my temp at all different times of day – it was NEVER lower than 98.6 I have previously had a metabolic panel where I was told my thyroid is fine and more recently a TSH/Free T4 test that also had my levels for those in normal range so i would want to think something else is causing the low body temp except that I have a laundry lists of other problems that all could potentially be due to my thyroid – I feel horrible every single day. I am weak, shaky, exhausted, endlessly drowsy no matter how much I sleep. I am a waitress and I am honestly struggling to function at work – prior to this I lost a few jobs and I honestly think a lot had to do with physical struggles. a few years back my cycle suddenly went nuts – way to often WAY too heavy, then about a year and a half ago I was too weak to stand and was told I was severely anemic (I assumed it was because of the cycle issue) then at random a Dr. noticed my blood pressure was at 178/121… Never in my life – ever – I was always 120/80. I gained about 25 pounds seemingly out of nowhere, Running 4 miles 4 times a week and a series of diets did NOTHING to lose a single pound. I have never had issues losing weight. I usually lose it rather quickly in the beginning. My hair has been shedding like crazy – my skin has had cystic acne type changes. The whole thing has been super stressful because Dr.s keep looking at the numbers they have and insisting I’m fine – I AM positive I’m NOT FINE!!! I feel horrible. I keep hearing “If it gets bad again some see us” and I’m like – Its bad – Now – I’m here. Right now. I feel fundamentally horrible. I know there are other things that MAYBE this could be but do I need more thyroid tests or is there something else I should be looking into? I’m honestly desperate for answers and very sad that my own Dr.’s don’t seem able to find or treat – the comprehensive issue. I am on progesterone and iron pills/high dose Vitamin c as well as a diuretic. At last count also my cholesterol looked high – I realize that the assumption is that I’m just someone who doesn’t take care of myself but that’s not true and all of these are new issues. the early things started three years ago and its now snowballed – it sounds to me like my thyroid but my blood work… so far disagrees.
I agree that thyroid blood tests will not be able to tell you what your metabolism is like because thyroid blood tests do not measure body temperature. Your low body temperatures can easily explain your symptoms. Maybe you could go to wilsonssyndrome.com and find a doctor near you that understands how to correct low body temperatures. Best, Dr. Wilson
I am 42 year old female who has had hot flashes for 3 years now. I recently started experiencing debilitating fatigue. I also have depression, anxiety, constipation, no sex drive, difficult (and short) cycles and hair loss to name a few. My sister was diagnosed with hypothyroidism so I wanted to get tested. Couldn’t get into the OB for months so I went to a family doctor who ordered some tests. To my dismay he didn’t do any hormone or iron test and only tested my TSH and T4 even though I requested a full panel. He said everything looked fine so I requested a copy. The numbers look within their normal range so I’ve been trying to alter my diet and educate myself. Then yesterday a friend mentioned she was diagnosed with Grave’s on facebook and Mitchell Skroski said he knew you and to get the Wilson’s Syndrome book. That lead me here. P.S. I am also ALWAYS cold!!
Please say hi to Mitchell for me :) Yes, low temps can contribute to your problems. You might benefit from progesterone. A normal TSH indicates your thyroid hormone supply might be ok, but it doesn’t mean your thyroid expression is normal (thyroid expression is measured by body temperature).
I am 50 years old and most of the time since as long as I can remember when I go to the doctors and the nurse takes my temp. They always think the machine or thermometer does not work. It usually is 95. ( I actually seen them thow away the thermometer after several tries)?? I’m pretty healthy and hardly ever get sick. The only problem I have is sleep. I have not slept good all my life even as a child.
Insomnia can be a symptom of low body temperature.
I had an auto-immune situation that I had to self-treat for almost six months, other than some testing and skin treatment suggestions done by my skin doctor. Although initially it seemed to be parasitical (I could have sworn it was so) my dermatologist finally got a positive result, on the final test-it seems to be a blistering disease. Since it is dying down I have decided to wait instead of taking an antibiotic which may not work.
I have had an average body temperature of about 97.4 my whole life, as does my mother and sister, and my brother says that his temps dip into that range and he tell when it happens. Of course, my thyroid tests are always good even though I was finally diagnosed with 2 small nodules after begging for an ultrasound a few years ago.
I initially went really “clean” on my nutrition about mid-December when I started pulverizing mostly vegetables and a little fruit which I take once a day and then I was determined to get whatever it was out of me through nutrition, and after reading a post of an English engineer who used your methods to correct his metabolism, that was my aim. But it seems that by the time I started looking at it, my temperature was close to normalizing (4 months of cleaning, hard-burning foods and being forced into activity, as my apartment complex had to move us to another apartment). I still have the effects of osteroarthritis to deal with, but my lesions are almost gone and what I get is tiny and not painful. I’ve lost 44 pounds without trying. Sleeping good, etc., and my feet perspire now! However, along with the usual low body temp issues that I’ve always had (including insulin resistance), I have an odd symptom that NO ONE can explain and my skin doctor is a specialist. I am told that my body “is making stuff”, according to my new GP, due to stress. I just think it’s junk that my body is trying to exude and I mistook it for organisms! After a mass exodus March 9th , I see much less stuff and more of a variety; I actually find it between my fingers, coming out of my nails, etc. I am amazed that not one knows what it is, although I have read posts by other people online who have similar issues and they mostly think what I thought, parasites, and it is organic, but not an ORGANISM. Have you ever heard of something such as this?
No, I haven’t heard of people with low temps “Making stuff.” I have heard of a condition called Morgellons Disease, which some people report as their skin producing threads of cellulose. Maybe you can research that and see if it fits your situation.
my mom has the same symptoms as these individual and the western medicine cannot treat. THE ONLY WAY IS CHINESE HERBS AND ACCUPUNCTURE
My daughter has had a severe reation to the mmr vaccine! I haven’t seen anything about low temperatures Anywhere! she has been running 98.1 most of the time but… has ran 95.0, 96, 98 temperatures today has been consistent at 98.0 however I just took her temperature with two different thermometers an still got same results 96.8! This scares me ! Any advise you have is greatly appreciated Thank you
Hi Teri, mental or physical or emotional stress can contribute to low body temperatures. These low body temperatures are often reversible. You can look on the list of treating physicians on our website for a practitioner near you. Best :)
my husband’s been complaining that he just doesn’t feel good and I checked his temperature this evening and it was 95.2 I checked it again and it was 95.9 I’m concerned about in his extremities are cold but he won’t let me take him to the doctor at the hospital
My 3 yr old has a temperature of 92.7 degreesF is that bad???
Do you mean 97.2? 92.7 is extremely low. Maybe your thermometer is electronic and not accurate?
I am 38. I have pulmonary sarcoidosis. They believe it is other places also. I am cold a lot. My hair is falling out. Not to the point of being bald but noticeably thin. I have a constant headache nausea from time to time. My temp is 95.6. Should I be concerned? I have had issues with low iron, low vitamin D, high calcium and high creating levels. Could I also have a thyroid issue?
Yes, chronic illness can contribute to low body temperatures and symptoms consistent with low thyroid function.
My body temp always runs between 95 & 96 Fahrenheit. I’m a female in my mid twenties and my temp has been like this the past couple of years. I’m cold almost all the time. My joints get very painful when I’m really cold and other than that I feel ok most days with slight headaches other days. I am sometimes fatigued for no reason though. Should I be worried or concerned? Will this effect my future health anyway?
Hi Val, low temperatures can contribute to the symptoms you describe, for sure. Do you think those symptoms will affect your life in a significant way over the course of your lifetime? I’m not sure if having a low temperature lowers someone’s lifespan, but I do know that sometimes people are so uncomfortable from the symptoms that some have told me they would rather be dead than to live with the symptoms plaguing them.
46 year old male, Sat 5/16 I fainted while driving, when I got to the ER body temp was 94.3, heart rate in the mid 30s. I have had almost every work up the hospital has and no answers. My temp and heart rate have returned some what to norm. Temp has been 98+, this morning 5/17 I was prompted to wake by the nurse because of a dip in my heart rate, temp at waking was 97.3. I am constantly dizzy, hot flashes 3 very now and then.
I was treated for Lyme just in case, no other answers. I am guessing they will send me to Yale soon. I think the dizziness may be an equilibrium issue, heart rate and temp I am clueless.
That is very interesting. I wonder if you have some adrenal fatigue, and WTS.
I have CFS/ Fibromyalgia as well as coxsackie B (since 2005). I am on Cymgen 60mg in the mornings and Aspen Tradmazone 50mg at night for PTSD and major depression- hence the meds.
Since April I literally freeze at night, so bad that I cannot sleep (even though I am under a double layered blanket, duck feather duvet, extra blanket and long sleeve vest, tracksuit pants and socks. Strangely I wake and I can feel my body wet from perspiration, yet I am frozen and shivering.
Which and who do I go to, my normal GP? What could this mean.
If you have a low body temperature then you might be able to feel a lot better if your temperature was normalized. I would be happy to discuss your case for free with your GP. Or you can see a doctor listed on our website for a consultation.
I’m about to go see Dr. Stephen Langer, who’s book I just read.
Off and on for years I have had episodes of feeling very cold. Chilled to the bone cold. It hurts and sometimes I shiver rather violently. My hands and feet turn to ice very often as well. I also often feel very tired and mentally slow, as if I’m living in a fog. There are periods where I go back to my old self for a few days to a few weeks at a time, and then it all comes back. My joints ache, my muscles ache and often my head hurts. I often feel like I’m coming down with a virus but I’m actually not.
I’ve been taking my temperature upon awakening. Sometimes it’s as low as 94.5 fahrenheit! The range seems to be 94.5 to 96.6 upon awakening. Sometimes, it rises to something normal during the day and sometimes it stays too low.
My thyroid tests have all been normal, although only tsh and t4 have ever been tested. I’ve also been tested for a bunch of autoimmune diseases and those are also normal. My tsh was 2.9 the last time.
Most doctors have treated me like it’s all in my head! This is insulting to say the least. I am not crazy. Also, I have no reason to be ill. I eat great, don’t pollute my body with smoke, alcohol or drugs and I practice a holistic way of living. I have no need for sympathy. Only a handful of people even know of my struggles and even they only hear about it once in a blue moon. I have no need for disability as I am self-employed with an upper middle class income. So, to be denied any help and treated like this by doctors is disheartening.
Could I still have thyroid disease with the normal tsh and t4? Could it be something else, if autoimmune problems have been ruled out? I’m really hoping the doctor I am traveling to see can help me.
Hi Rachael, wilsonssyndrome.com is entirely devoted to the situation of people that have low body temperatures and normal thyroid blood tests. Many times, their temperatures can be normalized, and their symptoms resolved with proper treatment. You can always consult a doctor listed on wilsonssyndrome.com. Best :)
Is it bad if your body temperature is 96.5
Hi Lita, a low temperature of 96.5 can explain a lot of difficult symptoms, if you have any.
My normal temp is 96.9f. It has been this way since I was a baby and had febrile seizers. My temp got up to 107+. I was put in an ice bath just to be able to be transported to the hospital where I was finally given a spinal tap to check for meningitis. After the tap my fever started to come down it was never clear what was wrong. Ever since I left the hospital I have had a low temp. Is this normal? I always have to tell doctors that if my temp says its at 100 or above its serious because I typically have a low temp and I have had some not believe me. I’m just curious if you have ever encountered something like this and if I should worry if my temp goes over 99 on a regular thermometer?
I haven’t heard a story exactly like that before. However, thousands of times, patients have told me that their symptoms came on or worsened after a major physicalm mental, or emotional stress (I would say febrile seizures and spinal taps would qualify).
My average morning temperature is circa 95.72 and during the day it stays steady at just over 97, would this be classed as too low? I’m 39, I had hypopituitarism when i was a child and then after not seeing a doctor for 20yrs I was diagnosed as diabetic 2 and a half years ago. Initially diagnosed as type 1 due to being in DKA, I also had a large perianal abscess at the same time but never seemed to run a fever, even though I had a massive infection, again not sure if that’s normal? Despite having a low core temp I always seem to feel warm and recently my head feels like its on fire but im always cold to the touch and also experienced some loss of control in my legs and will start walking as if I am drunk. I have had thyroid test which came back “normal” and the Dr attributes it to my low carb diet for the diabetes. I am wondering if my temps are normal and if not are they a symptom of something or are they the cause? Any help appreciated.
A temperature as low as yours could easily explain low thyroid symptoms, even if your thyroid tests are normal. Low temperatures are often due to physical, mental, or emotional stress but they can also cause physical, mental, and emotional stress. So it can be a vicious cycle. You may have some other underlying illness, or you may not.
I’m a 32 yr old my normal temp is 96.7 but I have an ill-defined mass of 6mm on my left anterior temporal lobe had since 06 but when my head hurts here lately my temp drops to 96.0 I don’t get cold often or in times like this my head actual gets hot but not my body besides this I am normal! Idk if this is normal or not, but thank you for your time!
Physical or emotional stress can lead to low temperatures, and low temperatures can lead to symptoms.
My body temperature has been 95 to 96 for months. I now have a UTI and wonder if my temp goes up to say 98, if I’m then technically running a fever or would it be like 100 to qualify, like normal people?
Yes, I would consider a temperature 2 to 3 degrees above baseline to be a fever.
I’m 14 years and 10 months old, and my temperature has remained at between 95 and 96.2 degrees Fahrenheit for about a year now. As your site said above, it may be stress, depression, something like that, and I’ve got plenty of both between high school and life in general. Any thoughts?
Hi Matthias :) I know that a low body temperature can explain a lot of symptoms. If you are having some of these symptoms then normalizing your low body temperature could help them go away. The approaches to normalizing a lot temp are introduced on the web site and there is also a list of physicians who could help you. http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/wilsons-temperature-syndrome-symptoms/ You don’t have to have all the symptoms. Even if you have only one symptom, a low body temperature could explain it.
I’m a 21 year old male and for as long as I can remember I’ve had a body temp of 95.4. Is there a logical reason for this. When my temp gets up to normal I start feeling very sick start sweating throwing up cramping up, but as soon as I get it back down to like 95.8 or so I feel better.
Many people have low temperatures due to a physiologic response to stress. Genetics can also contribute. It’s unusual for people to feel worse when their temperature goes up, unless their temperatures are going up due to illness.
I have had chronically low body temperature since I was a child; my doctors have always laughed that when I do report a fever my body temperature becomes 98 if at all (mostly all the symptoms of a cold or flu by my body temperature rarely budges from 97), the normal. I was checked for thyroid issues, which reported that I was okay but my testosterone was abnormally low (I think it was 13 out of 60?).
I have been taking Ibuprofen 800MG 3 times a day for a month to treat Paracarditis. The pain is gone and I have no more symptoms of Paracarditis, so I quit taking the Ibuprofen. Now I feel fatigued, my fingers tingle and my body temp is in the 97’s. Is this just the side affects of getting of the Ibuprofen or is there another problem?
I’m not sure if ibuprofen can cause low temps but I do know physical and emotional stress (like having Pericarditis and having to go to the doctor and take medicine for it) can cause the temperature to drop and that the low temperature can sometimes persist long after the stress is gone.
Ever since I was very young, I’ve had a consistent temperature of around 96 degrees. For the most part this hasn’t affected me much, but I do get sick often and my illnesses linger longer than my family members’ illnesses. Also, I always feel like I’m overheating, even when it’s around 60 degrees and everyone around me is cold. It seems like most people in this comments section feel cold when their temperature is low, so I don’t know why it is different for me. I’ve always had anxiety issues that cause me a lot of stress. Do you think that could be the cause?
Hi Emily, Some people with low temperatures do feel hot, not cold. Also, low temperatures can definitely contribute to anxiety and panic attacks.
I’m 38 and for the past 5 days at least my temp has been between 95.2-97.4. 97.4 is my norm. The weird thing is, it seems to be at the lowest after being active and higher while at rest. What’s going on?
Maybe with breathing during exercise and sweating your temperature went lower. We go by the average body temperature under normal conditions to evaluate your metabolism.
I am 54 and have hypothyroid (all the symptoms but “normal” blood tests.) My TSH is 3, which the health insurance says is normal but online I read it is high. Now my thyroid is inflamed and enlarged, and feels a bit like I am being strangled at times. My temp is normally low, but was 95.5 the other AM. I am really worried. Thus far I just started to see an acupuncturist and am working on getting my energy and temperature up. I am going to a homeopathic doctor this week.
I am wondering if I can heal this naturally quickly enough, or if I really need to be on a thyroid medication now for this to heal and to bring my temperature up. I am out of state at the moment, away from my doctor, so if I get a doctor I need to find one and pay out of pocket. And, most seem tied up for a month or two. So, I am scared, confused and not sure how urgent this is and what I should be doing!
Hi Andrea. 95.5 is quite low and could explain a lot of symptoms. When doctors see you have TSH (like 3) that’s in the normal range they will not see you as being in danger of going into a hypothyroid state. I do see your predicament of finding convenient medical care while you are out of town. Best wishes
Hi, I’m 29 years old and for six months my body temperature its 35-36C but in the same time I’m sweating, I got no energy, can’t sleep and I don’t feel well at all. I visit a lot of doctors and did more than a houndred analyses but everything its ok, but I don’t feel well, and this problem it’s cousing me a drepresion also. Pleas tell me what I should do? Thank You!!!
Hi Blerina, a low body temperature can easily explain fatigue, abnormal sweating, insomnia, and depression. Wilsonssyndrome.com explains options for treatment. Best wishes.
Last November (14) my 2 yr old had RSV. (it was made more complicated because he has already been diagnosed with asthma, among other things) At the end of the illness his body temperature remained between 94 and 95.5 for a couple of days. He would shiver uncontrollably and I couldn’t get him warm no matter what. The Drs finally determined that it was a rare side effect of RSV. Now, almost a year later, his body temp will still drop to 95.5 randomly. It almost always drops this low before a fever and then when he has a fever it will very quickly go up to 104 (of course causing hallucinations and febrile seizures due to the quickness of the increase of temp). I also notice that during his low body temps his hands and feet are very hot. Are you able to make sense of any of this? I must add that he was also diagnosed with (possibly ‘reactive’) Juvenile Arthritis in March of 14. He is no longer on medications and hasn’t had any major flares in a while now.
Thank you for any suggestions
Hi Heather, certainly the stress of the illness could have lead his body into “conservation mode” or persistent impaired T4 to T3 conversion. This would be particularly true if his ancestors survived famine (such as Irish, Scot, Welsh, American Indian). Sometimes, when people’s temps are low their hands are cold, some other people’s hands are hot when their temps are low. If his temperature persists to be low then he might benefit from normalizing his body temperature as discussed on wilsonssyndrome.com
Hi, i am a marathon runner 36 years 2.56 pb last year . Last month i discovert during marathon training that i have low body temerature from 34.9-35.5 C, my blood pressure is 8/13 from 6.5/10.5, i am not sleeping well, and i can’t lose body fat. My blood tests are perfect for athlete (thyroid, glucose, K, C, MG,Na, Testosterone levels, cortisol etc) i also make ultrasonography at thyroid, liver, etc, everything is perfect. I feel good generally , i have not other problems. Doctor says that this side effect maybe become from training at hot contitions , (summer at Greece is hot) and thyroid reduce body temperature to overcome hot weather conditions, this cause reduce of metabolism and increase of blood pressure. Also i notice that my max heart beats are reduced from 188-195 at max effort now is 175 max at same pace ! Rest heart beats are as ususal 40-43. I am afraid of this side effect because i don’t know how to raise naturally body temperature at normal levels . I don’t feel fatigue but i can’t eat much but i have lot of energy, its a strange contition .I take only chlorella powder 30 grams twice a day and 1-2 tablets electrolyte zero sugar. After long runs i drink 1 tsp of baking soda at 1/2 lt water. Can’t you help me?
Hi Kostas, Low body temperatures can be due to decreased T4 to T3 conversion due to stress. It’s conceivable that the marathon running you do could be stressful enough for your body to trigger such an issue. Here are some ideas on how to improve body temperatures without a prescription: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/restore/restoring-metabolism-without-a-prescription/
Would a supplement such as Standard Process Thytrophin help to address low body temperature? Or would I need to try the T3? I had tried Armour a few years ago, I had found a doctor who let me try it despite ‘normal’ thyroid levels from blood tests. I felt marginally better, but then symptoms starting showing up again after about two months, I was on a very low dose, I don’t remember what it was now. Unfortunately that doctor moved to another state and the one who took over the practice would not work with me on the Armour because my blood tests were normal. I have used the Thytrophin on and off for a few years since then, but sometimes it makes me feel worse, heart racing, etc. – would this be a temporary reaction that I need to work through, as I had read about the T3 sometimes causing reactions at first? Or is it a sign I don’t need it? I am not really sure how Thytrophin works. I have also tried iodine supplements, both iodoral and drops (not at the same time) selenium supplements too and many, many other natural approaches to recovering. Over the last year and a half, I have gained back 90 lbs. that I had lost 5 years ago…I lost it by going gluten free and low carb, but it stopped working and I had been gaining – I became very discouraged and returned to terrible eating habits (PMS cravings are literally uncontrollable and I can’t stop eating!) but now, even if I try low carb, etc,. I can lose maybe 4 pounds and then it all comes back again. I retain fluids very easily, extreme fatigue, mental exhaustion…I fit the Wilson’s Syndrome sufferer profile to a T and am anxious to try this approach. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!
I don’t know about Thytrophin. I do know that what you describe with Armour is very typical for patients with WTS: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/emanual/chapters/if-considering-therapeutic-trial-of-thyroid-why-not-use-t4/. Normalizing a low body temperature is always a good idea. If your efforts normalize your body temperature then you are on the right track. Some people can get their temperatures up with good diet and exercise, some need T3 therapy.
Hi I’m 25 and for the last couple days my tempture has been 96.9 I have been real sick like passing out dizziness nausea and all this happens within seconds like one minute I’m fine next minute I’m in a wheelchair could this be account of low body tempture cuz I have had everything else checked
Hi Krista :) Low body temperature can lead to low blood pressure which could account for dizziness and bursts of adrenalin. Adrenalin might explain some nausea. So yes, I think it’s a possibility and definitely worth looking into, especially if you and your doctors can find no other explanation.
My temperature is 33.5 is that low ?
That’s incredibly low. 37 C is normal.
I am 24 years old, and my body temperature has always(‘Always’ being as far back as pre-teens) been around 96.5. In fact, if it is 98.6, I feel feverish and sick-like. I also have an allergy to the cold(I break out in hives and my joints swell), is the low temperature connected to this? When I find myself in cold weather, it is like my body shuts down…I shiver like crazy(even when the temperature is only as low as 62 degrees sometimes, it feels like it might as well be 32 degrees to me.), my joints and abdomen area hurt really bad, and it feels like it takes at least an hour inside to start warming up again. Is it dangerous for my temperature to remain this low? It will surprise me sometimes and be 98.6, and I will feel fine, but this is not usually the case. Should I be more worried about it?
I don’t know if you need to be worried, but I would expect that you would feel and fare much better with a normal body temperature.
Hi, I am 53 and have had an under active thyroid for a few years now being treated with 150mcg Levothyroxine. I am also in full menopause. My temperature never seems to get up to 37 and always seems to fluctuate in the 36’s and sometimes the top 35’s. Should I be concerned, thank you
You may not need to be concerned, however, if you have symptoms of a slow metabolism then your low temperature might explain them and might improve with treatment.
I had severe acute Lyme disease last October (probably Herxheimer response to antibiotics). My air ways closed, high fever, and I needed emergency medical treatment. I had hives inside as well as outside and now I am told there is a cyst on my thyroid that is benign. I recovered well but my temperature has never been normal. It fluctuates between 96.0 and 97.8. I eat a healthy diet since that time and swim or walk every day. However, I prefer cold weather to hot (I melt in the heat), I am not overweight, and I have hot flashes. Most of the other symptoms for low thyroid I do have (particularly fatigue, depression and low mental energy, dry skin etc). Should I talk to my doctor about taking T3 at the lowest dose to start to see if this helps
Hi Nancy :) Some people with low temperatures do have heat intolerance. Your low temperatures could explain your problems. Sometimes body temperatures can normalize with proper diet, nutrition, and exercise. Sometimes people need T3 to get their temperatures up. Patients on T3 therapy usually feel better when they are prescribed enough to normalize their temps. I’d be happy to discuss your case for free with your doctor.
Dr. Wilson I run group homes and I have a client that has been hospitalized twice in the past couple of months. He has a TBI and on two occasions his body temperature has gone down to 93-94 degrees. This has resulted in two hospitalizations (the last time his rectal temp. at the hospital was 88). His temp has gone back to normal and no cause has been determined after many tests to find a cause were performed. Could the TBI cause his brain to not be regulating his temp?
I think that’s definitely a possibility, though I have never seen such a case.
Hello! I Am a 19 girl, and my body temperature has been between 94-96 these past two days. I am sick with a cold right now and am having hand pains. I went to tfs Doctor two days ago to get medication for my congestion and hand pains. Like any regular checkup, the nurse checked my temperature…she didn’t say it was too low. Would she have said something if it was too low? I would think I have a weak immune system because I’m always constantly getting sick…do you think that could be the cause of my low temperature? My body does feel a little cooler than it normally does, but other than that, I feel how I usually do when I have a bad cold. I guess my question is, could frequent colds be the cause of low body temperature? Could the medications I was prescribed two days ago be causing this as well? Thank you so much for your time.
Hi Averi, I would say the more likely scenario is that low body temperatures can contribute to frequent colds.
49 year-old male. My 8-day, waking BBT (axillary) is 96.5. I have fatigue, brittle nails/hair, thinning hair, and my kids pointed out that my eyebrows are almost gone! In short, I have zero energy and most generally feel like crap, while my wife thinks I might be depressed! I’ve gained weight and honestly, my 10-year old eats twice as much as me and I’m gaining weight. Don’t know if this is related but after working outside, sweating; when I wash my hair there is a distinct ammonia smell?
My GP has ran thyroid tests and insists my thyroid is normal?
I’m worried about the effect on my heart since I had a RCA stent put in two-years ago! I really just want to find someone who will treat my thyroid and see if it helps! Advise?
I recommend you try a doctor listed here: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/patients/medical-providers/ to get your temperature normalized so you can see how you feel with a normal body temperature.
I am a 50 year old female. I’ve had mild liver issues associated with drinking in my past, but have remained sober for nearly a year now. I’ve also been told I have some sort of auto-immune disorder causing my migraines, severe osteoarthritis and neuropathy . For quite some time, I had no feeling at all in my right leg and wore an AFO for nearly a year. Diet adjustments and removing most gluten from my diet has helped to reduce the migraines. I still feel very fatigued, tired often, trouble concentrating, and anxiety. I’ve had issues with depression in the past, but really don’t feel depressed now. I rarely take my temperature, but when I do, it’s often very low. Today it has not risen above 95. I take pretty good care of myself, taking normal supplements, a mild dose of estrogen and gabapentin. I’m not sure if I need to see a doctor again. I don’t seem to get any answers when I do. Is there a specialist I should pursue? Specific tests I should request. I’ve just kept hoping that with each passing day, I’ll begin to feel better. I’m finally accepting that it’s just not happening. Now, other than just feeling lethargic, I’m frustrated.
Absolutely Kelly, fatigue, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and migraines are classic symptoms of low body temperature. Other things can cause those symptoms but low temperature can easily explain them as well. You can find a doctor here that specializes in normalizing body temperatures: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/patients/medical-providers/. Might we worth a try getting it looked at.
Hello, I am 38 yrs.old and have hypothyroidism which has never really been explained to me. But right now I am suffering from my second severe sinus infection in less than a month. I have no energy I’m on 5 different medicines and my doctors soya I’ll feel better if I lose weight but the medicine I’m on for my thyroid from what I’ve been told I can’t lose weight I’m just so confused not use to being as big as I am having complication from my weight gain and frankly I don’t know what else to do or who to turn to. My doctors to me are worthless I keep getting the same answers I need new ones I guess. That theres hope for me. Thank you for listening.
Sure thing Kesha :) If your temps are low, that’s enough to explain frequent infections as well as easy weight gain.
My body temperature is 95.4. I’m 14. What would that mean.
It means your temperature is low and could explain symptoms of a slow metabolism.
Every so often I get body aches. I will think that I have a fever and when I take my temp it is only about 96.7. I do have a low thyroid and take medicine daily. Are the body aches from the low temp?
They certainly can be. Many people on thyroid medicine still have low temperatures and symptoms of low thyroid function. Would be nice to see how you feel with a normal temperature.
I’m 18 and my body temperature is 95F is this to low? i am dizzy and light headed with a pounding in my head and p have heart palpitations.
Yes Lauren, 95F is considered very low.
hi I am 20 years old I have gull stones and I had a baby 4 months ago I FEEL very sick I have a headache. shakey hands. upset tummy. weird wet stool. and I am very dissy. I took my temperature with my son’s thermometer and my temp was 34.9 what should I do
I’d recommend that you consult with a physician listed on our website.
Totally shocked to read your article & the comments! I see many autoimmune conditions with symptoms of low body temperature. My mean temp is about 97 degrees. I too have a Nonspecific Systemic Autoimmune Inflammatory disease with a Nonspecific Bowel Disease. I take Steriods, Plaquenil & Cimzia. However, since starting the Biologics I get very ill at times, feel feverish, feel internally burning up, yet my temperature is 95.7.
My thyroid blood results go up from Hyper to Hypo regularly which perplexes my Endocrinologist, but I feel the long term Prednisone plays a part. Does Wilson’s Syndrome accompany Autoimmune Conditions, or is it a seperate condition, & finally, do you feel the Immune Suppressor medications play a role in lowering body temperature?
Yes, sometimes low temperatures can contribute to auto-immunity and auto-immunity can contribute to low temperatures.
My temp has always run about 96.4, I had a total hysterectomy 20 years ago. The last 6 months I have had a bone chilling cold that hits me out of the blue. It is like there is a big block of ice inside of me. It is not like a chill you get when it is cold out, this goes all the way down to my bones. All my blood work comes back normal.
Hi Nancy :) I hope you can get some help to get your temperature to normal. You can go to a doctor on our list or I can speak to your doctor for free.
If I catch a slight chilled breeze on or about my head, particularly around my ears, my body temperature tends to decreas to 96.1, to 96.7 this temperature range of mine makes me feel extremely ill, body aches, muscle aches, headaches,, roughly like someone who has the flu. I would take aspirin about 4 to feel better. this condition could last for a day or two and only taking aspirin every four hours would help.. over the years have asked many Doctors “why ” the general response has been that’s the way you are, it is the way I am but it is not right, something is wrong.. finding this website at least gives me some hope that there are other people like me out there, I probably have most of the symptoms you have listed except for a few I do not sweat excessively, but do have brittle nails some slight hair loss the generalized symptoms in minor form. I will check out your website for a local doctor.. thank you
I’m now 49 and my low reading 96.4 started in my teens.
What would be some concerns that I would have to worry about as I age
Hi Jerry, you might develop symptoms of low body temperature or slow metabolism.
It’s been absolutely years now that I get ill on almost a weekly basis and sometimes even more. I find that often when I have lots of running around to do, with four children, it feels my body gives up on me. I find myself feeling really cold, then the non stop sneezing starts, followed by a non stop runny nose. I literally use up boxes of tissues. I quickly put on socks and layers of clothing and drink something hot as well as talking a paracetamol. Only if I do all this quick enough then I only get sick and weak for a day. Previously I would be down for days on end.
It’s awful and I’m so so tired of this. I am 37, have fatty liver (I don’t drink alcohol), I have allergies to dust mites. If I take the nasal spray the sneezing starts and I hey ill eben if I wasn’t to stay with. I literally shiver sometimes.
It feels as though my immune system is very weak. On normal days a sweat a lot on the face and feel like I’m having hot flushes of I do anything. I hey extremes of hot then on other days cold. I really feel exhausted by this and is so unfair on my husband and family too.
I’ve been studying this for a while now and every site I come across can’t seem to pinpoint causing of a low body temperature. It could be anything from insomnia to organ failure but there’s no “right” answer as it just seem to be a symptom of just about everything. Anyways, I’ve been tracking my temperature for about 3 months now and with a rare case of me being feverish (around 101) I rarely rise above 96, usually hovering in the 93-95 range through out my day. This creeps my doctor out and more the nurses since any time my temp is taken my pulse is unusually low and my blood pressure is spot on for normalcy (the unusual standardized gov’t lows for testing normalcy even). I was told to track my info on a regular basis, temp, blood pressure, blood sugar, pulse, etc. However, I’ve been back twice and he just kind of shakes his head, charges too much, then sends me away again. Is this an actual problem I should concerned about or am I just a cold-blooded creature? Also, while my core temp is low people tell me my skin is like a furnace, is this a symptom as well or am I powered by cold fusion?
Haha :) Cold Fusion, I like that. To me, temperatures that low mean that you have a very slow metabolism. Period. By definition. If you don’t have any symptoms and you feel fine having a slow metabolism then I see no particular need for concern. However, some people with low temps do feel warm to the touch and a low temp is enough to explain many debilitating symptoms that are often reversible.
I checked my father body temperature then i saw body temperature is 95.5 give me advise how can i do then body temperature go normal
Hi Ranveer :) The information you’re looking for is at wilsonssyndrome.com. There is a free doctor’s manual in the Doctor Area and a free ebook for patients in the Patient Area.
I am 14 years old, I have been really cold lately and have been really depressed. My mom says that I need to gain more weight but I weigh about 107lbs at 5’3″. I have been really dizzy and have passed out about 3 times in the past 2 months. I’m not sure what to do.
Hi Hannah! Sorry to hear about the trouble you’re having. A low body temperature could certainly explain your symptoms. You might want to try normalizing your low body temperature to see how you do (see wilsonssyndrome.com)
I have a 14 year old daughter who has been having a constant low body temperature of about 95.3 through 96 degrees. she has also had symptoms of severe head pain, tachycardia, low blood pressure ranging from 100 / 60 and 104 / 42. we have taken her to the doctor have had a ton of blood work and numerous visits to the emergency room. my husband and I are at a loss. she has an appointment coming up with a cardiologist, but we cannot seem to get a straight answer as to what is wrong with her and her symptoms are getting worse. we are having to again bring her to the emergency room tonight. She is also very nauseous man is barely eating. today at the doctor they said she has postural hypertension with mild anemia. we are scared and we are worried for her and any help you may have to offer would mean a lot.
Sincerely, Tara Motley
Hi Tara :) These symptoms are definitely reason for concern, especially if no one is giving you a possible explanation or course of action. 14 is kind of young to get a life sentence of poor health. Fortunately, Low temperatures are plenty to explain symptoms like these, and the treatment and management can be quite straight-forward (see wilsonssyndrome.com)
Can autonomic dysfunction cause low body temperature? I have POTS and general autonomic dysfunction and my body temp is constantly in the low 97s. but with POTS I have orthostatic intolerance, meaning if I stay upright too long (just 10 or 15 minutes sometimes) I start having symptoms like racing heart, palpitations, numbness, tingling, dizziness, shortness of breath, and sometimes I’ll pass out entirely. Multiple times lately after pushing myself too hard, like trying to clean my apartment, I get these symptoms and have to lay down, and I get nauseated, freezing cold, sweats, and shake uncontrollably. When I check my body temp, it’s very low…like 95.8-96.5. And it will take 24-48 hours for my body temperature to get back up to its normal 97.5. Before the autonomic dysfunction I used to have a normal body temp of 98.6.
Do you think this is part of the autonomic dysfunction, or maybe simply a reaction to bodily stress? My thyroid and adrenals and such are normal.
– Lisa Taylor
Hi Lisa, I know that low physical stress can contribute to low body temperatures and I’m sure that POTS is physically stressful. In addition, a low body temperature can cause orthostatic issues, for sure. It wouldn’t surprise me if your autonomic issues resolved if you could get your body temperature to normal (see wilsonssyndrome.com)
Hi, I am a 24/yo Female. In August I was hospitalized with what my doctors thought was a tick-borne infection. I was treated with doxy for 10 days and sent home, where I stayed very sick for another 3 weeks before I started to feel better. About a month ago, I started getting sick again with the same symptoms. During that time, I received a call from the Board of Public health telling me that I had Brucellosis. I kept getting more sick, so I eventually went to an urgent care clinic, where I explained the situation to them, and they prescribed me doxy and rifampin for 45 days. It’s day 6, and the past 2 days I have had a temperature between 95 and 96 degrees. I thought my thermometer was broken, so I bought a new one, and it gave the same reading of 95.7. This body temperature is combined with night sweats and this bizarre sensation of feeling really hot then really cold. Could a low body temperature be a result of the antibiotics or is it cause for concern?
Infections normally drive the temperature higher and the stress of illness can drive it lower. Low temperatures can result in symptoms. Sometimes T3 can be helpful while patients are being treated long-term (months) for chronic infections. Best wishes to you!
I just had my gallbladder taken out with emergency surgery. Seems I carried a long standing infection in there, probably months and months. Also chronically inflamed and infected on and off, mostly on for 5 years in my gallbladder. It was about to burst the other day and they took it out immediately. A stone was stuck in my duct. Now after surgery my temp is extremely low and has been dropping for 2 days. First 97.7 and then 96 and now today its 95.7. So could your body be going through normal fluctuations and changes causing temp drops if you just got over, or are getting over a severe infection of an organ??? I usually am not hot, for a few days I’ve had the chills and then warm. I never had an exceptionally high temp and it usually averages between 97.7 to normal at 98.6. But this is the lowest I’ve seen it. I had a sinus and bronchial infection for 2 weeks before this gallbladder almost exploded. So then I was free of that for only 3 days when this happened.
Infection normally causes temperatures to go up and stress usually causes the temperature to go down. I recommend that you consult with your surgeon for his/her opinion.
I have had a low temp for about 2 years now (96.4, 96.6). I have had test done to check my thyroid and all have been normal but I have many of the symptoms. Also I have had low blood pressure for about 6 months now (80/45) but all doctors have told me it was normal. But I dont feel “normal.” Keep in mind I am only 19 years old and no doctor will take me seriously. Help?
I recommend that you look on the “Doctors” tab of wilsonssyndrome.com and look for a doctor in your area.
My 8 year old daughters temp has been between 95-96.6 for the past two days, she is saying she is really hot and doesn’t feel good. Then as the day passes she’s playing as normal but her temp is staying the same. Is her temp something I need to be concerned about? Thank you.
Hi Chelsea, low temperatures can cause people to feel poorly, even 8 year olds.
Hello Dr. Wilson. Hope you can shed some light. Point me in a direct maybe. No Dr has thus far. This has been going on for about 3 years. My temp, as is my Grandmother’s, is usually in the 97 range. No biggie in my opinion. However, at times my temp drops down to 95ish occasionally lower. I will be freezing. Painful to the bone chills. Occasionally with this my lips turn blue, my feet and the palm of my hands and fingers. I become very lethargic and just don’t want to move. Feels like I can’t move.
Other issues: I’m Bipolar 1, Epileptic, Gerd, enzymes slightly high in liver, issue with diarrhea, sometimes looks like coffee grounds and on those occasions extremely painful but is always painful in general. By painful I mean abdominally. Always have pain in my right lower abdomen and right flank. Thyroid has been checked and has come back normal. Diverticuli.. I do carry my stress abdominally and get sick. I also have occipital neuralgia.
I’m a 48 year old female if age and gender play any kind of part in this.
I’m freezing, Blue and have a temp of 95.6 at this very moment and I can’t stand stand it anymore. So I’m desperately searching online for my own answers since going to doctors over the last 3 years has me with no answers and still not better.
Thank you for your time,
Certainly Dianna, my pleasure. Health problems can cause stress. Stress can lead to low body temperatures. Low body temperatures can lead to health problems. And away we go. Conversely, normalizing the body temperature can often start the cycle going in the opposite direction with improvement rather than worsening. Low temps can contribute to bipolar illness and gastrointestinal issues. I have not had a lot or heard of how patients with epilepsy respond to normalization of body temperature. Freezing blue lethargy can definitely come with low temperatures.
Thank you for your response, well the bacterial infection was in my gallbladder for weeks and my gallbladder was inflamed badly. I’m not having any stress so its not the reason why my temp is low. I had a roaring infection in my gallbladder with no high temp at all.. Also a bronchial infection with no high temp. My sister is a Master Herbalist and she thinks its my thyroid. I have all the symptoms of that.
Hello! My normal body temperature is around 35.5. If it gets around 36,5 – 37 I start feeling really feaverish. Is it something I should worry about?
If you have no symptoms you may not have very much to worry about. However, if you do have mysterious symptoms then the low temperature could possibly explain them and may be reversible.
I am a 30 year old male. Have had health problems since 7 years ago. As long as the weather isn’t cold enough I sweat like crazy. I’m tired all the time. Forgetful and also out of breathe. I experience acid refluxes and constipation quite often. Have had hair loss problems since 2012 to the point I’m balding now. Whether it’s because of this illness or not, I don’t know.
I have been checking my temperature for quite long and the interesting thing is if I put the thermometer under my arms it never reaches 98.6 but if I put it under my tongue I usually get 99.1. I have cold hands and feet in the morning. Have told my doctor about it and he didn’t care about it cause he said that he even had lower temperatures and he feels fine. I also tried to measure my brother’s temperature for comparison and it was 98.0 and he’s perfectly healthy.
All my thyroid tests are normal, anti-TPO came back negative. I asked my doctor about RT3 and his explanations did not match the information I’ve read here. It seems like he doesn’t even know about it and because of this I have no plans of wanting to see him again. I’ve wasted so much money so I could at least get diagnosed with something but unfortunately it was useless.
I’ve searched for RT3 tests in my country and it doesn’t seem possible to be done here. Would it be recommended if I just experiment myself about taking T3 medication?
I’m tired feeling this way especially about the hair loss. I have lost my life because of this illness. I can’t even comfortably go outside of my house and now adding my balding head, I can’t see myself to have a future at all.
Hello, I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder and PTSD. My temperature has been between 96.3 and a 96.7 pretty constant. Could this merely be cause from my anxiety and stress? I am anxious 24/7 and have panic attacks almost everyday.
Yes, anxiety and stress can lead to low body temperatures…but low body temperatures can cause panic attacks and anxiety. Many people with Anxiety and panic attacks recover completely when their temps are normalized with proper treatment.
I have been having a temperature of around 96 to 97 for the last few hours. I also have been sick earlier this week. I have a huge exam in a few days so I have been cramming for them. Is it normal to have a low temperature if you have been studying for the last 3 hours or does it have something to do with being sick?
It may have to do with the stress of cramming. Stress can slow the metabolic rate.
I was on naturethroid 81.25mg for 2 years and had a little fatigue under a naturopath dr. So I decided to go to an MD at the mayo clinic and he put me back on levoxothyrine at 1.25mg, tested my TSH 30 days later and it was very low at .04 so he dropped me to 1.0, then tested my TSH and T4 30 days later and it was .04 again so he dropped my dose to .08. He tested my blood for TSH 45 days later and my TSH was .27 so he dropped my dose again to .075 mg which I have been on for 2 months. My TSH is .4 and my T4 is in the normal range. The problem is, I’m in horrible condition. My muscles are very weak, my leg muscles constantly twitch, I have anxiety, my temperature when I wake up is in the 96 range. I feel like my life has gone to hell. I’m a cyclist who used to cycle 4 days a week 6 months ago and today I cannot even go biking.
Sounds like you might have Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome. Maybe you could consult wilsonssyndrome.com to see if there’s a doctor near you. Good luck!
I am a 48 year old female. have been having extreme pain in lower back. almost paralyzing at times. My body tempetature has ranged from 95° to 97.5° in the past two months. what. could it be!
Low body temperatures can contribute to muscle and joint pain.
I have extremely sore and swollen tonsils, head and neck pain. I feel really sleepy and have a temperature of 34. 9. Whats best to do?
Your temperature is really low and you might want to seek out medical help from one of the physicians listed on our website.
I am a 17 year old female and have always had a body temperature of 96 degrees. My hands and feet specifically are always cold as is the rest of my body most of the time. I also tend to get tunnel vision in addition to slight light headedness some of the time when I stand up. I am a multisport athlete and eat very well.
My temperature is 34.1 in the morning which rises to 35.5 by the evening. I do not feel cold at all but sleepy if I stay lying down at all. I have checked the thermometer is working by others using it.
Neither the doctor nor the pharmacist is bothered as I feel ok. But why is my temperature this low when all blood tests are normal?. Do some peoples just run low all the time?.
Yes, many people have low temps and normal blood tests. Low temps are reversible and can explain severe symptoms BUT…if you feel fine, you may not need any treatment
I had cervical decompression and fusion surgery on the 17th of Feb. I have always ran a temp in the 95.8 to 96.6 range.
Today I’m bone chilled and my temp is 94.6 a new low as far as I know. I pile on the blankets and will feel ok for a minute then feel way to hot, yet temp remains the same.
Low temps can explain a chill to the bone, and low temps can come on after the stress of surgery. Such low temps can return to pre-surgery levels once recovered from the stress of surgery. However, sometimes the low temps can persist even after the stress has passed and may benefit from treatment.
Hello sir. I am a 29 year old female diagnosed with systemic lupus (SLE) and hashimoto’s thyroiditis. For almost a month I am running with flue like symptoms though my body temperature is approximately 97.6. Fatigue, joint pains etc is normal for me because of sle but stuffy nose, shivers, headaches etc is not something I get in a flare and definitely not without temperature. I am taking corticosteroids, methoteraxate and hydroxychloroquinine and thyronorm 50. Though my tsh is under normal range. Do you think I should discuss it with my rheumatologist? If yes I am not entirely sure how to ask about it and what to say. Any suggestions are appreciated.
Yes, definitely you can discuss this with your doctor. Autoimmunity can often lead to flu like symptoms. If your doctor is open to consultation then we can give them suggestions for helping you. Otherwise, you could try visiting a doctor on our list.
Hello Dr. Wilson, would you please respond to me,since I’ve checked and my country is not listed ,so as to go to a doctor.
A. Endocrinologist and G.P say that it is not my thyroid and acted as there is nothing to worry about ( normal results on all tests ) .
B. LATELY I HAVE SUFFERED A MAJOR MANIC EPISODE AND A WEEK AGO AND THE PSYCHIATRIST ADDED TO LAMOTRIGINE ( that I have been taking for years since I am bipolar)- LITHIUM.
C. The psychiatrist told me that my symptoms are not related to the medication but it is a psychosomatic effect of the severe stress that I have suffered because of the major manic episode on both levels – bodily and psychologically.
SYMPTOMS: low temperature 35-35.8 ( night lower/ day higher)
Cold extremities,hot rest of the body.
Nausea all the time
Need to lay down because when up I feel more nauseous
FEW DAYS BEFORE THE EPISODE ,WHEN SPIRALING UP, I HAD SEVERE BACK ACHE ( gone)AND EXTREME HEAD ACHE ( now milder)
PLEASE DR.WILSON tell me what you think,is it Wilson’s Syndrome ? or due to my current condition,right after the episode?
All three above mentioned doctors respond as if it is not a concern .
I FEEL TERRIBLE.I CANNOT WORK OR FUNCTION.
I BELIEVE THEY DON’T HAVE A CLUE WHETHERE IT WILL PASS OR NOT.
DO YOU THINK THAT IT WILL PASS AND IF NOT ,SHOULD I TRY TO GET SOMEHOW T3 .?
THANK YOU FOR READING THIS LONG MESSAGE.
THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH AN OPEN MINDED KNOWLEDGABLE DOCTOR.
I don’t know how much of your psychiatric problems might be related, but I do know that having a temperature as low as yours can certainly contribute to problems. I know that a low temperature like that is reversible and I know it will be hard for you to get it corrected if you have no doctors that are willing to learn and help. If you find a doctor willing to learn then we can help them help you.
I am 54 and have been tested for thyroid issues. Numbers were in range but on the low range. I’m always cold and body temp averages 97.8. I do have reynaulds and take meds for that. I have thinning hair on top, and was wondering would your thryocare benefit me? Also my thyroid antibodies are high, but still not on any meds. Would I benefit from your Thyrocare?
Low temps can certainly explain your symptoms but I can’t say that ThyroCare can treat or correct any health problems because it is a dietary supplement.
My normal body temp is 96.3 F does that mean a 98 F temperature is a fever for me?
When people with low temperatures get sick, their temps often do go up a degree or more. Even then, their temps can still be below normal.
I am a 71 year female going through chemo for ovarien cancer (recurrence). Just had chemo yesterday May 22, 2016 3rd cycle of 6 and it was taxotere (new change from taxol) and carboplaten (sp???). Anyway woke up with a very flushed face and a BODY TEMP of 96.3. Is this a concern?
Hi Raynette, a body temperature that averages low during the day is an indication of a slow metabolism. Slow metabolism can affect how the body functions.
I have had low body temperature for years, generally credited to Lyme co-infections. Now MS and Pheochromocytoma are in the mix. Do either of these generally cause low body temp?
My body temp can range from 95.6 to even 93.5(when im sick) but my temp is most at 95 is that normal? and i’m 17 and my temp has been like that my whole life
Hi Jaden :) Temperatures that low can easily explain symptoms of low thyroid function.http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/wilsons-temperature-syndrome-symptoms/
After 25 years of being treated on and off for depression (no energy, weakness, and feeling of hopelessness because I am always so tired) I finally talked a homoeopathic doctor into testing my IRON levels instead of another THYROID test which would come out negative just like all the other 20 tests. My first IRON test showed that my iron levels were at 20 in August 2015 and after doing homoeopathic iron for 7 months and still not feeling better I decided to see a medical doctor. He tested my IRON in February 2016 and it was at 22 so he gave me 150mg of iron to take per day. I have been on the iron since August 2015 and the 150mg per day since middle of February 2016 but do not feel any better. I still feel really tired all the time, weakness when I try to exercise (I work out 3 days a week with weights and dance 4 – 5 days per week), quickened heart rate when I try to walk up stairs, no success at weight loss, hair loss, memory loss and when I get a slight chill my body temperature will go down as low as 95 degrees for hours at a time.
Is it possible that I may have this Wilson Syndrome and if so, how can I present it to my doctor?
Yes, it’s certainly possible. Here’s what you can say:
When you find a doctor willing to help you then we will be happy to help that doctor for free, to help you recover.
You can educate your doctors as well with scientific references in this book:
Out of the list I have the following:
PMS Irritability ( for almost 2 weeks out of the month)
Anxiety & Panic Attacks (slight but yes to Anxiety)
Decreased Memory & Concentration
Heat and/or Cold Intolerance (heat is ok but Cold is bad)
Constipation (yes if I don’t take enzemes)
Easy Weight Gain (very easily and I should’t with how active I am)
Low Motivation & Ambition (yes but I get up and do it anyways)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (not so much now but 25 years ago it was horrible)
Muscle and Joint Aches ( when I exercise, sometimes the muscle soreness lasts more than just two days)
Dry Skin & Hair Hives (ezcema)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (yes in the past)
Irregular Periods (they last 10 days and heavy, heavy flow for 5 days)
Low Sex Drive
Easy bruising (very easy)
Unhealthy Nails (yes, I have fake nails because mine don’t grow. They peel and break off)
Ringing of the Ears
Dry Eyes/Blurred Vision (always dry eyes, even painful in the morning and contacts that I just purchased 3 months ago don’t seem correct anymore because my vision is blurred)
Hi Dr. Wilson,
So I just happened upon your website while looking for causes of the edema I have been experiencing in my legs for the past several months. It is not noticeable to the average person but I know my legs and they are normally very thin and I can see my varicose veins in my lower legs and in my feet. I was investigating Iodoral- I have been taking about 25 mg per day for the last week in addition to my regular dose of 50 mcg of thyroxine. Although all my thyroid levels were normal, I had recenttly read about iodoral possibly helping with acne rosacea which I have recently developed along with blephoritis. I was concerned the iodoral could be causing the fluid retention in my legs and feet. I am 55 years old and am in good physical condition but have alot of health issues. I was diagnosed with Lymes in 2002 and have had 2 more active infections in 2007 and in 2010 both treated with fluconazole. I had a relapse of the Lymes in 2014 into 2015 and was treated with fluconazole again. I have had sleep issues since I was 28, six months after the tragic loss of my father and 4 months after the birth of my third child.and the sleep substantially worsened the summer of 2015 as I was recovering from the Lymes disease. I am seeing a practitioner who does electrodermal screening and she has been working with me to help with the sleep issues and the Lymes disease. While we were detoxing for the Lymes we discovered that my thyroid as well as my adrenals and my liver were really weak and not functioning well. I was in severe adrenal fatigue and my anxiety and norepinephrine levels were off the charts. I started on some neurotransmitters from neuroscience and they have helped tremendously but I started with the acne rosacea and blepharitis around the same time ( often related to immune system weakness and thryroid dysfunction. Within the last several months I am severely constipated and am taking colon cleansers, supplements,eating a lot of fiber and drinking increased amounts of water with moderate results. I eat very clean and exercise. I have been cold for as long as I can remember and have always attributed it to poor circulation. Right now the thermostat is at 78 degrees F and my feet are painfully cold and almost numb, my hands are cool and my nose is always cold and dripping. I checked my body temperature at 12 PM after I had been up and moving around busily and it was 96.9 F. My husband just came in the house and was hot. Every night I warm my feet up on my husband or I cannot get to sleep. I often use a heating pad when he travels to heat up my feet. Does it sound like I could have a T3 deficiency??
Yes, low body temperatures could easily explain some of your challenges.
My pulse is 41-44 & my body temp is 85…what could this be? The highest temp I’ve been able 2 achieve is 94.3, HELP…!
Hi Loudog, Could be hypothyroidism or Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome.
I am a 34 year old female and have been overweight for about 10 years. I struggle to lose weight even when I am on extremely struck diets for long periods. My thyroid levels are normal however this morning I decided to take my body temp using an armpit thermometer and it was 35.5 degrees. This seems insanely low and I am freaked out. What could this mean? I haven’t gone through any major trauma. My bloods in general are normal. I also sweat a lot. Please let me know if you have any ideas of what’s going on
I recommend taking your temperatures for a longer time period. There are instructions here: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/identify/how-are-body-temperatures-measured/
That will give you a lot more information as to what is going on. You may decide to find a doctor who treats Wilson Temperature Syndrome if your temps are low.
Best of luck!
I am a former patient of yours from about 20 years ago. Following your treatment brought my temperatures to normal back then and helped me to feel alive and normal for the first time in years.
With lots of changes in my life, I ended up in an area where the meds were not available nor the doctor that I had who embraced your treatment. I have taken Synthroid, which has helped some. Lately, however, after beginning to feel many of the symptoms I had originally felt, I talked my doctor into checking closer and I have tested low on my T3 The doctor added Cytomel to my Synthroid treatment, but my temperature has plummeted from an average of 97.2 down to as low as 95.1. Could these two medicines together cause this drop?
I have looked for doctors in my area that follow your protocol but do not see any, unfortunately. Keep up the good work. You saved my life!
Hi Karen! Thanks so much for your feedback and update. It’s amazing how fast 20 years passes isn’t it? Funny, when we worked together on your problem I’m not sure we were thinking 20 years into the future. I don’t really see how adding Cytomel to your Synthroid could have triggered the drop, though I suppose it’s possible. But I do know that the only time I can see the benefit of patients being on T4-containing medicine like Synthroid is possibly for maintenance (if the patients have trouble making their own thyroid hormone) AFTER their temps have been restored to normal. As long as we are trying to correct a person’s low body temperature, I would avoid Synthroid since T4 and RT3 can down-regulate the deiodinase enzyme. Good luck on finding help and getting your temp back to normal. I’d be happy to discuss your case for free with your current physician. Best regards
last night i had a temp of 95 Fahrenheit. My temp is usually normal..98.6. I was shivering, and felt so cold. when my husband touched my skin it ached. he said that the touch of my skin was warm. I checked it again and it was 94.9. Today my temperature is normal…97.8, but now i have a cold. Im sneezing, caughing, and my whole body aches. What caused my temp to drop?
It sounds like you may just have the flu. But you could track your temperatures to see if there is more to it. Here are directions: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/identify/how-are-body-temperatures-measured/
Best of luck!
A week ago I woke up shaking and shivering cold. My wife took my temp and is was 92 degrees and I was coughing up blood. Can you tell me why something like this could happen because 2 hours later I was at 103.
I recommend tracking your temperatures – there are directions here: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/identify/how-are-body-temperatures-measured/
Best of luck!
I’m 22 female and couldn’t sleep last night didn’t feel sick at all then today I randomly had like the shakes and almost hangover type stomach I vomited once but all of it at once have a history of severe anemia (but last check was better then ever) have felt very week lately almost can’t stop sleeping history of gerd as well my temp is 96° really frustrated because today was the first time in weeks my body doesn’t want to sleep but I feel like I have a horrible hangover with shakes and all the mind that makes you want your mom (I’m a Emt by the way)
Hi Ashley :) People with low temperatures often do have fatigue and difficulty sleeping. Shakes and nausea aren’t quite as typical, unless possibly shivering. Stress can lower temperature and low temps can cause all kinds of debilitating symptoms. If you can’t find any other causes of your problems, before you give up, see if you can get your temperature up and see what difference that makes. Good luck :)
hi, I am a 61 yr old woman. I recently caught a bug/cold going around in our office, no big suprise. After 5 days, I thought I was getting better, but last night I found I had a temp of 100.2 (I am usually at 98.6), I took 1/2 dose of Nyquil and went to bed as I had to go to work today. This morning I found my temp to be 94.2…I have never had a low temp that I knew of before. Should I be concerned?
I recommend taking your temperature ongoing. We have directions here: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/identify/how-are-body-temperatures-measured/
If you find they are consistently low, there is extensive information on the website about Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome, plus a list of providers. I think you’ll find it very helpful- best of luck!
Comment… Hi my normal body temperature runs between 36-37 degree but I feel cold most times even when the weather is hot, been going on for years now. can you tell me why this is happening?
Thanks for inquiring. We have extensive information on the website. This would be a good article to start with: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/identify/identifying-the-problems/ . There is also information on how to take your temperature, and how to support the adrenals and thyroid with herbs and nutrients. Best of luck!
Dr.denis willson my body temp is 36.6c , I coudnt sleep in the night, my hands and feets are cold as I’m having hypothyroid,, and I’m taking levothyroxine,, now what should I worry about??
I usually recommend sustained release T3. YI have information here: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/restore/t3-sustained-release/ and you’re physician can contact me if he/she has any questions! Best of luck :)
Hello, my tempature is exactly 95.0 degrees is that bad?
Hello, Yes, that is quite low! You may want to start with this article to learn more: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/identify/wilsons-temperature-syndrome-blood-test-undiagnosable/
Been on thyroid medication for over 30 years – very overactive and now under-active
My current temperature averages around 34 to 35.5 Celsius and feel absolutely dreadful.
Due a thyroid test in the next couple of weeks, hopefully will attribute low temperature to thyroid malfunctioning
Certainly don’t want another condition to worry about.
I just came across this page after years of trying to address my concerns and I will definitely be doing some reading. I’m 38F diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue, and before this diagnosis, every new doctor I saw for my symptoms sent me for thyroid testing (including a neurologist whom I was seeing about my chronic headache…something about eye lag).
Where I live, if your TSH comes back normal they won’t test your T4 and my TSH is always at the very low end of the normal range.
Because my symptoms so closely mimic hypothyroidism, i have never been able to fully accept that it is not a problem for me. I even for awhile suspected a benign pituitary tumor, which my specialist refused to order a scan for because my symptoms weren’t worsening over time. I also have PCOS, so my other hormones aren’t completely normal either.
During my fatigue crashes a number of years ago, I noticed that I was getting fever-like aches so began taking my temp daily to see if I actually was getting a fever. What I noticed was that my fever-like aches were associated with a drop in my usual temperature. Only by a degree or so, but consistently. Normally I range between 36.2 and 36.6. When I get the pain, it’s always in the 35 range.
I don’t necessarily feel colder, but where on a normal day I eouldn’t tolerate more than a few minutes in a sauna, during crashes, I could curl up in one all day. In fact, lengthy sauna visits were a coping strategy pre-covid.
Anyway, thought I’d add my experience to the mix!