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Forum Name: Endocrinology Topics

Question: Low Temperature

 KevinC - Tue Jul 05, 2005 2:07 am


I was wondering if someone could answer a question I have about low body temperature. I've been going to my doctor for about a month now dealing with problems with facial pressure, headaches, ear pain, eye pain, etc.. My doctor was not entirely sure if the problem was allergies (which I have pretty bad) or a possible inner ear or sinus infection. I have always had pretty bad sinuses and I live in The Ohio River Valley in Louisville, which is known for bad allergy sources. He put me on a week's course of Baixin about two weeks ago. I've head a head CT scan which came up normal. My blood has been tested several times, including blood counts, thryroid, and immunology tests. They all came back normal, as did a urinalysis they did for possible infections. My question is regarding my temperature. Early on I had mild possible fever with temperature being around a degree higher. For the last three weeks or so my temperature is usually always around 97.3-97.9 degrees. I've read somewhere if the body is fighting allergies or is stressed this can be normal. My doctor doesn't seem to worry about it. It's weird though, because unless I'm very ill I almost always register at a the regular 98.6 line. Thanks in advance.

 Theresa Jones, RN - Tue Jul 05, 2005 4:11 am

User avatar Hi KevinC,
97.3-97.9 would be considered a normal body temperature.
 Coal - Tue Oct 18, 2005 9:11 am

I went and had a biopsy on two nodules. One came back beign and the other non-diagnostic so I had the biopsy done again and again it just came back non-diagnostic. My endocrinologist has given me two choices. To have part of my thyroid removed so it can be tested for cancer or to wait another 2 months and have another ultrasound to see if it's still growing. Had ultrasound done last June and it showed both had grown slightly. I've been on Synthroid for almost 3 years now and am concerned about my metobolism if thyroid is partically removed since I have ulcerative colitis too (and I try to keep my weight normal so colitis doesn't act up.) I don't know what to do? The endocrinologist said the downside of removing only part of the thyroid is if it is cancerous, then they will need to go back in and remove the entire thyroid...
 Theresa Jones, RN - Sat Oct 22, 2005 7:12 am

User avatar Hi Coal,
That would be a difficult decision in which only you can make. I can certainly understand your hesitance with the possibility of facing two surgeries verses one. Do you have any symptoms, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, or speaking etc.? An ultrasound should identify if there is continued enlargement but 2 months, if the areas are suspicious, seems like an extended period of time..........

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