It seems that no matter how sick I am, my temperature is never high enough to be considered a "clinical fever." In fact, even when I'm ill, rarely is it not under the normal 98.6. Usually, when I check my temp, on average it runs about 1 degree or so under the "norm."
I had explained this to an acute care doc once and he argued with me that EVERYONE's temp ends up averaging out to 98.6 and that I was just not taking it regularly enough to see that. Because I didn't have what he considered a fever, he didn't think I was ill... until the labs came back that said I was.
Does anyone else have this issue and if so, do you know why?
I have the same problem. I hardly ever get fevers. I remember whenever I got sick during school I had to practically beg the nurse to let me go home. Because they usually judged how sick we were by our temperature. But I never got high temperatures even when I felt terrible.
Revive, I have been put on antibiotics many times when I've been ill - back before they started really thinking about whether antibiotics were going to do the trick or not. The thing that seems odd to me is that I and my primary doc think I have Lupus, and many people with SLE run slightly high temps (perhaps 99.6 or so, whereas I run about 1 degree under). Now, except for SLE patients often running high, I could see that being a cause since SLE is an autoimmune disease (your antibodies get confussed and think YOU are the illness they need to attack).
I've just always wondered and until now thought I was the only one.
XOXO - I remember having a hard time being able to go home from school too because of that, until they started to realize that I get weepy when I'm really sick. If I looked crappy and was tearing up, they knew it was the real thing.