Lately I've been getting more "reverse fevers" and want to understand what's going on. Basically, I will feel very cold, ache all over, and just won't be feeling well in general. I'll take my temperature and it has dropped below my normal temperature. My body is a very normal 98.6 when I'm feeling normal and used to be naturally higher in the past. When I am feeling bad, it drops into the 97's. When I mentioned this to a doctor, they didn't seem too concerned. What can this be and is there anything I can do to help raise my temperature back up to where it should be? I would rather have a fever over this, because I actually feel much more achy and exhausted with these reverse fevers. With a regular one, I just get very minor symptoms.
Again, I'd like to stress that my regular temperature is 98.6 and this isn't a normal thing for me. I've had so many people tell me they have a naturally low temperature and it's nothing to worry about, but I don't have a low natural temperature. Thank you in advance for any ideas!
Your doctors weren't concerned because this is normal. Sometimes we get below normal temps with infections. It's just the body's response to the invader! Doesn't happen all the time but it is common. Has happened to me several times. In fact, with a cold,mine wil lmore often than not be below normal. I wouldn't worry about it.
Thank you for your reassurance! I was more concerned because it has never happened before, and it's starting to really interfere with my life. I have been sick a LOT more often the past couple of years (more than I have the rest of my entire life), but I am not currently sick. I just find that more and more days, I just have to lay in bed. I've been sad to miss a few of my friends' birthdays and meaningful events because I feel weak when this happens. It's only been 1.5 degree drop at the max, so it's really not a big drop at all, so I definitely don't think it's anything serious, but I still want to figure out what I need to do to help keep it at its normal level more often (if there is anything). Thank you!
Last time I got my thyroid checked, they only looked at my TSH levels, so I definitely want to get it redone. It was also over a year ago. Some of my family members have hypothyroidism and strongly suggested I get a full thyroid panel sometime soon. I have also heard of Wilson's and thought it definitely resembled some of my symptoms. I guess I'll know what questions to ask my doctor about.
Another possibility is that it's all just a coincidence! I know the body can do odd things at times, so I wouldn't be surprised if it just was a coincidence. I would be relieved though if it was something identifiable so I could do something about it though. My body has felt so cold some days! Yesterday I was very cold and achy, so I wore my sweater and sat outside in the sun for a lunch break. It's Texas so it was 90 something degrees, so I probably looked odd sitting out there in a sweater, but it definitely was relaxing and did actually help some.