I read an interesting article in a running magazine. It was about running in cold weather. What caught my attention was how your body is affected when your body temperature drops. When your body temp drops, blood supply isn't as efficient to muscles (causing pain and stiffness). So if body temp is lower in some of us with the lyme, I wonder if the same effect applies.
Absolutely the effect is the same. Dr. Jernigan addresses this in his book Beating Lyme Disease. (pg.s 117-147). Core body temp.(temp. taken at rest) also makes the organs, lympth as well as blood sluggish. I'm guessing body temperature is low in anyone with Lyme. I have really struggled to get my body temperature up, using Iscar injections - which so far haven't helped. But then my thalmus in my brain has a problem and it also regulates body temperature.
It is another one of those pieces (like ammonia) that is a big factor of Lyme's.
My temperature runs between 95.3 - 97.4. Way to low! Am struggling to get this elevated. I do infrared sauna to also help with this.
I think the article you read applies to us for sure. My body temp is usually 95-97 also. I ache and have such poor circulation now that my extremeties seem to fall asleep at the drop of a hat. I have to constantly move around as I sleep at night because my body (shoulders, arms, legs etc.) starts aching from the lack of blood flow. It's awful! This disease is horrid...how it's almost as if our low body temperature is an evil plan for the disease to protect itself. Smart little bugs, huh?!!! I recently got a horrible flu that was going around. Interestingly enough, I got all of the symptoms that my family got, except for the fever...which I would love to have had to kill some bugs.
I noticed my son's temps from his medical records was running around 97.3. When I was a kid my temp was always 98.6 on the dot. Were the old-fashioned thermometers more accurate? Guess it was his lyme causing that.
Not that it matters to me now, but I wonder if lyme disease affects fertility? Just wondering because you have to monitor your temp if you're really getting technical about getting pg.
I never thought of the temp being low because the bacteria like a cooler envirnonment. Interesting.
I also think that I lost my flexibility rather suddenly years ago. It was noticeable to me because I used to be very flexibility. Must've been that lower body temp.
I too have been running a low body temp and can't find anywhere else that this is a symptom of another disease. Mine usually runs anywhere from 95.1 - 97.6. I had to take 3 readings a day for a week before my visit with Dr. Crist in October and the average was 97.1. Two nights ago my 2nd herx hit right on schedule - 4 weeks after the first one and the next day I had a temp of 99.6. To be honest with you I haven't checked it since but wonder if herxing makes your temp go up? It just dawned on me too that when I first developed symptoms 5 years ago ( December 22nd) I blamed it on Ronnie's impending job loss and the death of a friend I had been sitting with. I'm pretty sure I was bitten in October and my immune system was handling it. I was remembering the other night that I hadn't done any Christmas decorating that year because of the funeral and so forth and at the last minute I was spastic about getting everything done and I was outside in bitter cold weather ( well below freezing) to get up the outdoor decorations. I did this for about 3 hours and it is never this cold in Dallas so of course my body is not used to it. I am now wondering if I gave the bacteria a more hospitable home by doing this? Maybe it was a combo of everything but an interesting thought nonetheless.
I think my immune system was down when I was probably first infected. My MIL was having emergency surgery for a brain aneurism and we were served with a lawsuit (1996). I blamed my dog for this lady falling off my deck and getting stitches in her hand and she took the ball and ran right to a lawyer. When I was sane, I realized the dog was in the house and she fell because of her weak ankles and flip flops. My dog was very upset and hid under the table. He contracted RMSF. Truth be known, he probably had lyme, too. The verterinarian said something happened to his immune system. I always blamed it on him being upset over being blamed for that incident and the ambulances and all. He was diagnosed 2 mos. after that.
I had that lymph node removed from my neck around that time. And when all these bad things were going on, I was crying uncontrollable for about a week. My husband seriously thought I had a nervous breakdown. Crying like that was just very out of character for me, regardless of what was happening in my life. Even I thought something was not right, but it's easy to blame it on the stress. And of course I suffered joint pain from around that time on.
And it was around that time we were trying to have children and that's when I noticed my temp ran low. On occassion below 97. Never would reach 98.6. It would go to around 98.1 after ovulation. But I always thought that was still a little low to hope for a pregnancy. That's a whole different topic. But we lymies look back at weird things and may have a possible answer.
I think my immune system was down when I was probably first infected. My MIL was having emergency surgery for a brain aneurism and we were served with a lawsuit (1996). I blamed my dog for this lady falling off my deck and getting stitches in her hand and she took the ball and ran right to a lawyer.
One of the biggest problems with the states, everyone wants to live off others efforts. Lawyers, Doctors, and so many people are not willing to work for what they own. I know so many people cheating on Disablity, Food Stamps and welfare. Shame on those people. There is risk in life, and if you fall, or get hurt during your own activitiy you should live with it, not sue...