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Paul K
11-24-2013, 04:50 PM
I have been having chills and sweating off and on for the past two years, beginning right after a surgery. I also was very tired all the time, and had brain fog. I did research and among several things, we had our house tested for mold, and I saw my doctor and a specialist. We had the mold removed, but the chills and sweating remain. My doctor did tests and found the T4 for my thyroid slightly low. I saw a specialist and he put me on many supplements, which helped the fatigue and brain fog, and a thyroid medication that lessened the severity of the chills and sweating. But recently, the chills (and sweating to a lesser degree) are now with me 24/7. I just learned that the thyroid pill bottle is labeled T3, though my T3 tests were in the middle of the normal range. I will ask him why he gave me T3. I've read that T3 controls body temperature -- yet my T3 was shown as normal. Is there a medication for low T4, and would that help eliminate the chills (and sweating)? I have also read that many thyroid problems are really caused by some other problem. Could something else be causing the chills, and sweating? The chills are the most aggravating symptom I have now. Any thoughts on how to deal with this. Thanks much.

11-24-2013, 05:14 PM
There are a couple of things that commonly cause both chills and sweats. It is important to know what your baseline temperature is and what happens to your temp. an hour or two after the chills. Certain infections and inflammatory conditions cause chills and sweats from release of cytokines, the by-products of inflammation. Inflammation without infection occurs in many autoimmune, connective tissue disorders like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis. One autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid is Hashimoto's thyroiditis. It causes inflammation in the thyroid gland that can cause systemic symptoms. Since this has been going on a long time, I would make sure any symptoms of infection have been checked out, a CBC done, and other blood tests related to inflammation, such as sed rate, CRP, and complement, C3&4. In addition, thyroid auto-antibodies should be measured to see if your low T4 is related to autoimmune thyroiditis. Lastly, an ANA for lupus and RA or CCP test for rheumatoid arthritis might be helpful. Suppressing the inflammation may stop the chills/sweats. Documenting whether you have fever or not is crucial.

Paul K
11-24-2013, 07:29 PM
Thanks Ladybug,
My temperature is normal and remains normal, even when I have chills (which is now most all the time, and when I am sweating periodically, including before and after I've sweated). I have no fever. My CBC's were within the normal range (nine categories were tested). My T3 is normal (94 within a range of 58-159), but my T4 dropped from .9 in Feb. 2013 to .4 in Nov. 2013 -- the range is .8 -1.5 ng/dl. I will talk to my specialist tomorrow. Any other thoughts? Thanks so much.

11-24-2013, 07:59 PM
Ask about the tests I mentioned in previous post when you see the Dr. Good luck!