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  1. #1
    Steve Freides is offline Senior Member
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    Default "Normal" body temperature and its signficance

    I'm a bit cold-blooded compared to the average individual, it seems. I run a good 2 degree Farenheit cooler than most. Since I'm recovering from pneumonia, I'm taking my temperature every day and today I got 96.3 in one ear and 96.7 in the other, which is about normal for me.

    My mind says that, when I tell a doctor I've got 101, he ought to treat it like I had 103 because I run 2 degrees cooler, but most doctors look at me like I'm crazy?

    Anyone have any light to shed on this subject, e.g., what percentage of the populace runs how many degrees hot or cold compared to the normal 98.6, and, more importantly, if one's condition ought rightly to be measure in terms of absolute temperature or degrees above each individual norm?

    Thanks in advance.


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    Stig is offline Senior Member
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    Default I'm also cold-blooded and

    always measure in degrees above my individual norm. I also very rarely get high fewers and feel like crap at the temperature that is considered normal for most people. And, yes, doctors react the same way even here in Finland, if I have the nerve to think for myself and point out something as "stupid" as this...

    BTW, I asked my Moscow friends about the KB's, but for some reason I haven't got any reply at all. I'll keep it on my mind though and will let you know if I bump into them. Been planning a car-trip to or through the baltic countries for some time already and if I ever do it, I'll scoop up all the bells I can find on my way (or, alternatively, what my car is able to carry)


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    Steve Freides is offline Senior Member
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    Default Re: I'm also cold-blooded and

    Thanks, Stig.

    Interestingly, today, in the doctor's office, they took my temperature both orally and by ear. We have the ear-type thermometer at home. It registered fully 1.5 degrees F *lower* in my ear than in my mouth. Still only 97.7 orally, but it was interesting to note the difference.

    Steve "who someday wants to own an *old* kettlebell" Freides

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    Jade Tigress is offline Member
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    Default I'm also cold-blooded. Have your thyroid checked.

    That's about my average body temp also. I'd have my thyroid checked if I were you. Low body temp is a sign of hypothyroidism. I had mine checked a couple of weeks ago. They haven't called me back, so I guess I can't blame being slightly overweight on my thyroid--darn!


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    Christine is offline Senior Member
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    Default different "normals"

    I'm also cold-blooded and feel very feverish and shaky if my temp goes to 99F. (My blood pressure is also extremely low at 80/50.) I had my thyroid checked and it was found to be "normal."

    However my roommate in college normally ran a temp of 100F for her whole life and ran about 20 lbs overweight!


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