Weird temperatures

Been taking my basal temperature as a method of checking my introduction of T3 (along with BP and heart rate - which is still low)

My temp on waking is different in each ear. My right ear is on average 36.2 degrees (indicating Hypo) and my left is 37.5 (indicating Hyper)

This is consistent - which reading should i record in my ever weird body..

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  • Odd! Do you sleep on your side? Could the side that you're not lying on be cooler because it's allowing air entry?

    Oral temps are probably more reliable, have you tried that instead?

  • yes, but the side i sleep on is the cooler side, i know, weird. Yes think I will have to revert back to the old fashioned mercury thermometer.

  • I presume you're using an electronic ear thermometer? If you are, I had the same issue when I used one. It was totally unreliable as a thermometer! I've switched to a Geratherm thermometer - the most reliable of all the thermometers I've tried so far to date. I stick the Geratherm thermometer under my tongue for a minimum of 5 mins on waking during my period days, which in theory is the most accurate time to take it. I also re-take my temperature at bedtime to keep a check on my adrenal function.

  • HEA72, what's supposed to happen with temperature because of adrenal function?

  • Your temperature will be lower at bedtime than on waking in the morning if your adrenals are struggling (ref: Dr Durrant-Peatfield's book: Your Thyroid and How To Keep It Healthy).

  • I know my adrenals are pooched. But if I'm physically active during the day I get high temps in the late afternoon and early evening. 37.6 to 38.3 degrees C. Then I feel sick. Like as if I'm coming down with a virus infection.

    It was worse when I was on a too low dose of thyroid. I am not noticing it as much anymore. Ironically I was running hot even when hypo. Temps were in the 36.9 to 37.4 area in the morning. Maybe it's menopause.

    Is any of this relevant?

  • Oooh I'm sorry, I can't answer that one. Hopefully someone else can help you out there...... :-/ I do know that the adrenal glands have to be supported if they're not functioning correctly. Mine were hypo and some 'adrenal cortex' from Thorne regained their balance again. But you need to ascertain if your adrenals are hypo or hyper before you embark on supplementation. The Genova Diagnostics 24 hour saliva test will help diagnose that. Further info on the Thyroid UK website about this or ask your doctor if you're going private at the moment.

  • My endo just says 'cortisol is not stellar'. I'm adding it to the next requisition. With the higher thyroid levels I want to see what difference it makes. I don't think it's made much though. Except for not getting high temps, I crash if there's extra stuff going on in the stress department.

    I don't think I can get that Thorne product here but will check it out anyway. For future consideration.

    I'm having fantasies that I can persuade my endo to prescribe hydrocortisone to give my adrenals a break.

  • I really recommend Dr Durrant-Peatfield's book, it's a good investment for any thyroid patient and Doctor to read and have reference to. It's helped me feel a lot more confident in my thyroid healthcare. It comprehensively goes through all nutritional and drug support for thyroid and adrenals. It's a self-help book, as well as giving you the information you need when seeing a doctor. Best of luck.

  • Ooo yes I feel that but never thought of it before as being a symptom of being hypo. Late afternoon early evening I feel like I'm coming down with a cold or similar but always dismissed it as a bit later I pick up again.

  • Ooo yes I feel that but never thought of it before as being a symptom of being hypo. Late afternoon early evening I feel like I'm coming down with a cold or similar but always dismissed it as a bit later I pick up again.

  • Thanks all, very informative as usual.

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