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Basal temperature to gauge thyroid function
Last Post 11 Jan 2020 02:24 PM by Elaine Moore. 1 Replies.
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JeffUser is Offline New Member New Member Posts:
07 Jan 2020 06:08 PM
    Is basal temperature a reliable way to detect if your body is going from hyperthyroid to hypothyroid? If so how often and when should you take your temperature. I’ve been euthyroid for years and feel like I’m developing hypothyroid symptoms. My heart rate , blood pressure,and temp have always been low . My temp in the morning has been 95.6 lately, it’s usually 97.5 . Also many muscle aches and pains . iFeel like hearts skipping once in awhile and get easily agitated again .
    My GP only does bloodwork once a year .

    Thanks for any input Jeff
    Elaine MooreUser is Offline Veteran Member Veteran Member Posts:3213
    11 Jan 2020 02:24 PM
    Hi Jeff,
    Basal temperature is usually a good indicator of thyroid function although many other factors can affect the temperature. You definitely have symptoms of hypothyroidism and while your doctor only tests your levels annually, he should be willing to test them when new symptoms occur. Palpitations, anxiety, and agitation are also commons that occur in hypothyroidism.
    Also, be sure that your doctor is running tests for FT4 and FT3 and not just TSH. While most states have direct access testing where you can ask and pay for your own lab tests, usually at LabCorp facilities, your doctor should agree to order these tests when you report your symptoms. best, elaine
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