Hypothyroidism and Your Temperature

Issue #34 September 27, 2012
Welcome to KnowYourThyroid.
I hope you are having a great day!
In the last issue, I told that I had my blood drawn for my annual checkup. I know the results are back although I have not received them. I have requested a copy be sent to me.
However, the nurse did call and inform me that my thyroid level is low and the doctor wanted me to change to Synthroid with with an increase from 112 mcg to 125 mcg. She also told me that the doctor said there was not any other choices for medication. I replied that “no” I do not want to take Synthryoid, I want to try to a medication with T3 to see if that will help with my symptoms. I did get a call back from the nurse saying they are calling in a prescription for me, but I the pharmacy had not received the RX yet.
For full disclosure: my doctor did give me a RX for Levothyroxin 112 mcg when I was at the office. This med does help me, but I still want to try the T3 medication to see if that will eliminate more of the symptoms I have.
I will keep you updated.
Today, we have Louise O’Connor, a registered Australian Naturopath, who will explain how your temperature can help diagnose hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism and Your Temperature
By Louise O’Connor
Your resting, or ‘basal temperature’ reflects your metabolic rate which is largely determined by the activity of your thyroid. In fact, a healthy body temperature reflects optimal thyroid hormone activity.
What is an Ideal Body Temperature?
Your body works best within a very narrow temperature range. Enzymes, hormones, vitamins and minerals work best between 36.5 – 37.5 degrees Celsius (97.8 – 99.8 degrees Fahrenheit). A colder body temperature can indicate you are experiencing reduced metabolic activity due to an underactive thyroid. Testing your basal body temperature is therefore a simple way to assess your current thyroid health.How To Test Your Basal Temperature
Basal temperature testing is a simple, at home test. All that is required is a good quality thermometer. Here’s how to test your basal temperature;
·       Place a digital thermometer by your bed before going to sleep at night. As soon as you wake up and before you get out of bed place the thermometer in your mouth. It is important to make as little movement as possible. Lying and resting with your eyes closed works well.
·       Do not get up until you have an evaluation of your morning temperature. Read and record the temperature and date. It’s best to perform this test on at least five mornings, preferably at the same time of day.
·       Menstruating women should avoid doing this test around the middle of their cycle as body temperature naturally rises at ovulation. Men and non-menstruating women can perform the test at any time.If your temperature appears to be consistently below 36.5 degrees Celsius (or 98 Fahrenheit) you should discuss your findings with your healthcare practitioner. Basal temperature testing is not usually used as a stand-alone diagnostic tool. Your basal temperature is considered along with other signs and symptoms of an underactive thyroid.
Louise O’Connor is a registered Australian Naturopath who writes and educates on natural thyroid health. Her top selling e-book The Natural Thyroid Diet reveals the secrets to help you finally recover your thyroid health in a just a few short weeks.

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