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Low temperature
Posted by: Raman
Date: October 2, 2004 5:39 PM

For the past four months I have been noticing the following symptoms: low temperature (from 96 to 97.8 degrees), chills, body pain, acne, sleep problems and burning mouth. My physician has conducted all tests on me including CBC, sugar, cholestrol, blood pressure, rheumatoid factor, Sjoren's syndrome, thyroid, H. pylori, allergies, etc. I have also seen a neurologist (MRI negative) and an internal medicine specialist (EGD negative) doctor, but no diagnosis so far except stress. Further, I have also noted that I get irritated very often and my activities have decreased. I have also noticed that I feel better after taking a hot shower and eating food. Could I be having Wilson's syndrome. Or do you have any other possible explanation for my symptoms? I constantly worry about my health and this does not help.

RE: Low temperature
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: October 3, 2004 3:55 AM

Of course no diagnosis can be made in the absence of a full evaluation, but I can say that where I would start is a search for toxicities beginning with heavy metals and organic toxins and close behind that a search for chronic hidden infections (which are most commonly gut wall and cavitations of the jaw). A consistently low body temperature in the presence of such symptoms indicates hypometabolism, but that is not a fundamental diagnosis. The most common causes of hypometabolism are hormonal, toxic, or chronic infectious or some combination of those three. Naturally, as with all undiagnosed conditions, cancer should be thought of and tested for even if it seems highly unlikely. Also, one should keep in mind the possibility of Lyme disease.

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