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    Body temperature has dropped

    My body temperature used to be right around the average of 98.6?. That was until about two months ago. Since then it has ran right around 96?. I did have a bad blood infection and was on IV antibiotics from February through middle of March. Since then nothing has changed. I feel perfectly fine. I have asked one doctor and couple nurses and they did not think any big deal unless I come down with some more symptoms. Should I be concerned? Anyone else ever experience anything like this?
    Thanks, Clint
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    It is common for people with SCI, esp. high SCI, to have problems with body temperature regulation. You are at risk for low body temperature in cool environments, and also for high body temperature (even heat stroke) in hot environments. This is called poikilothermia (like reptiles and amphibians body temperatures, which are controlled by their environment). I am surprised that you ran a 98.6F body temperature as your norm after your SCI. Not aware of anything that could trigger this change from normal temperature to being more poikilothermic long after the SCI has occurred.

    (KLD)

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    I understand all of that. But I find it weird that it has just recently dropped and has been consistently low for a couple months. Weird.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skoalongcut View Post
    I understand all of that. But I find it weird that it has just recently dropped and has been consistently low for a couple months. Weird.
    I had something similar many years ago after undergoing surgery. In addition to my blood counts, they checked for diabetes and low thyroid.

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    I have had a similar problem though not exact. I was always cold after my injury, to the point that I wore sweatshirts in the Summer and unless I was going out in the sun, I wore a knit cap. In February of 2013 I had flap surgery. Since then, I am hot/warm 95% of the time. Right now, I'm laying in bed, covered up to my waist with only a thin sheet And I have the ceiling fan on. Its weird as hell, but at least I'm not dressed like an Eskimo in 80 degree weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott C4/5 View Post
    I have had a similar problem though not exact. I was always cold after my injury, to the point that I wore sweatshirts in the Summer and unless I was going out in the sun, I wore a knit cap. In February of 2013 I had flap surgery. Since then, I am hot/warm 95% of the time. Right now, I'm laying in bed, covered up to my waist with only a thin sheet And I have the ceiling fan on. Its weird as hell, but at least I'm not dressed like an Eskimo in 80 degree weather.
    I completely agree. I would much rather be cold than hot.
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