Some people's temperature registers lower than 98.6.
Mine always comes back as 97.1 or around there for example. So, I rarely have a "fever" either. I don't know what to think when my temperature registers 98.6 since mine consistently shows a lower reading.
I agree with Cindy. My basal temp normally runs at 95.2....SO when I am really sick...I still only run around a 99.
My doctors look at me like I am crazy too! My husband never believed me until I was SUPER sick and was still not running a temp. Then when I was feeling better we took my temp so I could prove it to him....and sure enough...it was only 95.
Hope this helps!
Tonight I saw your comment (November 2012). I was wondering if you ever found out more about your question. I also don't run fevers. I've puzzled with it for quite some time. I also thought maybe my regular temperature might just be lower, making my "fever" un-noticable by the numbers.
However, since my daughter was born nearly 3 years ago I have struggled with "something". That's what I call it since I can't seem to find any sort of diagnosis. I've seen a rhumatologist twice after testing with a reasonably high ANA blood tests result. He told me until I start to develop textbook symptoms I cannot be diagnosed. They have offered me no treatment. For the most part I live a fairly normal life. I do have "flair ups". My triggers tend to be stress, anxiety, and well sickness (aka a cold). I have had an MRI to check for MS. My doctor, told me the results were non-conclusive. I have spots in my brain similar to that of a person with MS, but none in my spine that they could identify. So my doctor shrugged it off as either a result of migraines (which I do get) or a possible "early diagnosis of MS"...in which they will do nothing to treat, because, well, its only a hypotitisis. Which ***** because I know there is something going on, but I also don't want to be treated in correctly for the "flair ups" that I do get.
I've wondered for a while now if my inability to develop a fever could actually be a "symptom" to what is really going on. If you have anymore information, I'd love it if you would share. Thanks.
Hello @serendipity75. I'm reading this ten years after you posted it. I hope you are still around and have more information to answer your question.
I have the exact same condition and I can't find anything online that diagnose a lack of fever. As a child, I had a perforated eardrum because the doctors couldn't figure out I had an ear infection since I didn't have a fever.
I never worried about it because I live a normal life and have gotten used to this. Now I have a 4-month-old baby and I'm worried he may have something similar. I want to know more about this so I can prevent him going through what I when through.
Does anyone know more about this? is there a name for this condition?