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Old 12-09-2009, 04:32 AM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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Thanks, everyone. After I posted here, I went back to bed because I was still feeling pretty lousy. At some point while I was asleep the fever broke naturally. I feel much better now!

It's strange to be so wide awake at 3:30 a.m., but I basically spent the last day in bed.
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Old 12-09-2009, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Manhattan, Ks
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I've had many manymedical personel tell us that,regardless of how low your usual temperature is a 'fever' is still only considered as such over 100.
Really? That's interesting. I had something very similar to what the OP described a few weeks ago. I took my temp and it was around 99 or so. I considered it a fever as my normal resting temp is 97.3. I certainly felt feverish. I wonder if it's just a matter of terminology?
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Old 12-09-2009, 02:36 PM
 
Location: South FL
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I have what I think is a simple case of food poisoning. I dealt with expulsions from both ends from 10:00 last night until 5:30 this morning. After I got home from work at about 10:30 a.m. after working for three hours, I was able to keep some Gatorade down. I've rested on and off for the last nine hours, but I now have a fever of 100 degrees. For me, because my normal temp is 97.5, this would be like a normal 98.6 person having a fever of 101.

My body aches a little, and my head aches quite a bit. Should I continue to let this fever run its course? I had a piece of toast half an hour ago even though I'm not feeling hungry, just to see if it would stay down. So far I feel fine in that respect. *phew* Should I take ibuprofen?

I usually let the fever run its course. When my body is fighting something, it's for a reason, I don't get involved unless I feel so completely and utterly miserable that I can't even function.
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Old 12-09-2009, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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There is a medical definition of a fever. I used to tell doctors I had a "fever" b/c my normal body temp was 97.3, so when I was at 99.4 I was sick. One finally told me it might be high for me but it did not meet the definition of "fever." I cna't remember what the cut-off poiont is.
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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With all due respect to the medical profession, SouthernBelle, I know how I feel when I have a fever of even 100. It's not fun. A long time ago I had a fever of 102 and thought I was going to die. A whole degree makes a huge difference, and if your own "normal" is rather low then it doesn't take a big jump to make you feel bad.
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Of course we know when we are sick! I was just responding to the previous few posts about what consititutes a "fever" to doctors. Just b/c my temp isn't high enough for them to call it a fever doesn't mean I am not sick. Although, I have to add that since my over-active thyroid was treated, my normal temp is now about 1 degree higher.

edited to add quotes: "Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 degrees F. (37 degrees C.), in practice a person is usually not considered to have a significant fever until the temperature is above 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C.)." But also "A person with a fever has an abnormally elevated body temperature over 100.4 degrees F (38 C)."

I don't know if doctors have different ideas based on where they trained.

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Old 12-10-2009, 10:35 PM
 
Location: On the Ohio River in Western, KY
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I always take 2 pills (either tylonol or motrin, whatever is handy) grab a big nice hot cup of tea, and snuggle under at least 4 blankets.
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