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Fatigue and Hypothyroidism
February 2003

Q. I am a 20-year-old male and I have been taking my body temperature for the last 2 weeks straight and it has averaged 96.2 degrees. The reason why I have been taking my body temperature is because I am always tired, have a stuffed up nose and itchy, watery, red eyes. So I did some research on these symptoms and they indicated that I might have hypothyroidism. I had my blood work done and my doctor said my thyroid levels are fine and to not worry about it. What could be causing my low body temperature and my symptoms? Should I get a second opinion?

A. Fatigue is a very common complaint in a medical setting and can be hard to track down. Both physical and psychological factors can cause significant impact on how you feel. A basic physical exam and lab tests as you have done can easily screen for thyroid problems and general health. If these are normal, the likelihood of a serious underlying condition is small.

Some conditions need to be observed over a period of time without subjecting you to endless and expensive tests. The nose and eye symptoms certainly could be due to allergy. Although these are not serious, many allergy sufferers feel quite poorly when the symptoms flare up. Newer medications are quite effective and unlikely to cause side effects. Address this possibility with your doctor.



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