Chronic Low Body Temperature - is it a risk?
I've never seen a discussion here about one's own body temperature affecting a swim. For several years I have had a low body temperature. My thyroid tests normal (just using a complete blood count). I often wonder how risky it is for me to swim in cold water. My body temp averages about 96.7, sometimes lower (as low as 95.6, as high as 97.7). I catch colds very easily, and I have very unscientifically surmised it is related to my body temp. I rarely get a "fever," even if I have an infection. I currently have mild sinusitus with chills and aches and a "high" temp of 97.7. No doctor has ever commented on it, even when asked. But I wonder, if we start to worry at 95 body temp in cold water, how long can I really last? How closely do I need to be watched? I haven't been able to find anything on it. Last winter my coldest swim was 56 F, for 2 hours. Claw hand at 1 hr 45 min. I'm hoping to get my core temps up somehow before the water cools off here. I have an upcoming accupuncture appt in December. Any insight or advice?