Wilson’s temperature syndrome is a condition characterized by low body temperature. In this article, you will find the causes, symptoms and treatment methods of Wilson’s temperature or Wilson’s thyroid syndrome.
The normal body temperature is 37 degrees Celsius (or 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit). Even some degrees of increase or decrease in the temperature can be a sign of some underlying disorder. For e.g., when the temperature rises, we suffer from fever, which can be a symptom of any infectious disease. Similarly, low body temperature is also a cause of worry as it can be a result of several diseases or disorders. Wilson’s temperature syndrome is also one such condition that is believed to cause low body temperature.
However, there is a widespread debate on the legitimacy of this syndrome. It is essential to note that Wilson’s syndrome is not to be confused with Wilson’s disease. Wilson’s disease is a rare inherited genetic disorder which is related to copper metabolism, and is different from Wilson’s thyroid syndrome.
An Overview on Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome
Interestingly, the Wilson’s syndrome is one of the most controversial diseases ever known to man. According to Dr. Wilson, who proposed the diagnosis of the disease (which is also named after him), it is a disorder which is marked by a series of non-specific symptoms. It is characterized by low body temperature, slower metabolism, and also impaired functioning of the thyroid gland. Due to this impairment of the thyroid gland the conversion of T3 and T4 does not take place. This impairment occurs despite having normal thyroid tests.
Along with these, other symptoms like mild thyroid hormone deficiency (hypothyroidism), depression, headache, hair loss, fatigue, PMS, low sex drive, memory loss, and quick weight gain are also observed. There are about 60 Wilson’s temperature syndrome symptoms, also including insomnia, asthma, irritability, acne, flushing.
Dr. Wilson claims that the thyroid hormone deficiency like symptoms, along with low body temperature is because of the disorder known as the Wilson’s syndrome. Certain conditions like stress and illness causes a hormone disorder which leads to the improper functioning of the thyroid gland, resulting in low body temperature and other symptoms. However, the exact cause is unknown; and there is no scientific data to prove this theory. It is also claimed that the disorder and the symptoms aggravate due to stress.
On the other hand, there are no tests that can help in diagnosis of this condition. The possibility of a large number of symptoms also makes it impossible to relate the condition to Wilson’s syndrome. The American Thyroid Association has also declared that the symptoms, the theory and the data is imprecise and does not adhere to the existing facts about thyroid functioning and body temperature.
According to Dr. Wilson, a person who has frequent low body temperature, but still shows positive thyroid tests, may be suffering from the Wilson’s thyroid syndrome. As mentioned above, there are no tests for diagnostic methods used for the diagnosis of this conditions. Naturopaths may be able to diagnose the disease by assessing the symptoms and analyzing medical history.
Dr. Wilson suggests that increasing the dose of T3 can be helpful in treating the conditions. The person is also advised to reduce stress to prevent aggravation of the symptoms. However, there are several claims that high doses of T3 can be potentially harmful. Similarly, the American Thyroid Association has also claimed that the suggested treatment does not produce any better results than the traditional treatment for low thyroid levels.
All in all, we can conclude by saying that there are no tests that can prove the existence of the Wilson’s temperature syndrome. Similarly, there is no evidence to prove the effectiveness of the treatment methods. Therefore, it is wise to consult an authorized doctor and go with the traditional treatment methods if any of the symptoms are observed. Take care.