I'm a 48 yr old woman (not menopausal) who's had a pretty severe problem with heat intolerance & excessive sweating (especially my head) for the past five years. Also gained about 30 pounds in two years -- much of it in my mid-section -- after being the same weight for over 10 years. Have had my estrogen checked several times over the past 3-4 years with no signs of abnormalities according to my ob-gyn. Began having tachycardia 3 yars ago, so was prescribed Tenormin for that. Went to an endocrinologist earlier this year & was diagnosed with subclinical hyperthyroidism and a 2 cm thyroid nodule. Took tapazole (anti-thyroid Rx) and thyroid levels went back to normal, but no improvement in heat intolerance & sweating. Tried low dose Prempro (estrogen) which made no difference either. Endocrine specialist is baffled and wonders if my meds for my chronic back pain might be causing the sweating, however I started those meds long before I started having problems with sweating & heat intolerance. Some dosages have even been decreased with no difference in my symptoms. Endo specialist is going to refer me to a neurologist for further diagnostic studies. Another endo dr in the same office saw me last year & commented that it sounded like I might have MS.
I have a problem with my fingertips feeling numb & tingly if I get cold or am in a store/restaurant with AC. Also have fallen down stairs or in the tub due to sudden loss of balance or dizzy spells. This is balance thing is becoming more of a problem all the time with me suffering a concussion & two sprained ankles in various falls down stairs. According to my physical therapist, I have weak quadriceps muscles and my calf muscles are overly large to compensate for the weak quads. (I thought this might be due to the fact that we have lots of stairs in our house, so I'm forced to climb stairs quite a bit.)
This heat intolerance & excessive sweating is worse if I bend over. I know that sounds strange, but it's true! Doctors look at me as if I'm "off my rocker" when I mention that odd fact. Summer temps over 70 aggravate the sweating, so I try to stay indoors in air-conditiond comfort. I can't even go outdoors and exercise in the summer!
If anyone has any suggestions I would sure appreciate them. Thanks everyone! :)
Barb in MI
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