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Severely Soaked!

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  • Posted By: LittleRachel
  • April 20, 2008
  • 03:40 PM

I have been suffering for about 5 months with intense sweating attacks. It mostly happens to my face, head, and neck, but also sometimes it is all over. I'm talking buckets of soaking sweat. This is making me feel embarrssed, b/c they occur at anytime, anyplace, w/o warning. The Dr.'s have no idea what is causing this. they have scheduled my to see a Nephrologist to be tested fr Phaeochromocytosis and to see a Hematologist for various tests. Bottom line they don't know. Meanwhile I'm suffering daily. The slightest activity is a total chore b/c I'll end up saturated in sweat. Does nyone know what this could be?? Pease help. Thank you, Rachel D.

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  • What is your age and do you suffer from any medical conditions or take any medication?
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • yes, age....from age 35 and up could be perimenopause...even if not peri, you culd be having ovarian hormonal changes and fluctuations for various reasons and that would account for the sweats....also thryoid function could be another thought. Might want to look up on that. Joan
    Joan5555 316 Replies Flag this Response
  • What is your age and do you suffer from any medical conditions or take any medication?I am 27 years old. The medications I am currently taking were given to me after these attacks started, so it isn't from the medications. First they thought I may have been exposed to TB so even though the Chest XRay and CT Scan were clear they started me on Isoniazid, (INH), as a precaution. Then they thought it may be panic attacks, so they gave me Strattera and Luvox. I am still taking these, but the attacks have continued. My next step is to see a Nephrologist on May 29, to see if I have an extremely rare condition called Phaeochromocytoma, it is a tumor on your kidney that exctretes excess hormones. Given the rarity, they doubt I have it, but still need to rule it out. This is all so frustrating!! I just want a normal life back. I am a college student and have contemplated dropping out due to suffering these sweatting attacks. Luckily they haven't hit that severly at school. First thing in the mornin seems to be worst, but they occurr anytime. Thanks for your concern. Rachel
    LittleRachel 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • yes, age....from age 35 and up could be perimenopause...even if not peri, you culd be having ovarian hormonal changes and fluctuations for various reasons and that would account for the sweats....also thryoid function could be another thought. Might want to look up on that. Joan Yes, that has all been ruled out. Well at least early menopause and thyroid. Also, I am only 27 years old. Now that I think about it, I had a baby on November 12, 2006, these attacks started almost exactly one year after her birth. But, I bet the Dr.'s would've thought of that, however, I will bring it up. Thanks for your concern. Rachel
    LittleRachel 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Are you on any method of birth control? What are your periods like - any problems with irregularity, heavy or painful periods? How frequent is your urination? Is there any urgency? Do you have night urination? Do you feel chilled after the sweating? Or flushed? Have you been tested for diabetes? \DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Try here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/hyperhidrosis/diagnosis.html
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
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