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  • Posted By: alabaster
  • August 25, 2011
  • 02:33 AM

Hi everyone!
I'm a 30 year old female; I don't smoke, drink (alcohol or caffeine), or do any drugs. My symptoms started 14 months ago just out of the blue. I had changed nothing in my life, nothing had happened, nothing at all.
I started sweating very heavily from my underarms, hands, and feet, which is very embarrassing. My shirts and socks are always soaked, the skin on my hands is always "pruny", and I even leave wet places on my sheets at night from sweating so bad. I had always been able to tolerate heat well (I live in southwest Arkansas where it can get extremely hot!), but now, anything above 65-ish, and I feel like I'm going to spontaneously combust. Even in the dead of winter, I either keep my air conditioner on or my windows all open (honestly!) just to be comfortable. But, no matter if I'm hot or cold, really exerting myself or half asleep, I am pouring like Niagara Falls.
My heart beats very, very hard all the time, and generally a bit fast. I am always very aware of my heart beating so hard and it makes it hard for me to sleep a lot of the time. I don't know what it's called (if anything), but every little while my heart seems to...catch. It will beat even harder than usual for one beat and sort of holds for a split second. That usually makes me feel a little dizzy and breathless.
I tremble a lot, and I think it's because of my heart beating so hard - it feels like the same shaky trembling that comes with low blood sugar. I don't think it's from anxiety - I'm a very happy, relaxed sort of person and I don't sit around and worry or get nervous. :confused: At the doctor's office, my blood pressure is generally a bit to the low side of normal.
I get brain-crushing headaches, usually right when I wake up. It feels like all the blood in my body is trying to force it's way through my head at one time.
Now, these other things, I don't know if they are just coincidental happenings or if they have bearing on my situation.
About a month or two after the main three symptoms started, I began having my period regularly. It had always been very irregular before - I'd have maybe one or two periods a year, but now they come like clockwork.
My skin has changed a lot. It has been a bit oily all of my life. Now, my hair and skin all over my body is extremely oily, even on my forearms and legs, for example. It has become very rough and coarse - very flaky even though it is super greasy, and I am breaking out badly all over my body - big almost-boils on my arms and back and everything.
I have diarrhea a lot of the time - the burny kind (nice, I know).
I have sprouted a very manly goatee and the hair on my arms and legs has become darker, more plentiful, and coarser - I have caterpillar eyebrows now and hair on my stomach and my lower back.
Since this has started, I've gained weight. I was around 120-130 before (at 5'3") and now I am around 170-180. I know it is because I've started inhaling anything edible that crosses my path, but I don't know what made me want to eat that much in the first place.
Now, I have been to my doctor. I have had a thyroid panel done and also been tested for a pheochromocytoma. For both tests, everything that was tested for was almost right smack in the middle of the normal range. My doctor gave me a prescription antiperspirant and it did nothing for the sweating, but made my skin crack open and bleed. He also prescribed metoprolol for my heartbeat. I am now taking 25mg twice a day and I can't tell that it's done a single thing. I think he's going to increase my dosage.
He wants me to have a surgery that severs the nerves responsible for sweating so that that will stop. Stopping the sweating would be nice, but I'm more concerned about my heart being weird. My late father's side of my family has a very strong history of heart problems. Before he died, my father had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and had had a heart attack (he also had lung cancer - which killed him, colon cancer, kidney disease, and diabetes). My doctor keeps telling me that none of this is related and that there is no medical reason for any of it - hence the title of this post. I don't know, maybe there is no reason and I'll have to put up with this mess for the rest of my life, but I can't help but think that there has to be a reason for all of this to start out of the blue at one time.
If anyone can shed some light on this for me, I'll be eternally grateful!
Thanks everyone,

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  • Hello,Your symptoms sound like they could be hormonal. Cushing's disease comes to mind. Have you been to an endocrinologist (a doctor who specializes in hormonal diseases)? If not I would strongly urge that you see one.Best of luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 2, 2011
    • 09:04 PM
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  • A lot of the symptoms you describe seem to suggest that something has changed with your hormone levels. Hormones help regulate a lot of the things you listed. I'm not a doctor at all, but I would wonder if your body is producing more progesterone or other steroid-type hormone these days. If you haven't already, you should see an endocrinologist.
    sweetie25 1 Replies
    • September 3, 2011
    • 04:03 PM
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