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What are syndromes where you can't sweat?

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  • Posted By: sabasushi
  • April 4, 2007
  • 08:48 PM

Okay, this thread is probably a litle odd since I'm not asking aobut myself but asking about my grandmother who died 30 years ago, just out of curiosity. Anyway, Mom told me that my grandmother had many weird medical conditions. For example, she couldn't sweat, which could be problematic in summers. I don't know if she had it all her life or if it was congential. (Mom and I didn't inherit this, thank God.) I was wondering if it was part of some syndrome or something, and how common it was. I had looked it up on the Web but didn't see anything that fit -- anything that I found was usually too serious (Grandmom lived until her 60's) or usually found in boys only.

If it helps any, there were 2 other factors that might be related or not. When Grandmom was very young, she had some digestive problem that wasn't diagnosed clearly, but it might have something to do with bile ducts. Whatever the reason was, she couldn't eat anything that was deep-fried or very greasy most of her life. Another weird factor, probably not related, was that she couldn't wear wristwatches -- they'd just stop. She had to use other kinds of watches, like a watch pin.

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  • Did you look at Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia? Hypohidrosis is the term for a decreased ability to sweat. Never heard of the watch issue actually. Metal allergies yes, but stopping watches? Maybe she had some kind of altered magnetic field or altered internal electrical chemistry?
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  • Did you look at Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia? Hypohidrosis is the term for a decreased ability to sweat. Never heard of the watch issue actually. Metal allergies yes, but stopping watches? Maybe she had some kind of altered magnetic field or altered internal electrical chemistry? Thanks for your reply. I've looked at HED, Fabry's, et cetera, but all of these seem severe and don't seem to fit my grandmother. For one thing, she looked normal. Maybe she was just a mutant. :-)
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  • Sabasushi, are you Asian out of curosity, or is it just a random user name? I ask because, compared to caucasians for example, Asians seem to sweat a lot LESS. Perhaps your grandmother just didn't visable sweat, but that she didn't actually have a genuine disorder.
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  • I had some drug reactions and quit sweating. I imagine your grandmother was overheated and that may be why the watches stopped. It could have been a glandualr problem, but in my case it was a subdural hematoma. It messes up the funtion of the hypothalmic-pituitary gland axis. I imagine she suffered more than she let on...if it's hereditary, I believe you would have it as a child. Did she have any other hormone problems, such as thyroid? Or blood pressure problems? You can stop sweating from a stroke, maybe one that went unnoticed. Did she complain much or was she in good health otherwise? Also, certain drugs can cause sweating to cease functioning.
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  • The only thing I found that causes watches to stop is a Near Death Experience (NDE) and even that isn't an explanation. But there's a whole page about people who can't wear watches because of it. http://www.mindspring.com/~scottr/nde/watches.html As for the sweating...some people just don't sweat so much. Asians, as previously mentioned, sometimes don't show sweat at all.
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  • I'm not sure about your grandmother's problem with watches being related to a medical condition; however, it's entirely possible. I have a similar problem in that I cannot wear watches, use a laptop unless it's plugged in, or carry a cell phone/ipod on my body. Recently I tried wearing a Holter monitor and I couldn't complete the test because the batteries kept dying. I also tend to go through light bulbs at home and work like crazy. I don't know much about the cause but my mom is like this as well so it or whatever causes it may be genetic. Be sure to look into that for yourself. Just know that you're not crazy, no matter how funny people look at you when you mention this problem.
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