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Old 06-07-2009, 03:45 PM   #1
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Sweating, feeling hot constantly, and exhausted

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... feeling hot ALL THE TIME and SWEATING? This is really ruining my life.......its destroyed my career, social confidence and Ive become reclusive.
This post describes me almost exactly. For the past 4 years I have been hot ALL the time! If I move or exert myself in any way I turn bright red and sweat profusely all over my body but especially on my face and head. (Thank God I don't have body odor along with the sweating.) Making a sandwich exausts me! I feel burning up hot and generally un-well just about every moment of every day. My urine is so hot it burns if it touches my skin.

I don't have a fever and I've endured 3 years of medical tests and trips to the doctors. Every test comes back normal. My last Doctor told me I must suffer from anxiety or depression. Of course I'm depressed! This condition is keeping me from living life! But I still LOVE life. I have a great family and many blessings.

I live in upstate New York and in the winter I am the only person going around in 5 degree weather with short sleeves. (That's the the 1 time a month I actually leave the house.) My family suffers because I need the air-conditioning even when it's snowing outside.

This is ruining my life. I've become reclusive and basically bed-ridden. As a result I've gained about 75 pounds over the last 3 years. Which I'm sure doesn't help.

The other day I went to Borders to get a book and it wasn't 5 minutes before my body began to heat up to the point I thought I was going to spontaneously combust. The sweat was pouring down my face and soaking my hair. It was so embarrassing! Needless to say I didn't get my book. My husband was wating in the car (I don't drive anymore) and I just broke. I don't think I stopped crying for a few hours.

I feel like I'm at my breaking point. I don't know what to do anymore except just learn to live with it. I mean there are people who live with being paralyzed or have chronic pain. I can't let this destroy me...But it is destroying the woman I used to be. I'm 42 and have been teasted for menopase......The results are as usual NEGATIVE. My husband is very supportive but I carry a tremendous load of guilt that I can't be the wife and mom I so want to be. I've become a shell-a big fat shell of who I once was.

If ANYONE out there has any ideas, help or information please contact me. I want to start living again. God bless and good luck to everyone out there.

Allyson

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Old 07-20-2009, 09:14 PM   #2
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I hope someone has some I ideas I came on hear looking for answers to exactly what you are describing,I am in menopause but this started before that.And this is more then hot flashes.

I hope we both get answers Keep fanning

 
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Sounds like you are in Perimenopause. That is the 10 years before the actual menopause. Your symptoms match that. The sweating and feeling hot. With mine I have many more symptoms including itching. I am taking bioidentical hormone creams that are helping alot. Don't worry, this is normal but we do things to make the symptoms more bearable.

 
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It depends on how old you are. If you are at the age perimenopause is likely. However, if you're a bit younger, and depending of how frequently this is happening, you estrogen might be plummeting.

This is about older women but it can happen to young women as well. I had one 2 weeks ago and it scared me silly.

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Re: Sweating, feeling hot constantly, and exhausted

Have you had a full thyroid test eg: TSH, FT4, FT3, Thyroid Antibodies?

Even if your results come out as being "normal", but slightly off where they ought to be you can still suffer thyroid symptoms.

With thyroid problems they can lead to your bodies heat sensors going totally off the rails. Not everybody with a thyroid problem feels cold. Not everybody with a thyroid problem puts on weight. I'm hypo but don't feel cold and dont put on weight. My symptoms are more like hyperthyroid instead of hypo.

A lot of women prior/during menopause end up with thyroid issues, yet a lot of doctors simply blame the symptoms on menopause. Most doctors also like to dish out prescriptions for antidepressants like they're going out of style.

It's good you are researching this now. Don't become complacent and let doctors fob you off. Keep searching, make sure you get all copies of all tests you do and change doctors as many times as is required till you get results. I personally went 9 years being told my thyroid was just fine, when all along i had thyroid, adrenal, hormonal, digestive, anemic, low vitamin d, low iodine issues. Tests done in 1999 showed that i had Hashimoto's, which is an auto immune thyroid disease, yet the specialist refused me treatment saying my TSH was just fine and i didn't have a thyroid problem!! these boards are full of people who know they have a problem yet doctors would rather they take antidepressants. I hope you get to the bottom of this and make sure you let us know what it is thats giving you these symptoms

 
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Hello Allyson831, I registered on this forum especially so that I could respond to your post. I don't know if you are still checking this forum.

I am another person who has exactly what you describe. I thought that I was the only person on Earth with this condition. I have many other signs and symptoms (I think) than you, but I would like to ask you some questions, because I have a hunch that we may have some similarities in our conditions. I, too, have gained lots of weight, and my doctors, also, have suggested perimenopause and other totally stupid hypotheses. I, too, have had a whole bunch of tests that all came back normal. (Gallbladder studies, CT scans, etc.) Abnormal have been: colonoscopy ("lyphocytic colitis"), kidney stones, enlarged fatty liver, enlarged spleen, too-small red blood cells, elevated white count, mildly).

First, are you running a low-grade fever at all? The best way to check this is to use an old-fashioned mercury thermometer and check several times a day for a week or so. (I have never gotten an accurate reading from the new digital thermometers, and have read that they read low by at least a degree or more.)

Second, I suspect that you, like me, might have an inflammatory condition somewhere in your body. I am having internal troubles (liver, spleen, small intestine, pancreas and gallbladder are all enlarged and inflamed, plus I had kidney stones), which is probably where my low-grade fever is coming from. I have had a terrible pain under my right ribs for six years. I once asked an ultrasound tech what she was pressing on at the moment, and she responded, "the left lobe of your liver."

About 8 years into my illness I became diabetic (I suspect that my pancreas, in close proximity to the other inflamed organs, has become inflamed itself, knocking out the islet cell function). This happened nearly overnight. I went from normal blood sugars to very little remaining islet cell function and on injected Lantus/insulin, so how to explain that? Yet, the doctors now wanted to use the diabetes as a scapegoat to get all the blame for my illness, even though I had only been diabetic for a few months and it was totally under control. How stupid is that?

I also have swelling in my feet and ankles, and another swelling above my left clavicle. Do you have any swelling anywhere? I went to see a vascular specialist recently. I almost didn't go! (To think that I could have missed the best chance to find out what's wrong!) After much testing, he told me, "There is nothing wrong with the veins in your legs. The valves in your veins are working fine, so your swelling is coming from your lymphatic system. It's called lymphedema." Similar to what women who have had a mastectomy get in their arm after they have had lymph nodes removed, in that when your lymphatic system stops moving (i.e., there's a discontinuity somewhere, or a blockage).

I am going to go see a lymphatic specialist (hematologist), but as it turns out, my mother and father both had lymphoma, my mother in the small bowel (she had nearly identical signs and symptoms for many years before that), my father of the spleen. I researched some of the causes of lymphedema, and one of them is a bowel condition called lymphangiectasia. I won't go into detail, because you can find info about this online, but suffice to say that it's something that causes fats to pour into your bloodstream (I have had high triglycerides going back to before I got really sick) and also causes you to lose protein from what you eat (I have tremors and arthritis and muscle spasms, which I have just now figured out are due to my body stealing proteins from muscles, connective tissue and myelin sheathing in its attempt to "normalize" blood albumin levels).

I suspect that fats in the bloodstream might have something to do with the sweating. The one time I had a remission (for nine to ten months or so) was when I was taking high-strength samples of a cholesterol-lowering medication. An internal medicine doctor had given me a whole bunch of them, enough to last for months and months. There was a point when the sweating suddenly stopped, and I felt normal again. How nice that was! Sadly, though, it didn't last.

At any rate, at around the same time I saw the vascular specialist I had a biopsy of some growths that I have suddenly started getting all over my lower legs. They are hard lumps that are red on the outside margin, but have sort of waxy, yellowish centers. They are hot to the touch. I am getting a zillion of them. At a glance they look sort of like infections (boils) because of their yellowish interiors. They look awful! The pathology report came back calling it a very deep granulomatous dermatitis, with three options listed (drug reaction, inflammatory disease, mycosis fungoides). The report says, "Correlate with clinical findings."

I was almost ready to say "thank God it's benign" when I happened to look up mycosis fungoides online and found out that it's another name for cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Now, put together with the lymphatic swellings and the lymphocytic colitis, and the fact that both of my parents had lymphoma, and the fact that I keep getting sicker (I have now developed a persistent, productive cough, and the pain under my right rib is now radiating through to my back), is telling us that perhaps I do have a cause for concern, and that I am NOT just some psychotic premenopausal diabetic woman, as previously insinuated.

So, anyway, to wrap up, I don't know what other things are going on with your body, and whether it is possible that you have some inflammatory condition (inflammatory bowel, Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.) causing a low-grade fever that might cause your "hot" feelings and sweating. But keep researching various conditions. Learn as much as you can about how the body functions. I have come to the conclusion that patients today must be proactive and almost do their own diagnosing, or at least come up with plausible hypotheses. However, I have also come to the conclusion that some doctors get irritated when patients "know too much" and ask questions. We are supposed to just shut up and listen, as they tell us how we feel.

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Re: Sweating, feeling hot constantly, and exhausted

Mizzsicko - wow, that has been some medical journey for you!! I can't really comment as i'm not familiar with what you are going through, but just had to say congratulations on not letting the doctors brainwash you into believing it was 'nothing'. I had the same scenario with my thyroid, adrenals, hormones and digestive issues.

Yes, we do know when something is wrong with us, but finding that doctor who will take us seriously is like finding a needle in a haystack. So i do agree with you totally in that we need to be proactive and do a lot of the leg work ourselves. If we sit back relying on a doctor to get things done we'll most likely die off in the process.

Good luck and best wishes

 
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