Posted 13 August 2008 - 01:27 AM
Anyways... does anyone deal with hyperhidrosis or did you ever at any stage? I have had night sweats for sometime now, but weirdly, the week they stopped, my feet decided to do the sweating instead! I haven't soaked my sheets at night for about 7 weeks & my feet, which never sweat before, are now raining & only when I start walking in those sandals... it is literally like walking in a puddle.
I did read that "scleroderma-like" skin thickening can be a cause of hyperhydrosis.
Posted 13 August 2008 - 06:01 AM
Posted 13 August 2008 - 08:46 AM
Happiness and sunshine,
Posted 13 August 2008 - 05:02 PM
Keep your spirits up! Heather
Posted 15 August 2008 - 12:38 PM
However, I know that hypohidrosis (reduced sweating) and anhidrosis (absence of sweating) is related to scleroderma. Many years ago, I was diagnosed with areas of hypohydrosis and anhydrosis with a Thermoregulatory Sweat Test...which I still personally rank as one of my least favorite medical tests.
It entails having your (entire) "birthday suit" dusted with this golden-colored dust. Then you are plopped in a human oven -- complete with thermometer -- and baked for up to about 30 minutes or until you reach the primary end points, which means, reaching a certain internal temperature or having sweat profusely and thus having turned all the gold dust to purple.
I failed to reach the proper internal temperature and to turn all the dust purple, so they kept on extending the test -- to nearly 90 minutes! Imagine about 90 minutes in a sauna, if you will. It was weeks before I felt any sort of return to my baseline condition.
The topping on the cake though was that when the test was finally ended, the rolled me out -- on a stretcher and still in my birthday suit -- and took an overhead photo to show which areas of my body had turned purple, and which had not.
And the whole conclusion to the test was that I didn't sweat all over and my internal temperature didn't rise very efficiently. Well duh -- I'd already told my doctor I felt cold all the time, and that I didn't sweat very well anymore. Which part of that simple statement didn't they understand or believe?
Now that I've been through the mill on medical testing, if I was given the same offer today (for a Sweat Test) I'd surely pass on it. There comes a point at which common sense should come into play with testing, I believe, especially when we are already sick -- and when the results will not change our treatment plan (any more than stating that, hey doctor, I'm always cold and I don't sweat very well lately.)
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Posted 15 August 2008 - 06:45 PM