What could be causing my excessive sweating?
I have had Fibromyalgia since 1998, but until 2008 I didn’t have problems with excessive sweating. I am very tired all the time, and my sleep is very disordered. I suffer from pain, all the time, but my big problem is excessive sweating. When I walk for 5 to 10 minutes, I get a hot flash, and sweat as if I am getting out from the shower. (My sweat is with physical effort, not in bed or at night!) From my head down to my back, and my arms and legs ... it is disabling for me. Please help me, Dr. Teitelbaum. I am taking now Lyrica 200mg per day and Milnacipran 50mg twice a day (but I started the Milnacipran two weeks ago). Is my sweat caused by Fibromyalgia, or my treatments? I stopped treatments for two months, but the sweat problem didn’t disappear; it continued. (I bought your book From Fatigued to Fantastic! It is very helpful.)
This is common is Fibromyalgia and more common from the illness than the treatments. Usually it is from excess sympathetic (adrenaline) autonomic nervous system response, though it is often accentuated by high thyroid, candida, and other infections, low adrenal with low blood sugar, other hormonal deficiencies, and acid reflux. Treating the whole Fibromyalgia process with the SHINE protocol is helpful, and aluminum salts or beta-blocker medications may be needed in severe cases. You may want to consider a phone consultation (or in person), so we can treat your overall Fibromyalgia (contact Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to schedule an appointment).
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.