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chronic pain and sweating!!

strakerstraker Posts: 1,851
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Chronic Pain
yuk ..i hear you say
i don't know about you lovely people but since i have been incapacitated with back /leg pain.i have lost my fitness and more to the point i don't want to move from my comfy safe place.{my recliner with my fan on me}.because when i have to move i start to sweat profusely its horrible.even when i was fit i have always had this sweating thing but to a less degree.but now all i have to do is bend down to put my shoes on and it will be pouring off me .same as when i get out of the shower .i will dry my self off and by the time i have put a dry clean tee shirt on it will be drenched.going shopping with Kath down to asda /walmart to my USA friends!is a nightmare because i know by the time i return home i will need another shower and afresh change of clothes.its very embarrassing.now i am about 2 stone over weight and very unfit.but even when i was 12.5 stone and fit {pre operations!} i have had this awful problem its just got worst with age and lack of exercise.i have had all the test and nothing comes back abnormal.
i just wondered if i was on my own with one or have any of you people encountered the same thing??


  • Sounds like you are really suffering with that sweating!! I have my moments, and we are twins - I have a nice little fan blowing on me at all times while I stay reclined. lol For me, it's more of a claustrophobia/sensory integration disorder thing, but when I do get hot flushes of sweating, the fan definitely helps.

    I have noticed that when I change meds, I have more sweating. I HATE it, but lately it has been pretty calmed down. In fact, 2 weeks ago when I was horribly sweating and was either drenched or freezing, never normal, I was put back in the hospital for acute pancreatitis. Little did I know, since as chronic pain patients we all deal with this sweating issue. Hard to know when it signals something dangerous.

    Have you had a med change or mentioned this to your doc? Wish you could tweak something and have a bit of a break!!

    Take care,

  • I've always been a head sweater but every since I've had my chronic back pain, I sweat a lot more so I can understand where you are coming from. I do suffer from anxiety so that maybe partially to blame in addtion to the narcotic pain meds. I try to have conversations with people and my face sweats like crazy. I had a job interview and the asked if I sweat when I get nervous and I said no, it's just really hot in here. I really wasn't nervous and it wasn't too hot, I just seem to be a face and head sweater. I swear there is something in the narc meds that makes us sweat too. I always carry a hanky around with me to wipe the sweat off my face.

    So to answer your questions, no you are not alone on this one.
  • i hate it i am a very very clean man .i know that some men arnt! i never smell sweaty .i shower 2x a day or more if i need to .its very embarrassing .i can go through 5 tee shirts in a day even on a cold day!.i can't were normal cloths because carnt bear anything on my legs due to my leg pain ..so i were baggy shorts even in the winter and i can only were tee shirts.even then if i do even the smallest amount of exercise i will be drenched.i have been checked out for pheochromocytoma {cancer of the adrenal glands } and other nasties and i have just had a full blood screen the only thing that came back on that was slightly raised cholesterol .i have been like this since i hit puberty!.but as i have got older its has got worse.i sit on my recliner with a pedestal fan on me all the time .in the car i always have the A/C on ...i wish that some one would find out why i sweat so much .it gets me down and as i have said its very embarrassing
  • Did you know that there is a medical condition called Hyperhidrosis? Did they ever consider that? It's treatable. It can also be caused by nerve pain too though. Just a couple of thoughts for you today.
  • i am a very clean person too and have to take several showers especially in summer. Now that I am 60lbs overweight I sweat more. I wear tank tops under my shirts and have to wear my hair up alot. I hate being sweaty and it feels gross.

    I've never heard of that but maybe i will ask doc on Friday. It seems to be worse since i've gained weight and am on narc pain meds.
  • simply means excess sweating its a medical term for excess w]sweating .the docs use it when they can't find anything wrong with you ..they call that idiopathic/{no cause}
    thanks for the ideas
  • Unfortunatly one of the side effects from many pain meds is increased sweating. Oh yippee! I don't have a real problem with sweating but I do stay hot ALL of the time. I hate summer!!!!!!! I don't even wear a jacket in the winter anymore, my sweaters are going to waste, and I can never get cool enough no matter what I wear in the summer. I too live with a fan blowing on me. Even in the winter. I can get cold but once I warm up, watch out, time to turn the heater off and everyone else has to freeze to death. The only time I seem to sweat is in the summer and it's always on my face. Yes, it can be embarrassing. Luckily everyone else is hot too so I can blend in somewhat. This started as soon as I began taking Oxycontin. What I had never heard before is that chronic pain can also cause us to be hotter than normal. Is that really true? If so I can at least have some more information in my arsonal. I would really like to learn more about that?
  • thanks to all that have been kind enough to respond to this unpleasant topic!
  • Hi Straker - I know what you mean. I absolutely pour with sweat if I eat anything which is so embarrassing. I also have terrible night sweats to the extent that I have the windows wide open and a fan blowing on me. My poor husband has now been reducted to sleeping on the couch as the bedroom is now WAY too cold for him. I haven't mentioned the sweating to the doc but I might do now as I see some people say it is down to meds. Maybe your doc will change your meds as your sweating must be affecting your daily life (at least I can choose not to eat in public) - Good luck. :D - Pembroke

    I had a growth removed from behind base of my spine 8 years ago which they said was probably there for years. I recently have severe pain near hip in buttock, stabbing pain in tailbone and rectal stabbing and burning pain in left heel. Pain is constant and non mechanical and am waiting to have CT scan.
  • hi pembroke
    i have had this sweating thing even when i was 3 stone lighter and not taking meds {i have been checked for everything}and thank god nothing came back abnormal.i am on the only meds that do take some of the pain away.anything else dose not work.i have just had some bad news today as i have been told by the pain doc that there is nothing that can be done {pain wise} anymore there is too much scar tissue in my back .i asked for another epidural and she said no .because when she did the last one she nearly broke the needle because there is far too much scar tissue in my spine .she is going to MRI scan me just to see what the hell is going on! as she is alarmed at the rate at which the DDD has got worse
  • I am with you on this one, i have sweats, but i also feel the cold much more since all this .

    Angie x
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    Hi straker,
    Yes both my brother and I have had back surgery. And we both sweat profusely. I can break out in a sweat doing nothing. I was getting a hair cut and that happend. How embarrassing! Sweat just started dripping off me.

    good luck my sweaty friends, Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • Firstly, I have had some episodes of hot flashes (not the hormonal kinds--did that already) but since I started taking the pain meds. I asked my surgeon about it and he hadn't a clue. Also, since I take a short-acting narcotic, if I'm having a good pain spell, I don't take the meds and get a little bit of withdrawal going. Interestingly, my understanding is that folks who are in super good shape tend to sweat more when they work out. Sweating is the body's way of regulating temperature and the more you work out, the better your body gets at adjusting to the pressure being placed on it. So (as it was explained to me when I was a super fit tennis player, althetes start sweating sooner and more profusly than non-athletes. Last comment: I have a best friend who is in good shape but just sweats alot. We found some simple medical help for the problem. (I don't remember what it was and she isn't home now but I will keep trying to reach her and if I do and she remembers the treatment -- it was something really easy) I'll add it to this thread. Was that any help at all? If nothing else, know i care and I'm not afraid to sound like an idiot. Susan
  • anybody have any luck with neuro stimulation theraphy?
  • When I was first ill with my back injury I was very sweaty. Of course with woman's hotflashes and new meds it's expected but I'm not like that now. It could be your meds. Make sure you get checked out with bloodworks from Dr every year which you probably do get tested for the usual stuff like diabetes and thyroid. Drink lots of water and a multivit run it through your Dr. Sometimes it's certain clothing that can cause more sweating also. But could just be the strain of everyday stuff. I know you're swimming for excercise and all so hope you can lose some weight. How much is a stone? Best wishes. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I haven't had any neural stimulation. Is that like biofeedback? Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • as far as i know all OK. i am not too sure what the conversion for a stone to kg is sorry! but all i know is i want to loose it.as far as sweating is concerned i think that its a combination of being overweight /genetics{i remember my grandad and dad both being sweaty men yuk!}my medication and the fact that i am a nervous person i dont do well in a crowd {just want to come home and get away from lots of people}.even when i go swimming i can swim for 30 Min's and feel OK but as soon as i get in the changing rooms and put my baggy tee shirt and shorts on ,by the time i get to my car i am drenched and this continues even when i get home i will sit on my recliner with my fan blowing on me and it will take over an hour for me to cool down and stop sweating! strange or what
  • Although I'm in the US, I regularly read The Daily Mail online (a british news site) and have figured out that a stone is about 14 lbs. Anybody, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

  • I thought I was the only one. My husband says our bedroom feels like a hurricane is blowing through with all my fans going. Of course the AC is running too and I am guilty of freezing everybody's butts off. I read Fentanyl can cause sweating too. I don't stand a chance with my hot flashes and medications- I get drenched with the slightest activity. I hate feeling ichy and gross.
  • Hi-usually I am freezing but noticed when I started taking coedine phosphate (oxycontin) my face was bright red and sweaty.Nothing like sexy sweaty hair!!!
    My hubby has no health issues but sweats excessively, he has tried all the usual, showers heaps and doesn't smell bad.He hates it but nothing has fixed it-did see an article about botox being used to help excessive sweating-seemed pretty radical. We just love him being a "Sweaty-Sexy-Beast" and try to accept he will have fans going etc while we pile on thermals to keep warm!!!
    Sorry have no great answers.
    Hugs n' Loves
  • I have suffered with the horrible sweating problem for years. I am convinced that it is a withdrawal symptom of taking chronic narcotics. I think it is worse at night because I go to sleep and may not take any pain meds on the same schedule as I do during the day. I have found that if I take smaller dosages of medication more often, the problem decreases tremendously. Also, the inflammatory process that goes along with chronic pain often interferes with the nervous system causing temperature regulation problems. Unfortunately too the side effects for most narcotics describe the medical terms for severe sweating. I wish I had a solution but it is so nice to know I am not suffering alone.

    If anyone comes up with any helpful hints, please pass them along!

    Good thoughts to everyone!

  • Straker, I have the same problem here. I know people look at me and wonder what in the world when my face is sweaty, my hair is soaking wet and I look like I just showered and walked in dripping wet! LOL! It's even worse being a woman as we shouldn't sweat like a man...LOL!

    Ming, I wear the tank tops too! I have to shower and change clothes frequently daily even if baggy like straker mentions. I keep extra gowns by the bed at night and towels on my pillow so I can change and not freeze when the sweating stops. It's either hot sweats or cold from sweating, no comfort zone for long.

    I have been tested in the past and it's not hormonal or thyroid. I never realized it was so common with cronic pain until I read it here! I take tramadol now but regardless of meds it doesn't change. I guess it's another symptom chronic pain sufferers must endure.


  • Same here, I think its from the meds. I change clothes about 3 times a day and the back of my hair is contantly wet.
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    Straker, I live in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California just above the snow line.
    Have you ever seen anyone sweat in the snow operating a snow blower? Not shoveling, just operating.
    Well you should have seen me this winter!!!
    Good luck, Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • I am so with you on this one! I've never been a sweater in my life, but when my pain is even a bit worse than my normal bad pain, I'm a sweating machine!!! Let's just say I'm VERY careful about my clothing selection nowadays........... :D
  • I believe the reason I sweat more during the night is that I'm in one position longer than could be tolerated when I'm awake. I wake up every hour or two in pain, but if I'm lucky enough to sleep a bit longer, I usually wake up drenched in sweat. Just I sweat during the day when my pain is bad, I sweat at night when there is more of a chance of my pain getting bad (ok, worse than normal bad) from staying still too long.
  • hi Jim
    firstly i would love to see where you live as its a place i have only ever seen on TV.but like you ,,even in the cold and wet and wind i can walk the dog{when i could do that}all i have to do is walk about 100 mts and the sweat will have me drenched .then you are walking in damp clothing{and believe me i have some very expensive gortex walking clothes } i am drenched and its very uncomfortable .all i wanted to do was return home and shower ..then after a shower {like right now!} i have to sit on my recliner with a fan blowing on me otherwise i will be drenched.its madness!! can you email me some nice pisc of where you live please Jim?
  • well i was gonna pop over but after reading all this maybe i wont!! =))

    only kidding,,,,,,,,,,,,just a thought to the ladys on this......have you ruled out the menapause (sp)boy was i hot flushing till i got my little 7 day patches ! night time was awfull ,all better now though :)
  • Boy can I relate to all of you. I too sweat like a water fall flowing from my head. The pain meds cause sweating but I too was a heavy sweater before starting on meds.On humid days it's much worse.
    Doing simple chores causes me to flood.
    I wake up sweating on my face and it gets in my ears. Have to swab them out with a Q tip!!
    I did notice that during my "stimulator" trial that I did not sweat and it was very hot those days. Perhaps the stimulator will stop my profuse sweating!! Wouldn't that be another wonderful bonus?
    Wish i had an answer for the problem.
    BTW...I just had my second B12 injection and I have noticed a decrease in my sweating. Could that have something to do with it?? Hmmmmmm :?
    A hug to everyone >:D<
    Patsy W
  • my doctor about this ..again...! he keeps reassuring me that ..some people are just made this way ..the reason a was asking again was ..i was just putting some audio equipment in to me house {this meant i had to bend and get in to an tight space and i was drenched ..i went through 4 tee shirts and needed a shower after only 10 mins working .}sometimes it can just start when i am sat on my recliner i get a hot flush then gush!! i am drenched ..i have a pedestal fan on me in all weathers hot or cold {it was meant to be for just after my last operation } but much to the disgust of my wife ..it has stayed in the lounge .i dont care shes not the one with the problem..is she!!
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