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Excessive Sweating After Back Injury. Thoughts Please?



  • richman54660rrichman54660 Posts: 1
    edited 09/14/2018 - 2:07 AM

    [edit] Tricyclic antidepressants (nortriptyline) or cymbalta or similar meds that calm the nerves (low doses typically used).  It may calm the nerves down and you can eventually go back off, perhaps.  Those meds work well for nerve pain.  Nerve pain does not respond too well to NSAID's.  .  Follow your physical therapists advice and also listen to your body.  [edit]Good luck.    

    Edited by Liz, Spine-health Moderator

  • I’m replying to Marcus60486.... I too have been struggling with unexplained sweating and hot flashes for 4 years now. I’m an otherwise healthy 59 year old male. I was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease at around 40 yo. I have osteoarthritis in my spine and a myriad of other issues, one of which is spinal stenosis. My doctor told me that I fall into a broad and common category called “aging spine”. I have not experienced any injuries to my spine like you have but I do experience daily pain in my cervical and lumbar spine. I also have fatigue, weakness and heaviness in my legs and arms. (Most likely the stenosis)  My sweating is similar to yours in that you describe it coming on with activity, heat, and/stress. The location for me is my back. The feeling of overheating will begin in the center of my back, get more intense, then I will break into a sweat in my back area first, then my chest, back of neck and the crooks of my arms. Just cleaning in my house, sweeping the floor or changing the linens on my bed and I will end up sweating. A hot shower will leave me very overheated for 30 mins or so. I’ve been to two endocrinology specialists and had extensive and broad testing. All has come back normal and It’s been concluded that this is not endocrine related. I have also stopped all my medications at one point or another to see if that may be the cause but nothing came up there either. Not having any answers, I often do my own research, and that’s how I came across your forum post. I’ve often wondered if the issues with my spine could be at the root cause of this but it always seems an unlikely according to any docs I’ve asked or research I’ve done. Other than your injuries, your case feels so familiar to mine in how you describe the sweating. Anyway, I’m writing to see how you are doing and if you’ve learned anymore since your last postings on here, have or have not any improvement. Thanks... Charlie

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