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Sweating and thoracic pain

nmacnnmac Posts: 112
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:01 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Does anyone else have sweating as a symptom when they are having thoracic pain. The last few weeks I have have pretty intense night and day sweats. I am 52 And realize that sweats are normal for me but these are different . I only sweat head, underarms and under breasts. Sometimes my feet and hands are freezing. No chest pain or SOB. I had Myelogram and it does show that my Thoracic spine is ossified. I also have facet arthropathy at most levels, T 5-6shows narrowing of the Thecal sac, and T 11-12 shows narrowing of the right lateral recess. Could this be the cause of sweating and pain and stiffness? The pain is making me shake a little now so excuse my grammar etc.
Severe DDD. Klippel Feil Deformity. Cervical Foraminatomy that turned into Lamy. I have tried so many treatments, therapy's and medications.


  • Are you taking antidepressants? Some antidepressants make you sweat. Hope you feel better soon.
  • Hi,

    It might be worth mentioning these sweats to your doc as they can be a sign of infection. I am not a doc though so definitley don't rely on my word alone!

    Good luck.
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  • Some pain medications have sweating side effects.... I have issues at times. I have heard that it could be menopause & vegaus nerve compression but trnd to believe mine is a side effect from my pain medications.

  • I'm 51 so very close to your age, and understand what you mean by the difference in sweating. I can only answer for myself here, but whenever my pain gets severe I do break out in sweats. Over the years I have come to know myself and my pain.. or how I react to the pain and know that for me, I'm sweating because I'm fighting the pain with all of the tools in my mental capacity. When this happens I also have a rise in BP. However, I don't recall ever shaking from any of this and feel that you should let your Dr. in on your symptoms. Wishing you the best!!
  • I have been on the same mess for some time so I don't think they are causing it. I had a really crummy nights sleep last nIght but I made to work. I want to go to my PCP but she is out for the month of March. I really don't want to go see anyone else as I would get to explain everything. I am going tO try an tuff it out. I have had Thoracic pain bouts before but lately they have been mOre intense. Thanks for your responses. It's good to hat people who understand.
    Severe DDD. Klippel Feil Deformity. Cervical Foraminatomy that turned into Lamy. I have tried so many treatments, therapy's and medications.
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  • TOS is thoracic outlet syndrome .i have it and yes i sweat a lot especially when stressed and in pain .TOS is very difficult to diagnose and it took my bunch of consultant two years to diagnose it .if you have not been checked for it ..i think it would be worth it ..if only to rule it out
    tony {UK}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • I would suggest you look into different sweat treatments that will reduce this annoyance. There are so many reason's of why our body is responding so narrow it down by trying different things. I made a chart of things I have tried and the effects. Here is a site that gives a few ideas

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    I understand when you say you don't want to explain everything to a new doc...but in a way, sometimes a new set of eyes are helpful..maybe see something new.

    Of course it is up to you, but I give you credit for as you said to tough it out. I can't stand pain and I would have to see someone while it's at it's worse, hoping something obvious would be seen by a brainiac doc like "HOUSE".

    Okay...no more TV for me this week :)

    I wish you the very best and pls let us know what you learn and anything that relieves your pain at all.

    Take care!
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • I think the sweating is thoracic because I do the same thing you do, I do know the antidepressants make me sweat but when my thoracic is acting up even my neck I sweat more and my hands also get cold too!
  • Yes, i tend to sweat a lot cause the pain in thoracic and lower area. Im not taking any anti depressants, but i cant feel my lower and mid back, so i contract my upper back muscles to remain upstanding. Thats where the sweating comes from, in my case.
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