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Sweating

Apr 18, 2015 10:10 AM

Does anyone on gabapentin or duloxetine sweat uncontrollably? I'm wondering if it is a side effect of one of these.

Apr 18, 2015 11:28 AM

Aliya, not on either one of these but am on Zoloft and that happens to me quite a bit.

Apr 18, 2015 11:39 AM

I am on Gabapentin and was on the generic for Prozac, but I'm also a Diabetic. And I am also 59 yrs old. I haven't really paid much attention to how much I sweat.

Apr 18, 2015 8:46 PM

I'm on gabapentin but my sweating started after I was on levothyroxine for 3-5 days. Doc said that's normal until my body adjusts

Apr 19, 2015 1:35 AM

I'm on gabapentin, and I don't sweat more than usual.
Then again, I've always sweated a lot.

Apr 19, 2015 7:29 AM

I think it must be from the duloxetine. Internet says it can be a seretonin thing.

Apr 19, 2015 11:16 AM

FlappsyLady, when I first went on the Levothyroxine, I sweated like a pig until they got the dosage correct. I also found differences in my heartbeat and anxiety levels.. It wasn't easy. However, thank God, it didn't take long for my body to adjust. Hope you feel better. Check with your doctor to make sure, I know you will.

Apr 19, 2015 1:59 PM

This morning, second day on Liothyronine and fourth week on levothyroxine, I overheated getting my shower & dressed. I broke out sweating, wiping sweat rolling from my hair/head. I had to change my top twice due to sweat! Even when my body felt cooler my cheeks were feverish red looking. But I'm not sick, its just the thyroid meds. Ugh! 🙏🌼

Apr 19, 2015 4:10 PM

Sounds exhausting. I tried wearing my hair down for church and my bangs were plastered to my forehead and I kept going to the bathroom to wipe sweat from my face with paper towels. I was relieved my 4 yo caused such a fuss he needed to go home early for a nap.

Apr 19, 2015 4:53 PM

Gotta love those kids Aliya! I remember being exhausted when my second one came along, and she frequently gave me an excuse for early exits. She did not like strangers! 🙏🌼

Apr 19, 2015 5:44 PM

Aliya I hope you get regulated soon. Hope you feelbetter.

Apr 21, 2015 11:30 AM

Flappsy. I just saw something on MSNBC that there was some study of women that were menopausal and post menopausal and they are saying that it has effect on the thyroid and that hot flashes and night sweats can last up to 15 years after menopause. What a freaking nightmare.... I don't even want to think about it. Hopefully when you are fully used to the combination of meds, you will not sweat like that.. I have days where I can't regulate my body temperature at all and I sweat and then get cold and then sweat and then get hot and cold at the same time and don't know what to do with myself. My skin is cool to the touch and my face and neck are bright red and hot and feverish as well. I thought it was a blood pressure issue but it was normal (120/73) so that wasn't it and there is nothing wrong with my heart either. I hope you get it sorted out soon.

Apr 21, 2015 2:26 PM

If that's the case I had my complete historectomy in 12 99, closing in on 15 yrs. Lol but still having hot flashes and then going from hot to cold. It doesn't make sense.

Apr 21, 2015 2:44 PM

I know there is a hormonal shift around 30 which I'm turning this year. But I'm pretty sure I'm just having annoying Cymbalta side effects. Sweating, diarrhea, faint feelings. ...

Apr 21, 2015 4:01 PM

Aliya I was in my 40's when I had mine done. It could be my Gabapentin or my Diabetes contributing mine. Either way it sucks big time.

Apr 21, 2015 9:49 PM

I am on gabapentin and duloxetine both... I have a terrible time regulating my body temp and sweat at the weirdest times! I am hot and sweaty when everyone else is cold or fine or i am freezing when everyone else is hot! I will wake up just completely soaked in sweat on a regular basis... I soak all of the sheets and pillows too! It is miserable! I am 37. Every woman in my family (mom & dad's side) has had a hysterectomy by age 40. I have talked to my (worthless) PCP about it and mentioned it to my pain mgmt Dr also, but nobody seems to care about it except me. It's good to know I am not the only one...

Apr 21, 2015 10:50 PM

Aliya, I encountered that problem when I started taking cymbalta also. I was already sweating easily with any activity but after I started taking it, it became insane and just awful to exist. I would almost have to not move in order to not start perspiring. I thought many many times to stop cymbalta because of the sweating but I always came back to the fact that it is the only med so far that takes care of most of my nerve pain. I resorted to carrying around a rolled up washcloth in every purse and in my car as well as a little fan. It's gross. Then an interesting thing happens two weeks ago, I got started on a new med for RA, cimzia. And within a day or two I noticed a decreased in sweating. It's almost funny but I can't believe another med has calmed the excessive sweating down. Go figure!
I do think that my temperature control is screwed up though. I have recently found out I have Chiari and EDS and those can create problems in that area, plus adding a good dose of cymba just did me in. I hope your body gets used to the med and the sweating lessens soon for you.

Apr 21, 2015 11:27 PM

Sandybeach I have Syringomyelia . I wonder if that is also something to do with it. I haven't done any research in a while. When I was diagnosed there wasn't a whole lot of information about Syringomyelia at the time.

Apr 21, 2015 11:45 PM

Horns on my halo have you tried talking to your ob gyn yet. It took me 3 yrs before my insurance would pay ror mine. I had to have a D/C done first, it lasted for about 3 months then I went back to everything before it, then the next yr I had a Truman Oblasion and D/C, it helped for about 3 months again, the next yr they finally let me have the complete historectomy, when they checked my overes I had 2 different types of cyst,and I had Chronic Cervicitus, no Cancer Thank God but I knew why my whole stomach was so sore and hurt all of the time. I sure haven't missed it.

Apr 21, 2015 11:49 PM

Is that the same as a syrinx Weezie? I know they are found on people with Chiari sometime. I think that the brainstem is in charge of temperature control, so if there is any compression on it, there might be problems. Probably anything that is pressed or compressed could be affected. How big is yours? Where in your spinal column is it at?

Apr 21, 2015 11:51 PM

Thanks Horns and Sandi.
I think Cymbalta really helps my pain too. I still get lots of nerve sensations and things like burning skin and muscle contractions and fatigue but I find it difficult to figure out WHERE my pain is now. It's very vague. Definitely less. I don't feel like the gabapentin helps with anything besides my headache. But I guess just having fewer intense headaches is worth it. I don't see my doctor again for another month yet. I've been losing lots of weight on these meds. I have plenty to spare. But I have to wonder if my dose is too high. Though I haven't been on my current dose even a week yet. Went from 30 to 60 then was supposed to double again but instead decided to go to 90 in the middle first. Now I'm at 120. I think this is the highest my doctor plans to take me. It's been the easiest dose change so far.
I'm rambling/thinking out loud now. Sorry.

Apr 22, 2015 1:03 PM

You know what really burns my ass???? ( a fire about this high... LOL!!)... No really, being at a BBQ, it's sunny and balmy with a beautiful breeze and all of a sudden you are standing there and you are drenched to your underwear with sweat. Then people look at you and say, it's not that hot out here, you shouldn't be sweating like that, there must be something wrong with you. Within a half an hour, I could be sitting there and have a blanket over me shivering and then it's the opposite... It's not cold out here, Why are you under a blanket, there must be something wrong with you!! So, at the end of the day, I guess there's no getting away from it.. The truth of the matter is...... There's something wrong with me... LMAO!!!!

Apr 22, 2015 1:48 PM

Alwayz, I thought that was just me that did that. Glad to see that it's not.

Apr 22, 2015 6:18 PM

I was 34 when they took my uterus for hemmorhagia (? Spelling) & excessive endometerosis. I began "hot flashes" within the first year. I was 42 when they took my ovaries. Still having the hot flashes. Then in 2010, at 49, they opened up my abdomen to remove a large "paraovarian cyst" that adhered to every internal organ left. In the past 5 years I rapidly progressed from flashes to excessively cold. Now enters the 2 thyroid meds and I'm yo-yoing up & down the thermostat. Kind of makes me wish for the cold days...at least all I had to do was grab a blanket. If I strip down for the flashes somebody else will be grabbing a blanket..."me poor eyes" they'd be yelling! 😱

Apr 22, 2015 8:50 PM

I am the same way.
Each night I sweat so I can sleep.
During the day I go from needing a heating pad to wishing it could snow so I'd cool off.
I also get heat flashes, especially on my neck.

Apr 22, 2015 9:34 PM

Chilled tube socks filled with rice... Helps with cooling off and nausea

May 03, 2015 9:42 PM

I made myself two of those rice sock things... I use one for hot and one for cold and i have to say that they really do work. I can use them over and over and it cost me nothing... I had old socks and of course, most everyone has rice in the house and how cheap is that anyway.. What an absolutely great way to help your pain and I am so glad that you shared it. I use it and think of you each time I do.. Thanks for the tip. I tell every one of my friends that has any kind of pain to make themselves one of these and that it will help them feel better.

May 03, 2015 11:30 PM

My kids refer to these rice packs as "cold socks." Funny enough, ours are no longer made from socks. I'm a seamstress and I like to make the rice packs with spandex. It molds so smoothly over eyes or wherever so well. I have one that's a big rectangle the size of my back, a couple long skinny ones to ice just my spine or wrap around my head for headaches, smaller rectangles perfect for over the eyes or a smaller area. I keep them always in the freezer. Then they are cold if that's what we need. If we need it hot it only takes an extra minute in the microwave to go from frozen to hot rather than room temperature to hot.

May 04, 2015 8:05 AM

That's great Aliya! I use to sew and one year I made full lined wool coats for both daughters. I so miss being able to sew. As you know it requires a lot of looking down, and my neck just can't handle it... Headaches!

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