Can't sweat after two abdominal surgerys

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   Posted 7/31/2009 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
shakehead    Good morning everyone...   I read this forum alot due to my husband recently being diagnosed with Crohn's back in November 2008.  I belong over in the Lupus forum.   He has had two major bowel resections since Nov. and has now discovered he can't sweat anymore, even in 130 degrees (he works at an aluminum smelter).  This has caused several trips to the E.R. for hydration.  None of his doctors will listen to his concerns.  A friend of ours has had multiple abdominal surgerys for various reasons and admitted that he too doesn't sweat anymore.  He has to eat ice chips (sometimes with salt) to keep his core cool. 
Have any of you who have had bowel resections discovered that you don't perspire anymore?  The doctors won't listen to him, but I have"googled" the situation a little and have found some obscure references to the problem.  I think patients and doctors just don't think to ask about this possible side effect from abdominal surgery.
Any response would be greatly appreciated...
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   Posted 7/31/2009 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you sure the surgery caused this problem and its not something caused by one of his meds? I know the Bentyl type meds can cause something like this. Just a thought.
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   Posted 7/31/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Nanners, check the meds he is on. I have been on meds for Crohns that have serious warnings about overheating and staying out of heat while on them.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Imuran 50mg, Vitamin B12 (injection), D, and C tablets. Fish Oil Tablets, Cats Claw, Slippery Elm, and Reishi.

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   Posted 7/31/2009 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
For what it's worth, my brother sweats uncontrollably all the time. He's had resections, but it is more likely due to medications he has been on or is on. I agree that you should check his medications.
Dx with Crohn's Colitis; Meds: Pred and Imuran; female in late 20s.

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   Posted 8/1/2009 2:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had 3 bowel resections and sweat as much as ever. I agree with the others - took a good hard look at the meds he's taking.

best regards,
Crohn's since 1988
3 resections

gemini kiwi
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   Posted 8/3/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
First summer after I had major surgery I didn't sweat either, I shivered and was cold most of the time, but I put that down to being rake thin at the time.

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   Posted 8/3/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had 4 abdominal surgeries and I still sweat. That's pretty interesting though.
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