Does anyone else feel weak after a shower?

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   Posted 9/16/2010 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
confused  This really irks me, because I love showers and, obviously, have to take them!  But so often, that's when I get what I call my weak, shaky feeling.  It's led me to get tested for low blood sugar in the past (no problem there.)  My whole body feels drained and weak.  It doesn't have to do with how long ago I ate. 

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   Posted 9/16/2010 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't shower, but I am Queen of the Tub. I find what happens with me is that I'll end up having a nasty hot flash as soon as I'm out of the tub, because of the heat, and then I feel weak and clammy and awful until it passes.

It really makes me mad, because soaking in the tub is one of the things that makes my body feel to have to go thru the massive sweating afterward just defeats the purpose...I feel all sticky and gross after the sweating.

It's probably the heat of the water affecting you - it raises the blood pressure, and then you get a sudden drop I think when you get out of the water, and that's what causes the weak feeling.

Make sure you have a grab bar, or something similar in your shower if at all want something sturdy to grab if you feel dizzy

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   Posted 9/16/2010 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Debbie, I get that feeling frequently and will need to sit down on the shower
bench. Toweling off and dressing afterwards can feel like a big ordeal. I do
recover after a rest and will feel like my"normal" self. It is a scary feeling though
feeling totally zapped of energy and feeling that weak.

I mentioned it to my rheumy and he said it is just part of my illnesses.

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   Posted 9/16/2010 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
do you have low blood preasure? Low BP can cause this feeling as hot shower can lower you BP even more. Get you BP checked and if it is low consider some dietary changes to bring it up a bit. Are you a vegetarian?

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   Posted 9/16/2010 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I get this! I often find that after a few minutes in the shower, I sit down. It feels better to sit and shower but I struggle to get back up, my legs are weak, and I feel about 99! I love baths also, but it's the same struggle getting up, legs are so weak!

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   Posted 9/16/2010 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I get this from time to time. I have hypoglycemia but this is very different from a low sugar episode. My blood pressure runs borderline high and I've taken it when I feel this way so I know it's not my blood pressure.

It used to happen a lot more often, now it just happens occasionally, I don't know why.

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   Posted 9/16/2010 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I get this often, especially if it's really hot.  It's alot worse with a hot bath so I don't do baths, just showers.

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   Posted 9/16/2010 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
If I take a hot shower and stay in really long, I get so relaxed that it does feel like weakness.  So, what I do is take a hot shower but shorten it a bit and, right before I turn the water off, I switch to cool water.  I have the deep benefits of the hot water and the cooling of my skin so I'm now sweltering when I get out of the shower.  Also, this is great for your skin.  It closes the pores.
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   Posted 9/16/2010 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, I guess this is a common problem! I don't stay in real long or have it real hot, but I'll try the cooling-down thing, Sherrine.
Shay, yes, I am a vegetarian. They always tell me my BP is "nice and low," but they don't say too low. Not a bad idea to try different foods, though. Do you have this problem, and what do you eat?
Oh, and by the way, welcome (I'm a little late, but glad you've joined us!)


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   Posted 9/16/2010 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   

I haven't been able to wear make up for a really long time because after a comfortable, not hot shower, I pour sweat for at least an hour, even with a fan on me.  I've been known to step out on the back porch in 40 degree weather to try to cool off!  Today, though, I had a large glass of ice water on the counter, & between drinking that, having the fan on me, a somewhat cool shower, & periodically blotting the sweat off my face, I was able to put make up on without it running off my face!  I wear a mineral powder make up, so don't know if some other kind would be better.  I hate that sweating after a shower.  Feels like I never took one!!


ps.  I live in the country, so no neighbors to call cops when I'm on the back porch in my underwear!!!

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   Posted 9/16/2010 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Debbie, I know what you mean.  That happens to me too.  Pam, I feel the exact same way after a tub bath.  I too am queen ( or maybe princess) of the tub.  My husband actually insisted that I get a jacuzzi tub instead of just a soaking tub.  Wow, so glad I did.  The jets feel so good on my muscles.  I love a really hot bath and so do my muscles but I too get bright red in the face, and super hot almost to the point of passing out.  I installed a removable grab bar to help me in and out of the tub.  When I remodeled my bath I didn't want to install a perminent one so I went to Bed, Bath & Beyond and got this kind that has these two giant suction cups on it.  It works great and is very strong.  What's nice too is that since you can move it, you can adjust it if your needs change.  Anyway, I started draining the tub shortly before I get out and then running cold water and doing a cool rinse.  That helps alot.  Same with showers, start out hot and finish cool, getting the benefits of both. 
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   Posted 9/16/2010 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
If my shower is too hot, or I stay too long I can feel weak. The peripheral blood vessels open up and my BP goes down. I can get the same reaction sitting in my hot tub more than 10 minutes. I keep the tub at only 101 degrees and do stretching exercises which helps.

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   Posted 9/16/2010 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
hi debbie,
i have the shower problem too. i need to have cool showers and as soon as i turn the water off i start to sweat and this lasts for over an hr and i then want to go and have another one.
iv not had a bath in years as its worse with a bath, i feel very faint after a bath and sometimes dizzy. when i get a shower the water does need to be rather cool but then i dont get any help for my muscle aches. im so happy you made this post as i really didnt no if this was due to fibro or something else,i do often feel a bit wobbely and need to sit and rest after my showers. i do have low blood pressure but i dont think thats the cause but im not 100% sure. isnt it so annoying,we need the lovely heat from out baths/showers to help our pain and if we do we suffer for our little pleasure.
i do miss having hot showers as i used to turn it up to the highest then for the last few mins i would make it very cold and it feels so refreshing, oh how i miss them being so hot .
seems like there are a lot of people here who understand this and im happy im not alone.(although im sorry you all have to suffer).

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   Posted 9/16/2010 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I am often so tired from all the work of showering and washing my hair that I just have to lay down and recoup for a while. I can not stand to take hot baths or showers. The heat just zaps my strength and leaves me a wet noodle mess.

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   Posted 9/17/2010 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
eyes  What a common problem even this turns out to be!  Something as simple as luxurious bathing or showering - we can't even have that!!  I used to soak in a steaming-hot tub, keep adding more hot as it cooled, and my husband used to tease me about how pink I'd get.  Well, I wouldn't even DREAM of doing that anymore.  But even a short, warm shower is too much to ask for unless we want to go through the drained feeling.  Ugh!  What will the Fibromonster take away next? 
Never mind, I don't want to know.   devil   Debbie

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   Posted 9/19/2010 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Showers and baths are an issue with me as well. Seems like the one thing that makes me feel better has it's price to pay as well. Can't remember who it was that said they turn on the cool water to cool down before getting out. What an awesome idea.. I had never thought about doing that. I'm so glad these threads are here because I do gain something from reading others. I can't stand to shower and have to use a bench, it's really difficult to get out of the tub when I do a bath so I do both. Would love one of those tubs I've seen on TV where you can sit on a stool and bathe... Kinda scared to buy one, might end up like the topsey turvy I spent too much money on. LOL...

Anyway, thanks for the tips, can't wait until tonight. Maybe a cool down will help make it more enjoyable.
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   Posted 9/20/2010 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I had this problem for awhile with hot baths. I love them (even though I look like a beached whale trying to get out of the tub afterwards!)
It was especially bad for me during perimenopause, when my blood vessels were spastic.
I think the problem is with the vaso-dilation of our blood vessels when they get warm. You might try a less hot shower (although that isn't as comforting).
Another thing you might try is a little caffeine right before your shower, or, if you take an NSAID, take it about an hour before your shower. They can keep our vessels a little more constricted. Even a big glass of water beforehand might help.

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   Posted 1/13/2017 4:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I have posted my solution before many times, but i love doing it again anyhow.

I have terrible weakness and weaken immune system after each shower, long before fibro. what worked for me is to not wash my hair or don't keep it wet. also not shaving can make me feel better.

Post Edited (Kriya) : 1/13/2017 5:07:58 AM (GMT-7)

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