Excessive Sweating - Need Temp. Reilef

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All-Seeing Eye
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   Posted 10/5/2010 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone,

This is my first post here I hope to be around here for a while (well not too long, long enough to be gone with this lyme!). Anyways, I was diagnosed with lyme around august 2009. I was on multiple oral antibiotics until may 2010 until I couldn't take the side effects anymore. I started the cowden protocol a couple months back and I am on day 62.

I am also taking LDM-100 and I just started with teasel.

My problem is that I am sweating very very much. I am a college student and I am literally DRENCHED in sweat (sweat dripping off hands, feet slushy, pit stains on the ENTIRE side of my shirt) whenever I go to class. I have a bit of social anxiety as it is and the lyme makes it even worse. I feel like I'm having a panic attack just because of how self-conscious I am about my stench and the fact that everyone is staring at me like I'm some sort of freak of nature. Is there anything I can take that will let me be dry in class and actually be able to concentrate. I've had to leave at least 3 or 4 classes in the past week and I just can't keep missing class anymore.

Please help, I have tried diphenhydramine, doxylamine, aspirin, xanax (works a bit but I HATE taking this as i feel sketchy for a week after even a single dose). Is there anything out there that my doctor may be willing to prescribe or that I may be able to order online?

Thanks again.


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   Posted 10/6/2010 1:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Brandon,

Sorry to hear about the sweating - I deal with it, too, though not as severely as it sounds like you've been experiencing. You wouldn't happen to be taking any narcotic pain medication, would you? That seems to make it a WHOLE LOT worse for me, especially when I was taking Methadone.

Your story is quite similar to mine - I tried so many antibiotics (and even Samento a couple of times) but the Herxing was so bad I couldn't handle it, so now I'm trying another herbal route. I would love to follow up with you to see how your progress is on this treatment plan.

As far as the sweating, I'm not sure what's available to help reduce or prevent it. The only effective treatment I've really ever heard about for people dealing with overactive sweat glands or other diseases that cause sweating is Botox injections. It's extremely effective. I've never had Botox so I'm not sure what the cost is or if insurance covers it for medical purposes, but it may be worth checking into.

I'm sure if your classmates knew what you were dealing with, they'd be supportive and wouldn't want you to feel embarrassed or ashamed. Is there any way you could sit in front of a fan (even if it's one that you bring into class?). I have fans constantly running at home - both in my living room and bedroom. I never shut them off because the second I do, I get hot flashes, feel sick, and start sweating.

Talk to your doctor - s/he would know best what your options are!

Take care,


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   Posted 10/6/2010 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I found this 'sweating' topic interesting as I have asked on forums before if anyone gets the pain/sweating/nausea and have never had a reply - so I presumed no one did!
I get it and it is horrible isn't it, I get anxiety and fatigue with it too.  I don't sweat profusely I guess, though have done so at night, I have a fan next to my bed.
I haven't any solutions to offer, I am guessing that which ever part of the body regulates the temperature is being affected by bacteria, or it could be one of the ways our bodies are trying to get the toxins out. 
I wish I had some constructive advise to offer .  Best Wishes .

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   Posted 10/6/2010 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
....cont. from above : I know that with lyme the 'thyroid' is often affected, I think I am right in saying the thyroid can affect temperature/sweating.

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   Posted 10/6/2010 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I've read that profuse sweating is a symptom associated with Babesia...and may be intensified during treatment for Babesia due to herxing...

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   Posted 10/6/2010 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Mepron and artiminisae are best for Babesia. I used to have the sweats but they stopped after several months of Mepron.

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   Posted 10/6/2010 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
so there's nothing i can take to temporarily let me be comfortable in class?

ugh...guess i'll be doing relatively poor this sememster. I just can't take the anxiety part anymore. My willpower is done. I need help and my doctor won't prescribe me anything for comfort.

i've even been buying painkillers off of people every once in a while just so i can catch a break.

i'm sick of lyme. i barely go out anymore and im 21. i feel like a ****ing recluse.

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   Posted 10/7/2010 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
ugh ...so frustrated. I had to leave a university class today because I was supposed to do a 10 min. presentation. Turns out I've had the worst herx ever today and its just now cooling down. I had to take a quarter of a xanax pill and now I find myself skipping class and drinking a beer just to take away some of the anxiety. UGH. I know I shouldn't be drinking but this is ridiculous

at least its gluten free beer

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   Posted 10/7/2010 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
You know I have been wondering about a connection between Lyme and drinking....the toxins lead to inhibition/symptoms of hangover and anxiety, all of which for me have possibly triggered reaching for alcohol in the past. Had terrible problems 8 years ago, a time when I my first symptoms arrived....

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   Posted 10/7/2010 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi dcraver!
Welcome to our forum!! I am sorry you have a need to be here, but I"m sure glad you found us!! I'm sure you will find us helpful, caring & understanding.

My question would be are you doing anything to detox? Herxing is due to what is usually a large amount of die off of bacteria or whatever.

You also said that your doc won't "prescribe anything for comfort", what did you mean?

There are quite a few things that you could do for anxiety, including homeopathic remedies, which would be very safe for most anyone to take.

If I was in your shoes, I would do most anything I could to stay in college & not only complete my courses, but be able to do well in them. If your doc isn't understanding of that point, maybe you should 'quietly' look around to see if you couldn't find another doc???

Just a few thoughts...
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   Posted 10/8/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Not fun huh?
I go in phases, lucky lately
When I do sweat it seems to come out of every pore of my body and I soak my clothes pjs and all.  As soon as i am able I sit in the tub use deoderant soap all over scub hard followed by bath and body stuff to smell good then dry off put clean clothes on throw dirty ones down or away. snuggle up and sleep, oh sheets have to be washed too again i like that gain fabric softenener because after those sweat episodes I just love to smell nice. By then I am exhausted but beautifully clean,  then it happens all over again, till it decides to quit maybe a week? I have tried fever reducers their efficacy is incredibally questionable.  For underarm, I use the clinical strength deoderant which does help that area, 
Somethins comin out.
Good luck, if your on meds the problem may very well go away altogether, it may even go away w/o meds who knows this disease is unpredictable (duh)

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   Posted 10/9/2010 9:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to let you know I've been there and know the stress and anxiety you're going through. I was in my final semester for my Bachelor's degree when I got sick and if it weren't for very understanding instructors (and quite a lax school I was attending), I wouldn't have finished. I remember my mom telling me not to worry if I couldn't finish - I could finish up when I was better...which is so true. Your health and sanity comes first. If you can't keep up, it may make more sense to take a medical leave, take care of yourself, and worry about finishing when you're better. Talk to your instructors - communication is key, as with any relationship. If they don't know what's going on with you, they won't be able to do what they can to help accommodate you. Most, if not all, of my instructors allowed me to do the majority of my work at home. I missed more than the allowed number of classes and managed to work it out so I would pass. I had no idea what was wrong with me at that time, nor did I have ANY clue what I was in for or that I'd be sick for years ahead, but I did let them know I wasn't feeling well and was in the process of seeing doctors and getting tests done. I was so exhausted all the time I could barely get out of bed...and then the real pain set in and made everything even worse.

Talk to the people closest to you and see what they advise you to do. Sometimes when we're really stressed and worried, we don't have the ability to make the best decisions, or even know what our options are. The most important thing to do is ASK FOR HELP and listen to your body. It's true that if we don't put our health first, we may not have the option to tend to other "priorities."

Hope you're hanging in there and glad you are reaching out on the forum.


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   Posted 1/2/2015 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
same problem here... college student, sweating all the time, even when I'm cold. Social anxiety makes it worse. Going to class and work is hard --- even when not drenched I feel like I smell. "Clean diet", natural body care, etc. has not helped. Strong/prescription deodorants made it worse, so now I just use Tom's of Maine and take several showers each day.

I don't use any substances or prescription meds. Xanax helped a little but I kept getting resistant to it and having to take more. Dr. said I would become too dependent so I stopped taking it.

If anyone has other suggestions I'd love to hear them.... thanks!
Lyme 15 years, months of abx didn't help. Now doing Cowden protocol, grapefruit seed extract, Sam-E, methylfolate, vitamin D, multivitamin, fish oil. (My mom and I use the same account so some of these posts may be hers.)

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   Posted 1/2/2015 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just about to post about sweating, it seems worse if i dont do the detox bath... I feel itchy or my neck feels like im sweating but im not... this isnt all the time, im thinking its neurological, I read the toxins are havoc on hormones and every part of your body causing all kinds of symptoms!

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   Posted 1/2/2015 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I sweat a lot too. A few weeks ago I was bringing 3 extra shirts and an extra pair of jeans everywhere I went. Yep, even my legs were soaked.

My bed is so stained. It went through the sheets to the mattress. I put towels underneath them now. I've never found anything that works. My doc said that it's such a weird smell because of the medicines I'm taking. All of the supplements leave weird smells too I guess. My sweat is orange from one of my meds. I learned the hard way and wore white and I had to throw the shirt away :(

I wish I had advice. But I bet if you stepped up your detox it would get way worse for a day or two and then start getting better by the end of the week. I found that I'm usually sweating the most the first half of the day and at night. So I try to plan around it hahaha.

You should tell your teachers. I'm sure they will be kind and understanding if they know what you're dealing with.

Keep us updated!!
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