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   Posted 5/10/2007 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
This isnt a new problem...but it is something I really need to get under control. I have spent the past two winters not wearing a coat. I just become too hot. Now that it is May and temp is rising outside,my body temp is boiling! Everytime I get over heated my face goes numb/tingles...if I continue on being over heated,rather then cool myself down,then my hands and feet go numb/tingle.
My neurologist seemed to believe I have a thyroid problem and referred me back to my family Dr. I went in and he ran blood work. The office called back after a few days and said Dr wanted to do the bloodwork again-my T4 was elevated. I went back and re did bloodwork and as my results stand now..."borderline"...and to re-run blood work in 3 monthes!
I was very un happy with this answer...mostly because I will have to suffer again ALL summer,sitting indoors and not playing outside with my kids. I mean,I turn into a ball of sweat in 20 degrees with a foot of snow on the,you can imagine how I am in 80 degree weather. I can sit on my couch and sweat,not doing a thing.
So...I was scheduled to see my neuro in middle of June. I called and told them how my blood test went and my results. Also that just about everyday my face is going numb/tingling. They moved up my appointment,and I see him next week.
Is there something we are missing? Should we look at another cause for me being so hot? My neuro says we will trouble shoot once I am there and try to figure out WHY I am always sooo hot. Anyone else out there with this problem? What can I do? confused
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   Posted 5/10/2007 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm surprised that your neuro is surprised! Getting overheated quickly is a pretty common occurance in folks with MS.  I can't be outside for more than about 20 minutes..and sometimes even that is too long.  My doctor explained that my "internal thermostat" is broke -- and my body doesn't cool off very well or very easily.  I don't sweat though -- maybe the sweating is a key to something else going on, like the thyroid problem.  What happens with me is the very fact that I DON'T sweat -- sweating is your body's way of trying to cool off (the moisture evaporates and causes cooling), so the fact that you are sweating may signal something else going on.  I hope they get to the bottom of it for you!  In the meantime, be sure to drink plenty of water, and wear a hat. YOu might consider getting a cooling vest, or at least a wet washcloth and water to dip it in..then put the cloth on your head, or around your neck.

...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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   Posted 5/10/2007 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nicole,
    It certainly does sound like a thyroid issue, being hot all the time even when others are cold.  A lot of people with MS have a terrible time with heat too so you might have a double whammy going on.  I hope you get it all figured out but in the meantime stay as cool as you can.  Uppity gave some good suggestions.  When we go out we take an icebox with us full of drinks and rags to place on his neck and switch them out to a cool one when its gets warm.  He can't stay out too long as it is, but much longer if we can keep his body temp down. 
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