long term effects of sunstroke

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   Posted 8/1/2009 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
This is really ruining my life. Has anyone else experienced this? 30 years after experiencing heatstroke, I get debilitating symptoms from any exposure to hot sunshine, even just walking for 2 minutes in it. I get very stiff neck and shoulders and an awful feeling of nameless anxiety.
usually a good tempered person I completely lose my sense of humour and become irratible and dont want to speak, its like just being full of fear and dread. I used to be an alcoholic, but have beeen clean and sober now for 25 years, but this is so debilitating as it means I cannot go on holiday or relax with my family when at all sunny. My osteopath thinks I have damaged my meninges. I feel this is a likely diagnosis, is there anything that homeopathy can do for me, and have you ever heard of anyone suffering in this way??

I sweat very little, and the only relief I get is to spend hours in a steam room, covered in anhydrous lanolin, trying to sweat!. Its not a great way to spend my summers, and I really would SO much like to know if there is anything I can do to improve things. i feel it is getting worse every year. I drink masses of water, and live a very healthy life, and am otherwise a very active and healthy 59 year old woman. thanks for any help you can offer. I really want to be able to enjoy the summers, and go on holiday like normal people.

I would love to hear from anyone who related to this, its nothing to do with sunburn, I tan easily, and can tolerate sunbeds fine, tho I dont have many, and hot baths etc. all fine. Its just the SUN, which I used to love and now am starting to hate.

thanks if you can help!

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   Posted 8/3/2009 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum.  I am not familiar with this disorder you have described.  I am familiar with anxiety and wondering if you should talk with your physician about the anxiety.  Perhaps medications or an alternative suggestion from your physician would be helpful in dealing with this anxiety.
Congratulations on your sobriety. 
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   Posted 8/3/2009 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks for that. well I will keep the thing up there and if anyone else in the world relates to it it would be great to hear. Yes, I hear where you are coming from but its hard to explain its not that sort of anxiety, perhaps thats even the wrong word . . .its just a physical problem I know that. anyway thannk.s

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   Posted 2/9/2014 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Don't know why but I have experienced the same symptoms. My sunstroke was from my time in Africa. Others that had spent many years there there told me when I arrived that they wore headcoverings not because of religious reasons, but because of becoming over sensitive to the sun, so I have never wondered why I have these symptoms. Also not everyone on our team were effected in the same way from prolonged sun exposure. Rest and slowly recovering was the only thing that cured my symptoms, but I still have to cover my head, and drink lots of water whenever I am out in the sun for extended periods of time, even after 14 years. With the anxiety, you might want to explore why you had the sunstroke with a counselor. Again not sure, but the reoccuring pain might make you remember the sunstroke event.

Blessing and Hope you find your cure,

Post Edited (Heidi-Claire) : 2/9/2014 6:22:29 AM (GMT-7)

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