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43 , had RNY 7 yrs ago , Hysterectomy

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I am 43 and have had a RNY 7 yrs ago and a Hysterectomy keeping my ovaries 4 yrs ago. I have arthritis and had both hips resurfaced with BHR. In the last 6 mos I suddenly break out in a severe sweat all over my body. My doctor isn't taking me seriously on the severity of the episodes, which last anywhere from 1-3 hours and I need to carry a hand towel with me. They are disrupting my life. I take pain pills for the arthritis (opana) but have taken these (and various others) for the last 5 years with no sweating before. My last hip was done about 8 mos ago. What could cause these sweating episodes? My hormone levels are fine right now. I would really like to know what specialist doctor to go to that could address this problem. I also tried changing diet and it doesn't seem to matter at all. I don't smoke and am pretty healthy otherwise. Thanks for your help.

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replied September 3rd, 2010
Womens Conditions Answer A15875
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

At 43 if you break out in sweats then the first place to go to is your gynecologist and get a complete hormone panel again (you do mention it is normal, but I still wonder).

Endocrine gland related conditions like hyperthyroidism, acromegaly and glucose control disorders (diabetes and hypoglycemia both) all result in increased sweating. Pheochromocytoma, cancers, carcinoid syndromes, tuberculosis and other infections too can cause increased sweating. It can also be due to low blood pressure.

Get your thyroid and adrenal gland function tested, maybe by an endocrine specialist. Avoid too much of tea, coffee, smoking (this you don’t) and spicy food. Please discuss this with your doctor and get yourself investigated accordingly. Take care!

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