Fibromyalgia sweats are an aggravation to many of us who have them. Here I am at my computer and I’m starting to sweat for no apparent reason. DARN! Can you relate? Well lets explore some of the reasons that might be causing you to sweat.
The first one that comes to mind is a reaction to some medication you are on. A lot of antidepressants that those of us with fibromyalgia have to take have this as a lovely side effect. Paxil, Prozac, Cymbalta, Celexa, Effexor and Elavil are on the list that have profuse sweating listed as a side effect. With Prozac, Paxil and Celexa tests have shown that between 7% and 9% of people taking them suffer from sweating. One case study of only five individuals showed success in curbing the sweats by having them take cyproheptadine. In all five individuals the sweating stopped. Should we talk to our doctors? Yup!
Another theory is that our autonomic nervous system is out of whack. The autonomic nervous system controls lots of stuff in our bodies. The autonomic nervous system dysfunction list has things on it like: aches and pains, blurred vision, sweating, anxiety attacks, numbness and tingling, blurred vision, depression and others. Do any of these symptoms sound like what we feel with fibromyalgia? You betcha! It has been discovered that in many cases except those with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome the symptoms will slowly go away on their own. Those of us with fibromyalgia have to approach things differently.
Fibromyalgia victims could have a low-level of Norepinephrine (NE). NE is a hormone as well as a neurotransmitter and is responsible for the spike in blood pressure and heart rate present in the “fight or flight” feeling you get when threatened or startled. NE is also connected to feelings of euphoria and joy. Those of us with fibromyalgia don’t experience euphoria or joy very often so it goes to show that we have a low-level of NE in our systems. Medications like Cymbalta, Savella or Adderall will add more NE to your system. Now we’re back to the sweating again
It seems like vicious cycle doesn’t it. All we can do, for now, is keep trying to find ways to mop up the drips that aggravate us so much. If you have any ideas let me know.
Fibromyalgia Sweats – The Causes