Heavy Sweating in Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

How to Live with Excessive Sweating

By Adrienne Dellwo


“I have a problem—unexplained excessive sweating, like just stepping out of the shower, hair dripping wet, clothes soaked! … It has put a big damper on my lifestyle.”

“My limbs get so cold and painful … and yet my face will be sweating from the heat inside.”

“What exactly causes the excessive sweating? … I don’t bother to wear makeup in the summer because there is no point—it just melts off.”


These are all comments made by people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Excessive sweating is one of those bizarre symptoms that rarely make it onto symptoms lists or grab the attention of researchers.

That’s understandable, since we have much bigger problems. Still, it can have a major impact on your life.

While doctors and researchers have noted that excessive sweating can be a symptom of these conditions, you may want to talk to your doctor about complex regional pain syndrome. It has similar symptoms and some research suggests excessive sweating may be more common in that condition.


What Causes Excessive Sweating?

Several factors could be responsible for our sweating, either on their own or in combination. They include:

  • autonomic nervous system dysfunction
  • heat sensitivity
  • high norepinephrine levels, as a side effect of antidepressants
  • anxiety

The only cause that’s “curable” is the medication side effect, and that may not be an attractive option to you if the drug is doing more good than harm.

Your doctor may have ideas about medications that help control sweating. Continue…

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