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October 12, 2013

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Sweat

by Amy

Every person that I know that has had a stroke has an issue with sweating.  Everyone.  My issue, it’s not so much an issue anymore but still is a little bit, is that I would sweat WAY, WAY more on my affected side.  Like I said it doesn’t really happen anymore but Oh my God it used to be bad.  And it was gross too.  The sweat that my right hand produced was different, it was a darker color.  It was weird and freaked me out.  I think that hyperhidrosis(sweating too much) is more common after a stroke but I know some people who have the opposite problem – they don’t sweat as much on their affected side! (Hypohidrosis?)  Is that a condition?  I don’t know.  Barb asked me if I knew why this happened and I don’t know!  I mean all I could say is that the nervous system is messed up.  So the nervous system being funky would cause the sweat glands to act weird producing sweat problems.  But I don’t know exactly how this leads to an increase/decrease in sweating.

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  1. Oct 12 2013

    Ha! Try dealing with not only the extra sweating after a stroke, but going thru hot flashes at the same time! I am so sick of sweating……………..

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    • barb0803
      Oct 12 2013

      Tiniree,, my hot flashes areLONG gone, but they were awful pre-stroke, so post-stroke must be a bear.

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    • Oct 12 2013

      You mean those mini tropical vacations where you grab a pina colada, your sunglasses, and pretend you’re at the beach? Yeah I can relate.
      About sweating more on one side more than another after my stroke, I haven’t noticed. But living on a southeastern GA barrier island will do that with temps in the 100+ range and the lows only once below freezing this winter, but mostly above 40.

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  2. Oct 12 2013

    I’m not sure this actually answers it, but it’s ABOUT the topic (Mr. Google and I are tight):

    http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/26/8/1379.full

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    • Oct 12 2013

      I would say that answers it, thanks for using letmegooglethatforyou.

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      • Oct 12 2013

        Hmmm … it seems to say there ARE disturbances, but I didn’t see any explanation why.

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        • Oct 12 2013

          Yeah you’re right. I only read the abstract.

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  3. Oct 13 2013

    But isn’t all that sweat good for sensation? You can track the feeling of it running down your back or armpits

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    • barb0803
      Oct 13 2013

      Hmmm, sweating post-stroke has not invoked DROPS for me.

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