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Sweating On One Side


  Since May of this year I have developed an unusal symptom which my family
  doctor nor anyone else can explain.  I work for a health council and no one
  there has ever heard of it.  There was a news feature sometime last year
  about sweating on only one side of the body, but I can't for the life of me
  remember what it was associated with.
  Vitals:  50 year old, white female, heavy smoker (2 packs a day), menopausal,
  taking Premarin .9MG, Provera 10MG, Prozac 20MG, Pamelor 50MG, and Prilosec
  20MG.  I used to have constant headaches and took 2 Excedrin every 4 hours,
  but they have decreased to occasionally, about every six to ten hours.
  Please this is really begining to get me worried.  It happens when I do strenuous
  work or am out in the heat for any length of time.  The right side of my head
  gets soaked, while the left side is perfectly dry.  You can draw a line down
  the middle of my face, one side is red and the other is white.
  Got any ideas?
Dear E.L. Shaw,
"Anhidrosis" is the lack of sweating in a particular region of the skin.  It is due to a disruption of the "post ganglionic sympathetic fibers" and is indicative of peripheral nerve disease.  Boundaries can be mapped by certain sweat tests. Discuss these options with your doctor. If you are interested in getting an evaluation at CCF call, 1-800-CCF-CARE. Good Luck.




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