I am a 58 year old woman who found this website by doing a search on Excessive Body Heat and Sweating. I was very excited to learn that there are so many other people (especially women) who have this problem. I am over the menopause but this excessive body heat began just after I was diagnosed with Graves Disease. I have subsequently had radio active therapy and the result was becoming Hypothyroid and having to take thyroxine replacement. I really struggled through menopause as a result of trying to balance the thyroid, the Estrogen and Progesterine, HRT was a nightmare for me, but a totally different topic. I think I am now pretty much through the Menopause as I do not experience any hot flashes, just when I do any activity such as making the bed, or even cleaning the shower, I get so my face becomes blood red, I begin to sweat just on the head, face neck. It is awful as I am unable to apply make up after making the bed. So I now make the bed, go for the shower, clean the shower, and then hop back in the shower for a quick cool off..really pathetic.
I have really struggled with fibromyalgia for the last 5 years along with a milld chronic fatigue my doctor put me onto Cymbalta. This did seem to work and noted that the pain in my muscles was quite bearable.
Now having been on it for the last 3 years I think it has stopped working, I am experiencing severe depression when previously I wasn't depressed. If I double my dosage of Cymbalta I feel fantastic. I really don't want to do this, and do not want to discuss this with my doctor as he does not believe I should come off them. He is also most unsympathetic with the body heat and sweating as well.
So I would like to wean myself off these drugs. I have done some investigation and discovered out of all the Anti Depressant drugs on the market this is the most difficult to withdraw from.
Has anyone out there had any experience with this, please note that I do suffer from anxiety and prior to going onto cymbalta had quite a few panic attacks. These have stopped as a result of the drug, but I really don't like this depression. It was christmas last weekend and I spent the weekend sleeping, too miserable to go out, its very hot here in Oz and of course it is manageable when the a/c is on and I am lying on the bed sleeping...not a good life to have considering I have a full time job and still young at heart.
Anyone with some suggestions. I was thinking I would start by emptying the contents of the capsule and trying to divide it in half. btw I am on 60 mg a day.