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Increased sweating, sweat odor and back pain - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello. I wanted to ask about some symptoms i am having? increased sweating, even when inactive, change in sweat odor and back pain.

User :   Hello
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Do you see why i came on here?
Doctor :   hyper-perspiration - is this from child hood or recently it has appeared
User :   i would say the last few months
Doctor :   back pain from when ?
User :   I have always had tight shoulder muscles...but now my whole back has a dull ache all the time, im constantly tired
User :   its most focussed in mid region
User :   don't you wish to ask my age or some background?
Doctor :   is the hyper sweating all over the body or in the specific region of the body ?
User :   all over
Doctor :   please provide me
your height and weight
User :   5'4 and im not sure of accurate weight as i have increased in size over the last 6 months but i would think with the weight gain approx 11 stone
Doctor :   provide me your age, gender and occupation

User :   28 female nurse
Doctor :   you are an health care provider
User :   yes
Doctor :   what do you think is the cause for your hyper sweating ?
User :   if i knew that i would not be here doctor:-)
User :   and im not likely to ask my colleagues
User :   its not so much the sweating that bothers me...its the change in odor...
Doctor :   the most common cause of the excessive sweating is emotional and thermal stimuli
User :   I have APKD...would this be related with that and the back pain? Only my last bloods results were fine
User :   my body just aches everywhere, mainly the back as i stated...
User :   im too young to feel this way!
User :   any ideas?
Doctor :   let me finish of the hyper sweating part
User :   ok
Doctor :   if it is not the emotional and thermal stimuli the cause is idiopathic
Doctor :   is there a family history of hyper sweating ?
User :   no
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   so it seems to be idiopathic in your case
User :   which naturally means i am no more enlightened hahahaha
User :   ok continue
Doctor :   and the odor change is due to the bacterial activity on the sweat.
Doctor :   you are a nurse and i believe you understand the terminologies
User :   yes
Doctor :   good
Doctor :   the treatment option for the excessive sweating is limited also
User :   its not excessive sweating, i said was purely the odor change. I wanted to eliminate that as a symptom of something to which i was unaware
Doctor :   when was you diagnosed to have APKD ?
User :   a couple of years ago
Doctor :   change in sweat odor is purely due to the action of the bacteria present on the skin
Doctor :   may i know your blood urea and serum creatinine levels
User :   i dont have those to hand
Doctor :   was it increased or normal in range ?
User :   normal
User :   to i was told
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   is there any myoglobinuria also noted in the urine examination ?
User :   i have no idea
User :   i was not given the results. We have to phone for them to which they will only say 'normal'
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   was thyroid hormone study was done and is it normal ?
User :   i believe so
Doctor :   the change in sweat odor is due to action of the bacteria on the sweat, for that you need to use antiperspirants containing aluminium based compounds

Doctor :   deodorants will be ok
User :   i do that already
Doctor :   the back pain and generalized pain is related to APKD

Doctor :   check your thyroid status and blood glucose status - hyperthyroid and hypoglycemia can cause change in the sweat odor
Doctor :   drysol is the antiperspirant you can use
Doctor :   you need to apply it at the regions of the body where there is sweating and odor change at night times
Doctor :   and wash the medication in the morning
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