What causes brittle and thin hair, profuse armpit sweating and fatigue?
-hair brittle and thinning
-profuse armpit sweating, even when cold, especially when emotional
-facial hair growth
-waking at 3-4 am with night sweats (but only at that time),anxiety, stomach upset, reflux around menstrual cycle
-very emotional (not usual for me at all)
-recently early morning waking more frequent (3-5 nights a week) & accompanied by anxiety & tachcardia (104-130)
-elevated BP usually 105-120/70s, now 130-140s/80-90s
-fatigue improved since adding HR, BP, and clonazepam
-Visual acuity decline rapid- noticing that I progressively have to hold print further away to prevent it from being blurry (over last 2 months)
Sorry to learn about your medical problems.
If your menstrual cycles are absent, then the night sweats could likely be menopause related. Menopause can occur prematurely in some women, and in those who receive chemotherapy of a certain kind.
When I see someone like you in my practice, I typically order the following blood tests in addition to a detailed physical examination:
CBC (Complete Blood Count, also known as Hemogram; includes Hemoglobin, WBC and Platelet counts)
Electrolytes (Sodium and Potassium in particular)
HbA1c (Glycosylated Hemoglobin = your 3 month glucose average)
Liver function tests (SGOT , SGPT, Albumin, Bilirubin, Alkaline Phosphatase)
Kidney function tests (BUN, Creatinine)
Anti Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) antibodies
Anti Thyroglobulin antibodies
25 hydroxy Vitamin D
Plasma Free Metanephrines
None of these tests require any fasting and can be done at any time of the day.
The last test on the above list looks for an uncommon condition called Pheochromocytoma. Some of your symptoms suggest this possibility.
I understand you do not have health insurance, and it will be a challenge to get these tests done. I hope something can be worked out with your doctor
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