Excessive Sweating After Back Injury. Thoughts Please?



  • I was wondering if you were on any medications, and if you have a rash or flushing with the heat

  • Also, I had Neck surgery, (fusion, and replaced 2 disc with cadaver bones, and metal plate) in 2005, I have degenerative disc/joint disease. My surgery did not help with the pain at all, my doctor told me before I got the surgery that it's only a 50 percent chance that it would help, but I was in so much pain that I was willing to take the chance, I now regret that decision, I have had more problems since, so please be careful and weight in all options and make sure you discuss this with your doctor and you might even get a second opinion. But anyway, after my surgery I started sweating profusely with any movement or heat, and I have heat intolerance, it seems to be getting worse, after I take a shower, I actually start sweating, and my skin on my face, arms and chest gets red flushed, my sweating is more on my upper body, and I have a rash that looks like goosebumps on my arms, and my face is now staying a little flushed, I am still trying to find out what it is, but I keep thinking that it is connected to my surgery, or nerves somehow, I have just started seeing a Rheumatologist and hopefully I find out exactly what is going on, I wish you the best of luck, I know how frustrating it can be.

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  • I was wondering if you were on any medications, and if you have a rash or flushing with the heat

  • There is actually a lot of literature about unreasonable sweating occurring for those with spinal cord injuries. It’s called reflex sweating. 

  • Thank you for the responses.

    I am not on any medication for the pain and discomfort. I have been able to manage the pain on a daily basis for the most part. The surgeons that I've seen so far have said that excessive sweating is not typically a response to spine injuries. They have said that the body can do all sorts of messed up things when under pain for many years, so they were cautiously considering that the sweating may improve after surgery.

    Artificial Disc Replacement has been suggested in my neck and low back. We are currently trying to decide what we are going to do...

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  • Wow, I'm so glad that you have found a solution! That is a great feeling!

  • Okay, so I’ve had sever sweating since multi level lumbar fusion but my scalp, not my buttocks. Your post caught my eye. 

    I’m responding because I too had nerve testing and was very nervous. It was fine...and I had such perfect cervical nerve damage that the doctor wanted show and explain graphs to me while still conducting the test. I finally had to ask him to stop. 

    Hang in there. 

  • Wow, sorry to hear djstola...have you found any resolution to your sweating issues?

  • richman54660rrichman54660 Posts: 1
    edited 09/14/2018 - 2:07 AM

    [edit] Tricyclic antidepressants (nortriptyline) or cymbalta or similar meds that calm the nerves (low doses typically used).  It may calm the nerves down and you can eventually go back off, perhaps.  Those meds work well for nerve pain.  Nerve pain does not respond too well to NSAID's.  .  Follow your physical therapists advice and also listen to your body.  [edit]Good luck.    

    Edited by Liz, Spine-health Moderator

  • I’m replying to Marcus60486.... I too have been struggling with unexplained sweating and hot flashes for 4 years now. I’m an otherwise healthy 59 year old male. I was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease at around 40 yo. I have osteoarthritis in my spine and a myriad of other issues, one of which is spinal stenosis. My doctor told me that I fall into a broad and common category called “aging spine”. I have not experienced any injuries to my spine like you have but I do experience daily pain in my cervical and lumbar spine. I also have fatigue, weakness and heaviness in my legs and arms. (Most likely the stenosis)  My sweating is similar to yours in that you describe it coming on with activity, heat, and/stress. The location for me is my back. The feeling of overheating will begin in the center of my back, get more intense, then I will break into a sweat in my back area first, then my chest, back of neck and the crooks of my arms. Just cleaning in my house, sweeping the floor or changing the linens on my bed and I will end up sweating. A hot shower will leave me very overheated for 30 mins or so. I’ve been to two endocrinology specialists and had extensive and broad testing. All has come back normal and It’s been concluded that this is not endocrine related. I have also stopped all my medications at one point or another to see if that may be the cause but nothing came up there either. Not having any answers, I often do my own research, and that’s how I came across your forum post. I’ve often wondered if the issues with my spine could be at the root cause of this but it always seems an unlikely according to any docs I’ve asked or research I’ve done. Other than your injuries, your case feels so familiar to mine in how you describe the sweating. Anyway, I’m writing to see how you are doing and if you’ve learned anymore since your last postings on here, have or have not any improvement. Thanks... Charlie

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