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    Sweating only on right side while left side of body is dry

    Hi,
    I am a female of 36 yrs, live in India.

    I had a spinal cord injury at C5 back in 2003 during a road accident.

    From last 1.5 month, I am sweating profusely only on the right side of the body ( right side of face, neck, shoulders, arm, not below the breast since my sensation is only up to breasts) while the left side of body is completely dry. The sweat makes my body feel cold.

    1. Is it related to nerves/ neuro dysfunction?
    2. Is it due to urine infection or anything related to urine? ( I have not done my body check up in a really long time)

    The last time I had such sweating problem is immediately after the injury in 2003 and first few months of 2004. In that period, I had indwelling catheter, later in 2004 I began doing CIC. After that I never had such sweating inconvenience.

    Also, in last 2.5 months, there is a small development from my side -
    I observed small red spots, rashes and patches developing all over my body. The Skin specialist found out that its due to deficiency and prescribed me BCOSUL TABLETS (for vitamin B Complex), Calcium tablets, Vitamin A tablets and Hydroxine Hydroxide Tablets . The rash is 70% gone now as I have been taking the medicine from last 2 months and will continue to do so for next few months.
    In addition, I sprained both my knee caps during one movement and got swelling on them. So the medicine (tablets) is going on from last 2 weeks.
    The rash was very itching especially at the shoulder part where I have the sensation. Itchiness might be there all over the body wherever the rash is, but I never felt it. Does it have anything to do with sweating? and now that the rash is almost gone, the itchiness has reduced drastically, but sweating is still there.

    From last 2 months, the spasm in legs has suddenly increased, it was average in last 15 years.

    3. Is it due to the medicines that my body is sweating on right side?

    4. or any other reason.

    I am trying to find reason and solution as this sweating is very annoying and takes away lot of my energy.

    PLS HELP

    P.S. I have active lifestyle, I can eat, type, shift from bed-chair-bed on my own and I work from home. I can sit long hours.
    Last edited by msb; 03-23-2018 at 07:59 AM.

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    Your sweating could be from autonomic nervous system dysfunction. It can be a warning that something is not right - such as a urinary tract infection, impacted bowels or a pressure ulcer. It could also be from wrinkles in your clothes or something as simple as an ingrown toenail.

    I do not know who is managing your spinal cord injury care, but I would encourage you to let them know what is going on and the changes that have occurred. Without any clinical data, it is difficult to know which direction to point you in but my hunch would be to see someone who understands the neurologic functioning of the spinal cord.

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    When I sweat on one side, it's usually caused by something wrong on the opposite side. I've dealt with pressure ulcers on my right heel for years. All have occurred while sleeping. I eventually figured out that when I woke up and was sweating on the left side of my forehead, usually it was because of pressure on my right heel. I generally sleep with my feet elevated with my heels dangling in air. Same thing happened when I acquired an ulcer on the left side of my butt. I sweated profusely on the right side of my forehead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent K View Post
    When I sweat on one side, it's usually caused by something wrong on the opposite side. I've dealt with pressure ulcers on my right heel for years. All have occurred while sleeping. I eventually figured out that when I woke up and was sweating on the left side of my forehead, usually it was because of pressure on my right heel. I generally sleep with my feet elevated with my heels dangling in air. Same thing happened when I acquired an ulcer on the left side of my butt. I sweated profusely on the right side of my forehead.
    I've had the same pattern. An AD trigger (i.e. pressure ulcer or just too much pressure, ingrown toenail, etc.) one side of my body causes sweating on the other side.
    Alan

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    Alan is correct. You need to let your primary care physician for your spinal cord injury know what is going on. There are methods to prevent it and they are listed in the clinical guidelines that are posted on this site on Autonomic Dysreflexia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    Alan is correct. You need to let your primary care physician for your spinal cord injury know what is going on. There are methods to prevent it and they are listed in the clinical guidelines that are posted on this site on Autonomic Dysreflexia.

    ckf
    thank you all for your suggestions. I will act accordingly.

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    I had a similar issue back in 2004. I started sweating down the left-hand side of my body. The whole of my arm, hand, side of my neck, half my face and probably my torso as well were absolutely soaking soon as I clocked up into my chair. It probably went on for quite a long time and then on Boxing Day 2004 (the day of tsunami) my carer discovered a pressure ulcer on my backside that had obviously come from underneath. The benefit of hindsight I now know that it had developed from an infection and I never really had much indication from just looking at the skin. For a lot of 2004 I didn't feel right and I felt quite poorly a lot of the time. I could never really put my finger on why I was feeling like this. However, it was all down to an abscess that had obviously started over the sit bone area on my backside. I had to stay in bed for about eight months before it healed completely.


    With me, any discomfort will cause me to have a small sweat, maybe on my shoulder, or the side of my neck. I think my backside is quite delicate and sensitive now so if I'm not sitting quite right, or there is a decrease somewhere will come out as a sweat. However, most of the time I'm perfectly okay.


    I never really had much experience with a blocked bowel, but I have had a blocked catheter before and that is not the same type of sweating. If my catheter gets blocked then I will sweat uniformly and it's not just confined to one side of my body.


    If the sweating stops as soon as you get into bed then I think you should be cautious and get somebody to examine your backside really well. Also, it wouldn't hurt to have a CT scan to make sure that this is nothing going on underneath. If you got an abscess forming then you need to nip in the bud before it's too late.

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    Excessive sweating, especially on one side of the body, which is not associated with AD (which can be determined by seeing if you have a significant blood pressure elevation, required to be AD), can also be associated with a syrinx (syringomyelia) or spinal cord cyst. This can especially be true if this is a new development, in someone with a long-term injury. Syrinx symptoms can often be positional.

    I would encourage you to discuss this with your physician, and see if you can have a work up for a possible syrinx, which generally includes a physical exam (repeat of your ASIA/ISNCSCI exam) and an MRI.

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    msb, check this out.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2964033/

    i'll be back.
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    I'm C5 complete post 37 years. Here is my sweating problem. When I get in my chair sever

    forehead sweating starts 15 to 20 minutes later. It's raining down. Even when I fully recline at a

    half hour it will not stop so I go to bed and about 15-20 minutes it stops. Went to the hospital by

    ambulance last week, my guess was sever internal hemorrhoids or swollen prostate. I had CT scan

    in that area and it showed nothing. So this is where I am. Any clue? I will be going to my

    neurologist soon.
    Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.
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