There is nothing new with my body. I wanted to update to let you all know that today I joined a gym in order to begin exercising regularly again. As I stated earlier in the thread, I will try to cut down on body fat to see if it will result in decreased compensatory sweating. As a rough estimate, I would say that I am around 15-17% body fat right now and will try to get down to 12%. I will update when I get close to the goal and/or feel I have some conclusive results.
In addition, I noticed the gym had a sauna in the locker room. In the spur of the moment, I decided to go in to test out my CS. As expected, after about 10-15 minutes in the sauna I was sweating heavily from my lower 2/3 while my upper 1/3 was completely dry. This gave me another idea which I would like to elaborate on:
From what I gather about our sympathetic nervous systems, there is overlapping innervation of end-organs between the different sympathetic ganglia. For example T1, T2, T3, and T4 all go to various parts of the upper body and some of these ganglia innervate the same organs together (such as the heart). For us blushers, a T2 sympathectomy simply cuts communication between T1 and T2, but each of those ganglia continues to send nerve signals out to the rest of the upper body. Why does cutting communication between the two ganglia stop blushing and sweating in the upper body? I do not know and have not been able to find the answer in any medical textbooks. However, due to the overlapping responsibilities of the ganglia, I would make a conjecture that there is still sympathetic innervation to the upper body after ETS, but just NOT AS MUCH. So, in addition to my body fat experiment, I decided I will be doing another experiment to see if perhaps I can somehow restore SOME sweating to my upper body by going into the sauna regularly. My theory is that after a period of time of regular exposure to the sauna, the sensitivity of my upper body will slowly begin to adjust, to the lower sympathetic output it is receiving, enough to allow some sweating to occur. If successful, this would likely also restore the feedback mechanism going to the brain which might put a hamper on the compensatory sweating. Perhaps it will help with the extremely dry hands too. I will make an attempt to go into the sauna 3x/week, for 15-20 minutes each time, for a period of 6 months. It might be a long shot but we'll see what happens. I will keep you all updated on what I find.