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  1. The problem I have with anti-anxiety drugs is that they make you tired and kind of dopey. You don't want to use them too often because most of them are highly addictive too. That being said, I do occasionally take Ativan to help me sleep when I am anxious. I've never used any anxiety meds for sweating because I don't like taking them during the day.
  2. Hi Lethal: This is such a tough decision, and I wish you the very best of luck with whatever you decide. I just wanted to share my experience with you. I had ETS 12 years ago and while it didn't solve all of my problems, I would do it all again if I had to because I had some pretty good results and minimal side effects. Yes, I have dealt with compensatory sweating, mostly just my back and stomach area, but over the years, it has slowly decreased to the point where I barely have it at all anymore, at least not much more than your "average" person. Prior to the surgery, I had major sweating on my hands, feet, and underarms. I would also sweat a lot on my face during hot weather. After the surgery, my hands were completely dry for a number of years. I sweat a lot less on my face and underarms as a result of the surgery as well, results that continue to this day. Now, here are some of the drawbacks for me... First, the nerve has regrown since I had ETS, which means my hands were bone dry for the first 5-6 years after the surgery, but slowly started to sweat again. When I contacted the surgeon about this, he calmly explained that the nerve was growing back and that I could have the surgery again if I wanted. This kind of pissed me off. I was never told that this could happen. That being said, when my hands do sweat now, it is FAR less than they did before. It's not much worse than non hh sufferers. Also, my feet sweat WAY more since having ETS, but I've found some ways to deal with it and though I hate it, I can deal with it. So overall, my results were pretty positive. At the time, I wasn't aware of all the potential side effects, as they were really downplayed by the doctor. For example, he told me that because I am "skinny" I would not experience compensatory sweating, which is totally false. Like I said, if I could go back in time, I would do things exactly the same, but you are very wise to put a lot of thought into it before you do it. I keep hoping someone will come up with a real cure once and for all. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to contact me. Angie
  3. HI everyone. I'd like to share a couple of things that seem to help my feet. I had ETS many years ago, and it helped my hands and underarms, but my feet still drip with sweat, so I am always looking for things to help. First, I've been using Summer Soles inserts in my sandals and/or strappy footwear. . These are really thin linings that adhere to the insoles of your shoes. They help to absorb sweat so you don't slip and slide around when you wear sandals. They really help when wearing a high heeled strappy dress shoe. You can get them on Summersoles.com. I've found that if I wear these with a sandal that has good coverage on my feet, particularly in patent leather, I don't really care if my feet sweat, because someone looking at my feet wouldn't really be able to tell that they were sweaty. When you wear regular leather, sometimes the sweat seeps through and leaves salt stains, but I've found with patent leather, it doesn't come through. Luckily, patent leather is pretty fashionable right now, so it's easy to find. Ok, next, I have finally found a product that seems to help. These are wipes and they are called Med e Tate by a company called DERMAdoctor. I found them at Sephora (can also get them at Sephora.com). They are really pricey ($48 for 30 wipes) but they are the only thing I have found so far that helps my feet. My feet still sweat, but it really seems to reduce the amount of sweat when I use them. It also seems to delay the onset of sweating. It has some interesting ingredients...not just aluminum, which seems to be the main or only ingredient in everything else I have tried. The active ingredient is aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex GLY, but also has some really interesting ingredients like GABA (which they say "helps improve the ability to resist the temptation to sweat," Ginseng, (helps the body cope with stress) Portulaca (potassium rich ion), Gynostemma, and an ingredient called Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Bensylamide Diactate, which they claim is a "peptide that mimics the activity of Temple Viper venom." I'm a little confused by that one, but I'm thinking maybe it sort of paralyzes the sweat glands?? Anyway, it works well for me and even though it's a expensive, I plan to buy it again. I usually just use one wipe for both feet, just once a day. They are individually wrapped so you can take them with you. Hope this helps... Angie
  4. Interesting topic...kind of a which came first, the chicken or the egg question for me. I've been a terrible sleeper my whole life (according to my parents, had insomnia as a small child) and also have had HH my whole life. Wonder if the two are related?
  5. Thanks for sharing your results...I'm glad it's working so far for you. I've also taken beta blockers in the past with pretty good results for accute anxiety problems, and it did seem to help my sweating too. The only side effect I had, which I didn't like was that I felt very tired and didn't have much stamina when I worked out at the gym. I wouldn't say I didn't "care" about anything while I took them. The feeling for me was mainly a more calm physical sensation, which is wonderful. I sort of feel like I don't care about anything more when I take a tranquilizer like Ativan, which works great for me as a sleep aid when I am really anxious. When I read your post, I was a little concerned that you don't want to care about anything, but I think I know what you mean...I've had times when my anxiety got so bad, I'd prefer not to care about anything. As a wife and mommy, I need to care about things, and its important to remember that we are all human and part of being human is to feel the ups and downs of life. But like I said, I think I know what you mean though, so I don't mean for this to turn into a lecture Anyway, good luck with this, and keep us posted on your progress! angie
  6. Thanks Cricket. I'll give that a try in a little while, when I'm not preggo anymore. At least it's a whole lot cheaper.
  7. Sorry it's taken so long for me to respond...As for my hh, I mainly have a problem with my feet and hands, though ETS really helped my hands (though the nerve grew back and I'm not totally dry, but much better than before the surgery). I sweat a little heavier on my armpits than the average person, but it's also been greatly reduced since the surgery. Anyway, I am sweating a bit more overall right now, but it's tough to say because the weather has been warm and I am carrying quite a bit more weight than I normally do, so I don't know if it's hormonal or just those factors combined. When you're pregnant, your body temperature is higher, so I tend to get hotter faster than usual. I haven't noticed any odor.
  8. Good point...does sound pretty cheesy. Still, if anyone ends up trying this, let me know the results.
  9. Hi everyone...it's been a while since I've been on here. I received an email advertising an herbal tea made with some blend of chinese herbs called "No Sweat"...just curious if anyone has tried this? The website is www.natural-hyperhidrosis-treatment.com It is very pricey, and I am very skeptical, because in the past I have tried these "herbal treatments" with absolutely no results. Usually, I will just make myself a guinea pig and try these things out and report back to you guys, but I am pregnant right now, so of course not subjecting myself to weird herbal remedies! It may be a while before I try this out because I'll be pregnant for two more months, and then nursing my baby for at least another 6 months, so I won't be able to try this out and give my review for at least 8 months. So if anyone has tried it, let me know. Thanks! Angie
  10. kankuro: I posted a reply to your post, but it ended up as a new thread for some reason. Please read it when you get a chance. Angie
  11. The thing I don't understand is why they say compensatory sweating is an unpredictable but "rare" risk. It seems to me that everyone who has ETS ends up with cs. I know I did. I'm glad there's something less invasive out there though.
  12. Hi Kankuro: As someone who has studied Buddhism for many years, and as someone who has suffered from severe hyperhidrosis for my whole life, I can relate to your post. It can be very frustrating to hear things like what your teacher or priest said. The way that I understand it though, is that one can learn to use something painful, irritating, or uncomfortable to actually become more peaceful and more compassionate. I'm probably oversimplifying here, and of course it's easier said than done, but I've found in my life that when something is difficult, I just want to push it away and get away from that difficult feeling or situation. What I've learned from Buddhism and meditation though, is to use that pain or that difficult situation, really get into it and get into the heart of it and find peace through it. Does that make any sense? I'll give you an example: when I was in the hospital having my son, I was experiencing the worst pain I could ever imagine. The pain medication didn't work for me, and it was excruciating. I thought I was going to die. I kept trying to push the pain away, and found it wasn't helping. But when I really allowed myself to feel the horrible pain and just focused on being present and staying with the uncomfortable situation, it was actually better than not accepting it. I've found that the same thing happens with emotional pain too. Just allowing yourself to feel something and accepting that it will eventually pass can really help. I think through all the bad things in my life, and especially suffering with hyperhidrosis, I've become more compassionate towards others, which I believe is what this whole thing is about. The Buddha taught a lot of things, but the teachings that I try to focus on are to really stay present and be in the moment, and to stop seeing myself as so separate from everyone and everything else in the world. We all are suffering to some degree and we all basically want the same things in life. I'll never give up hope on finding a cure for my hyperhidrosis, but I try not to be so fixated on it and attached to the idea that this disorder is who I am. Again, I know...so much easier said than done, but I'm always working on it. Anyway, just wanted to share with you. I hope this helps you in some way. Good luck to you. Angie
  13. Hi Coccochickh: I have a 20 month old little boy. While I was pregnant, I still sweated pretty much like I always do...a LOT, but there's really nothing that's proven safe, so I was extremely careful about what I put on my body at that time. You really want to be extremely careful during the first trimester, because that is when everything is forming. I wouldn't recommend using anything if you can stand it, during the whole pregnancy. You know what's funny though? While I was pregnant, I just didn't care what people thought of me. It was like this whole other thing took over my personality and I just did what I thought was best for my little one. I've suffered from HH my whole life, and I'm usually very self conscious about it, but while I was preggo, I just felt like I had a very special and important job in carrying my baby, and that's all that really mattered. I also suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, and while I was pregnant, I was as calm and anxiety free as can be. I can't really explain how it happens, but you have so many different hormones going around in your body, and you just feel different. That's how I felt anyway, like I could conquer the world, which makes me excited to get pregnant again! Anyway, I hope this helps you in some way, and good luck with getting pregnant! Angie
  14. Thanks for the info. Can you tell us a little more about Celiac's disease? I've heard of it, but how did you change your diet? How do they diagnose that disease? And how much of the vitamins/minerals do you take for theraputic results? thanks! Angiegirl
  15. Thanks George! That's really nice...Happy Easter to you too!
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