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Question: Extreme OVERHEATING & Sweating -espeically head & face

 mamasitasara - Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:25 pm

Last March, I had a total knee replacement. There were complications due to blood clots and I was put on Cumudin for about nine weeks.

Since that time I have had real trouble with my head and face overheating and literaly running with perspiration. Sometimes this happens when I just go up a flight of stairs - sometimes with slightly more exertion. I also frequently awaken very warm and sweaty. Then my whole body gets so hot I am somewhat incapacItated.

I am post-menopausal - since I was 38 and I am now 57. I have no idea what system of the body may be causing these symptoms and I don't know who to talk with about it.

I will apprecaite any guidance you can give me - so that i can get apporopriate help with this problem.
Thank you
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:45 am

User avatar Hi,
There are quite a few causes quoted to explain rises of facial temperature with or without associated sweating.

- 'Bruxism': Bruxism may be defined as "a habitual behavior, and a sleep disorder wherein the affected person tends to clench the teeth over prolonged peroids or makes chewing movements of the jaws intermittently, day or night."
Prolonged bruxism could result in a continuously raised blood flow within the masseter muscle in one or both sides of the face.

- Some experimantal studies have shown an increased facial temperature, esp temperature of the nose during increased mental workloads.

- Finally, one should mention the role of Anxiety & Panic Attacks in the causation of increased facial temperatures.

You must get yourself examined by your doctor who will then be able to guide you.

Best wishes!

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