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I am a 76 year old woman. I am about 30 pounds overweight,

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I am a 76 year old woman. I am about 30 pounds overweight, have diabetes and high blood pressure. I am way past menopause. I have been having cold sweats off and on for about a week. My energy has been very low and I seem out of breath a lot. What do you think is going on?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Josh replied 4 months ago.


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Such cold sweats can occur with different causes, This should not be left ignored and have to be checked by doctor. Possible reasons are-

-High thyroid hormone levels,
-Anxiety & tension states,
-Chronic infection,
-Autonomic nerve disorders.
-Heart conditions.

You need may tests which include blood tests, imaging studies (such as X-rays or CT scans), and further specialized tests accordingly.
Once cause is evaluated, then you will be advised treatment accordingly.
It would be a good idea to consult endocrinologist as hormonal imbalance is one of the most common cause of night sweats.

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Expert:  Dr Basu replied 4 months ago.

Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
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High thyroid hormones will not cause weight gain.

In fact, you likely have hypothyroidism or low thyroid hormone state.

That can cause weight gain, night sweats etc.

Serum TSH, free T4 levels should be checked.

Adrenal gland disorder is another common cause of weight gain.

Serum cortisol level should be checked.

24 hour urine cortisol level is also checked to rule out cushing's disease.
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