It’s currently in the mid- to high-twenties (Celsius; mid-seventies to mid-eighties Fahrenheit) here in St. John’s, and I’m… miserable. Thoroughly enervated (which does not mean what it appears to in Harry Potter; it actually means drained of energy), and occasionally sick from the heat. I’m just lucky that my bedroom and “study” are down in the “sub”-basement of the house. (Well, not just lucky; my parents are well aware of the problems that I have with heat, so it was deliberately arranged this way.) But because Mom has trouble tolerating air-conditioning, there’s none in the house. Twenty minutes or so ago, Dad informed us that the kitchen was currently 4°C hotter than it was outside.
The problem? I’m allergic to heat, and I seem to also have problems with thermoregulation, which taking the Effexor last fall made worse.
My reactions to heat? If it’s more than 16°C (60.8°F) – or 18°C (64.4°F) if it’s windy – my palms and fingers, and the inside of my arms develop a blotchy red rash, get itchy, get swollen, and then (if I don’t cool them down), I get pinpricks of pain. The same thing can happen (slower, and at a slightly higher temperature) along the inside of my legs.
I also… well, sweat like a pig, as the saying goes. Which kicks into the thermoregulation issues; when I get hot, it doesn’t matter what temperature it is in the environment (I could be bundled up for winter, outside shovelling snow or something, and I’ll still be reacting with the rash, itching, and swelling). Sweating doesn’t seem to help much, unless there’s a serious breeze going on.
In terms of medical stuff, I’ve: A) had this issue since I was a toddler or even an infant (my grandfather, who died when I was two, was the one who told my mother that I was allergic to heat); B) all thyroid and pituitary blood tests I’ve had have come out “normal” (and apparently, my thyroid blood tests fall into the “normal” range for both the US and Canada, the numbers of which happen to be different); C) I have a nodule (not biopsied) on my thyroid, found via ultrasound.
Neither my parents nor I, nor my GP, have any ideas on how to deal with this issue. My new psychiatrist would have been called by my GP on Tuesday, and I see him on the 5th, so he might (might) have some ideas. But I need a fair bit of help with this, because it’s quite debilitating.
Update Sept. 11/13: Unfortunately, my psychiatrist had no suggestions; he has no knowledge of thermoregulation issues. *sighs*
Does anyone have any suggestions?