Discussion in 'Autonomic, Cardiovascular, and Respiratory' started by Symphony, Oct 12, 2012.
not yet, soon hopefully doctors again next week,
Symphony, I'm a bit late on this thread, but I wanted to add my experience. Night sweats were my number one symptom for a year. The night I got sick with ME was the first time in my life I had soaked the sheets and it felt VERY viral. After having it happen repeatedly, I was tested for malaria (it came back positive and then they decided this couldn't be so tested me again and it was negative). I suffered with sickly, shaky horrible, DRENCHING night sweats every night for over a year and I thought I would die from it. It is not an easy thing to deal with. Doctors have always completely ignored this symptom, only offering drugs to stop sweating. Yeah, right. I stopped taking all drugs, I became housebound, I progressively got worse ME-wise, but my sweats stopped for about 6 months... until last night. I am 80% sure they have to do with overexertion, but I'm not sure why they started up again last night. I sympathise with you!!
Night sweats can be a symptom of CFIDS, but they're a very common symptom with hyperadrenergic POTS. If you have POTS, ask your doctor to order catecholamine testing to determine if your norepinephrine levels are elevated. If they are you have hyperadrenergic POTS, and will experience extreme night sweats.
Elizabeth Milo I am the same. One of my most notable and visible symptoms in the beginning when I was fighting an infection was the sweats and this continues 13 or so years later - though I will say that they are less regular and not every night.
That chart of possibilities from Emootje above just goes to show what possibilities are out there - doesn't it? Although an over-active autonomic nervous system is perhaps most relevant to ME?
Relating it to myself I would suggest that as I have become more attuned to ME so my over-active system has calmed somewhat. The sweats tend to occur now with - as you said - a particular day of overdoing things; or the external temperature; or night terrors... and also for reasons I cannot seem to attach.
I now sleep within easy reach of a towel. And have a mattress protector for this reason. It is very unpleasant though and even worse when sleeping with someone else: worse for both parties.
Thank you for this post, Ahimsa. My night sweats are back and I'm so ill and feel like I'm fighting to survive. You've given me hope that this too shall pass.
I became ill in 1991 at age 29 and had several night sweats over the years. Now that I've entered peri-menopause I can tell you that the night sweats I've been experiencing lately seem a little different than back 20yrs ago. Back then I would break out into a sweat and wake up without feeling hot, now with the sweats I feel HOT. So they are different.
Yes! With my night sweats, I am drenched, but cold. My room was 63degrees last night!
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