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Night sweats- New symptom

Discussion in 'Autonomic, Cardiovascular, and Respiratory' started by lnester7, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. lnester7

    lnester7 Seven

    So I have been having night sweats for the last 5 days or so. That is new for me and I don't know if it is a good thing or what does it mean.

    I didn't used to sweat even on a sauna. Usually, before if I sweat (like 3 times in the last 5 years) meant the end of a relapse but it was when I did something like a long walk, not just by sleeping.

    The sweat is weird doesn't smell like sweat and when I wake up I do not feel hot. Please advice.
  2. AFCFS

    AFCFS Senior Member

    I have had these on occasion and included it in symptom check with doctors. I think they normally may be most interested when they are exhibited in the context of other symptoms. Like if there was night sweats an fever or night sweats and weight loss.

    Here is a WebMD article that makes them sound a little concerning: Eight Causes of Night Sweats: Is it Menopause -- Or Something Else?
    Then you have the short version from
    So what to do? Well, as a man, I can eliminate menopause, but after that would have to present to a doc and try to have a pretty comprehensive list of "goings on" so he could make a better determination.
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  3. maryb

    maryb iherb code TAK122

    The Mayo Clinic:rolleyes::rolleyes:I suppose if any of them had ever experienced a true night sweat that soaked all your night clothes and sheets they may think differently.
    I have had them on and off (more on) since becoming ill, I put it down to viral infections, sometimes make me feel very wiped out, I think you lose a lot of minerals when you sweat too much like this. I can have one every hour or two some nights, its exhausting. For me and others I have read about seems to be a typical ME symptom.

    But you need to get some tests done I would say, maybe start with viral/bacterial infections.
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  4. taniaaust1

    taniaaust1 Senior Member

    Sth Australia
    I had sudden night sweats (having to get up to change both my clothes and the bedding) in the first years of the ME when I had all the virally symptoms. So I equate it to maybe reactiving viral issue in ME. I never found anything to help it and the doctors werent at all interested in any of my ME symptoms including this.
  5. arx

    arx Senior Member

    I had this too,but it was one year back when I crashed. It was really weird because it was winter. I was getting up 2-3 times per night to change my clothes. It was really annoying.

    Now when I think of it, I related my case to neuropathy. I was on several medications also. How are you feeling during the day? I was quite agitated and hyper when I was getting night sweats.

    The info AFCFS has shared is quite good.
  6. lnester7

    lnester7 Seven

    I feel ok during the day. The weird thing is I am not hot or warm even when this happens. Some days I am wet enough to be bothersome, But most time is so gentle (like only top wet) that I can just go back to sleep.

    Another thing is that the sweat is localized, I am completely dry in my back and My underarms (Only places I get wet when hot), but during the night I only get wet on the chest, right where the breast ends. In the neck where my lymph nodes usually hurts. So the sweat is coming from where my lymph nodes hurts the most. Also, My lymph pain increases the next day I have this.
  7. ahimsa

    ahimsa Rarely on PR now

    I'm not up for a long message right now but here's the link to another forum thread about night sweats from last month:

    I hope this helps. Good luck finding some answers!
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