Patient Comments: Night Sweats - Treatment

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What was the treatment for your night sweats? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: drkinney, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I took levofloxacin for a bacterial infection. The soaking night sweats stopped the same night I started the treatment.

Comment from: JD, Male (Patient) Published: May 13

I had the same problem; night sweats. I tried everything. I came across an article that said to drink pomegranate juice before going to bed. I thought the article was nuts but I bought some anyway and it worked a miracle. I haven't had sweats for a few years since I took it. I only took it for a short while also. I have no idea how it works and I couldn't find any information to explain it. Give it a shot.

Comment from: tea7540, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 14

I was finally diagnosed with a benign pituitary tumor about the size of a golf ball which caused my neight sweats and was starting to affect my vision. The doctors had to remove my pituitary gland along with the tumor.

Comment from: gramjam, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I wake up 2 or 3 times a night with excessive sweating. It runs off of me. I have found some relief using a Chillow pillow which is a pillow you can put water in and cool in refrigerator. If I keep my head and hands on it, it seems to give some relief to my whole body.

Comment from: cnuttallmd, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 04

As a physician who's experienced night sweats all my life, I found this discussion to be not very useful. My mother also experienced night sweats all her life until she died at age 79. I suspect I have idiopathic night sweats, meaning that the doctor is an idiot and the patient is pathetic. My night sweats occur within the first few minutes of falling asleep. The profuse seating is largely confined to my head. I believe it's known that body temperature falls during sleep. So I think my night sweats are an attempt by my body to reset my thermostat. I had night sweats when I was young and healthy, after I developed obstructive sleep apnea and hypothyroidism. Correcting those conditions has had no effect on the night sweats. Now I cover my pillow with a towel every night and wash it every day.

Comment from: sanjay k , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 20

I have more sweating at night in my hair or on my head.

Comment from: Lesley , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I have blocked sinus and also had a tooth extracted due to abscess. I was given nose drops but have since had severe sweating, having to change nightwear as I get cold and clammy during the night. During the evening I am getting shivery but I do not feel ill.

Comment from: Serenity, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I usually have night sweats when I don't feel well (Crohn's colitis) and my colitis is inflamed. If I'm taking prednisone it is the worst, I am drenched in sweat, even my hair gets damp

Comment from: Reggie, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 14

I am 49 year old I have Crohn's disease. This is an auto immune disease so that is why I have night sweats. At least that's what my research tells me. I just need to know how I can manage my night sweats better. It doesn't always happen but I get tired of changing my sheets every night when it does happen.

Comment from: naydacoki, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I am a 67 year old black woman. I'm one of the lucky women like my mother and has never had menopause. I had a hysterectomy (years ago) leaving the ovaries intact, (which they can't find now) and never had menopausal symptoms. One day, 20 years ago I woke up in the middle of the night drenched down and said to myself, wow, menopause came on quick, but low and behold it was appendicitis. Now I was told by doctors I have an overactive thyroid and urine infection (taking meds for both) and for days I have had night sweats. The doctors say it’s just because I'm ill, so I will continue to sleep with towels on my pillow and under me to catch all the sweat until we find out what’s going on.

Comment from: sar, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

Sometimes a simple deficiency of vitamin D and calcium can cause hot sweats. It is worth trying (at least 3 months).

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Comment from: rw, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

I’ve had leukemia since the end of January. I’ve had night sweats. The only time I don’t sweat at night is when I have chemo.

Comment from: gee, 55-64 Female Published: March 20

I suffer from hot flashes and night sweats. I wake up with the urge to use the bathroom and suffer a terrible hot flash. I feel as though my health care providers don't listen when I explain how badly I suffer with this problem (more than 20 times a day). I don't believe that a lack of estrogen is associated with hot flashes when I have the urge to use the restroom.

Comment from: maddie, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 20

My boyfriend has started sweating badly at night. We sleep with the windows open, but this seems to have no effect. Please, could someone give us a clue about treating the night sweats?

Comment from: dtl, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I am a 71-year-old woman and have suffered with night sweats for the past several years. I am hypothyroid. I don't know if this matters. In the winter, I sleep with my window wide open, the heat off, a light blanket, and still wake up hot during the night. I'm only hot from my shoulders up and many times my hair is totally wet. It is so aggravating.

Comment from: ttime647, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 02

I am a 65 year old male kidney transplant patient. Sometimes, I will go 7-10 days with sweating of my upper torso. It happens when I fall asleep, whether I'm in bed or sitting up. I will find myself changing pajama tops 2 or 3 times at night. Eventually, I started to sleep on a pad and with a large bath towel on my chest. When I awaken in the morning the towel can actually be rung out. I am diabetic, but this is not due to a drop in blood sugars. I keep my diabetes under control. None of my doctors have been able to provide answers.

Comment from: sissygirl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

For months I've had extreme night sweats. It is winter. I sleep with windows open even in 32-40 degree weather at night with no heat,and the ceiling fan blowing straight on me. Still even laying there with nothing but my underwear on sweat pours off of me and soaks the bed within an hour. I change sides of the bed, then get up and do laundry, washing the soaked bedding and mattress cover. This goes on all night every night. I'm lucky to get a couple of hours sleep a night. I'm exhausted! I've gone to one doctor, no luck. I'm having to wait three and a half months for an appointment to see another doctor. By then,if there is something wrong I could be dead.

Comment from: Tired of night sweat, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I'm 42 years old and have rheumatoid arthritis. I sleep with a fan blowing right at my face and I still wake up soaking wet. I sleep without anything on hoping that will help but unfortunately it doesn't. I have looked up all my medications and none of them have a side effect of night sweat. It's been happening for about a year now.

Comment from: louise, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I stopped severe sweats when I stopped eating sweets and carbs (including any milk) for my hypoglycemia. The carbs feed the yeast in the body which affects glands and adrenaline. As the body tries to detox the yeast and it’s toxins and fermentations like carbon dioxide, the sweat increases to push the toxins out of body. The body’s increased activity results in faster circulation to get the job done. Find out what you are eating, including medicines you are taking which could be toxic to your body. The smell toxins are also gone. I was tested for candida yeast and it was very high. Yeast vaccines did not work, but diet works along with eating greens and proteins

Comment from: jpludee, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

My sweating has nothing to do with menopause. It was a side effect of getting too little air. Having a doctor trying to figure out why I could sleep up to 18 hours a day, eventually, a sleep study was done. I did not snore, but I gasped for air every minute, This was caused by a deviated septum when I broke my nose at the age of 4. Now, with a CPAC, rarely do I sweat at night. Always sweating any time for no reason, sometimes I use the CPAC during the day and it really helps.

Comment from: zoes mom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

For the past several weeks I have been sweating profusely across the chest and it literally runs down my legs. I wake up absolutely drenched, the sheets are wet and I feel exhausted when I wake up. I’m thinking menopause.

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Comment from: Evan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I am a 55 year old black woman, who has periods stop ever since 2005. Then in 2009 I had 1 month of bleeding. My tubes were taken out and that's all, no cancer. However, I have had, and continue to have, real bad hot sweats. I don't drink caffeine, I try to stay away from chocolate. It's hard to concentrate, no energy, and constant cravings for sweets. I take a sip of a 5hr energy drink to start me off, can't drink half nor whole. I don't know what to do.

Comment from: misstee71, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

I am a 40-year-old female with night sweats. This is something that has gone on for years. It doesn't matter what I wear to bed or that I have a fan blowing. I don't sleep with the heat on unless it is freezing cold outside. I usually wake during the night because I am hot and I am sweating. I am a person who was once diagnosed as hypothyroid and now I am hyperthyroid. Blood pressure hasn't been elevated in years. The doctor has told me that I am pre-diabetic and my recent blood sugar was 107.

Comment from: martha, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

I am a 52 year old female. I have been experiencing night sweats for two years; waking up soaking wet and having to change clothes four to five times per night. I continue to have regular periods (every 28 days) and have no hot flashes during the day. Currently, I use progesterone cream and take promethium. These two prescribed medications help, but I feel that they also have contributed to weight gain.

Comment from: B767, 65-74 Male Published: May 12

Three separate sweat sessions 2-3 hours apart for the last three weeks. Also mild to moderate left side stomach cramps. No headache cold or flu symptoms. Reduced energy levels with an associated lack of desire to do anything! Into the 4th month taking 5mg crestor which I have stopped for the last 7 days. Get lots of walking in daily with reduced appetite but no real diet change. Do not take any other medication of any type.

Comment from: trlfemale, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

I am 53. I had a hysterectomy at age 21. My muscles are getting very weak. I am starting to lose strength in my hands. My right hand has a tremor and now my when I try to do the Boy Scout sign with my grandson my index finger will not straighten out. I keep my heat on 55 at night but wake up in a cold sweat and I feel like my heart is barely beating. It takes me about two hours to feel better. I have periods during the day where I start shaking get really pale and feel very sick.

Comment from: gera1234, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 27

I am a 39 year old male and I have night sweats every so often I cover my bed and sheets in sweat my wife says that I dream all the time but I don’t remember what I dream. Sometimes I can say that I do and they are horrible dreams I snore really bad. I am just concerned because my health is in good condition I get checked in my job every so often what could be my problem.

Comment from: Maridonna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

I am 55 years old and experiednce night sweats almost every night, especially when I move my body to the other side. I am sweating even when it's very cold. It started 2 years ago until now. I got surgery for my thyroid last 2009.

Comment from: Clackamill, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I am a 64 year old woman. Almost every night 2 or 3 times a night I wake up sweating. I throw the blankets off go back to sleep and it happens again a couple of hours later. This has been going on for probably 15 years and I don't know what to do about it. Am I sick with something or could this just be "me".

Comment from: fc, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 07

My husband is 34 years old and has heavy night sweats for about 6 months. Where he wakes up soaked and needs to change clothes and even the bed sheets. He has renal failure and last year was hospitalized with meningitis from west Niles and cysticercosis. I don’t know what to do I told his doctor about this condition but they think there is nothing going on. They have not done any further testing I am thinking of changing doctors.

Comment from: bocowell, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 09

Please get checked for a rare bacterial infection called Whipple's disease. You have many of the symptoms and it is so rare that doctors don't even test for it. Still most of the symptoms you listed in your 2009 description are associated with this disease. I hope you read this and if it is Whipple's disease you will be treated and recover.

Comment from: looking for answers, 25-34 Female Published: February 08

I am just lost, I've tried researching about these night sweats but I don't know how to go around the explanation or symptoms. I've always - as far as I can remember - have had night sweats, my sleep clothes get oily, yellowish and stink fast. Seriously I cannot keep a PJ for longer than 3-4 uses before it reeks; and I am talking washed clothes, they reek. My day clothes get in the same condition fast. I am a woman, but this has happened since forever. I remember being a teen and wondering why I had to look at my new clothes and cry, because they were ruined in two wears. The armpits get icky, yellow or discolored and with this MASS on them! I washed them every possible way, and the stains and accumulation did not go away. The smell is awful even though I am quite ANAL; which I why it drives me nuts. I shower every morning, then at night. I use no beauty products except for deodorant because then I stink even MORE! Of course I use shampoo and soap and all that. This is just so annoying, I stopped buying cute clothes by the time I was 18, because they all get ruined.

Comment from: Freshbreath, 65-74 Male Published: February 08

This happened 6-7 months ago. Woke up at night with my pillowcase and t-shirt drenched! No heat, no fever. Changed pillow case and t-shirt, and a few hours later....again! This happened a few nights at that time, but not every night. Not on any drugs, though have been taking supplements for the last 30 years. Just as I was getting ready to think I've got a real problem, the whole thing went away! Haven't had a repeat since then! Never understood what caused it.

Comment from: Sondra, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I am a 46 year old woman. I've been having severe night sweats for about three years. I sweat from my neck to my feet, drenching everything to the extent that I always have to change my clothes and sheets. After a sweat, I wake up in the morning to an odor too. I have been tested for menopause symptoms three times, always with a negative result. I'm just so tired of these sweats.

Comment from: carlie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I'm 59 and quit taking HRT (femhrt) three months ago. I had been taking HRT for 10 years. Now that I stopped, I have sudden rushes of heat throughout my body at night when I'm sleeping and wake up drenched in sweat. I am hoping they will stop soon!

Comment from: Pat, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 10

I am a 76 year old male who was diagnosed with Bronchitis and was treated with Clarithromycin and Medrol Dose Pak. I started having severe night sweats almost immediately. After finishing medicine the night sweats discontinued.

Comment from: tusjeanm, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I dread going to bed at night. I wake up freezing. I am wet from head to toe, my bed is wet all over, because I am looking for a dry spot. I bought a pad, but I still have to change the bed lines most every day.

Comment from: GaryG2104, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 21

I am 67 and have had night sweats off and on most of my adult years. I take Propranolol/HCTZ which has been known to cause them, but I had them prior to this. Very inconsistent. Room temperature and bed covers make little difference.

Comment from: John, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 28

I, like many others on here, have suffered from night sweats. Sometimes I would wake up in a puddle, others just an overall dampness. What I discovered recently is that I am palm and palm kernel oil intolerant. I notice that on the days that I eat anything with palm oil, I will wake up drenched. I have since begun eliminating palm oil from my diet, and so far, no more drenching nights.

Comment from: Novel, 75 or over Male Published: May 12

After experiencing night sweats for a period of 2 to 3 weeks, I have not had another night sweat incident so far for a week. blood tests came back negative. Wondering why it stopped, but happy of course.

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