sweating at night....HELP!!!

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   Posted 2/8/2009 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everybody! I have tried to look this up online but have had no luck. Thought someone hear might know an answer to it.
For the past week, maybe a little longer I have woken up in the middle of the night drenched and I mean drenched in sweat. its so bad that my clothes are sticking to me and when I get out of the bed...there is literally a body outline of sweat on my sheats...So of course I have to get cleaned up and change my sheats and I will go back to bed and sometimes will wake up a few hours later in the exact same predicament. Could this be caused from any of my medications. I havent started anything new for about a month now. Does Lupus do this to people? I havent had any mood swings...to be honest, I havent felt real well over the last week. I think I am working on a flare up but with all the prednisone I am on...I am not too sure. Last night I slept with my window open, probably was about 65-70 degrees in my room and I still woke up all nasty sweaty!!!
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   Posted 2/8/2009 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi aimesgirl, actually the subject comes up from time to time. Many of us suffer from the night sweat. I sweat all the time. I was soaked in church today. I had a hysterectomy in my 20's including my ovaries so my dr. said I shouldn't be going through menapause. Anyway I think predisone does it to me. But I can't swear to it. I'm sure others will give you a shout. Youre not alone by any means with this one.



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   Posted 2/9/2009 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
With all that prednisone you're on, that will likely be the cause.  I had that happen too.  ((((((hugs))))))
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   Posted 2/9/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Aimsgirl,

This happens to me quite often as well. I asked my rheumy about it because it is quite annoying having to get up in the middle of the night and change and such, he said it was a sign that my disease was very active. I took his word for that, because I am currently only on 5 mg of prednisone so I don't think that would be causing night sweats.

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   Posted 2/9/2009 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I have Lupus and I get hot flushes and sweats. This happens day and night I have been told this is when the disease is very active, and the inflamation in my body has flared up. I am not on prednisone, it was happening on prednisone also when I am not taking it.


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   Posted 2/9/2009 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had night sweats for the last 3 weeks in a row. I recently had to go back to a higher dose of my methotrexate and just was on a 9 day pred taper a few weeks back, but since I upped my dose I have night sweats every Sunday night. I take Meth on Fridays, so I don't know if thats my body's way of trying to help me rid of some of the bad stuff. I rarely work up a sweat otherwise. I've also noticed that I can wear a short sleeved shirt to work all day and people shiver looking at me and I'm completely comfortable. So much for buying super cute sweaters to wear. They just make me sweaty and sick feeling when I get too hot.
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   Posted 2/9/2009 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hahaha! Cute sweaters!

I started getting night sweats in my mid-30's. No one ever figured it out. 10 years later still had them when lupus came along.....actually, they got worse then. Either the Prednisone or the Cellcept has knocked them out. But if I say I don't have them anymore, sure enough I'll have 'em 4 days in a row just so I don't forget what a mess they can be! Go figure.....

Anyway, I've not been able to wear a sweater for over 15 years -- so you aren't alone!

Hope you get yours cleared up soon

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   Posted 2/10/2009 2:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes the night sweats are quite common for me when I'm in flare on or off prednisone. I get the hot and cold flushes with the sweats as well and I can't be going through menopause (lol) so it must be the AI. I do find it annoying as well.
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