Major night sweats

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   Posted 2/16/2010 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
This has started in the last couple of months. I realize that I am 48 and this could be menopausal, but these sweats are happening every couple of hours at night, so bad they wake me up. After the hot sweat, then the chills. I am wondering if this is related to my condition.  Anyone have these or does anyone know?sad
Diagnosed 2008 UCTD (lupus), Raynauds, Bursitis, Fibromyalgia, taking arthrotec, plaquinel, tramadol, adalat and valcyclovir

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   Posted 2/16/2010 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, they are related to Lupus and had had them fairly regularly up until I was prescribed Cellcept for other symptoms and it has definitely gotten rid of the night sweats.

My previous med that didn't effect the night sweats included: Plaquenil, Prednisone, Imuran, Valtrex, and Piroxicam.

Remember to ask about this symptom at your next Rheumy visit...I know what a pain it can be. Sometimes I actually had to change the bedclothes they had gotten so wet.

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   Posted 2/16/2010 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh yes! This just started with me with in the last month or two. I am 47 so I was thinkin the same thing. We keep our bedroom cold!!! at night. No heat and the window open.

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   Posted 2/16/2010 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm all sorts of sweaty at night too, but it's really cold in my room. I'm not on any meds currently. I wake up and feel like I wet myself! Pretty sure it's not menopause for me... I'm 22.

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   Posted 2/17/2010 5:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had this happen a couple times lately and I am 32. I am having other issues too and wasn't really paying attention to this symptom but now I know it is one so will have to bring it to my rheumy's attention.
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   Posted 2/17/2010 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I have this problem as well. But I can blame mine on medications. When I get my monthly IV of Solu-Medrol it effects me like that and I wake up drenched and having to change my sheets/clothes. Also I am on a medicine that has put me in medical menopause and I blame the other nights on that. I keep my room temp at 72, so I know its not from a warm room!

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   Posted 2/17/2010 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jane, welcome to the forum! I'm carol. I think it is pretty common for many of us to go through this. With my last hospital visit I got an insight that is a possibile. They gave me blood (yuck) becsude I'm anemic. Which BTW that is very common for people with a/i problems. Yes you can get it from steroids but you can also get it from anemia. You might discuss it with your doctor. Even if you don't I would suggest that you go to walmart get yourself some sublinqual. (sp). vitamin B not the multiple vitamin but the b-complex. take the one that you put under your tongue that melts. it's not gonna hurt ya. Of course discussing it with your doctor is always the best way to go.

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   Posted 2/17/2010 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jane!
 I have been having night sweats for about a year now. My meds don't help, so I think its possibly the Lupus. Make sure to mention it to your rheumy. I am only 30 so it's not menopause (I hope!) .

Diagnosed 2009- 30 years old: Lupus (SLE);Rheumatoid Arthritis; Dermatomyositis; Optic Neuritis; Microscopicolitis; Chronic Gastritis; Cryptitis

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   Posted 2/18/2010 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jane I've had night sweats for several years it seems to be worse during Flares.

Hope the sweat subside for you soon.

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   Posted 2/18/2010 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

Well I am glad to have stumbled across this site. I thought I was losing my mind with the night sweats. Thought maybe early menopausal symptom but dr. said no. Just recently diagnosed with Sjogrens and mild lupus. Haven't felt well in years and dealt with it. I was concerned with the sweats because I had them when I had bone cancer and that was what made me go to the doctor. Along with dry eyes, dry mouth and tons of joint pain. I guess it is the lupus and i'm relieved to find out. thanks.

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