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Night sweats...

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LadySnapcase Mon 20-Jan-14 13:48:39

Anyone know why I might be getting these? Waking up at 4/5am literally dripping with sweat confused They started occasionally while I was pregnant, then happened every night while I was breastfeeding, but I stopped that nearly 5 months ago and I'm still getting them several times a week. Am 32 and on the pill. The room isn't particularly warm, and not sleeping under any massive quilts...any ideas?

nearlyreadyforstatelyhomes Mon 20-Jan-14 13:52:24

I've had these for a few years (am 33 now). So random... I often forget I've had them as I don't seem to wake up properly, and think it is actually the fact that I'm dripping that's made me uncomfortable and woken me up.

Never been too bothered by them and haven't had it looked into. Googled it and saw all sorts of weird and wonderful things it could be and decided the doctor would probably say "it's just one of those things"...

darjeelingdarling Mon 20-Jan-14 13:53:23

could be thyroid? worth a check

Beastofburden Mon 20-Jan-14 13:57:13

Seems early for the menopause but perhaps you should see your GP?

LadySnapcase Mon 20-Jan-14 15:25:50

nearlyready Yeah, that's why I've left it so long, really not expecting a proper explanation but it's starting to bother me now, hate peeling my nightie off and feeling all claggy! Will make an appointment I think.

Beastofburden My mum went through the menopause pretty young I think, though not this assuming it's one of those things that could be genetic?

darjeeling Thyroid, hmm...Would that be over- or underactive..?

nearlyreadyforstatelyhomes Mon 20-Jan-14 17:13:35

I'll be interested to hear what the doc might say if you go...

I'm pg with dc2 so not sure it's the menopause here. Wpuld be really interested to do a sleep clinic to get an official view, but not sure you can just "pop along" to one!!

Beastofburden Mon 20-Jan-14 17:15:25

I think that if it is hormonal you ought to get seen as there may be wider implications you should be thinking about.

Beastofburden Mon 20-Jan-14 17:16:01

and yes, age of menopause is one of those things that seems to be similar between mother and daughter

Mrsmorton Mon 20-Jan-14 18:33:13

I get these, not menopausal, they seem to be vaguely related to my period. Had a hundred tests etc and no answer, just suck it up. They wouldn't bother me so much if I could sleep through them but I get so tired.

Lettucesnow Mon 20-Jan-14 18:50:26

I think mine are linked to my type 2 diabetes. Worth a check in case you're prediabetic.

RockinD Mon 20-Jan-14 19:14:03

Could be either under active or over active if we're talking thyroid - it can be funny that way. I certainly had night sweats when my under active was untreated.

JennyOnAPlate Mon 20-Jan-14 20:43:34

Please do go and see your gp. It's probably nothing, but night sweats can be indicative of an underlying problem.

Handsup Mon 20-Jan-14 20:48:01

I'm 37 and get night sweats like clock work 7 days before and during my period.

Aberchips Tue 21-Jan-14 14:37:57

Not much to add but I am also experiencing the same - have been having them regularly since about November. Wake up every night about 3am dripping in sweat confused nice! We're talking sheet soaking stuff here.

Did some Googling & most of the things I read seemed to point in the direction of night sweats being a symptom of some more nasty underlying things so thought it best to go & get checked out. It may all result in a "just one of those things" but at least then I'll know.

I'm 35, on the pill & no family history of early menopause, but do have a family history of diabetes which makes me a bit more inclined to get it checked out. Will report back - let us know how you go on OP.

Aberchips Tue 21-Jan-14 14:38:27

Sorry - also meant to say am seeing my GP this week about it!

Lettucesnow Tue 21-Jan-14 21:30:26

Watching with interest. If I get my 'sugar numbers' down I find I don't have such bad sweats.

MissPryde Tue 21-Jan-14 21:38:07

I would get thoroughly checked. Night sweats is one of those things that could be completely harmless, could be hormonal (think with women this is most common), but could be indicative of some more nasty thing you'll need treated. Always better to get checked and rule anything out in the small chance there's something that needs handling.

LadySnapcase Wed 22-Jan-14 17:51:03

Blimey, lots of responses, sorry for not replying sooner! Thank you to everyone who's commented.

Right, you've all scared me into having it checked out smile

Aberchips Oh, good luck, let us know how you get on! It's pretty gross waking up in soggy bedclothes. Dr Google is not my friend in this area either...

Lettucesnow That's interesting about the blood sugars, I've always felt I'm fairly sensitive to changes in my sugar levels (get very shaky if I don't eat regularly etc) but have never been diagnosed with anything. Wonder if it's linked?

Will see if I can get an appointment any time this side of easter and let you all know...

ChickenLickenSticken Wed 29-Jan-14 12:26:14

Have you been to the docs lady?

LadySnapcase Wed 29-Jan-14 20:07:09

I have an appointment on Friday Chicken Will update afterwards!

digerd Wed 29-Jan-14 20:31:24

I have had night sweats when first prescribed a steroid inhaler for asthma and during the early menopause symptoms.
I had an overactive Thyroid gland but sweated during the day while active and not at night when sleeping.
Good luck on Friday.

LadySnapcase Thu 30-Jan-14 09:36:19

Thanks digerd. I am also a pretty sweaty person in general despite being generally sloth-like. I am starting to think they might be hormonal, seemed to ease up a bit just before my period started. Back now though, had to flip my pillow at 2am cause it was a bit...soggy confused

ByTheSea Thu 30-Jan-14 16:25:28

How do you feel otherwise.? I am prone to UTIs and kidney infections and often have night sweats as a symptom. You should have your urine tested.

LadySnapcase Thu 30-Jan-14 16:29:45

Hi ByTheSea. Not noticed any other symptoms, am generally feeling ok, but would be worth checking out, thanks smile

LadySnapcase Fri 31-Jan-14 15:23:02

Well GP appointment was abandoned after the night from hell with DS... Didn't think I'd manage to keep my eyes open long enough to get there hmm Rescheduled for next friday, which was the earliest appointment that wasn't being 'videoed' or something...

Why is there no 'so tired I could vomit' smiley, MN?

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