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I've been having them for years, at least ten years but they are getting so bad lately that I'm worried I'll have to take time off work because I'm exhausted.
I'm early 30's very fit and well, no children (my boyfriend's daughter is 10), I don't smoke or take any meds other than depo (been having this for 1 year and it's made no difference).
Essentially, I take about an hour to get off to sleep at my estimate. I live in London and can hear several clocks bonging outside so that's how I work that out! About an hour later I will wake absolutely drenched in sweat, it runs off me and makes it look like I've wet the bed. My hair is soaked and there are literally rivers running off my body.
The thing is, I'm not hot I'm actually cold so I will need to get up and wrap a sheet around me to keep the bedsheets off my skin and try to warm up- when it's really bad I might sleep on the floor on a spare duvet but these sweats go on all night so I just keep turning the duvet round or over to get a dry spot.
If I could sleep through them, they wouldn't actually bother me but I can't unless I've been drinking. I drink possibly a bottle of wine and maybe 3-4 G&T's over the space of a weekend which I know is over the recommended limit but not by much... I sleep better on weekends though...
I did dry January and it made no difference so I don't think it's alcohol related, I don't drink during the week and still get them. I get them in any bed (hotel, parent's house boyfriend's house etc).
I'm just exhausted but I don't want to go to bed because it's so fucking grim.
I've also got vulvar eczema (I'm a total princess) which itches like a motherfucker when I'm sweating.
I've had blood tests for hormones, white cells and so on, also chest x ray for TB (as I've got a bit of a cough). Oddly, I had a dream that they linked it to palpitations (which I get occasionally) and I was so excited when I woke up that I googled it and nada.
Form an orderly queue to help me!!
Sorry for length of post, I just wanted to get it all out.
Oh, and although I'm now on HRT, I took Black Cohosh Menopause Relief (from Higher Nature) for the horrible night sweats and they stopped after a few days of taking the tablets and never returned. No idea if tablets work or they were going to stop anyway! I have to say that the 3 weeks of the night sweats destroyed me, it was the worst thing I've ever gone through - no idea how you've coped/put up with it for so long. I'd go back to the doctors and ask for help.
If they ruled out perimenopause by blood test then that's rubbish - especially if you're taking something that might regulate/change hormone levels! They ruled out my perimenopause for 6 years by random blood tests and saying I was too young (late 30's). Blood tests check your hormones on a particular day. That's it. I was lucky the last doctor I saw listened to my symptoms. Not that I think HRT has made me any different - but I'm apparently too young NOT to take it. Do try the Black Cohosh though - you never know, it might help.
I had this in my late 20s, never had definitive reason - all medical tests came back clear. As well as bloods and chest xray I also had an abdominal ultrasound, not sure what it was to rule out though.
Personally I think mine was stress related. Various work and family stuff was happening and although I didn't feel stressed, I think it came out when I was sleeping. A holiday and change of job got rid of them, although they returned briefly last year when house move and parental death coincided.
Did you just tip up to one and asks them to fix your sweats?
Standout, I've been a dentist for ten years, I hate it. You may be onto something there... How long did it take for them to resolve after stress went away? I'm having a break from the profession next year so that could be interesting. It's not been stressful for ten years btw, I just don't like it very much.
I had night sweats for years. All the investigations and nada. I gave up alcohol for January. That then rolled on into feb and March. It was some time late feb that I realised the sweats had stopped. It is one of the reasons I am still not drinking. Looks like I need to be alcohol free. Maybe dry jan wasn't quite long enough for your body if it is to do with alcohol?
Re stress - I never felt stressed, I rarely do. But I do suppress things, so I think it was my body's reaction to what was going on.
From what I recall, they disappeared on the holiday and never returned.
Oh, another thought - I was on pill but came off so Dr could do bloods for hormones etc. It was months later the sweats stopped but maybe pill hormones took time to clear system and my stress theory is bollocks