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Night sweats ,reasons for them ?

(9 Posts)
bumpsoon Wed 14-Oct-09 18:27:28

My mum told me today that my father has been having really bad night sweats ,he isnt unwell in any other obvious way . I have told her to get him to see the GP asap ,as in my experience night sweats are not a good sign ,but then i work on a heamatology ward . So what other reasons can we think of for night sweats ?

ThisPhantomPlopsPumpkins Wed 14-Oct-09 19:15:28

stress can cause night sweats, is he stressed?

How old is he?

bumpsoon Thu 15-Oct-09 19:12:31

No he isnt stressed ,he is so laid back he is flat ! He is mid 60s and not the fittest man on the planet ,but gave up smoking about 15 years ago and doesnt drink too much .

moosemama Thu 15-Oct-09 19:39:12

Some information here.

moosemama Thu 15-Oct-09 19:40:34

Oh sorry, forgot. Does he take any medication, perhaps for indigestion/reflux? Acid inhibiting type PPIs can cause night sweats.

bumpsoon Sat 17-Oct-09 16:28:58

I never knew that ! he doesnt take any prescribed medication . Apparently he has been having them on and off for six months ,but over the last month have become alot more frequent ,nightly infact . My mum is going to frog march him to the GP ,thank goodness

moosemama Sun 18-Oct-09 19:38:25

Glad he's going to get it checked out. Hope its something simple. smile

I didn't know about the PPI meds either until I was on them earlier this year, terrible insomnia and nightsweats ensued and the doctor confirmed it was the medication.

agedknees Sun 18-Oct-09 19:58:08

Do not want to scare you, but diabetes can cause night sweats. Make sure he is checked out for that at his GP's.

mumtojohn Sat 24-Oct-09 22:42:38


I've been having nightsweats on and off for years (about 5 years). I go through stages of having them alot and then not at all for months. They are a part of my sleeping life now and I hardly notice them.

I've had blood tests and stuff and they showed nothing was wrong. A friend of mine has them too. I feel as good as I did 5 years ago and am assuming they mean nothing. I suppose mine could be stress related. I am 34.

just thought I would write and tell you that so that you don't assume the worst.

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