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Well, my night time sweats have got incredibly bad over the last few months :(

May I ask what causes these sweats? And if the plaquenil will eventually reduce the severity or even completely stop them?

I am now waking up every night drenched through to my bed sheets, and body feeling as though it's inside a boiler room.

I don't have the heating on at night. In fact, the other night when I woke up I checked my thermo-stat and it read 17oc!

I dread to think what it'll be like in summer :(
 

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hey yeah totally get this all the time...not clue what causes it... maybe someone else will know? xxx
 

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Hi

I get this as well, I thought it was the fever and inflammation that caused it, such as when your joints are bad. Its important to drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated when you are like this.

I think that meds such as steroids control this. But thats just my experience. its not the best nights sleep when it happens though!!!

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I'm having them rather bad lately too. Wake up drenched, sheets are drenched, and I'm FREEZING. I have no idea why they happen but they are uncomfortable. It has recently occured to me that this might be the cause of my low sodium results at times.
 

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Could this be related to the fever that is one of the criteria of Lupus? I, myself, don't notice a low-grade fever, but I do know that generally fevers are worse at night and our body temps naturally fluctuate (that's why we sleep better in a cool room).

Also, long before I had Lupus, whenever I was on prednisone for asthma or an upper respiratory inflection, I had night sweats. That's just one of my reactions to prednisone...
 

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surfboy,
Not sure what causes them, but yes know what you are talking about. I have found that a nice luke warm bath or shower before bed does help. I have even had to get up in the middle of the night and take one. I have found that I either am way to hot when others are freezing or I am freezing when others are peeling off clothes lol . I have also found that the type of fabric I am sleeping on makes a difference. Liker thinner sheets for the sweats and microfiber sheets for the north pole. I also have a water bottle that I fill about half way and put in the freezer during the day and at night fill it the rest of the way and keep it by my bed side. I hope some of this will help you through this hard time and cool you off soon.
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I've been having this recently too. I didn't think it might be part of Lupusy type stuff. I put it down to a side effect of antidepressants which I'm in as well as plaquenil. Its a nuisance isn't it!

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I have read that it is something to do with dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system that controls the functions necessary for survival without having to think about it, such as heart rate, breathing and temperature control bladder and so on.

Very unpleasant! I don't sweat but I get incredibly hot at night and have to throw the covers off several times. Hubby and I have had separate bedding for years.

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I have been having night sweat for months now too. If I don't wake up drenched, I am at the very least, feeling like I am in an inferno.

I just started prednisone, but had the sweats long before.
 

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Hi Surferboy

Two different web sites claim the night sweats are part of the flu-like symptoms we feel. The following sites show this.

http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?con=398

http://www.webhealth.co.uk/a_to_z_of_health/lupus.asp

When I am flaring really bad I get night sweats. Like Kenzmadie, I am drenched and freezing. Usually I will have to change my clothing and sheets. Once the flare-up is over the night sweats subside.

I hope the night sweats don't last too much longer.

Take care,
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Thanks for the replies folks.

I may be starting on preds soon so am hoping that this will help with the night sweats.

Very strange things these night sweats. I turn of my heating at night and the temp in my flat drops to around 15/16oc - its freezing. But still I sweat!!!
 

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I had nightsweats for years and thought it was menopause. A neurologist talked me into taking a sleeping test for some other reason. I thought it would come out negative. Instead it turned out that I never went beyond staage 2 sleep. Once I got a cpap and had it working correctly the night sweets stopped! After about a year they started up again. After awhile I had a brainstorm and checked the hose on my machine, turned out I had a hole in it. I covered it with tape and now although I'm still sweating at night its much, much less.

Just to say that sometimes there is more than one possible reason for night sweats and you might want to get all possiblities checked out.
 

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Hi there,
I was having awful night sweats aswell. I would not be hot though but waking up in a cold sweat and be freezing, this didn't feel to me the same as it had when i had been feverish.

This is one inmprovement I have noticed though since starting on plaquenil that my nightsweats have definately improved.

I ahev been really ill for the past 2 weeks though and have woken a few rimes again like this, I am back o pred now again so not sure if falres bring up the sweats, I haev had bad flares without the night sweats too.
I definately beleive that in my case it kis related to the disease though.

Take Care


Cassie :)
 

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I have been thinking about this more... While i have woken up every night for the past week soaking wet, if it is new for you, you should call a doctor. There are lots of other things that can cause night sweats. Most of them are no big deal, but some can be very serious. My sweats have been one of my major symptoms and my docs are aware of it. Again, if it's new for you, I would give them a ring.
 
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