• night sweats

    Asked by ekelley on Saturday, March 8, 2014

    night sweats

    Anyone have any solutions to these gross night sweats? I don't have the heat on in my room, I've gone from wearing a long sleeved shirt to a short sleeved shirt, and I just don't know what else to do!! And of course, I wake up freezing because now my clothes are drenched and freezing due to no heat! Ugh!!

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    • lilymadeline's Avatar

      Do you know what is causing them? I would call your oncologist Monday morning and talk to him or her about this unless you have an appointment early this week.
      It is miserable and you need help! get them from the hormone blockers and they are a real nightmare! And yes I wake up drenched and freezing as well....I take black cohosh for the hormone induced menopause with approval from my oncologist and it does work, also the prescription antidepressant Effexor works even better for the night sweats and also hot flashes. But of course this information could be useless to you depending on what causes them. I think that low potassium levels can cause this and probably many other things as well. Good luck and best wishes!

      over 2 years ago
    • ekelley's Avatar

      Thanks so much!! I'm undiagnosed but have an appt with hem/onc In boston Thursday. I'm actually on 150mg of Effexor already for depression so I can only imagine what it would be like without it!! I will be sure to mention it Thursday!!

      over 2 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar

      OMG if you are having night sweats on Effexor I can't even imagine how horrible they might be without it! But they are probably caused by something else completely, I hope that they figure it out soon and that you can get some help...it is so miserable and I am so sorry that you are going through this!

      over 2 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      Maybe a nice big fan right next to the bed where the wind can DIRECTLY Blow on you. I don't have the sweats but have gotten used to having the wind blown on my wherever I am. It calms me down and if I don't have it I feels like I can't breathe. Had that for years. When we go on vacation I take a few little fans along. Crazy? Maybe but it helps me a lot.

      over 2 years ago
    • berly462005's Avatar

      I found wearing all cotton helped. Sometimes I would keep a wet cold rag close by.

      over 2 years ago
    • carolk2222's Avatar

      I had hodgkins 32 yrs ago now and had very bad night sweat and horrible itching head to toe with no relief. This is going way back so I don't even know if it would pertain to todays updated treatment but once I started my radiation treatment they told me it would get better and go away and it did. Back then we didn't have cable tv and it went off at midnight so when I was awake and miserable there was no distraction to try and help take my mind off the misery of both. I would be interested to know if any of that has changed with time or are symptoms not relieved until treatment? I would love to know what your doc says about it when you see him. Coild you let me know please? Thanks and good luck :) Carol

      over 2 years ago

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