Sunday, May 8, 2011

Night Sweats Keeping You Up? - Sleep Center - Everyday Health


" it can be a sign of serious infection," says Lisa Shives, MD, medical director of Northshore Sleep Medicine in Evanston, Ill.

Here is a list of 10 possible causes of night sweats:
  1. Menopause, due to changing hormone levels
  2. A bacterial infection, often with an uncommon cause, such as brucellosis or tuberculosis; or a viral infection, such as HIV
  3. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which is most likely to happen to patients with diabetes when their medication causes blood sugar to plummet during sleep
  4. Cancer, particularly prostate, thyroid, renal solid tumor cancers, or lymphomas — but other cancers may also cause sweats
  5. A disorder of the endocrine system, including hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  6. Side effects of medications, including antidepressants, chemotherapy drugs like tamoxifen (Tamoxen, Nolvadex), niacin, omeprazole (Losec, Prilosec), aspirin, or acetaminophen
  7. Neurological conditions, like a stroke or an injury to the spinal cord
  8. Chronic fatigue syndrome
  9. Fibromyalgia
  10. Hyperhidrosis, or chronic excessive sweating without a specific cause

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