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    I had a Hysterectomy and my Ovaries removed in January 2010, I was put on 1mg HRT six weeks after my op to aleviate night sweats and hot flashes, since then my HRT has gone up to 2mg tabs and two weeks agomy GP prescribed Clonodine as I am very hot all throughout the day and my night sweats are horrendous so far there has been very little improvement and I have put on almost three stone in weight since my operation, please help as this is really starting to get me down.





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    I am currently having Zoladex injections monthly to reduce fibroid size etc ready for a total hysterectomy. Have horrendous hot flushes and even worse night sweats and sleep deprivation. Doc gave me some sleeping tablets but very addictive so have stopped those. Have been told that Agnus Cactus may help with the night sweats - can this be taken with the Zoladex ?? or will it increase the size of the fibroid again ??





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    I'm 54 and menopausal, I've had thrush for the last three years. I also have constant sweats, all day but not at night. I have had several diabetes test's which came up clear until last november (2010).I have seen several specialists and used many remadies, these have included all medications for thrush including longterm antibiotis. For the sweats I have tried many varieties of HRT, but none of these had any effect.I had a 6 month implant of eostrogen only in December. This alack had no effect on the sweats, but my doctor offered me ClonidineHydrochloride 25 micro. four times a day, these actually seem to be working. What can be th overall problem still no let up on thrush problem.I am really distressed by all this. Any help out there?





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    I AM 65, I HAD A TOTAL HYSTRECTOMY IN 1987 AND WAS ON HRT UNTIL 2005 AS I HAD VERY BAD MENOPAUSE. WHEN I CAME OFF HRT I HAD 3 YEARS OF NO COMPLAINTS, BUT THE SWEATS AND FLUSHES STARTED 3 YEARS AGO WORSE THAN EVER. I HAVE ABOUT 20-25 SWEATS PER DAY ANDI HAVE LOST COUNT HOW MANY I HAVE THROUGH THE NIGHT. IT IS REALLY EMBARRASSING AS I WORK IN A SHOP AND I GET CUSTOMERS COMMENTING ON HOW RED I GO. PLEASE CAN YOU HELP ME AS I AM AT MY WITS END. F.B





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    Hi, You poor thing,I know how you feel. I had a total hysterectomy in 1998, had HRT for a few years and all was well. But now off HRT because of my age and the sweats are the worst ever. Like yourself, I have them all day and night and get little to no sleep. My GP has tried all the usual pills and posions to no avail. I have had blood tests and they come back normal. I think it is about time us poor women have some sort of help with this horrible time in our lives. I've been like this now for 4 years. I take sleeping tablets now and again just to get some sleep.

    my husband is 38, having very bad night sweats, every night, we have no sex life, hes always down .... is this something normal in men of this age, or is there help avaliable .... thank you





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    Hi I'm am a 26 year old female, I have a BMI of 21 but have discovered I have a body fat % above 40. I physically look a normal healthy weight, I way generally between. 55-57kgs. Only recently has it become noticeable to me after developing fat pads on the bottom of my ribcage and my stomach bloating abit. I'm not sure what to do, I generally do not want to go to the GP as I have been going regarding other symptoms regarding night sweats, hot sweats other day and abdo pain and them not being able to find the cause. Advice would be great please





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    M I know you don't want to hear this, pain is not good, its your body talking to you.. Get a second opinion.. A friend of mind, only had the night sweats symptoms nothing else, so bad, was getting up in middle of night to change sheets on bed, she finally went to a GP and was diagnosed with a form of cancer. Now I AM NOT saying this is your case, but you should not be dismissive of pain. Take Care and I hope you find the reponse you are looking for..

    I have been about the abdo pain but they can't find out where it's from, I've got a colorectal referal now that I'm waiting to attend at the end of the year and they've decided to rule out gynaecological cause.

    I am 67 started my menopause at about 42 I was then put on HRT and had no problems until they said I had to come off the HRT They put me on Tibolone to help ease the terrible sweats it worked for a short while then the sweats returned with a vengence even though I was still taking Tiblone. The specialist didn't understand this and said because of my age I must come the Tibolone with high risk of strokes. So I am now suffering terribly with the sweats and they said there was nothing they could to help. Please can anyone help as I am at my wits end !





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    I have found that evening primrose capsules make a huge difference if you can also take star flower capsules, even better, I find the evening primrose an absolute miracle dealing with night sweats I use Tesco own brand one a day of 1000 strength ( if you suffer from epilepsy you cant use evening primrose )

    Hi I get really bad night sweatsevery night!. Not during the day at all. It is not the bed sheets or temperature of the room. I have been on citalopram for 4 years but these only started 2 years ago and it is very annoying. All over my body sometimes I waken up and can feel water dripping on the back of my thighs. I have lost over a stone in weight this last few months, not by choice but I think it's linked to the night sweats. Please offer any advice as I'm at my wits end. Oh it's not menopausal as I had a baby 9 months ago, I'm female, 27, 5ft 9, 8st 11. Thank you





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    I had my original Mirena coil fitted 4 years ago because I was told it the only option available to me for heavy bleeding because I was in my 40's and too old for the pill. I bled for 1 year, before I went back to the Doctor's and saw someone different who wasn't concerned about my age and he put me on the pill for 3 months to control the bleeding. I had no bleeding for about 18 months and then I started bleeding again on a weekly basis. Concerned about this, I went to the Doctors, I explained about the bleeding and the night sweats and in June this year, the coil was removed because it wasn't sitting correctly. In July some polys were removed and another Mirena coil fitted. Since the new coil has been fitted, I have been bleeding on a daily basis and it is getting heavier and it is getting me down. It's restricting what I can do, it's difficult to exercise due to the fact, I'm worried about leakage. I was under the impression from the Doctor who fitted the original coil, that by having the coil fitted, I should go through the menopause without hot flushes and night sweats etc. I know this might sound strange, but I don't know if I'm going through the menopause or not but I'm suffering again from night sweats, tearful, I'm having difficulty sleeping, managing less than 4 hours a night, coming over dizzy and thinking, I'm going to pass out. It was so bad one day, didn't think, I was going to be able to drive home. Am I right in thinking that by having the coil fitted, I shouldn't be suffering from these symptoms? I would like to know what I can do to stop the daily bleeding as it is getting me down, I really couldn't live with it for years, its really couldn't put up with daily bleeding for years, it's already getting me down now. I tried to see the Doctor, but I can't get passed the receptionist for an appointment Any idea what's wrong with me? Any help you can give would be much appreciated.





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    Hi not sure what is happening to you. I have now had my third coil in two years and since first one my period stopped very quickly and never came back blissfully. I am now 53 and on antidepressants for depression. I am convinced its menopause related as only started when I was 50. No doc takes the connection seriously. One psychiatrist said even if it's menopausal depression it's same treatment. I was advised by nurse at smear test to leave coil in for up to ten years as it helps menopausal symptoms. So for me no bleeding, no night sweats and antidepressants for low mood. Not ideal as I would like to be drug free. Go back to your doctor. Can't imagine how you can suffer all that bleeding. Have you heard about uterine ablation it lasers the lining of the womb so don't get a period without the trauma of hysterectomy.

    Hi I had the exact same as you - saw a fantastic female hormone doctor from our local hospital - she diagnosed all problems and said as well as my marina coil I needed oestrogen patches - yes it's the menopause - I was then referred back to my gp to get my prescription for them - so age isn't really an issue with menopause as I was totally ignored for 7 years I was too young bla de bla - saw dr lady and its feels like a weight has been lifted - and not being made to feel an idiot - but ask for hrt patches a simple blood test which seemingly they are reluctant to do proved with me I actually was menopausal so get on it ,

    I'm a 33 year old woman, normally fit and healthy. Over the past 12-18 months I've been experiencing excessive night sweats. When I wake up I am absolutely saturated! My bedclothes, bed sheets, pillowcase and hair are always soaking wet. I've tried keeping the windows open at night, wearing less clothing etc but nothing works. It's very embarrassing because I share a bed with my husband and he obviously stays away from me when we're sleeping because I am cold and wet. PLEASE HELP!!!!





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    Hi i am 38 and suffering exactly the same as you,i truley sympathies with you. I have been under my GP for 14 mth now and finally got a referral to a specialist. Because everything else has been ruled out it only left the menopause. As i was on the contraceptive jab my bloods would not give a true hormone count so Iv had to come off it and now waiting till April for next appointment. My consultant said its extreamly rare to go through menopause at my age but she has seen girls as young as 28. I don't no if Iv helped but don't rule out menopause at 33 hun

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    My husband has what i call night sweats. He doesn't sweat excessively during the day, and sweats normally during excercise, but at night he has to sleep on, ans with a towel on top of him because of how much he sweats at night. We have to have clean sheets every night as it does smell quite sweaty in the morning and i have a sensitive nose! He has seen a Gp who sent him for chest exrays? i thought this was basically him being told they didn;t have a clue. He's been tested for Diabeties and that was all clear. Any suggestions?





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    My problem is every were!Like the woman above,night sweats every night! also under my bust during the day!my beding has to be changed every day and I've bought a cover to protect mattress,I've been to gp and all blood tests were normal,I'm 40years old and have sufferd night sweats for 12 years!ever since hystarectomy at 28years I've 1 ovary left can you help!!!





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    I'm 57 and just been told by my GP that i can no longer have HRT.They did perscribe a lower dose but this enduced a menstrual cycle which i didn't and don't want. The hot sweats are back and i can not sleep which for me is a real problem, if i don't sleep i don't function. I seem to be in limbo, does anyone know of anything that will just stop the sweats at night and please not Prozac as i told my GP when it was suggested....i'm not depressed i just want the night sweats to go away. Please help.





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    evening primrose capsules will help with your night sweats they are marvelous

    evening primrose capsules will help with your night sweats,they are marvelous

    My husband sweats horribly all over his body not just armpits. Actually especially his back, arms and legs!!!!!! And severe night sweats as well. We have been to the doctors over and over. Its like a hose is on under his skin. No matter the temp. The sweat does not smell. He literally soaks the bed at night and must move from bed to couch to chair to floor and so on....Please help!!! Thank you anyone!!!





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    Hi try Driclor 75ml roll on. Can be purchased from any chemist. Apply onto the affected areas. You should see the excessive sweating stop within a few days. For hands & feet you can also use an iontophoresis machine, bit costly but will help to eliminate the sweating.

    i am a 44r old male who suffers from night sweats,i dont sweat throughout the day at work or any other time,it only seems to happen at night.it can get so bad that my partner wont touch me because of the excess sweat on my skin,i have woken upwith thi and found puddles of sweat collected in my bellybutton,it literally ours off me at night.i have tried sage drops and herbal remadies,thes seem to work for a while,but the sweats come back,is ther any one who can help,,,





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    hi, im 39 and im also getting night sweats and bad abdominal pain, im not sleeping very well as im waking up with these sweats, but im also getting lots of chills too, been to doctors and theyre saying cant test for menopause as im now on pill??

    I am 48 and had a full hysterectomy with ovaries removed 6 years ago. Since then I have suffered severe hot flushes and sweats day and night. I am currently on HRT, which is not making the sweats and flushes any better. I have changed the HRT several times but still the sweats are not better. I have become very depressed about this as it is very embarrising having your clothing stick to your back when you sweat even when it is not a hot day. If anyone has any suggestions to stop the sweat that floods down my back and face i would be very greatful not sure how much more i can put up with.





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    I would ask for a referral to the menopause clinic in your area.

    soya products, tablets and yoghurts and milk definatly help i just wish i knew how long this will go on for.

    My boyfriend who is 24 years old has been suffering from severe night sweats for around 9 months, he is healthy and excercises regularly. His sweats are so bad that each morning the sheets are completley soaking and we have to change the bed everyday. He has seen a Haemotologist which was inconclusive and we really don't know what to do. please help!





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    Hi, I'm 52 and had a total hysterectomy, including the removal of my ovaries and phalopian tubes, when I was 28, due to many gyna problems from the age of 16. I have had eostrogen only replacement since that surgery and still having it, although my levels are quite high currently. I was recently diagnosed with a very under active thyroid and prescribed thyroxine. Of late, I have developed severe night sweats, something I have not really experienced before, as well as cold clammy sweats sometimes during the day. I do not sleep at night, despite prescribed sleeping pills, .......welcome advice, thoughts and opinions. Thanks





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    I'm 47 and suffer badly with night sweats a week before my period is due which can now be every 3 weeks, or whenever my body decides! The sweats also include constant prickly heat when I get to the red hot stage and no matter how much I try to stay cool, for that one week it's a nightmare. Any suggestions?





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    Hello, I'm a 40 yr old female,and for quite a few years I have suffered with excessive facial sweats,sometimes I'm just sitting there and it will start, Other times I'm on the move,but not enough for the amount of sweat! I carry kitchen roll around with me to dry my face, My make up which I adore rolls off me,people mention it to me to,"gosh your face is wet" I've tried botox in the forehead,the lip area,and eyes,the first time it worked really well,but since then it hasn't been as effective,the last time I had it done it took no effect on my sweats, I've also had a hormone test done about 4/5 yrs ago for the sweats (the change) and that was clear I am also on 30mg of citalopram. Which I believe adds to the sweats,alittle! I've been to my gp twice,and I was told to either put up with the sweats or my anxiety,which is low now. And I take 10mg of vesicare.. I'm happy on my meds for now...but these sweats are getting me down,all my head and face and it runs in my ears and all down my neck.... Any advice for me please! Xx





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    hello i am 52 years old and have been on the HRT past 10 yrs, my GP advice i stop taking the HRT as it can be harm full in the long run. So far the HRT has been my life saver, it has helped me in all sorts, hot flushes, night sweats etc now i have stoped taking HRT for the last 2 and half months its hell for me im getting hot sweats every 10-15mins i hate it specialy when im out an about even in this cold weather, I cant take it any more i will start taking my HRT tablets again end of month.





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    For 3 years now I have been getting night sweats which are quite overwhelming. I wake up during the night alomost as if i have come out of a shower. I am drenched head to toe - it seems to be a mystery to my GP and changing the sheets remains to be a nightmare. Help?





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    I am a 46 year old who is in surgical menopause since 2005. I sweat very bad at night. I wake up with my private parts soaked and sleep wear is wet to my knees. This doesn't sound like night sweats to me. Any suggestion?





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    My daughter started having disturbed sleep which then soon developed into night terrors after starting school. We have had a week of peaceful nights during the half term holidays but now the night terrors have started again every night. I am worried that school is just too stressful for her. Her night terrors occur every night, sometimes twice a night. She cries out and sits up becoming more and more agitated and does not recognise or respond to me. Her teeth chatter violently and she has hot or cold sweats. I have found that hugging her close to my body and rocking her seems to settle her breathing and after about 10 to 15 minutes she is fully asleep again. I will definitely try the dark chocolate (it can't hurt to try!) and will also make a note of the times she has these episodes so that we can possibly wake her in future before the night terrors occur.





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    i have really bad excessive sweats on my feet, hands and underarms. i hate shaking hands with others because of the sweat and going out with out a cardigan or something on even if its really hot because i get such visable sweat marks and my feet are suffering because at night they become over heated and get non-stop itching trhough the whole night and i cant get a good night sleep because of it! is there anyway i can prevent this?!





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    I am 43 and had this problem for a long time but it is getting worse, doing light housework I sweat a lot on my back and front and down below and my legs, through the night its worse wake up after 1 hour or so and bedding is soaked. If I go out one night at weekend and have alcohol, I don't have night sweats. I am on setraline which is an anti pressant, doctor has tested me for diabetes. I am due to start new job on Monday and hope I don't sweat, is there anything I could get to help. Thanks





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    Hi I'm 45 years old and I have the same problem. I start sweating from head to toe the minute I start doing anything physical. Things just got a lot worse for me. I went back to work after being home for eight years. Three weeks into my new job as a cashier I began sweating so bad I became very dehydrated and I woke up in the back of an ambulance. I suffered a seizure due to dehydration. I don't know what to do, I drink plenty of water but for some reason I can't stop the sweating....can anyone please help me.

    Hi, my husband suffers from night sweats. This does not happen to him every night, but about 4-5 times a week. He wakes up and the bed and his pillow are soaking wet. He does not sweat excessively during the day. He is only about a stone overweight, but even when he lost weight it still happened to him. We regulary have to get up and change the bedding during the night. it can have a fusty smell too. He also suffers from very angry boils under his arms, around his groin and belly. Our doctor does not seem to see this as a problem. I would love some advice.





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    I am a 43yr old woman who until a yr ago never sweat unless sat in extreme direct sun light. But now in bed I wake up dripping only on my torso tho, this happens in hot & cold temperatures & and I never have heating on @ night . I have endometreosis, an undiagnosed lower spine problem & am gluten intolerant . Could any of these ailments be the reason 4 these night sweats?





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    I also had hot flushes and night sweats and went to my gp who started me on a course of tablets which he says are used to treat high blood pressure but work very well for the flushes too. Since taking them i haven't had a single hot flush during the day although i still get very hot at night, he offered me HRT to help with the menopause but i declined although i know of some friends who take it and swear by it.

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