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night sweats

By Anonymous May 26, 2009 - 11:45pm
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I am 40 years old and have been having terrible night sweats for over a year now.I had a urine sample done 5 months ago which was fine.I also have a lump on my inside thigh my doctor never really took much notice of this and said i had just damaged my tendon?I get to sleep straight away as i am normally falling asleep around 10pm,but wake up after roughly 4-5 hours felling like i am burning inside but am freezing.I only generally go to my GP probably once a year and find it difficult to explain how i feel to my GP she is not very approachable.I am not on any medications and was sterilised 15 years ago.I am getting so fed up of having to change bedding and the sweats make me feel sick as the smell is horrible like vinegar?Iam hoping you could give me some advice thanks.

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Hi, Anon, and thank you so much for your question.

Night sweats are usually a sign of perimenopause or menopause itself. Do you sometimes have hot flashes during the day as well?

By "sterilized" you mean you had your tubes tied, right? But you are still having periods and you haven't had a hysterectomy, is that right?

It sounds like you need an appointment with a gynecologist who can figure out whether you are experiencing perimenopause. Here is the Mayo Clinic's list of symptoms for these years before menopause -- do any of them sound familiar to you besides the night sweats?


It may be much easier to talk to an ob/gyn than it is to talk to your regular GP about this. You may have thought that since you were done having children that you didn't need an ob/gyn, but that's not true; our female bodies have a lot of things we want to keep tabs on in our forties and beyond! Your gynecologist can order blood tests and saliva tests to see what your levels of estrogen, progesterone and FSH are, and tell whether you are low. You can talk with her about whether some kind of natural hormone replacement would help with your symptoms.

Is this possible for you to do? If you need help finding a gynecologist, just let us know where you live and we'll see what we can find for you.

May 28, 2009 - 8:28am
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