Fibromyalgia and Night Sweats

fibromyalgia night sweats

There are just so many things that people do not know about fibromyalgia. One of the most mystifying mysteries about the condition is in the way that it affects your body, as well as your body’s internal body temperature. Cold temperature could worsen your symptoms, at the same time, getting overheated can also affect your symptoms. Regulating your body’s internal temperature can be hard and this is why people with fibromyalgia tend to suffer from night sweats.




Night Sweats and Fibromyalgia

In general, there are many things that could trigger night sweats. These triggers usually result in the fluctuation of your body’s internal temperature. One of the most common reasons why people suffer from hot flashes is the hormonal changes due to menopause.

If you have fibromyalgia, you have higher chances of getting night sweats. Unlike night sweats in menopause, night sweats in fibromyalgia is not caused by hormonal changes. The main cause of night sweat in people who have fibromyalgia is usually the body’s inability to regulate its internal temperature.

But then again, it has not been determined exactly why this is happening to those with fibromyalgia. But some doctors suggest that fibromyalgia could affect certain mechanisms of the body that regulate temperature, such as the thyroid glands’ activities.




How to Treat Night Sweats

Night sweats are not really dangerous but they can be annoying especially since they tend to keep you up at night. Not having enough sleep when suffering from fibromyalgia could make your symptoms worse.

There are a few things that you can do to prevent night sweats. First of all, make sure that you are not over bundling when sleeping. Avoid thick quilts and opt for lighter blanket and sheets.

Avoid wearing thick pajamas made of wool. These clothing could trap heat against your skin and could make night sweats worse. It could help if you dress in layers so that you can easily remove the outer layer when you are feeling warm.

Sleep in a comfortable cool temperature. Turn on the air-conditioner in summer or whenever necessary and lower the temperature of the room before you sleep.

Certain pain medications could hinder your body’s ability to regulate your body’s temperature. Avoid taking such medications. Before taking any medication, check the warning labels or talk to your doctor about the possible side effects of night sweats.

Take note that night sweats could also be a sign of some other serious health conditions such as cancer. If you are suffering from excessive sweating at night, make sure to let your doctor know. Your health care provider will be able check if your night sweats are caused by other underlying conditions.

9 Comments

  • I suffer with bd night sweats.very bd mood swings.have broken a bone in my foot.with this condition.getting very emotional.irratable.anxious.weight gain.carnt take anymore of this.got atheritus in my spine and right hand.wrist.fingers as well.

  • At last someone else is talking about night sweats which I have day and night now! They leave me a weak wet mess from head to toe… which in turn makes eating out a huge problem as the sweating quadruples when I eat.. nothing makes it better unless I sit in a cool bath…who wants to do that. Sometimes I am burning up but the back of my head is icey cold and wet from the crown of my head. Life is miserable like this any advice is welcomed.
    Best wishes Jayne

    • Make sure your thyroid is OK. I had to adjust mine recently for this very reason. Also consider taking female hormones. A low dose of Estradiol has very few dangers, (unlike some other estrogen prescriptions), and is GOOD for your breasts. Kept me from ever having hot flashes as I was going through the change.

    • OMG!! i have the EXACT same thing! I knew it was related to my FM but it’s so extreme and uncomfortable. Seems like my muscles ache more too! I heard it had something to do with pain also. Hang in there…. good days and bad.

  • Thank you this was very informative and has helped me with my fibromyalgia, as I have just recently started having night sweats but I have had some changes in normal routines the sweats have woke me at once a night sometimes twice I now see where your suggestions could help

  • Thank you for posting sweats with fibro. I had an inkling my awful sweats day and night were due to internal ‘clock’, and you have confirmed this…I unfortunately, take meds. Pregabalin and morphine for chronic pain., so that double or triple the sweats….not good!! I do now know that many of my ailments can be attributed to fibro.which for me is good news, I thought I was slowly loosing the plot!!
    many thanks…look forward to your next posting, kathy

  • Oh God I suffer terrible with night sweats.. I have sleep apnea with secondary fibromyalgia so my sleep is even more disturbed now with the sweats. I get a maximum of 2 hours a night if I’m lucky. I’ve followed all the above but I guess the morphine is contributing towards the sweats.. I just don’t sleep anymore. …

  • I have secondary fibromyalgia per my Doctor. I was alittle shocked because I have suffered from Lupus for over Twenty Years and this came out of nowhere. I Questioned my Doctor on my next visit and he told me there is no test but I have shown all the symptoms in my complaints and consistant Lab results for my Lupus. I suffer from Night Sweats and I am soaken wet around my neck and head of Hair is drenched. I do also take Morphine and Oxycontin for my Pain and Fatigue. Without pain relief I dont get out of bed , cause I am so bad with stiffness and pain. Once I get moving after Pain Meds I am pretty good for the rest of the day. I have a Myriad of other Illnesses that are factors in my symptoms. I have lost weight and taken care of my Health with my Doctor’s advice and Education. I will not allow my illnesses to get the Best of me. It is my Responsibility to work together with my Doctor’s to live out a full life and enjoy All that I am able to do. My point is to Communicate clearly and Have a possitive Attitude and it will Carry you along Way. Demand the Time it takes to satisfy your Questions and try and Learn something new to your Fibromyalgia and other illnesses that can go Hand and Hand. And if you can Live with all of its menacing facets you have got it Beat.

  • Continued
    The Brain Fog I dont understand how to Get a Grasp on how to overcome it. I Tried continuing my Education and came to the conclusion I had to resign. I just could not concentrate and answer simple logical Math equations. I am not giving in and giving up , I need more Education and to Seek Learning Aids and maybe even a Tutor to attempt another try at it. Is there anything proven to combat the effects of Brain Fog?

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