Sweating after eating and drinking, sweating on and off at night

I have been having huge issues with sweating after eating, Sweating after drinking water. I sweat through the night while trying to sleep. It was worse before I started a gluten/dairy/sugar free diet, but still it continues. I am being sent to a GI doc for a consult on an endoscope, but that is only the stomach. I am worried about my gall bladder, pancreas and liver. Something is definitely wrong and I can't figure it out. I tried no drugs, no supplements, then adding some back, no difference. Its almost like my body is suffocating so I sweat from food and drink. I sweat EVERY time I need to urinate. I would like to find a way to sleep without sweating. Anyone out there with these kind of sweating problems?

Edited June 1, 2010 at 5:21 pm

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Do you think it could be menopause? I don't know if you have done that yet. But I started doing that about 2 months ago, but I am also having cytoxan infusions. Had my 4 2 weeks ago. They think what has happened that I have gone into chemical menopause. Yes it is very frustrating, I too am tired of the sweat especially at night. I wish you well, and if you find something that works then let me know.

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My doc told me that the hormones are gone. I think I am done with menopause and it wasn't that bad. Maybe because I chose not to have kids because of my genetics.

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Hi Truthseeker ... here's a whole message board thread talking about the sweats...check it out

http://www.inspire.com/groups/scleroderma-foundation/discussion/sweating-at -odd-times-day-or-night/

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hi truth, i dont no wat kind of meds ur taking but i am undergoing cytoxan i jus turned 43 the 18th of may and Bam im menopausing due to the cytoxan..they did say that it will and can do that while undergoing chemo treatments and sum meds can also do it..i am miserable with sweating i went to my gyno and she verified that i am menopausing and i am now on meds for it she said that it may be temporay while im on the chemo then again it maynot..but u may want to check it out jus in case u r menopausing..wish u well

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Hi - I am a fellow sweater - it's awful!!! I sweat if I move at all, and I sweat at night. I too am past menopause. I've done a lot of research on it and there are so many potential causes. Of course many meds cause it - some anti-depressants, and some others. But I believe mine is either autonomic dysfunction, or my out of wack endocrine system. I can't regulate my body temp at all - may be due to my very low serotonin levels. I also can't regulate my blood pressure, heart rate, etc. I have MS and other things too, so it's hard to compare. BUT, having one autoimmune disease, often makes you vulnerable for others.

Not much help, but I can empathize and let you know - I do know how hard it is. This summer is killing me. I can't hardly ever wear any clothes. Then I'll get a Raynauds attack in the winter and get in trouble, but I just can't take the sweats! I've changed close sometimes 3-4 times a night. Either from sweating or refluxing. Good thing I sleep alone huh?

Blessings, Jan

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Nogo, WOW you have a lot on your health plate!
My cousin has MS, we both share the same aunt who died from complications of Sjogren's, her lungs and heart were involved just like my sister who died in 08.
To have Raynauds and MS has got to be extremely tough. Hot is a problem, cold is a problem. I have spells through the day and all through the night. Not sure if I will ever be able to sleep normal again. Your problems make mine look like nothing!
You must be one tough lady!

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i had the same problem ,may be menopause or thyroid.go have your thyroid test done.after treament of thyroid my life is cool

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Hi truthseeker,
I started treatment with either Cytoxan or Cellcept (in a clinical trial- don't know which one I am receiving) about 7 months ago. Sometime since then - I think about 4-5 months into taking the medication I started having what I would call "hot flashes". These involve sweating and flushing. I have them during the day and they wake me up at night. I do not have them as frequently as you are describing. At the suggestion of my Scleroderma specialist, I went to see my GYN doctor. I am 40 years old. I have an IUD (intra-uterine device) which causes me not to have normal periods... so it's hard for me to know if I am still having menses. My GYN doctor said the medications could be affecting my hormone levels or I could naturally be entering menopause. We decided to use a low dose of Effexor (an anti-depressant) which has been shown to help with hot flashes. I am only in my second week so I can't report on the outcome of the Effexor trial yet.
GeekGirl

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I was having the sweating nights and anything physical I did I would sweat profusly. I t turned out that the meds I was on for the Sjogren's has the undesired side effect of sweating. If your have Sjogren's I would look into those meds. Good luck and take care.

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I am not taking any meds for Sjogren's. I can't figure out why I sweat. Maybe its something to do with my bladder?
If I need to urinate, I sweat. I sweat every night but not as much if I am dehydrated. But when I go thirsty I feel terrible. Feel like I am caught between a rock and a hard place. Not sure I can continue to live like this!

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Thanks for all the input. Its not my hormones, not my thyroid. Not what I eat. I can drink plain water and sweat.
I'm not too hot or too cold. My hands and feet can get cold since I have Raynauds. I only feel very hot WHEN I sweat, and the sweating starts either right away after eating or drinking or within 5-15 minutes. I can eat something hot or cold and sweat. It can be plain or spicy and I sweat. Then I have the bladder problem making me sweat whether it is full or has a teaspoon of urine. Its looking to be like something I may not find an answer for. I see a GI doc next week, maybe he can help me? In the meantime I won't be far from a bathroom.

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Hi Truth,

I am the opposite of you. I don't sweat at all. Believe me it is miserable. Sweat is a cooling mechanism for your body. The sjogrens shut my sweat glands down and an uncontrolable, underactive thyroid keeps me uncomfortably hot all the time. This past winter I didn't get cold at all. But my reynauds still flared up as if I were freezing. I puff up because I retain the sweat inside. Our bodies are mysterious machines.

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AMEN to our bodies being a mystery. As we can see from the posts here - people sweat for different reasons. It's hard to help each other at times due to all our differences. Those who know their sweating issues aren't related to hormones or thyroid are in a different boat. That's the boat I'm in.

Soozi - I feel for you with not being able to sweat! It's got to be uncomfortable. I too will retain fluids and puff up like a sponge. I HATE that feeling.

I believe there is an autonomic dysfunction going on with some of us. It is what part of my problem is. As for the Effexor - it can CAUSE sweating. I've been on it for a long time and was taken off to see if it would help stop the sweating - it didn't.

Truth - sounds to me like you may have an autonomic dysfunction of sorts going on. As for the bladder issues - do you have trouble having to go even if you have only a tiny amount of urine? I have Interstitial Cystitis, which is tiny hemorrhages all over the bladder wall. They get irritated when any urine is present. It is diagnosed by clinical symptoms and a cystoscope view under anesthesia. They distend the bladder with a saline solution to stretch the walls of the bladder and then insert the scope with camera. It shows the hemorrhages. Anyway - I just wondered if you had any of those symptoms.

Also - do you sweat all over your body? I get drenched! But I don't sweat under my arms, which is nice - got lucky there. But my hair gets totally wet and my torso too. It's soooo gross!

The vaso-constrictive diseases - Raynaud's and Erythromelalgia - which I also have - have to be managed by keeping away from being in temperature extremes. It's not always easy to do though. I have one of those neck scarf things, but I got mine from the MS network - one of the drug companies that supply my injections. Mine, you just put in water and it becomes cold. It stays cold quite a while, but my hot bod does it in pretty quickly.

AND - BTW - I would have to admit - I am one tough lady. Doesn't mean I don't suffer though. And also, doesn't mean I don't empathize with everyone else who may have less to bear. We each have our hardships and it's impossible to compare them. I will say that when each disease came on, I thought I wouldn't be able to handle it. Then, by the grace of God, I did. Then another, and once again, I'd cry and think - I just can't take this. Then another, and over and over again. My days depend on how much each problem is flaring. Sometimes I just have to go in the hospital and be managed there. When everything hits, my hemoglobin drops, my lungs shut down, my fever rises, my body feels like a truck has run over it, and all I can do is scream - if I have enough O2 that is. Then I have to get IV help, transfusions, and tests and more tests. I'm sure many know the drill. The funny thing is that there are so many times I tell my doctor that I can't get to the hospital or to my appt cause I'm just too sick and can't get myself there!

I ramble on. Hang in there all, and God Bless you, Jan

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I sweat on my face, head, neck, chest, arms, feet, so I guess all over. I think I didn't explain the sweating and urination very well. When I feel the need to urinate and don't go right away, I sweat. I do my best to go when I feel the urge. My bladder can be full or close to empty, if I don't go I sweat. I have no pain nor any other symptoms from my bladder. I have no trouble going at all.
Sometimes I feel like I am just a big whiner who has no business complaining about any of my health issues when I see so many of you have major problems with your health.
I just can't find a happy medium and feel like giving up. My life totally sucks! I almost wish my life had ended 5 years ago before I got this sick. At least I was happy and active! This slowly falling apart is for the birds!

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I have found that eating less fruit or anything else high in acid makes the sweating go away. So I am adding on more alkaline foods. Greens are good, like Kale, Beet greens, Swiss Chard, Spinach. Nice to get some relief cause summer has finally arrived in my neck of the woods. YIPPEE!!!

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That sounds so frustrating and uncomfortable. I hope you find some relief soon. Acupuncture can be extremely effective in regulating sweating. You could give that a try. It can take a few sessions, but it does work.

Christina

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Hi truthseeker
I have crest and was starting to have sweats at night. They would start around dinner time then interupt my sleep at night. Nothing I couldn't cope with then last month I found I had breast cancer. Only a small lump but the whole breast had to come of due to the fact we can't have radiotherapy. Of course HRT was stopped immediately well within a week sweats were out of control. It was like a waterfall dripping of my face and upper body
. I was out having a coffee with my husband next thing starting sweating and felt really unwell stood up to go to the car and passed out ended up in emergency ward at hospital for the day. BP was normal lying down but very low on standing. My Gp explained to me that sweating will affect vasular system therefore can cause low BP. Anyway to cut long story short I was put onto Remifemin which is a natural product and sweats are almost gone YIPPEE!

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Hmmm, Interesting, my BP always seems to be on the low side.

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I would love to try acupuncture, just need to find a doc in my area that will accept medicare.

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Hi truth, do you have Drs who also do acupuncture? That's a great combination. Not many do here in Australia.
Take care, Dsly

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