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Night sweats

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Richard1973, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. Richard1973

    Richard1973 · Newbie

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    Please can somone give me some advice. For about 18 months I have suffered extreme night time sweating with insomnia that typically comes on around 2-4am at night. At one point i thought I would have to leave work since I was so tired because the night time was proving so traumatic for me. Typically I would have a healthy tea around 8pm and then usually top this off later and spoil it with biscuits and or cake or anything sweet really. I am very slim do a lot of exercise, but get bad sweet cravings and would typically follow this eating pattern every night picking on sugary food right up til bed. I would then awake around 4am when the room was freezing cold due it being Winter, and I would be burning up and be soaked with sweat. Despite the extremely low temperature of the room I would remain too hot and unable to sleep until about 5-6am. At about 6am my body temp returns to normal and I feel cold againa as I should and put the duvet back on and can then finally sleep. I went to the Doctor who asked if I was worried or anxious. (At that point i wanted to throw something at him). So I spent 6 more months in misery. My health got worse and I experinced extreme stomach pains too in the evenings that knocked me for 6..the doc put it down to a second stomach ulcer, but I'm still a little skeptical about the diagnosis as I was in a really bad way in the nights....

    I then got some some protein shakes for the gym and was over the moon when I discovered a protein shake before bed could help to stop the attacks... I did some reading and have considered reactive hypoglycemia, bought a tester and was shocked to find results as low as 1.8 in the middle of the night! I pee silly amounts of time in the night, (not unusual to be 10 times in 1 evening, but small amounts) and willl sometimes go one after the other and have no infections or anything like that.... but then again I always have a drink of tea on the go...

    I know that sugar is the culprit here. As soon as I stop the sugar the problems stopped. However, i have started slipping and having the odd biscuit here and there and my symptoms have flared up again plus some other things. So I thought I would try ask another GP when I moved and I went to see him today and he said " Are you stressed at work" Grrrrr . Why won't they understand, I'm talking extreme heat which causes the insomnia not stress :x Anyway, he then said he would do a blood test. My question are: Does it sound like reactive hypo and if so, would a fasting blood test fail to pick it up? (this is my concern )since things seem okay by the time I wake up...My own home blood sugar results are showing very low during the night, but then are fine at breakfast ... Do I need to do an oral glucose test or something of that nature. Or could it be diabetes? I have just recently, contrary to the above, been experiencing repeated UTI bouts. I am male and 36, physically fit and aside from the sugar cravings, really look after myself.

    Many Many thanks for any advice you can offer...I feel like I'm getting no where at the moment!
    Richard
     
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    Janieb · Well-Known Member

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    Hey there I experienced the same thing on holiday, stupidly i had a piece of carrot cake with loads of butter cream and icing and thought nothing of it until later. I started with stomach ache then banging head and going hot and cold for most of the night. Had another slice a few days later and the same thing so I think either its co-incidence or it is the sugar.

    I would probably steer clear if i was you , I know its really hard as sugar is mega addictive but it will get easier the longer you leave the sugary stuff alone. That doesnt mean to say you cant have the occasional treat, life would be very boring otherwise, just not every day.
     
  3. Richard1973

    Richard1973 · Newbie

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    Thank you for your reply..that is interesting...
    Does this mean I have a disorder since other people can eat sugar and not be messed up all night, and I wonder if it is doing other damage i am not aware of..I'm confused.
    Actually, carrot cake is my favourite...probably because it's full of sugar!! :twisted:
     
  4. LittleSue

    LittleSue Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Night sweats can be caused by many things, not necessarily related to blood sugar. You need your doctor to investigate thoroughly.

    A fasting blood sugar test wouldn't show what's happening overnight. Although some have reported that the first symptom of type 2 was of low blood sugar after eating, as if their body was over-reacting to the carbohydrate. Depending on what your tests show, you could ask to be referred to an endocrinologist/diabetologist for a 72-hour blood sugar monitor so they can see exactly what's happening to your sugar level on 3 successive nights without you having to do loads of finger blood tests.
     
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    Your symptoms sound like you may have diabetes. Definitely get yourself to a diabetes specialist and get checked out.
     
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    Hi
    I suffered from hot sweats for a long time and assumed (wrongly) that it was the menopause causing it, now I know it was high blood sugars. My sweats always occur when my blood sugar levels are higher than they should be and can happen both day and night. I too have a sweet tooth particularly before bed but have found that a slice of bread and a very think scraping of reduced sugar jam solves the sugar craving and helps me to sleep better and reduces/stops the sweats. I once thought that having a couple of biscuits at night was worth the problems during the night but they aren't as I ended up suffering at work and feeling really sleepy at 3pm in the afternoon.

    Chris J :D
     
  8. Richard1973

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    Thank you for all your replies :wink: Wow that link from eliminator was amazing ..thank you...at least I know I'm not going mad!! ...I wonder if the people in the link were getting the positive effect of protein like me since I know some bran (to my surprise) contains high protein..
    I imagine my condition whatever it is could go undiagnosed for years for the same reasons. I fully expect my fasting bloods to be fine...probably because I eat mostly in the evenings, so I think it's steady in the day.

    My diet has been bad the last few days, I get a bit low/tired and then I just think 'what the heck' and then suffer the consequences in the middle of the night. But thank God I know what it is now...when I didn't know what was causing the over heating/insomnia life was difficult...I only have myself to blame now and I feel more in control of things. I would like a more scientific idea of how much sugar I can get away with rather than just continually pushing boundaries when I get cheesed off though!

    Regards,
    Richard
     
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    brill Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Another possibility is alcohol - I used to wake up with the sweats at about 4am occasionally, and I also thought it might be the menopause. Then I realised it was when I'd had more than about three glasses of wine in the evening. It never used to affect me like that!
     
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