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Night Sweats, Gluten Ataxia, and Autonomic neuropathy
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I have had this extreme night sweat issue for years, the severity of it comes and goes in waves. But last few nights have been worse then others, like soaking the bedding with sweat to where when I roll over the moisture coming out wakes me. (I will sweat out 2-3lbs...that an a mix of my metabolism, in a night)   I am wondering if this has something to do with Autonomic Neuropathy? I know I have damaged nerves from gluten ataxia wondering if this could have caused it also. Any thoughts on this or someone that might know more on this subject?

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30 minutes ago, Ennis_TX said:

I have had this extreme night sweat issue for years, the severity of it comes and goes in waves. But last few nights have been worse then others, like soaking the bedding with sweat to where when I roll over the moisture coming out wakes me. (I will sweat out 2-3lbs...that an a mix of my metabolism, in a night)   I am wondering if this has something to do with Autonomic Neuropathy? I know I have damaged nerves from gluten ataxia wondering if this could have caused it also. Any thoughts on this or someone that might know more on this subject?

I don’t know a lot about this, except to say something similar happens to me. I’m a woman. And in my case, a full bladder (especially at rest, when asleep) seems to cause a flop sweat and I will have to get up, go to the bathroom. No more heat and sweating after that. I also find that if I drink less fluid in the late afternoon and early evening hours, it's not that bad.

I have always associated this with a phenomenon similar to autonomic dysreflexia in people with spinal cord injuries, in which a person can go dangerously hypertensive with a full bowel or bladder (a seemingly small stimulus, full bladder, triggers an overreaction of the sympathetic nervous system). They are not the exact same thing, but I believe the same concept/mechanisms may be at work. In my case case, it is probably hormone related. And now it's interesting to hear you give it a name and that it’s something that really does exist, similar to autonomic dysreflexia, but on a less dramatic scale.

I too would be interested to hear from others about this.


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This happens to me, but the severity has diminished.  Mine is due to hormonal shifts (menopause or after childbirth).  I used to sleep on beach towels.  Kept  a stack of them and clean nightgowns on my nightstand.  Often had to blow dry my hair in the middle of the night because I was freezing with a wet head in winter. 

You should discuss this with your doctor as night sweats can be attributed to other illnesses.  

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Vitamin deficiencies of vitamins D, C, and B12 and Calcium deficiency can all cause night sweats.  (Perhaps the methyl form of B12 is needed for those with that MthFr gene.) 

Also, consistently high blood sugar levels can cause night sweats.  As a  type two diabetic, I find if my blood sugar levels are too high or not below 120  two hours after eating, i am prone to night sweats.  Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can also cause them, usually accompanied by the shakes and teeth chattering for me.   

Cycling Lady is right about night sweats being caused by other illnesses, too, like heart valve problems or tuberculosis, so be sure to check with your doctor.  

Hope this helps.

P.S. Saw your picture.  You're looking good!  So happy for you!

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