Night Swets (Spelling)

Bonnie K.
By Bonnie K. Latest Reply 2012-06-25 19:37:31 -0500
Started 2012-06-24 05:13:09 -0500

Does anyone out there swet at night like I do, I don't mean the stinky swet in the arm pits I mean from the legs , chest area, groin etc. I wake up with the sheets ice cold and soaked. I am type 2 diabetic and yes I am heavy but come on what is up with this. I have fibromyalgia , diabetic neuropathy, is this causing it or just the fat. It is hard to get thinner when you have a tough time getting around. I also fell 30 feet and landed on the back of my neck and crushed 3 discs and vertebre together. I in no way look handicapped unless you see me walk so slow. I am 63 going on 64 in July and I feel in my mind I am 20—-My body however feels like 100 years old at times. I have been sworn at and ridaculed for parking in a handicap zone, I do have a handicap sticker.
What else does this diabetes have in store for me. I just had a stroke in my right eye and they called it " Ishemic optic neuropathy " I also have neuropathy in the legs, feet , bladder, and arms and hands. is all this causing the night swets.

Bonnie K

7 replies

mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2012-06-25 19:37:31 -0500 Report

Hi Bonnie
My husband has had T2D for over 30 years. In 2002 he had horrible night sweats. He had to put a bath towel on his pillow every night! He had painful neuropathy in both his feet so severe that he could not walk 75 feet. He was on Neurontin for pain for nearly 15 years! He was on 43 units of insulin, had sleep apnea multiple, multiple times a night. He weighed 280 pounds. He was in bad, bad shape.
I read a book, "Diabetes Solution" by Richard Bernstein, M.D. and the information in that book helped me to help my husband.
Within 3 months he was totally off of insulin and the night sweats were gone! Within 9 months he lost 80 pounds (last Fall he lost another 20 pounds for a total weight loss of 100 pounds). Within 1 year the neuropathy was gone!!! He came off the Neurontin and has never looked back. He was in 2 5K races in 2004.

A month ago he walked in Disney World from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. with only a couple of hours off to rest in the afternoon. I have a photo of him coming off of the monorail at 11:30 p.m. with a big smile on his face. He is 73 years old.
We teach classes on How We Beat Diabetes where ever we can. Just presented our program in Englewood, Fla last month.

You do not have to suffer the debilitating effects of diabetes! You do have to take responsibility and control of your disease. Read Dr. Bernstein's book. I have NO affiliation with Dr. B. you can get his book from the library or amazon dot com.

It is our passion to share our story with as many people as we possibly can. We KNOW how bad it can get.

We had a woman in our last class who had neuropathy so bad that she had 3 large pieces of glass in her foot and didn't even know it until her home healthcare worker who was checking her feet told her.

Diabetes can be beat! You can actually feel better than you have ever felt in spite of your diabetes. My husband has so much energy now, I have to tell him to sit and rest a while.

God bless you!

Dean0868 2012-06-25 09:25:56 -0500 Report

Hi, welcome!

You discussed your spinal cord inury, which leads me to wonder if you are on any pain meds. (btw, I have a spinal cord injury too! 2 surgeries so far!) If you are taking something like hydrocodone or oxycodone, opiate meds, these can cause night sweats.

I like drinking a BIG glass of herbal tea with ice in it before I go to sleep. Chamomile is really good at night because it helps you sleep.

Also, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! It seems counterintuitive to take in MORE fluids but it works! Most of us in America don't drink enough. It is reccommended that for every 2 pounds of body weight, a person needs 1 ounce of healthy fluids. For a 200 pound person, that is 5-20 ounce bottles of water.

So sorry to hear about you TIA and the resultant loss of vision. Sending lots of love your way.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-06-24 08:06:42 -0500 Report

Hi Bonnie, welcome to DC. I am 49 and only experience night sweats when I have lows at night. Not sure what's going on! I would like to say that I love your attitude, D can not only take a toll on us physically, but mentally as well. We have to stay strong on the inside to fight what's going on - on the outside. One thing ive learned with D is we have to use our team, docs, etc to help us problem solve so that we feel better. We are not in this by ourselves even if it feels like we are at times! Ask your Dr. And problem solve about your night sweats. Best of luck! Hugs!

robertoj 2012-06-24 08:02:35 -0500 Report

I'm the same way; feel younger than my age with no cooperation from my body. I only have one fractured vertebrae but I broke it twice. I've had night sweats as long as I can remember. Mine is from hypoglycemia which I had when I was young. Now I get hypoglycemia from diabetes. I also have other health issues and I feel great regardless of everything including pain. It took me too long to develop a positive attitude to give it up. God bless you.

MAYS 2012-06-24 07:25:47 -0500 Report

Diabetes (or any chronic disease) is not kind.
Night sweats can happen for many reasons, it is mainly done to cool off the body, although neuropathy can cause your nerves to miscommunicate with your skin and send signals to your sweat glands to cool off your body.

Don't let the ignorant, unkind actions of others dictate your life, or feelings that you have for yourself or others, continue being yourself!
If you feel as though you are 20 years old, that is beautiful, finding a compromise between how you feel mentally and your physical age may take some doing at times but what matters is that you keep a positive outlook upon yourself and of life in general.

Continue managing your diabetes and other health issues, that is the only way to combat diabetes and reduce the complications that can accompany such.
Look upon each day as a new beginning, look at yourself for who you are, not as others assume you to be, it's a blessing to see the age of 60 today, let alone 63.

Enjoy your life, it's a gift!


bearladylee 2012-06-24 07:03:33 -0500 Report

Yes I do it is horrible, between the late night sweating and going to pee every couple of hours I get no sleep.