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Night Sweats after Hysterectomy

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Night sweats after hysterectomyWhy am I having night sweats since my hysterectomy? How can I manage them? Will they go away?

Many people experience night sweats following a surgery as a result of anesthesia, medications, or hypoglycemia issues. For women who have had a hysterectomy, there may also be a hormonal component which can be further complicated by thyroid issues.

Night sweats are characterized by excessive sweating at night that can soak your nightwear and bedding. You may even alternate between sweating and chilling, both of which can disrupt your sleep and leave you feeling tired and weary.

Night sweats following a surgery can indicate you have a fever and infection, so it is important to monitor your temperature. If you have a fever of 101° F or higher, you need to call your doctor.

Though it can take a few weeks or longer for the night sweats to recede, there are some tips you can try to help you manage them.

Avoid materials like flannel and polyester which can trap in the heat. Light weight fabric like cotton is a better choice. You should also avoid long or tight clothing. Instead, opt for loose fitting gowns, shorts, and t-shirts. If you keep an extra set of clothing by the bed, you can quickly change during the night if you wake up soaked.

Avoid sheets and blankets made of materials that will trap in the heat. Instead of flannel, polyester, or down comforters, opt for cotton and/or low thread count sheets and light blankets.

Cool Air
Keeping the air in your room cooler can help. Some HysterSisters strategically place a fan so it blows across them during the night. You can also turn down the heat, turn up the A/C, or open a window.

Food and Drinks
Alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods can contribute to night sweats, so avoiding them before bedtime can help. You can also keep a glass of cool water by your bed so you can take a drink if you wake up hot. A drop in blood sugar can cause night sweats, so eating some protein before bed could help keep your blood sugar up and prevent night sweats, too.

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Using a Chillow or Iso-Cool pillow at night can help keep you cooler. Both absorb excess heat, leaving you cooler and more comfortable.

Deep Breathing
Deep breathing before bedtime and when you wake up from a night sweat can reduce stress and calm your body. Try taking several deep breaths before trying to sleep or when waking up during the night.

Even if you have kept your ovaries, they may not function optimally in the initial days following surgery. Because night sweats can indicate hormonal imbalance, talk to your doctor about whether or not you should use some type of hormonal treatment. If you do not have ovaries, the night sweats can indicate that either your body has not adjusted to your current hormone replacement therapy (HRT), or the dose is not the right one for you.

If you already have thyroid issues, surgery may have affected how well your medication is working. New hormonal issues can also affect your thyroid. If night sweats continue beyond a few weeks, ask your doctor about checking your thyroid levels.

Don’t hesitate to discuss your night sweats with your doctor. Though they can be a normal part of recovery, they can also be a sign that something is wrong. In addition, they can also interrupt your sleep and prevent you from getting the rest you need to heal well.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

01-27-2014 - 10:20 PM


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