Night Sweats Caused By Menopause ?

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Are Night Sweats Due to Menopause? Night sweats caused by menopause or something else? Doctors routinely hear their patients complain of night sweats. Doctors generally refer to true night sweats as severe hot flashes occurring at night that are not related to an overheated environment.
So, how do the doctors, and more importantly, how do we, know if we are having night sweats due to menopause or some other cause? There are many different causes of night sweats. Some of the other known conditions that cause night sweats are:

A.) Infections. There are several types of infections that cause night sweats.
B.) Hormone Imbalanceother than the imbalance caused by menopause (like hyperthyroid)
C.) Fever – Are you getting the flue or a cold?
D.) Cancer – night sweats can be an early symptom of cancer like lymphoma
E.) Medicine- There are several drugs that can cause nightsweats. Read the documentation that comes with the medicines you are taking to rule your medicines out as aggrevators of your night sweats. Antidepressants and fever lowering drugs commonly cause night sweats.
F.) Hypoglycemia - Low blood sugar can cause sweating. People who are taking insulin or oral anti-diabetic medications may experience hypoglycemia at night that is accompanied by sweating.

Night sweats are probably disturbing you because you are a middle-age woman with a hormone imbalance due to menopause, but check out these other causes of night sweats and talk to your doctor if you continue to have concerns.

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