I’ve been having night sweats for about a week now; starting with teeth-chattering floods and slowing to silent soakers. (Don’t worry, no urine is involved.) It’s a good thing the hotel has a king size bed as I can roll from damp to dry for most of the night. And a great thing they have maid service. My tipping has gone way up.
Sleep hyperhidrosis is the medical term for night sweats. Of its most common causes I can rule out:
- menopause and hormone disorders,
- early sign of lymphoma,
- reaction to medications,
- neurologic conditions, (no snide emails please)
- and sleeping without an air conditioner.
The probable cause, in descending order of likelihood:
- side effect of engraftment,
- lingering infection,
- sign of some lung damage done by the BCNU chemo.
I’m now on steroids for the nocturnal perspiration and for a persistent cough. I should know more by Monday.
I’m not sweating the outcome.