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Night sweats, on treatment for bulging disc - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am being treated with injections (one over a week ago) and one more scheduled for next week for a bulging disk. I was also diagnosed with Mild lower stenosis(spelling?) My question: does this condition or the shots cause severe night sweats? For the pas week or so my head, face neck and torso are soaked after I fall asleep.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr. XXX
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User :   Ok Doctor XXX. I await your response XXX
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   I have few questions for you XXX
User :   Ok shoot Doc
Doctor :   What is your age
User :   61
Doctor :   How long you have been suffering from chronic back pain?
User :   about a month but, a couple of weeks ago I hurt it lifting a grill onto a truck-dumb
Doctor :   Ok
User :   I had lower back pain prior to injuring my disk for about a month That could have been the stenosis
Doctor :   Do you take medicines for any thing else?
User :   I am taking Crestor for high cholesterol. Just some motrin for my discomfort right now as well
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Night sweats can be a complaint for people who start on medicines like steroids at this age
Doctor :   Hence yes, is the answer for your question, it could be because of injections
Doctor :   Steroid injections are given for chr back pain
Doctor :   and I think you were given steroid injections
User :   Really, how common are these sweats given my situation? Yes I was given a steriod injection
Doctor :   The most common medications that cause night sweats are antidepressants and is reported in 25 to 50% of people, and for steroids it is a bit lesser
Doctor :   I would count 15 to 25% of men report
User :   do you know how long they typcially last? I have another scheduled next week.
Doctor :   They usually depend on what type of steroid is given to you
Doctor :   Long acting or short acting
Doctor :   Till the drug metabolizes to a concentration which is not traceable
Doctor :   usually it should be a short acting
Doctor :   So they should not be long enough
User :   Not certian what I was given-probably long acting. Should i also ask the doctor who gave me the shOT?
Doctor :   Now considering the other reasons for night sweats is also important at your age
Doctor :   I hope you are not diabetic or hypertensive
Doctor :   Any episode of hypoglycemia can cause night sweats
User :   No I am not. What other things may cause it?
Doctor :   TB and certain other disease can also cause
User :   I don't have TB nor am I hypoglycemic
Doctor :   The other things to be considered are endocrinal and neurological problems
User :   Yikes should I be examined for those things now?
Doctor :   Thyroid problems should be ruled
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   It is always good
Doctor :   to screen them
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