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What causes excessive sweating and difficulty in sleeping?

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Posted on Tue, 10 May 2016
Question: Hi, I have been experiencing some mild sweating during the days and excessive sweating during the nights. I have been experiencing this for about 3 days now and I have this unexplained energy that I am getting from somewhere. Furthermore, with my excess energy, I find it difficult to sleep. Before I started experiencing these symptoms, I been having some continuous diarrhea, about for 10 days. I do drink alcohol once or twice a week so and I've always experience diarrhea after drinking but the diarrhea usually stops on its own. My sweating happens pretty much all the time now, originating in the chest area...and I can hear my heart pounding all the time. I am going to see a doctor on Monday but I would like to know what you guys think. I have check my vitals and I have usual bp of 130/80 and heart rate of 70-99.
My dad was diagnosed by hyperthyroidism in 1998 (he was born in 1969) me (1988).
Another thing to add is that I work out a lot and take lots of pre work out drink...I am 5'10 at 165 lbs. Did noticed a 5 lb weight loss in 4 weeks...maybe due to diarrhea. I am treating the diarrhea with over the counter anti-diarrhea medicine.
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Answered by Dr. Sandip Kabra (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
hyperthyroidism or diabetes should be ruled out for a safer side.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Welcome to health care magic,,

Excessive sweating with other symptoms that you mentioned could be related to emotional stress or anxiety or excess physical work.

However,I will also want to rule out certain other medical conditions like thyroid disease (hyperthyroidism) or diabetes (hypoglycemia) for a safer side by checking your routine blood works,Blood sugar (FBS,PPBS),Thyroid functions (T3,T4,TSH) levels.

Since you also have family history of thyroid imbalance, which should be ruled out by testing thyroid levels.

You may try below measures until you see your doctor on upcoming Monday.

1) Dry your body especially feet and arms thoroughly after bathing.

2) Always take balanced diet and drink plenty of water daily.

3) Avoid tight fitting clothes rather, wear loose clothes.

4) Wear cotton material clothes and avoid synthetic silk.

5) Bath with antibacterial soap like dettol or savlon

6) Always clean groins or armpits and chest twice or thrice with brush during bathing.

7) Use antiperspirants and deodarants together like aluminium chlorhydrate or zirconium,one will block perspiration and other will mask the smell if any.

8) Use antibacterial creams or hand sanitizers on groins or armpits.

10) Curtailing excess tea or coffee and avoid alcohol completely.

11) Your weight loss is likely related to diarrhea,so there is nothing concerned much about it.You may continue with OTC anti-diarrhea medicines (may be Imodium-loperamide) if is helpful.

Anti-anxiety medication (ex.Recita forte) would also be helpful to reduce your stress level and for adequate sleep but you will need to see your doctor for the prescription.

Hope it will help you.

Take care and Regards,

Dr.Sandip Kabra

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What causes excessive sweating and difficulty in sleeping?

Brief Answer: hyperthyroidism or diabetes should be ruled out for a safer side. Detailed Answer: Hi, Welcome to health care magic,, Excessive sweating with other symptoms that you mentioned could be related to emotional stress or anxiety or excess physical work. However,I will also want to rule out certain other medical conditions like thyroid disease (hyperthyroidism) or diabetes (hypoglycemia) for a safer side by checking your routine blood works,Blood sugar (FBS,PPBS),Thyroid functions (T3,T4,TSH) levels. Since you also have family history of thyroid imbalance, which should be ruled out by testing thyroid levels. You may try below measures until you see your doctor on upcoming Monday. 1) Dry your body especially feet and arms thoroughly after bathing. 2) Always take balanced diet and drink plenty of water daily. 3) Avoid tight fitting clothes rather, wear loose clothes. 4) Wear cotton material clothes and avoid synthetic silk. 5) Bath with antibacterial soap like dettol or savlon 6) Always clean groins or armpits and chest twice or thrice with brush during bathing. 7) Use antiperspirants and deodarants together like aluminium chlorhydrate or zirconium,one will block perspiration and other will mask the smell if any. 8) Use antibacterial creams or hand sanitizers on groins or armpits. 10) Curtailing excess tea or coffee and avoid alcohol completely. 11) Your weight loss is likely related to diarrhea,so there is nothing concerned much about it.You may continue with OTC anti-diarrhea medicines (may be Imodium-loperamide) if is helpful. Anti-anxiety medication (ex.Recita forte) would also be helpful to reduce your stress level and for adequate sleep but you will need to see your doctor for the prescription. Hope it will help you. Take care and Regards, Dr.Sandip Kabra