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What causes night sweats?

I have been experiencing upper body night sweats for 5 months. I am 62 years old, well past menopause, and these are not like the hot flashes I had several years ago. Now I am having a very dry mouth/thirst in the last 4 weeks. Could these symptoms be related? I was having abdominal discomfort when the sweats first started. A CT scan with contrast did not reveal any abnormal findings.
Wed, 21 Jan 2015
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,
Night sweats associated with abdominal discomfort may be related or may be due to different pathologies..
Night sweats can occur in number of conditions like tuberculosis, thyroid problems, anxiety etc.
The symptoms are not characteristic of any particular disease thus general physical examination and basic routine investigations have to be initiated.
Complete hemogram is the first investigation required.
Along with complete hemogram, abdominal ultrasound is also required to find out the cause of abdominal discomfort.
Dry mouth and increased thirst are features seen in disorders of glucose metabolism.
Thus, a fasting blood glucose is also recommended.
Consult your primary healthcare provider for clinical assessment and investigations to find out the cause of these symptoms.

Thanks and take care
Dr shailja Puri
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