For years, I have endured awful night sweats. It has been pretty common for me to wake up at 3:00 am, with my soaking-wet sheets stuck to me. My routine is to get out of bed, practically remake the bed, and crawl in on top of my top sheet. My husband really loves this middle-of-the-night fussiness, as one can imagine.
I can't link it to anything besides the MS. It is listed on the Copaxone package insert as a rare side effect, but I had this before I ever started Copaxone. It doesn't seem to correlate with the temperature in the room or the heaviness of the covers. It probably gets worse with hormonal changes throughout the month, but never goes away.
One thing I know DEFINITELY causes night sweats in me is a course of Solu-Medrol, but I haven't had the pleasure of having one of those in several years.
All I could find on this was a pretty questionable article that mentioned that 36% of people with MS have moderate night sweats and an additional 16% have severe night sweats - this was from someone who seemed to be advertising a bed topper to solve this problem, with no source of data mentioned. I did find some more reputable references that said night sweats were linked to some neurological problems, like stroke and autonomic neuropathy, but no mention of MS.
So, I'm asking all of you. Is this another one of those crazy unexplained symptoms of MS (that belongs on our list of Julie's List of Weird MS Symptoms and Phenomena) or it is just me? Do any of you have this annoying phenomenon? Have you linked it to any medication you are taking or anything else? Share your stories in the comments section below.