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night sweats after surgery?

i have been having night sweats almost every night since my surgery 2 weeks ago. my doc says it is from the anesthesia. apparently the anesthesia effects your hypothalamus...which in turn effects your body temp.

anyone else experience this? and for this long?

also...how do i get them to stop???

tnx for any help you all can give me!

june 2012-microD, l4/l5
april 2013-fusion, l4/l5


  • patrain17ppatrain17 Ottawa area, CanadaPosts: 106
    Yes, it comes with the territory. I remember my last day in the hospital (after a bit more than a week) was probably the worst episode of night sweats I've ever had. I was constantly going from sweats to chills. It was an horrible night following an horrible day. I think I was probably traumatized from what just had happened but anyways, I don't want to bother you with the whole story. I don't remember exactly how long I had them, but it lasted a while. Time will take care of things. They will go away at some point. Don't worry! Have a good recovery!
  • good to hear it is normal. ugh, sounds like you had them pretty bad!

    thanks for the support :-)

    june 2012-microD, l4/l5
    april 2013-fusion, l4/l5

  • I had night sweats and hot flushes after my lumbar fusion and was told it was from the anaesthesia too.
    I even had a period after more than two years without!
    Things did settle down again, but I seem to remember that I was having the sweating for months.

    Good luck with your recovery. I hope you get great relief. :-)
  • ouch2oouch2 Posts: 1,270
    edited 05/03/2013 - 4:39 AM
    I had terrible night sweats right after my surgery. Every night all night for the first 5-7 days. Seriously thought I was going through menopause at the same time as recovery:D. They did stop though after that.
    Hope your recovery goes well :)
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  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,675
    edited 05/03/2013 - 5:34 AM
    unusual "new" symptoms or occurances. "They" say that the five most dangerous words in the english language are "maybe it will go away" because things that maybe perceived as normal - maybe a problem that is not followed up on appropriately and a problem maybe left untreated. Delays in diagnosis and treatment could have consequnces. Certainly temp changes are a known "lady" issue ... in my case it had to do with my thyroid function and not a lady hormone or post anesthesia syndrome.

    Bottom line is when in doubt .... have your doctor check it out. Hopefully it is nothing .... but we need that confirmation to come from a physician ... not a fellow post surgical patient/friend on an internet forum.

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  • thank u everyone for the comments. i did speak to my dr. originally and that is how i knew it was from the anesthesia. the night sweats are finally starting to decrease! nice to know i was not the only one.
    hope you are all doing well!! xo.

    june 2012-microD, l4/l5
    april 2013-fusion, l4/l5
  • In fact several members of the forum recommend satin sheets. I had a major night sweat with those sheets and it took weeks before I was willing to put those back on our bed. I know it wasn't the sheets, but well, I prefer cotton sheets. (Though it is easier to move around on the slick satin)
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • I had spinal fusion surgery two weeks ago and I am still having night sweats. How long does this last? It is worse than menopause ever! I am not getting much rest. I am also going through a lot of depression. Anyone else out there experiencing these things? What has helped you?

    Thank you
  • I was just about to call my doc. when I saw your comment. I have had terrible sweats as well. I will be checking in with him anyway. Thanks for the info. I have been recovering ok I guess. Just frustrating that I cant bend down. I need one of those grabber things. Wish you all a quick and successful recovery.
  • Sheri76Sheri76 Michigan Posts: 524
    After my surgery in March, L4-5 with disk replaced, I had some sweating, but not too bad. I had a rough time overall in hospital, started running a fever the day after, with headache and started vomiting (quite violently, pretty sure my catheter blew out, but don't remember anything much after, till I woke up the next day. They must have knocked me out with something, I don't even remember them cleaning me up. The nurses were so great, such forgiving and caring souls.

    I had a little sweating after I went home (4 days). A week after I got home I got sick again, no fever, but bad headache with vomiting. The following day I was in the shower and had to hurry and get out, started feeling like I might faint (didn't have a shower chair yet, my mom bought me one later that day). I should have just sat on the toilet, but all I could think of was to quickly lay down. Big mistake. I tried to tell my mom I had to lay down, but I only made it across the hall to my doorway when my mom said I collapsed to my knees (I don't remember that, but I do remember falling to my right side very gracefully, like an angel softly laid me down. I don't recall any pain, but my mom called 911 for a lift and assist. I had her help me slide my back brace on, underwear, and partially put my robe on before the medics came. They got me up with no problem. Very thankful I didn't cause any damage. My surgeons office said i was probably fine, and at my post op appt. the following week they said i was walking fine. I'm relating all this to emphasize the importance of taking precautions after surgery. A shower seat is something I wished I would of had ready before my surgery. And maybe I should have just went to hospital, just incase. A couple weeks later I got sick again, but no falling this time. I think it may be sinus/migraine related. I take sinus pain meds as soon as I feel it coming on, so far no more vomiting with the headaches.

    I used a satin pillowcase placed under my bottom to get in and out of bed easier, didn't make me sweat like satin sheets do. I had to keep straightening the pillowcase every time I got out of bed, but it was worth the trouble.

  • Hope most of you had the post spine surgery sweating resolve. My sweating has gotten worse and worse after each of my five lumbar procedures, but I may have recently learned why. The anesthetic drugs disrupt the hypothalamus in the brain, which regulates body temperature, by "disconnecting" some of the neural connections in it. Apparently for some people, those disconnects become permanent, more of them after each exposure to the anesthetic drugs. Some people lose the ability to sweat at all and others, like me, start to sweat heavily at the drop of a hat. It is so embarrassing and uncomfortable that I have basically become a hermit, avoiding being around people as much as possible. Have tried some things for treament, but nothing worked. The sweating affects my whole body, so just using a stronger antiperspirant was not going to help much! So, looks like I am stuck this way, sadly. No way I know of to get the neural connections working correctly once more.  And I know I may be facing at least one more lumbar procedure. Maybe I should just carry a bucket around with me? Heehee.           WendyW
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  • This is very interesting as I thought I was the only one with this problem. I had an ALIF op in April. Two weeks later I developed severe night sweats - I had some during menopause but these were much worse. I had no temperature and was okay during daytime. They lasted over a week. It felt like my thermostat had gone haywire.  I searched on the Web (sadly wasn't on this forum then!) I bought some Maca root and took it for three days. Then they stopped! When I told her my surgeon seemed concerned and checked my blood and X rayed and scanned for DVT.  All ok.  In the end she concluded the op had triggered a menopausal episode. Could have been the maca or maybe they just stopped naturally...
  • Lainey1967Lainey1967 Bishopbriggs Posts: 35
    Had spinal discectomy surgery 8 days ago and only now am I experiencing horrible night sweats. As I am not aware of all the symptoms during recovery so it's great having this forum to see if the symptoms are/have been experienced by others. Hopefully sweats don't last long for any of us.
  • Drink a lot of water and liquids, my husband had cold sweats then hot etc, the liquids seem to help,, likely because it rids toxins out of body but believe me, you want to focus on liquids because the body needs it to heal properly
  • CandyDCCandyD WisconsinPosts: 28
    I forgot about the night sweats I was having. I would wake up drenched in sweat, and I hated the feeling because it meant I wanted a shower but it hurt too much and at that point my daughter was still helping me wash up while I sat on a shower bench. I wondered about that but never asked my doc because by the time I went for my 6 week check up they were gone. I guess that was part of the post op roller coaster, along with the crying at the drop of a hat. All that is over with now. The only "thing" is my hair has been falling out, which I understand is from the anesthesia and will eventually stop in a month or two and then start growing back. 
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  • Yes. So bad!  Surgery 7 weeks ago.  Did you figure out any reason or what to do,  I am miserable 
  • I am experiencing excessive sweating when surrounding tissue and muscles get inflamed. Except feeling generally awful, its not so big problem, but you need to take a lot of water, preferably filled with minerals.
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  • I have been having sweats and I mean serious sweats since my surgery in July 2015 and its also triggered menopause sweats on top too. Saturated bed sheets and during the day it looks like Ive been in a shower of rain when I have a few in a row.  my scar is always soaked with it too.  I am back on a mild dose of Gabapentin but it doesnt seem to be working.  I cannot have HRT either so its all a bit of a mess at the mo.  I'm doing well mobility wise as I am back on my bicycle doing a few hundred miles a week but the sweating just hasnt tapered off.  Its very frustrating and you dont really want to go out as it makes you feel like people are staring.

  • Marsh said:

    I have been having sweats and I mean serious sweats since my surgery in July 2015 and its also triggered menopause sweats on top too. Saturated bed sheets and during the day it looks like Ive been in a shower of rain when I have a few in a row.  my scar is always soaked with it too.  I am back on a mild dose of Gabapentin but it doesnt seem to be working.  I cannot have HRT either so its all a bit of a mess at the mo.  I'm doing well mobility wise as I am back on my bicycle doing a few hundred miles a week but the sweating just hasnt tapered off.  Its very frustrating and you dont really want to go out as it makes you feel like people are staring.

    wait till the leg cramps start too they are horrendous
  • SageSSage Western New YorkPosts: 1
    I had two surgeries and the pain meds along with the anesthesia caused me to awake dripping wet all the time, plus, I saw my Cookiecat flying around on the ceiling fan above me. Another interesting item which was new to me I found ut was called propreation (sp?). I couldn't find my arm. Where you think it is, is where it isn't!
  • Oh this is such a relief!!!  I had this pretty badly after my surgery, for about a week.  I would wake up SOAKED in sweat...and what was worse was that I wasn't allowed to shower!  I never thought to ask the doctor about it, but it's good to know now what was causing it  :)
  • LizLiz Posts: 8,071
    This is an old discussion created by a member that hasn't been on the forum for a long time so I am closing it.

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