Pregnancy and night sweats?
Hello everyone. I am 38 and pregnant with baby #4 (completely and totally not planned due to severe medical issues and limitations). I have almost daily migraines and need a lot of supplements and medications to keep me even a little bit functional. But when pregnant, cannot take many of them (i.e. feverfew for prevention, Imitrex to treat migraines, anti-nausea medications, depression/anxiety medications). A "new" challenge is that I have begun having severe night seats, meaning I wake up every 30 minutes soaking wet and needing new clean clothes and new sheets. Which means no sleep, which results in more severe migraines = really, really bad nausea migraine-related added to severe pregnancy nausea. My drs seem largely unhelpful and I can't seem to find any "pregnancy safe" night sweat treatments (BTW, menopause runs super early in my family, so I am in early menopause at my age, despite this pregnancy). If anyone has any safe ideas for treating the night sweats (I have had acupuncture recommended, but it's expensive and with me on disability for the migraines we are very financially limited). Thanks!!! I have done a ton of internet research (something I am professionally skilled at) and yet no luck yet.:crazy:
Thanks for your response!
It's really quite nice to hear from someone in a very similar situation (ie. disability from a chronic disease, child #4 and night sweats). I can't seem to find many women pregnant and with night sweats. For migraines I have actually tried all medications available, all alternative methods (i.e. acupuncture, herbal treatments, energy therapy/healing, craniosacrial treatments, massage, PT, Chinese medicine, diet modifications, lifestyle modifications... Botox ($5k a pop, OUCH, amd I was in the 10% minority that got worse). Also tried lots and lots of water, I don't consume caffeine (migraine brains can't tolerate it), soda, etc. I'm one of those where it is purely a hereditary, neurological disease. About 4% of migraine sufferers (20% of women) transfer from episodic to chronic (i.e. more than 15x/month) and in that group, the vast majority don't respond to many treatments at all, regardless of method. It has been a big learning curve for me. But it sure would be nice to get rid of these night sweats. Only advice my many drs can give so far and which I will try... is Benadryl is safe when pregnant to treat both migraine pain and nausea. Turns out it can also really help alleviate anxiety and help sleep. So will see if I have any results.