Night Sweats Normal/Not?

on 1/22/19 1:17 am
VSG on 01/10/19

Hey Everyone,

I am almost 2 weeks post op and I have been having night sweats so bad I have to get up about 2:30 every morning, shivering to change pjs, they are soaked. I am only taking pre - surgery med prescription for Cymbalta, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin.

This is an issue obviously because it is disruptive to sleep, and of course my poor husband who I am wearing out trying to turn off ceiling fan, keeping space heater beside the bed (for shivering) and trips for new pjs.

However, dehydration is a huge concern because despite all of my efforts I am only up to 56ozs of water daily. (I am full liquids now)

I left a message for my surgeon's nurse but I am guessing it is a post op thing and not much I can do...

Help OH friends~

HW: 183 Pre-Op: 171 Post WLS Month 1: 149 Month 2: 141 Month 3: 133

Surgeon's goal: 128 My Goal: 118

Liz WantsHealthForAll
on 1/22/19 4:50 am - Cape Cod, MA
VSG on 03/28/16

I was mostly cold for the immediate post-op period, but I am in menopause. My usual menopausal night sweats didn't come back for 6-8 months. But WLS does mess with you normal hormone balance so I would guess that's what is affecting you.

Liz 5'3" HW: 219 (BMI 38.8) SW: 185 GW: 125 CW: 115-118 (BMI 20.4-20.9) - TT and facelift 1/11/2017 - Brow and eyelid PS 12/11/2017.

WL: Pre-op: -34 M1: -17 M2: -12 M3: -11 M4: -7 M5: -7 M6: -5.5 M7: -3.3 M8: -3.3 M9: -2.5 UNDER GOAL since 10/12/2016 - in current range since 12/10/2016. Average maintenance calories 1350

Gwen M.
on 1/22/19 5:37 am
VSG on 03/13/14

I'm almost 5 years post-op and I still have periods of time where this happens. I might also be pre-menopausal, so it's unclear if that could be a factor for me.

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 42 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

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H.A.L.A B.
on 1/22/19 9:53 am, edited 1/22/19 1:56 am

It can be hormonal.

Or - that happens to me a lot when my blood sugars dropps too low in a middle of the night.

I try to remember to get a teaspoon or 2 of creamy nut butter before bed. That keeps my BS much more stable during the night.

I use all cotton night pajama or a nightgown. I keep extra set in my night stand, and change if needed. Flannel sheets offer enough warmth, so I seldom use a blanket on top of that. Sometimes I use my cat. If I am really cold, shivering, he comes with me under the sheets. He is big and fluffy and a great portable heater. We are pretty sure he loves it also.

Hala. RNY 5/14/2008; Happy At Goal =HAG

"I can eat or do anything I want to - as long as I am willing to deal with the consequences"

"Failure is not falling down, It is not getting up once you fell... So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again...."

on 1/22/19 3:59 pm

I occasionally get soaking night sweats. It never occurred to me that it could be low blood sugar. Thanks for bringing that up!

Original surgery: VSG Feb. 2009


Height: 5'7"

Start weight: 252. Current weight: 120

on 1/22/19 5:27 pm
RNY on 02/14/18

I love the kitty-blanket -- way better than a ho****er bottle or electric blanket!

HW: 306 SW: 282 CW:144.8 GW: 145 (reached 2/6/19), next goal - 132.9


Shannon S.
on 1/22/19 3:42 pm
VSG on 11/07/17

Could be a sign of your body trying to fight infection. Might also be your body working hard to heal things. Good move to have called your surgeon. They may want to grab some blood work to ere on the side of caution. Hope you feel better.

on 1/22/19 5:25 pm
VSG on 01/10/19

I did have an infection in the hospital, and yes I hope it is a sign of healing.

HW: 183 Pre-Op: 171 Post WLS Month 1: 149 Month 2: 141 Month 3: 133

Surgeon's goal: 128 My Goal: 118

on 1/22/19 5:40 pm
VSG on 01/10/19

Thanks for your input everyone. My surgeons office sent me to an endocrinologist who took a TON of blood to test for everything.

The first thing she said was, "it happens due to the rapid weight loss." However she followed it with the next info.

I take Levothroxin for low thyroid and she said to "double my dose" and they would call with the results of the blood work.

I will do my best to pop back and let everyone know if there is any follow up information.

HW: 183 Pre-Op: 171 Post WLS Month 1: 149 Month 2: 141 Month 3: 133

Surgeon's goal: 128 My Goal: 118

on 1/30/19 9:54 am
VSG on 01/10/19


I got the blood work results yesterday and according to my hormone levels I am menopausal.

However, my catecholamine level was also off, the endocrinologist wants me to discontinue my anti depressant: Cymbalta/Duloxetine for 3 weeks and then repeat a urine test.

Note for reference:

I have been on antidepressants for 9 years after a suicide attempt landed me in the hospital for 8 days. I have changed meds, changed dosages but consistently take them exactly as prescribed. I still have occasional lows, usually winter (seasonal affective disorder) but nothing I cannot handle with the help of my safety person.

HW: 183 Pre-Op: 171 Post WLS Month 1: 149 Month 2: 141 Month 3: 133

Surgeon's goal: 128 My Goal: 118