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Posted by jenniferk32 (Member # 30718) on :
It started about the same time I started antibiotics. But my estrogen level is really low, and so is my progesterone. The low progesterone level may be from oral contraceptive use to straighten out my cycle. I just started taking estroven to boost the estrogen. I tried progesterone cream too, but it did NOT agree with me so I stopped.

My doctor suggested I may be in perimenopause, so I'm thinking maybe that's what the sweating is from. But I find it a bit odd that it started about the same time as I started lyme treatment.

In any case, it's terribly uncomfortable. Virtually very night I end up switching over to the other side of the bed and sometimes I toss my pajamas off altogether. However, my kids sometimes have bad dreams and end up in bed with me. I can't switch over to the other side of the bed when that happens, so I just lay in my sticky sweat. It's disgusting....

So, do you think it's from the Lyme? What the heck can I do about it?
Posted by TF (Member # 14183) on :
The sweating could be from babesiosis. It is a very typical babs symptom. From page 23 of the Burrascano Guidelines:

"Clues to the presence of Babesiosis include a more acute initial illness- patients often recall a high fever and chills at the onset of their Lyme. Over time, they can note night sweats, air hunger, an occasional cough, persistent migraine-like headache, a vague sense of imbalance without true vertigo, encephalopathy and fatigue."

Note: You don't have to have ALL the symptoms to have babs. In fact, I had basically none of the symptoms, but I still had babs.

Or, the sweating could be from perimenopause.

Or, the lyme could be causing the perimenopause. It messes with female hormones big time. It gave me a false menopause for 5 years. Good lyme treatment (but not less agressive lyme treatment) got rid of my lyme-induced menopause and I became pre-menopausal again.

So, you always have to consider lyme as a cause when your menopause or perimenopause occurs while you have lyme disease.

Time and good treatment will tell which it is.
Posted by Cass A (Member # 11134) on :
I would test for babesia. At least, the tests for it are pretty accurate, unlike the ones for Lyme. It takes someone looking at your blood cells through a microscope. Oh, and now there's the DNA test, as well (which I never got).

I had serious night sweats also, and it turned out that I had a very, very high level of babesia infection! (It's a red-blood parasite that's a relative of malaria)

Then, from the sweating, you feel like cr**, due to electrolyte loss.

The best thing I've found for that part is Electrolyte Stamina by Trace Minerals Research.

There's several treatments for babesia--do a search on this site, for starters, and get educated for yourself.


Cass A
Posted by 5vforest (Member # 29365) on :
Originally posted by Cass A:
I would test for babesia. At least, the tests for it are pretty accurate, unlike the ones for Lyme.

Untrue, unfortunately.
Posted by apljack (Member # 14233) on :
Yes, tests can be negative. If you've got any of the symptoms and have had another tick bite, then you should treat. I wasn't convinced I had it until I treated it. Wow, viva la difference!
Posted by bcb1200 (Member # 25745) on :
Lyme doesn't cause sweats. It is either Babs or Bart...both can cause night sweats.
Posted by jmb (Member # 18338) on :
I am not sure what causes the sweats. Sometimes I think we think we know or the doctors think they know and we believe.

Based on Dr. Bs guidelines, I suspected Babesia and tested positive. However I stopped having night sweats before I started to treat babesia with mepron and zithromax.

After more than six months on the treatment, I do still sweat more than ever now when I exercise.

The point is I am not sure what causes the sweats. But since I am a dude I am damn sure it ain't perimenopause.

It is sickness. Whatever bug it could be, chase it.
Posted by lajamur (Member # 24593) on :
Hi there,

I have this problem too.

I'm 28 and have been having night sweats on and off since I was 18.

They almost always flare up around my period, so for many years I assumed it was "just" my hormones. Now I don't know what to think. Could the sweats come and go with your monthly cycle, and still be caused by illness?

They are not "normal" sweats.
Posted by nefferdun (Member # 20157) on :
When you hear pounding hooves, think horses, not zebras.

When you know you are infected with lyme disease, sweating is a very strong case for babesia.

It is not treated with the drugs used for lyme (Bb). When you suppress the Bb, the other infections emerge and take over so your symptoms change and you do not improve as you are not attacking those infections.
Posted by chiquita incognita (Member # 30381) on :
Well said, Nefferdun! Love the wisdom and the imagery!

As for the other possible side of the coin, read about vitex or chaste berry (same herb, different names) and black cohosh, here: see Herbal Medicine Center


See also the second website about wild yam, the information may come as a surprise and it's very full disclosure. Check it out.

Best, CI

The above information has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.
Posted by Jen117 (Member # 28156) on :
I had night sweats that worsened when the antibiotics were increased and especially when I started IV Rocephin. I'm positive for babesia, brucellosis and lyme so for a long time I assumed that the sweats were from the illnesses. It occurred to me to speak with a pharmacist and my doc...both said the antibiotics interfere with hormone it's a double whammy. The sweats are from the illness and from the treatment. Here is what finally ended the sweats for me: I had my hormone replacement meds adjusted (my doc added DHEA to the others and increased estrogen) AND I started babesia treatment (Artemisia with cloves). And FINALLY the sweats stopped. I also found that keeping the room temperature consistent made life much easier. For some reason, the changes in temperature stressed me out and my body wasn't regulating itself easily. I hope this helps you. You may want to work with someone who knows integrative medicine (herbs, etc) as well as Lyme treatment. That helped me a lot. Good luck!
Posted by tdtid (Member # 10276) on :
I too was soaking the bed while on Lyme Treatment and my doctor swapped me over to Babesia treatment. I definitely feel that in my case it was Babs.

The treatment did bring on the bed wetting soaks even more....but eventually they were under control. Good luck. It's a miserable feeling.

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