What is the cause of night sweats?
Person's Gender: Male
Person's Age: 75
Hi, I'm Doctor Robert, a Medical Internist (MD) who deals with diseases of all organ systems. All my education has been completed in the US.
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Night sweats can be caused by:
6. systemic inflammatory disorders
7. parasite infections
There are way too many for me to tell you what it is in YOU that's causing this obviously.
Please realize this: I am limited to the information that I glean from your posts, as I can't see, talk to, or touch you. I can only give you my approach to the evaluation of your symptoms if you were in my office. That puts me at a disadvantage compared to your doctor who actually sees your body right there in the office. This is just the nature of advising across the internet. A specific diagnosis under these conditions is VERY difficult.
Your post is much too brief for any definitive statements. If you were expecting a diagnosis, treatment and cure, please STOP reading this response and do NOT rate me poorly because I'm being honest.
If you want more information, keep reading. Again, if you were expecting me to cure you from 1000 miles away on the basis of a seven work history with one symptom then STOP reading, do NOT rate this, and repost the question.
Having said that:
1. see the primary care physician (PCP) for a history and physical exam
2. get him to feel for enlarged lymph nodes which can be biopsied if atypical
3. a complete blood count (CBC) from blood
4. erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) from blood
5. basic metabolic profile (BMP) from blood
6. Chest X Ray (CXR) to look for any unusual changes consistent with lymphoma, TB, or other diseases
7. a Urinalysis (U/A) for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) as a cause.
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You should also get a TB skin test. I forgot to mention that.I have given you a thorough answer to your question, recommended tests, and how to treat your issues. I believe that is the best you can expect outside of an office visit with me. If I sent you to your doctor, please don't hold that against me. It was not because I had NO idea of a diagnosis; it was because I had too MANY and could not rule any out across the internet. Surely you can see that. --------------- However, I noticed there is still no rating for my lengthy response (and also NO follow-up questions, which tells me you don't need any more assistance). Was that an oversight, or did you click GOOD or EXCELLENT SERVICE and it simply did not process properly (the site is having technical issues and this is a common problem)? A. If it did NOT process: Can you PLEASE come back and simply write that you tried to leave a GOOD or EXCELLENT SERVICE rating, and my credit will get processed manually? B. If you did NOT feel it merited a favorable rating: Was there something ELSE you wanted from me OTHER than a diagnosis/treatment without testing, a clinic visit with me, etc.? If so, would you mind posting it so that I might have a clearer idea how I can help you better? My goal is to answer your questions to your complete satisfaction (e.g. a GOOD or EXCELLENT SERVICE rating). C. Finally, if you are one of the small % of people who never intended to pay (I'm pretty sure you don't do that in your local pharmacy; the police frown upon stuff like that :- ( ; or maybe you thought this a free site despite needing a credit card deposit to enter?), no matter how thorough and helpful the information I provided, then I hope you enjoy my hard work for free. (If you are thinking I'm a "rich doctor" who doesn't need this income, I can assure you I am not. I would not be parked in a dark room in front of a computer monitor working hard to help you and others with complex medical problems.)