How to Recognize Causes of Joint Aches and Pains and Night Sweats
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Experiencing night sweats and joint pain is common among women who are peri-menopausal and fully menopausal. When you are experiencing this, hormones are fluctuating and then diminishing, which can cause night sweats and joint pain because there is no longer enough estrogen to protect the joints. Also, when estrogen is in abundance it wards off inflammation. When estrogen dwindles, joints are more likely to become inflamed. Women going through menopause may choose to take hormone replacement therapy or phytoestrogens, which help reduce menopause symptoms and reduce the occurrence of night sweats and joint pain.
The medical condition lupus, which is an inflammatory connective disorder that involves blood vessel walls, joints, kidneys and mucous membranes, can cause night sweats and joint pain, according to Merck.com. Treating lupus involves taking non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids or anti-malarial drugs.
A condition called coccidiodimycosis can cause both nights sweats and joint pain. In addition, you can experience joint swelling, stiffness and shortness of breath if you are afflicted with this condition. Cocciodioidoycosis is an infection caused by the spores of coccidioides immitis, which is a fungus. When the spores are inhaled, this results in infection, the symptoms from which can range from hardly noticeable to severe. Those individuals who have a poor immune system are more likely to get a serious infection from this fungus than those who are healthy. If you have breathed in these spores, it will take anywhere from one week to three weeks, which is the incubation period, before you will become symptomatic, according Healthline.com.