Night Sweats & Joint Pain

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Night sweats and joint pain, when experienced together, can be symptomatic of a number of disorders and conditions. These include brucellosis, hyperthyroidism, fibromyalgia, influenza and leukemia. Each of these conditions exhibit different additional symptoms and are treated differently. You should consult your doctor if you experience night sweats and/or joint pain to determine the exact cause.

There are a number of reasons that you may experience night sweats and joint pain.
There are a number of reasons that you may experience night sweats and joint pain. (Image: nebari/iStock/Getty Images)

Brucellosis

Brucellosis occurs when you have been infected by the brucella bacteria, which can be spread through infected meat. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that it can also be spread by way of unpasteurized milk and cheese. As well as night sweats and joint pain, you may also experience abdominal pain, a loss of appetite and fatigue. Brucellosis is treated with antibiotics, but despite treatment may be chronic and symptoms may continue for years.

You may experience abdominal pain, joint pain and night sweats after being infected by the brucella bacteria.
You may experience abdominal pain, joint pain and night sweats after being infected by the brucella bacteria. (Image: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images)

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland, located just below the larynx in the throat, makes too much thyroid hormone. People suffering from hyperthyroidism may experience night sweats and joint pain. Additional symptoms include an increased appetite, weight gain, a visibly enlarged thyroid gland (also called a goiter), frequent bowel movements and difficulty concentrating. Hyperthyroidism can be treated by antithyroid drugs (which try to reduce hormone production), radioactive iodine (which destroys the thyroid, reducing hormone levels) and surgery to remove the thyroid gland entirely. Removal of the patient's thyroid is followed by thyroid hormone treatment for the rest of the patient's life.

Hyperthyroidism can cause night sweats and joint pain.
Hyperthyroidism can cause night sweats and joint pain. (Image: AlexRaths/iStock/Getty Images)

Fibromyalgia

People suffering from fibromyalgia experience long-term, allover aches and pains. The cause of fibromyalgia is as yet unknown. Night sweats and joint pain can be caused by fibromyalgia. Other symptoms that you may experience include chronic facial muscle pain, tension and migraine headaches, numbness and tingling on the skin and heart palpitations. Mild cases of fibromyalgia may clear up on their own. Drugs used to treat the disorder include pregabalin and milnacipran, as well as some antidepressants.

Fibromyalgia causes all over aches and pains.
Fibromyalgia causes all over aches and pains. (Image: Jodi Jacobson/iStock/Getty Images)

Influenza

Influenza is caused by the influenza virus. It is more commonly known as the flu. Symptoms other than night sweats and joint pain include headaches, dry coughs, a sore throat, sneezing, a runny nose and nausea. Antiviral drugs include oseltamivir, rimantadine, zanamavir, amantadine. Flu symptoms can also be treated with decongestants and cough medicines.

Influenza is caused by the influenza virus.
Influenza is caused by the influenza virus. (Image: PIKSEL/iStock/Getty Images)

Leukemia

Leukemia causes a high production of abnormal blood cells. Leukemia can cause you to experience night sweats and joint pain, as well as bone pain, fatigue, weight loss, shortness of breath, repeated infections and paleness. There are a number of ways to treat leukemia. Radiation therapy uses radiation to kill cancer cells and stop prohibit growth of new cells. Chemotherapy uses drug treatments to kill the cancer. Bone marrow transplants may also be used to attempt to stem the growth of cancerous blood cells.

Leukemia may cause you to experience night sweats and joint pain.
Leukemia may cause you to experience night sweats and joint pain. (Image: marvinh/iStock/Getty Images)

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