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Night Waking With Internal Intense Body Heat?

I have been waking in the night with intense body heat at about 12 or 1 AM every night. This is not night sweats, as I am not sweating and have had night sweats before. I am just extremely hot and cannot sleep anymore.

Also I have been taking Advil PM to help with my insomnia and I am able to sleep well until the heat kicks in. It is awful. I am so sleep deprived, I am dopey during the days and feeling exhausted.

I am a 45 year old woman, and unwilling to think this is menopause related as I am on hormone replacement and have been for 5 years. This awful heat thing has been going on for a full year. Also, I am a bit more hot than most during the days, but nothing compares to the midnight inferno.

Also, sometimes I feel like my heart is pounding out of my chest. Help, I am really frustrated and would love to know what to do to make this all go back to normal.

Thanks for your response.



Kevin: Hey there,

Thanks a lot for asking about this and sharing your situation. The internal heat you describe definitely sounds like symptoms of menopause that some women report, but as you say you are already taking the hormone replacement that is traditionally used to treat this, so perhaps it is not in your case.

While I can't go into that aspect too much deeper myself, I can point to some simple environmental and behavioral aspects of sleep hygiene that could help you out.

But before I do that, I would first really recommend going to see a sleep physician and describing your situation to him or her. While you are already on hormone replacement, a sleep specialist may be able to recognize other factors that may be holding you back from consistent restful sleep (and hopefully get to the bottom of this internal heat conundrum!), and help you to pinpoint what needs to be done.

Okay, let's turn to some possible environmental factors...

The first question I would ask myself in this situation is when I wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep, do I feel alert or do I feel utterly exhausted still? If I felt that my brains alertness, in addition to the internal heat, was contributing to me having trouble getting back to sleep, I may look towards my body's circadian rhythms for an answer.

If your clock-dependent alerting hormones are turned on at all in the middle of the night, possibly due to an irregular pattern of sleep, this could play a role in keeping you awake after the internal heat has first awakened you.


(If you'd like to know a bit more how this would work, I wrote a little bit about it recently in response to another question.)

In fact, the hormones related to menopause or perimenopause are modulated by the exact same mechanism in your body as the hormones that govern your wake/sleep cycles--what's commonly known as your biological clock, which is in the suprachiasmatic nuclei (or SCN) of your brain's thalamus. There's a wonderful Reader's Digest article about this connection, and it seems other aspects of what you're describing.

An excerpt from that article reads: "'The SNC is where you have the axis for the sleep/wake cycle and the axis for all the endocrine glands that affect monthly reproductive rhythms,' says Dr. Yan-Go. 'They’re all linked together like an orchestra,' so when one cycle is out of whack, it tends to sideswipe the others as well."

Recommended Site

Perimenopausal women generally require a lot of sleep because their bodies are going through enormous physical and emotional changes. For tips on how to have a fabulous menopause and beyond, check out the sleep section of NursingMenopause.com.


In addition to those considerations, there's certainly no harm in trying to make your sleeping environment as conducive to staying cool as you can, which I would guess you may already be doing. I often sleep with a fan or two on, or the window open, to this end. Another possible strategy (one adopted by Benjamin Franklin, interestingly enough) is to prepare a second sleeping area/bed for yourself, so that when you wake up hot you can move to a spot that hasn't already adjusted to your own body heat.

Now, those are clearly strategies more geared towards addressing external heat, but I'd wager that being cool on the outside has to be better than being warm on the outside when you're already burning up inside.

But again, I would definitely seek the advice of a doctor. Chronic sleep deprivation is serious business, and it's no fun living with the consequences it brings. It really would be well worth it to pull all the stops and take the time to seek professional medical advice.

Best of luck. I wish I could give you a magic solution, but unfortunately in life that rarely exists. I have faith that you can get to the bottom of this though!

If you have any more follow-up questions or comments, please feel free to ask them using the "Post comments" link below.

Warmly,
Kevin


(Please keep in mind that I am a student of sleep science and not a medical doctor. Please take any thoughts I give with my background in mind.)

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Sep 15, 2010
Night Sweats/ Body Heat keeping you up at Nights?
by: Sally W

I have found myself waking up in the middle of the night all sweating and can't fall asleep. This is ocurring very frequently. As I am in my 40's and have talked to several other women in the 40+ group, many have said the same thing. Not only is this a problem for menopausal women, but men and pregnant women experience the night sweats and flashes. As I was researching this I came across a website that has this unique product called the Oasis Body Pillow. It is not your normal body pillow because it comes with a control unit and remote. This control unit can regulate the temperature that you input and it cools the pillow throughtout the night. Unlike the pillows that have a freeze pack and does not last all night long, this will! I have tried it and want to pass my finding to you all. I now am getting a great full night of sleep. In additon, this unit can also warm the pillow up if you are cold before going to sleep and then you can adjust it to a cooler setting. I recommend this product and encourage you all to check the website. It is worth the money for a good night sleep!

Sep 15, 2010
Oasis Body Pillow
by: Kevin Morton

Thanks for your recommendation Sally. Someone else was actually telling me about this Oasis Body Pillow yesterday and how much it had helped her with migraines and a racing heart at night. I'm glad it was able to help you with your sleeping difficulties as well!

(You can read that other person's comments at: http://www.end-your-sleep-deprivation.com/oasis-body-pillow-has-helped-my-migraines-night-sweats-and-racing-heart-when-i-sleep.html)

Jul 23, 2011
Body heat without sweats
by: Anonymous

I am an 86 year old man not in metopause and the damned idiot that said that to the woman doesn't understand that I have an intese heat next to the skin which is extremely hot on any part that touches the mattress or chair, and is not hot to the touch from the outside, but is burning up inside. I have spent many days and nights trying to diagnose this malady and am finally getting some results from a Neurology Dr and my Dr which is a young lady but extremely intelligent and is guiding me through this and it is a nerve condition which can either be pain or heat. Mine is heat from the low to the high in heat. I think I can get it cured, so you people giving advise, take a look in you Medical books and get up to date as you can help these people, but not as you are advising.

Jul 23, 2011
To Anonymous
by: Kevin

To anonymous who posted above: Thanks for sharing your experience and I'm glad you're on the way to recovery. That said, no one is suggesting "metopause" (sic) is to blame in this situation, just that for some reason menopause is the source of internal hot flashes that can make sleep difficult. There's also no reason to assume that your situation applies to everyone else with internal body heat. Nevertheless, maybe the author of this story can benefit from your insight, and all the best in your recovery.

Aug 04, 2011
Energy Surges!
by: Jay Atkinson (Mrs)

Dear People

I empathise completely with ladies and gentlemen alike when this dreadful phenomenon occurs! I am a 55 year old female and like the lady above thought I was free from the menopause a few years ago. I, too, cannot sleep for intense heat which also occurs during the daytime. My skin itches too, and although I don't particularly feel exhausted I am aware that this is because I can catch up on sleep in the daytime if necessary as I do work from home. A definite advantage!

This is going to sound quite 'off the wall' but I have spoken with a huge number of people on this subject - all of whom share the same symptoms, including palpitations and heart irregularities. When they have been checked over medically they have been found to be perfectly healthy, so that led us to investigate further this worrying physical set of symptoms. The symptoms would appear to be connected with quite a different cause. Of course, this is not to say that everyone will subscribe to this 'theory' but it certainly makes sense to me.

Whilst I believe that one should always check for medical irregularities first, if one is found to be in otherwise good health, maybe it is that you are simply sharing the global symptoms of what is commonly being called 'Ascension'.

Without going into too much detail, and for fear of upsetting anyone who is not of an open mind, if anyone is interested in knowing more you can contact me through my page. It's worth a thought if nothing else!

I at least draw comfort from the knowledge that I'm not alone!

Kindest regards, Jay

Feb 13, 2012
internal heat and sleepness night
by: Anonymous

I am a bit relieved now that I have read of other peoples experience about this disorder of the body. For the past fifteen years, I have been experiencing hotness right from my bowel that results sweating coming all over my body. As soon as I wake up from sleep I will be perspiring, all my body will be filled with sweat: as soon as it happens I will not sleep again. Please assist me to correct this anomaly as it has been giving me concern. I am about 50 years of age. I do not believe is menopause because my mother did not experience it this way.

Apr 03, 2012
Night Waking With Intense Internal Body Heat
by: Anonymous

My sister is only 20 but describes exactly the same symptoms of internal body heat starting from the bowels as that described by some of the articles i have read here. What could it be? Please help.

Apr 19, 2012
OVERHEATING - no really, I AM on fire.
by: Anonymous

I am 29 yrs old, and a COMPLETE furnace at night.

I am female, and my gf's over the past 3 years can not sleep beside me what so ever.
They say I am on fire -right down to the touch.

*BUT I do not sweat! it is strictly heat.

Problem is I am FREEZING throughout the day. The minute I hit the bed = fire.

I have gone to the doctor about this numerous times, have been tested from hell to high water..thyroid glands, blood pressure... you name it...all came back perfect.

I do have GERD, which is the shits considering I am only 29 - I have GERD since I was 15 and take nexium for it, but havent taken nexium in over a year now... Im thinkin spontaneous combustion is around my damned corner.

The answer the doctor gave me:

"your fine, some people just give off more heat then others at night -your one."

-awesome doc! oy ya yoi.

I personally do not notice the heat -BUT as previously stated.. there isnt a person in the world who can sleep next to me, unless it's winter :/

Jun 25, 2012
Hot like a furnace...can't sleep :(
by: Hottie

I am 49and also suffer from the same furnace like heat 10 to 15mins into my bedtime...I take off my sheets and then put them back on again over and over throughout the night...hence not getting any sleep.

Was on HRT...just stopped for 1 month. Can anyone help? :(

Jul 09, 2012
Burning up
by: Nicole

Hey, im 20 years old. Just turned 20 in march. I have been feeling over heated for awhile. Tonight is the first night it has kept me up. So i deiced to do some research. Nothing has been useful so far. Currently i feel like im a billion degrees. I took my temp and it said 98 degrees. Ive taken a cold shower and it felt nice but as soon as i was put no more than 10 minutes later i was burning up again. Can anyone help me???

Jul 20, 2012
possible perimenopause symptoms
by: mmorty

I feel like i am dying. I have achesand pains every minute of theday, my feet, thighs, left hip left shoulder, leftside of throat is burning my neck has burning pain all along the back and front and the shoulders feel the same. I feel lacking energy and feel like there is a fire inside me. My skin is also very warm to the touch and I feel depressed all the time. I am 52 years but still have the odd period. This month it was a lot heavier. I am terrified i have cancer because of the pain all the time. When i do any housework or anything else i am sweating and my face goes really red. I would appreciate any cmments

Aug 01, 2012
night sweats
by: Anonymous

I am an 86 year old man who has been getting night sweats. This sweating starts when I sleep about an hour and is from my neck up to the top of my head. At that point, I wipe my eyes, face and neck and change my pj top. What can it be. It has been going on for a few years, but now it is worse and I am not sleeping well.
What can it possibly be and what kind of a doctor should I see?

Oct 15, 2012
Don't worry, be happy!
by: Michelle

Hi Kevin, I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for the work you and your team are doing. Opening Up forums for this subject helps everyone involved to delve into the mysteries of sleep. It's a great thing when people can share their experiences and encourage one another that we are not alone.
Again, Thank You
Michelle

Nov 13, 2012
odd
by: Anonymous

I'm 23, male. and it seems like I have menopause but not during sleep only when I start falling asleep. I get sudden burst of massive body heat for at least 5 time maybe even more, at the same time my left lung starts hurting like someone is stabbing me, if it's not hurting then it shakes intensely for less than a second. Not only that I feel like my blood is rushing towards the internal organs mainly feel like the kidney (I can actually feel my kidney) and the pressure in my body feels like i'm going to explode. I really hope this is nothing serious.

Nov 25, 2012
Burning up!!!
by: Anonymous

Ok I have the same night fire! I have less heat symptoms by taking Noni,gogi, vitimine E, magnesium, and iron. Don't know why this helps me but maybe it will help someone else. It doesn't take it completely away but I am no longer sleeping with ice packs in the bed.

Dec 23, 2012
Surging Heater
by: Prayerchild

I have been having this surges of heat that seem to last about a minute, but the heat is intense and in some cases unbearable and very uncomfortable. Yes am 49 years old and have come to the conclusion that I am going thru menopause.

Dec 28, 2012
burning skin
by: lynn66

Hi,im also suffering with the under the skin burning feeling ,i am 46. iv just started the hrt elleste 1mg, but this hasnt stopped my night time misery.i wake up the same time 1.30am no matter what time i go to bed, i end up going into another bed where i sleep on and off . im absolutely shattered and its causing problems as im also keeping my partner awake.someone did say i may need a higher dose off the hrt, not sure this will help... i just need some sleep iv been like this now for 2yrs... any advice will be appreciated.

Jan 21, 2013
5PM symdrome
by: Anonymous

Everyday at 5pm i will began falling sleepy and intense internal kicks in, is awful feelings. sometime i shivers so bad. it happens everyday.

I am currently going through tribulation time in my life which take a lot of emotional and mental energy.

I also suffered from insomnia for three years and anxiety and depression, So i dont know if they related.

Jan 24, 2013
Internal body burning and brain sizzle
by: Anonymous

Okay ready... I use the term body burning but I am not sure that is really right. It happens to some degree almost every night. Around 3 4 5 6 I usually wake up at first I feel okay almost good but god help me if I decide to just keep on sleeping because then it will start. A burning in my brain sensation an almost sizzling type of feeling. I'm awake but asleep sorta. Dreams come in this waking state or possibly just deep thoughts and the sizzle/heat persists. Then my heart starts to thump funny like in a labored way not irregular just in a very aware of dying of a infection type of way. I twist and turn but it gets worse. My whole body might get heated but only from the inside out and along with a shaky a feeling usually with sweating an all around slightly dying sensation. But if I get out of bed it stops almost immediately. I thought it might have to do with needing to have a movement or severe stress but ...no I don't think so. Then I thought maybe something to do with my mattress but...nope. Happens with or without vitamins or sleeping aids and if I keep the room at a cold temp. I am a woman 36 yrs but its happened since I was at least 28 or so. Very mysterious..yes?

Mar 16, 2013
Am I having a heartache?
by: Anonymous

I can't tell you how glad I am to find this website tonight (this am...it's 2:15am and I've been awake since 1am). I was sound asleep and out of nowhere woke up, heart racing, on fire, anxious, feet cold and clammy, etc. I feel like I'm losing my mind and scared to death I'm having a heart attack!! I had weird "surges" in my head all day that I can't explain to anyone. A feeling of terrible fear. I've been tired all week to the point of hardly functioning. Neck, shoulder & back pain on my left side and my jaws and head have been killing me all week. I've had anxiety since I was 21 and I'm almost 48. This is different from an anxiety attack. I'm in complete fear I'm having heart issues. This has happened before but not to this extreme. Any feedback is appreciated. I'm absolutely miserable!!!!!!

Apr 02, 2013
You're Welcome!
by: Kevin Morton

To Michelle, above: Thank you for taking a moment to tell us that! Indeed many aspects of sleep and health just don't get talked about much in our daily lives, so I also think it is important to have forums of open discussion online to broaden our understanding and bring more empathy into the picture. That's definitely what I'm trying to do here.

You've reminded me that I need to add a part about the value of our visitor submitted stories to our "our philosophy" page. Thanks again!

Apr 15, 2013
concetration NEW
by: dinesh

hi iam dinesh iam 28 yrs old why i cant conctred any wrk and my hand become shake when i write somethink or talk somebody i feel unconfrtable every time plz help me and give me good advice..........

May 07, 2013
Kidneys NEW
by: Anonymous

Just to tell you I suffered for a year or more with intense dry heat. Had had the odd nit sweat which I presumed was menopause but this was different. Having had normal blood tests and normal ursine tests, I was perplexed. However I recently discovered a mass on my kidney incidentally. I had to have a nephrectomy and I honestly think I no longer have the intense heat.
Don't want to alarm anyone but, do continue to question if you are not sure.

May 18, 2013
Night Furnace NEW
by: Lori

Wow, Im so excited I came across this site. Its awful when you feel like you are the only person on earth feeling this way. My furnace started several years ago ( I am 53 now). When I went out in the sun/heat to garden or golf, I would feel like I was dying of heat. I gave up golf, most of my gardening in the day and really gave up summer. So ahead several years. The past year it's been awful. Upon awaking ( on top of the heat/sun thing) I got so hot that I would have to get up. It seemed like as soon as I awoke, it started. It seemed to creep up nightly, that is would start earlier and earlier. Now I am burning up so much as night I can't sleep. I am on HRT and my hormones are fine. I am on thyroid meds as well. Its gotten unbearable. As well ( I live in the arctic ( temps are in the winter -60 and Im overheating all night ( some of the day too) My bedroom window is open and a fan on. I wish someone on here would let the rest of us know if they had actually been diagnosed with something . I know they hypothalamus contains our body temperature gauge and I'm wondering if ours, are broken. :( ". Thanks for all the information

May 23, 2013
possible perimenopause symptoms by: mmorty NEW
by: Sleepless and in pain too

Just wondering MMORTY, did you ever figure out what was wrong? I also started suffering from aches and pain throughout the day and sleeplessness. It is 3am that I usually wake up. I have had a complete CBC and inflammation tests and everything comes back fine. I have seen mine gyne and two GPs so far. Not sure what to do next. Maybe a neurologist? I am a 48 year old female so I guess this can all be hormonal. My pains are in my hands, arms, fingers, thighs, and recently my toes. Sometimes the pain comes on quickly and is gone quickly, other times it last for awhile. It is making me crazy! Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

May 23, 2013
possible perimenopause symptoms by: mmorty NEW
by: Sleepless and in pain too

Just wondering MMORTY, did you ever figure out what was wrong? I also started suffering from aches and pain throughout the day and sleeplessness. It is 3am that I usually wake up. I have had a complete CBC and inflammation tests and everything comes back fine. I have seen mine gyne and two GPs so far. Not sure what to do next. Maybe a neurologist? I am a 48 year old female so I guess this can all be hormonal. My pains are in my hands, arms, fingers, thighs, and recently my toes. Sometimes the pain comes on quickly and is gone quickly, other times it last for awhile. It is making me crazy! Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

May 29, 2013
sleepless and in pain NEW
by: mmorty

No I am still suffering and it is worse than ever. I am on 10 mg ramipril for high blood pressure. I have a lot of fatigue and am still in pain. It is the internal heat that is bad too. I have also developed swollen ankles when hot. I still think that it is cancer as i have pain in my left side of chest and lung area and throat.

May 29, 2013
Sleepless and in pain: ATTN MMORTY NEW
by: Anonymous

MMORTY, Have you googled the side effects of Ramipril? One of them says fever. Check it out.


Jul 14, 2013
In the same boat NEW
by: Anonymous

I have similar symptoms, and have so since puberty or so. I get really hot in the middle of the night, but I never sweat. I am 31 and take birth control, but am not on any other hormones. I have been repeatedly checked for thyroid issues, but it always comes back normal. I did have high cortisol, but it came back normal during the steroid test. I don't usually get fevers, even with serious infections like flu or pneumonia. My normal temp is usually 96.8-98.2. It's bizarre. I spoke with an endocrinologist but she gave no feedback on this. I bought a "cool gel" pillow and that has helped tremendously with sleeping through the night, but I'm worried that I'm treating the symptom and not the problem. Are there any additional tests that could help shed light?

Aug 26, 2013
burnin'up NEW
by: butterfly

Hi everyone..my "inferno" symptoms started about 6 months ago...before that it was really just hot flashes here and there but NOW it is SOOOOO intense it's killing me!! I seem to have this intense heat feeling all day long and am always grabbing ice packs to put on my forehead or even sticking my head in the freezer for a few seconds! I am 46...and my mother kept telling me that it's possible I could be going through the menopause and I thought she was crazy at first but i think she's right!!! I can barely stand it..haven't been tested for hormones yet but i feel like I am going crazy!!! My husband wAS always complaining that whenever he touched me my skin felt so Hot..! I am foggy thinking, my bones feel more brittle....just want someone to talk to. this is a great website!!!

Sep 20, 2013
Under skin burining NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I'm 20 years old male, it's 9 degrees outside and I've just woken up in the night with no heating on with my skin feeling cold and under my skin feeling like a fuzzy hot, I've got the window wide open with no quilt on and that's only just keeping me cool enough but it's depriving me of sleep, anyone got any tips?

Sep 28, 2013
want to sleep NEW
by: shane

g'day mate.
my names Shane and i'm 25.
O.k for the last 3 and a bit weeks i've done nothing but wake up sweating with drenched blankets and sheets early hours of the morning around 1or2 then pretty much every hour after that;
I have read the other stuff that's up here n well,number1 i'm a bloke number2 i'm not going through manapoures and number3 I just want to get some real sleep where I don't wake up sweating.
I also have 5 kids so the sooner u reply the happier i'll be.

Oct 23, 2013
Night Heat NEW
by: Annonymous

I am a 58 year old female who has been on HRT for years following a hysterectomy. As a result, my doctor says I am not experiencing menopause symptoms. Yet, I wake extremely hot at approximately 3:00 AM every night. Upon waking I feel as if I'm sweating, but when touching my skin if I am, it's just a very light film, not a drenching sweat. After removing the covers (a light layer) I actually get a chill, forcing me to cover back up. To add to this misery, even if I do manage to fall back asleep, it's restless sleep - leaving me drained and exhausted the following day. It's the same scenario regardless of the time I go to bed. It's very frustrating. Any suggestions or recommendations to solve this problem?

Nov 03, 2013
Hot towel on my back and neck NEW
by: Sue May

Similar to most everyone...I feelan intense heat like someone had place a hot towel on my back and neck as soon as I lie i bed...why?

I wish I could enjoy my sleep again...

Nov 03, 2013
Hot towel on my back and neck NEW
by: Sue May

Similar to most everyone...I feelan intense heat like someone had place a hot towel on my back and neck as soon as I lie i bed...why?

I wish I could enjoy my sleep again...

Nov 03, 2013
Hot towel on my back and neck NEW
by: Sue May

Similar to most everyone...I feelan intense heat like someone had place a hot towel on my back and neck as soon as I lie i bed...why?

I wish I could enjoy my sleep again...

Nov 03, 2013
How to Connect NEW
by: Lori

It would be so nice to be able to connect with these ppl who are having the same symtoms. Kevin is there any way we could connect with each other? There are a couple of ladies I would love to talk to. Im a female 54 who is suffering with this extreme heat syndrome and would love an ear.
Thank you

Nov 03, 2013
Facebook NEW
by: Lori

Hi again. I tried to find a facebook page for this site but couldn't find one. That would be the perfect way to meet the other people that suffer along with everyone. Is there a facebook page? When I click on the FB logo on the bottom is says there is no page? Maybe we should start one :)

Nov 19, 2013
horrible rolling heat surges NEW
by: bev

accompanied by elevated blood pressure (up to 200/100 or higher), anxiety & nausea. Starts between 4 & 8 pm, on a bad night goes on all night. (days are generally normal.) This latest episode has been going on for 2 weeks. I'm 72; just had urine & blood tests for endocrine hormone irregularities, nothing showed up abnormal.
At a loss as to what kind of doc to see (cardiologist & internist are stumped), what to do, feel like it's hurting my heart. My hands and feet sweat as well as my whole body. It's quite scary. I have no idea what to do next. Any advice welcome.

Nov 19, 2013
horrible rolling heat surges NEW
by: bev

accompanied by elevated blood pressure (up to 200/100 or higher), anxiety & nausea. Starts between 4 & 8 pm, on a bad night goes on all night. (days are generally normal.) This latest episode has been going on for 2 weeks. I'm 72; just had urine & blood tests for endocrine hormone irregularities, nothing showed up abnormal.
At a loss as to what kind of doc to see (cardiologist & internist are stumped), what to do, feel like it's hurting my heart. My hands and feet sweat as well as my whole body. It's quite scary. I have no idea what to do next. Any advice welcome.

Nov 19, 2013
horrible rolling heat surges NEW
by: bev

accompanied by elevated blood pressure (up to 200/100 or higher), anxiety & nausea. Starts between 4 & 8 pm, on a bad night goes on all night. (days are generally normal.) This latest episode has been going on for 2 weeks. I'm 72; just had urine & blood tests for endocrine hormone irregularities, nothing showed up abnormal.
At a loss as to what kind of doc to see (cardiologist & internist are stumped), what to do, feel like it's hurting my heart. My hands and feet sweat as well as my whole body. It's quite scary. I have no idea what to do next. Any advice welcome.

Nov 19, 2013
Chiropractor + vitamin D = Finally feeling better NEW
by: Julie

I had sleeplessness and aches and pains from March to June of this year. Doesn't sound long now, but trust me It felt like forever. I couldn't sleep, my arms and fingers ached, the pain would wake me up in the middle of the night. The aches in my fingers and arms would move from place to place. Hurt to carry my purse. I went to regular traditional doctors, and nothing could be found. After reading about vitamin D, I had a blood test and found it was really low. According to the FDA, it should be in the 40s and mine was 21. I went to a chiropractor and he did some quick nerve tests by pressing on certain areas and waiting for my reaction. Sometimes my arms went numb or I had pain. Long story short, I had pinched my ulnar nerves in my arms. He said a combination of too much using the computer in the wrong position, dehydration (I was drinking too many caffeinated drinks not enough water), and low vitamin D and B can cause nerve pain. I had maybe 8 sessions with him doing Graston on my arms, started taking supplements and increasing my water. I also started to exercise and that helps a lot too. Not sure if this info will help anyone out there but felt I should put it out there anyway. BTW, I am a 48 year old female. Good Luck and don't overlook Chiropractors!

Jan 04, 2014
me too!! NEW
by: Anonymous

I have lupus and suffer from internal intense heat all the time. I am constantly covering and uncovering at night I wake up I go back to sleep its horrible. Its winter here in Texas and its 30 degrees outside and I have on the AC the family is bundled up but I am so hot. I do think I have a thalamas thyroid problem-its high I take meds but have not been because I think it contributes to my internal heat I so wish I could find the solution this is so miserable.

Jan 04, 2014
me too!! NEW
by: Anonymous

I have lupus and suffer from internal intense heat all the time. I am constantly covering and uncovering at night I wake up I go back to sleep its horrible. Its winter here in Texas and its 30 degrees outside and I have on the AC the family is bundled up but I am so hot. I do think I have a thalamas thyroid problem-its high I take meds but have not been because I think it contributes to my internal heat I so wish I could find the solution this is so miserable.

Jan 04, 2014
me too!! NEW
by: Anonymous

I have lupus and suffer from internal intense heat all the time. I am constantly covering and uncovering at night I wake up I go back to sleep its horrible. Its winter here in Texas and its 30 degrees outside and I have on the AC the family is bundled up but I am so hot. I do think I have a thalamas thyroid problem-its high I take meds but have not been because I think it contributes to my internal heat I so wish I could find the solution this is so miserable.

Jan 25, 2014
misery loves company NEW
by: Anonymous

Over the last month or so, I am going through the same intense heat as described. I am in my early sixties.

Glad to here this comments.

Feb 20, 2014
some solutions NEW
by: Anonymous

34 male, no meds been feeling the heat surge for 4 years. The only thing the doctors could find wrong was low vitamin B, D and dehydration. I had skin crawling (little pinches) at night also but solved that by the following. I seriously made an effort to drink a solid 16oz cup of water before bed and a liter throughout the day as well as switch tea to coffee. You have to work on the timing to not get up every 2 hours to pee at night but its possible. Next I took just d & b vitamins and this caused a kidney stone after 4 months so be careful when self treating. It was way to much for my body to absorb. Now I reduced that vitamin to a oneaday mens multivitamin which has higher level of b then the others. This has been for a year and no stones so its ok. I also started sleeping on my back with only a cotton comforter. With a sheet and polyester comforter there was no air flow at all. Plus I do my best to avoid overly salty foods. All of these steps have deffinately helped but not completely solved my problem. Next is to begin exercising and get back to work when my son starts school. One step at a time and good luck.

Mar 05, 2014
Food Culprit? NEW
by: Anonymous

I highly recommend doing Lyn Genet Recitas' The Plan. I would have night wakings/hot flashes and sometimes get up for 2 hrs. at a time, but my dr. assured me I was way too young for menopause.
Sometimes I attributed it to the Diet Coke (caffeine?), but some days I wasn't drinking it and I was still up at night. Some nights I slept fine. By doing The Plan, I can see my body does that when I'm having a food reaction....to almonds, tomatoes, some types of chocolate, chickpeas, etc. I was having "healthy" almond butter in my morning shake several times a week! Who knew that was the culprit? Everyone's body is different. It could be a different food for you. It's 20 days and it is very challenging to do--you add in a new food each day to see how you react, but it's very worth it. I now have a restful night of sleep when I'm not testing a new food or going out to eat. So worth it! Do a google search to find her site & facebook page.

Apr 05, 2014
Unbearable Heat NEW
by: Adee

I hate the sun, heat and almost anything that generate heat including my own body. I am only 25 and i am suffering from excessive body heat, i don't wear jackets warm clothes shoes. i scream during the night because my feet and hands are like on fire. I can’t go out when its sunny, my body would first heat up and then start to feel like someone's needling every inch of my body. I get terrible migraine and headaches, sometimes i am exhausted and use wet towels to help asleep. my feet would generate so much heat that i‘d just put them in cold water for hours, I cannot use blanket i have to use a sheet to sleep in winter. Yes, you heard me right, i use a linen sheet to sleep in 4C. anything above 10 and my hands body and feet would start burning. i can’t understand whats going on but when everybody in winter is complaining i am jumping and happy and laughing. winter i love you and summer and sun i hate you both for making my life miserable. i really need help. if anyone know a cure please mail me volfen3 AT yahoo DOT com. i will be grate full. thank you

Apr 06, 2014
Contact Searing Heat! NEW
by: Jen

I am a 54 year old female. I had a complete hysterectomy four years ago and used hormone replacement therapy until the last couple of months. I titrated off of them slowly because I suspected that they were the cause of morning nausea, fatigue and migraines. I also have been diagnosed with MS an adrenal tumor and chronic fatigue syndrome.

For the last month or so, I have been waking with an intense burning in whatever part of the trunk area of my body is touching my mattress. Since we have a bed equipped with heaters, I thought that the heater was coming on by itself. If I was laying on left side, my left side would feel like I was standing way too close to a radiating heater! I toss off all of the blankets and quickly turn over to my other side. As soon as I cool down, I pull the covers back over me and then it all starts over again. This is happening more and more and is very much what I would say is a pain syndrome. The only part of my body that feels the searing heat is the whatever side of the trunk area that is making contact with the mattress. Not my legs, arms or head.

Yesterday while traveling in the car for just a few minutes, I felt the burning in my backside, wherever my body was making contact with the car seat. I kept checking to see if the seat warmer was turned on and it wasn't. On the way home, a few hours later, it all started over again. I mentioned to my husband that wonder if our car seat warmers were malfunctioning?

Last night I paid close attention to these episodes so that I could try to find the exact words to explain how it feels. I woke up so many times from this that I can't even count and it's becoming disabling by day.

I've also had some other strange things happen in this last week. I startled awake with what felt I hard blow from a ball bat on the top of my head. It's as if I heard an explosion too. I truly thought that I'd been severely hit when I first woke up! Then another day while I was walking in the house, I heard huge pop in my left ear.

I don't believe that all of this is just from hormones due to the fact that the searing heat is contained to just one area of my body at a time. I liken what I am experiencing with the previous post of the 84 year old gentleman. I will be discussing this my neurologist at my next visit. I have had to reschedule my MRI study three times due to illness. So hopefully within the next month, I will have had the MRI and follow up with my neurologist to determine if there are new lesions from the previous study?

Thank you to everyone who has shared their stories, especially to the 84 year old gentleman. I couldn't have explained my issues as well as you have and I think that you and I are on the right path to diagnosis!

May 26, 2014
Ibuprofen NEW
by: Anonymous

You may be sensitive to ibuprofen. Many people get a type of heat flash from two hours give or take from taking ibuprofen .
Try a diphenhydramine product by itself.

May 26, 2014
Ibuprofen NEW
by: Anonymous

You may be sensitive to ibuprofen. Many people get a type of heat flash from two hours give or take from taking ibuprofen .
Try a diphenhydramine product by itself.

Jun 14, 2014
Heat in the middle of the night NEW
by: Anonymous


I'm a 60 yr male that is awoken every night at approx. 3 A.M. with internal heat (not sweating)that keeps me up at least 2 hours before falling asleep again. I toss and turn, throw off the covers, but nothing helps. All I accomplish with tossing the covers is cold skin but nothing else. My mind is wide awake and I can't do anything else other than think of things. After a few hours I can feel the internal heat going away and I finally fall asleep again. Of course, then I must sleep till nearly 8 in the morning. Good thing I'm retired, and don't have to punch someones time clock! I see no connection of this problem to my diet or natural medications. My blood tests show no thyroid or diabetes problems. I do test positive for "anti-bodies" indicating some sort of auto-immune problem, but doctors have no further advice. This has been going on for years now and my memory has become poor due to years of sleep deprivation. I wish I knew what causes this sleep problem.

Jul 26, 2014
Overheating at night. Heat,Tingles, but no sweat. NEW
by: Trev


Wow I found another feller with the same issues..
My overheating very predominantly comes on in the early hours of the morning; every morning Grrrrrr. I am NOT SWEATING. My skin doesnt feel excessively overheated except where insulated by the mattress or head on the pillow. I took my temperature once and found it to be normal.
Ambient temperature is a catalyst but not really a cause. Hot summer nights (say 20 degrees plus celcius) mean the heating comes on earlier and is more persistent than say single figure temperatures. When the heating comes on (between 1 am - 6 am typically) I can get up and lie on a cold leather couch with a sheet only then swap to a different leather couch etc etc. The cold leather dissipates the heat after a while and by swapping I can keep the surface cold. I do all sorts of things to disapate the heat. The sleep deprivation is distressing and its every night. Its about heat but it also has a discomfort a bit like "pins and needles" or a bit like a rough sandpaper being against the skin but not moving. Its a discomfort more than a pain. The issue is in the torso of the body and upper arms mainly. Its like I need to jump into a fridge for a while then I can get back to sleep. When I go to bed I am normal but I know whats coming and its like the tide it always comes. So lets hear what advances we can make because this seems to be uncommon and my doc has yet to come up with anything to relieve the symptons.
For the past 6 months I have searched for answers. Three doctors appointments, blood tests and urine (adrenalin) checks so far have no answers. Relentless searching has found few people with common symptons. Lots of menopause issues and HRT etc but I am a male in his 60s. I am really keen to find answers and others with similar issues where we can compare and help each other.

Jul 28, 2014
Heating up day and night NEW
by: kathy

Hi everyone

I have the same problems plus other symptoms. I am heating up day and night. night time is the worse, At night I sleep with the air conditioner on and to fans blowing on me . Sometimes I will wake up freezing but after I turn the air conditioner off within a couple of minutes I start heating up again so than I turn it back on this goes on all night. during the daytime I have the same kind of heat but sometimes I will have a period of time it lets up. Other things that triggers it is HEAT, EATING AND HAVING A BOWEL MOVEMENT. I have several test and everything so far is normal. I forgot to mention I am 57 years old. My doctors did rule out menopause. He did tell me I am past that and if it was menopause I would mainly have heat flair ups. I saw my doctor the other day and he actually seen the water pouring off my face. I have been loosing so much fluid I ended up in the ER a couple of times being dehydrated. I drink plenty of water maybe to much. HEAT also activates the heat and sweat flare-ups. I also have GERD and IBS. My doctor thinks it could be related to the digestive system
If anyone has any ideas they could email me at
katherineclark543@yahoo.com

Jul 29, 2014
I AM DEALING WITH THE INTENSE FURNACE-LIKE ABDOMINAL HEAT NEW
by: Shari Mattice

I have been dealing with having intense abdominal heat that gets so hot that I feel like I'm standing right next to a fully roaring bonfire, & I can't move away from it; it's so hot it makes me get sick, sometimes I end up throwing up because it also causes a pressure sensation in my abdomen! I have also had my ovaries & uterus removed, plus my gallbladder taken out too!

The heat & pressure gets so bad that I feel like cutting my abdomen open to release the pressure that I feel, & I don't know what is wrong; known of my doctors can find anything, but I have found out that some of it is do to my not getting enough oxygen to my organs & tissues! While my oxygen sats are saying I'm breathing in plenty of oxygen, my pO2 & PO2 (tc) say that I have very low organ & tissue oxygenation! One day I prayed to God for help with the pain, asked Him to check my body against that of His design for Eve's body; not to strike me dead, but to see that something is really going on & I can't handle the pain! I said if you know of anything here (I was in Walmart) that will take away this pain, point it out to me please; when I finished my prayer, I said Amen & right away a elderly woman that I hadn't seen next to the pharmacy said that I should really try out the "small, Salonpas pain relieving patches", so I did & they work! Initially I thought I was having an allergic reaction to them, because they feel like they are drawing all the heat inside you out to the patch's location; & the area under the patch got really pinkish-red, but I left it on and soon the heat & skin discoloration disappeared and I was for the first time in years free of any heat & pressure in my abdomen! Only the small size works though, which is weird; because the next size up also says it has the same ingredients in it too! The patches are doublesided, & measure 2.56" X 1.65"; so I buy lots of them, I cut them up into smaller strips because even a smaller strip will remove the pain for a certain amount of time, they also will remove the pain from dental caries or an abscessed tooth when you place them over your cheek where the pain in your mouth is located! The box cost less than $5 at Walmart for 40 patches, try them out; they have been a real, God-sent blessing for me! Salonpas Pain Relieving Patch, size 2.56 inch by 1.56 inches! I also have another condition that is the cause of my blood pressure pounding in my chest every time that I wake up during the night too, if interested email me at shari.a.mattice@outlook.com & put SALONPAS info REQUEST in the SUBJECT line so I know it's not junkmail.

Aug 16, 2014
Stop suffering NEW
by: Dee

First thing for women at least is to check out your hormones from a natural doctor. I went to many doctors and they all said I was fine. I did a lot of testing with a natural doctor and was put on natural hormones and natural thyroid and that did the job. Even an Endocrinologist said my thyroid was fine.Wrong!! Don't only rely on MDs people. They also offered my an antidepressant. I said "take a hike." Now that I am older I find myself waking up again around 1:00 really hot. It's not hormonal this time. I stopped the wine drinking and I am sleeping through the night again. Try this route if you go nowhere with your doctors. This has cost me thousands of dollars and years of no sleep to figure this out. I have been sleeping for years now and It has changed my life. Also, if you wake up around 4 or 5 in the morning that is usually an adrenal issue. Another problem that will not get discovered from an MD unless you are on your death bed. A simple natural adrenal supplement can take care of this. You will have to take several until you find the right one but it is worth it in the end. It will cost money to figure all this out but without health life is almost not worth living. I was so bad for many years that I got to this point. I am glad I went against everybody and got help. The Wright Clinic in Tacoma Washington is who figured me out. You can be a phone patient. I live in Florida and have been doing this for 5 years. The Florida natural doctors could not completely help me; I tried them first. Good luck.

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