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Mesothelioma

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Fever and night sweats

VEVO
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My Dad was diagnosed in September and has experienced a worsening of symptoms over the past couple of months. He’s struggling to sleep as he has to change his bedclothes up to 7 times in the night due to the fever and night sweats. He’s regularly taking paracetamol/ibuprofen, which has helped with his headaches but not the fever. Can anyone recommend something to ease the night sweats? 

Rose03
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Sorry to hear this. 
My mum did have some symptoms like this after first being diagnosed last April. She too took paracetamol and ibuprofen which helped - hers was caused, I think to fluid on lung so she had an op to seal the lung wall to stop it from filling up again. She hasn’t had fevers since but is on a very lose dose of pregabalin for some nerve pain she was getting.

i advise contacting doctor and also meso Uk are also brilliant 

good luck

VEVO
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Thanks for your response. My dad had the same surgery in August and he had hardly any symptoms at all until early December. The GP hasn’t been much help. The paracetamol and ibuprofen have helped him a little. I’ll definitely get in touch with meso UK. Is your mom having any other treatment? 

hurtandconfused981
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Hi VEVO,

In the very beginning my Dad had some night sweats but they seemed to cease after he was classed as stable. I think it's quite a common symptom.

The only things I can think of are things such as:

- A large room fan
- Handheld fan
- Smaller tog duvet.
- Open window at night.
- Wearing less clothes to bed.

But I would check with a Doctor before doing any of these because I'm pretty sure a fever doesn't mean you're cold but you're body is "tricked" into thinking you are so if you do any of these it may make you sick?

Rose03
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Hi VEVO,

My mum was diagnosed with early meso - stage 1 possibly edging to stage 2 - went in MARS trial was not randomised for surgery but finished 6 cycles of chemo at Christmas. CT scan showed it was stable so nothing now for 3 months - when she goes back for another CT and I guess we look from there.

She is generally well - just tired and her voice has definitely changed and got deeper.  

VEVO
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I managed to get in contact with a mesothelioma specialist nurse through mesothelioma.uk and she recommended that my dad take low dose steroids. He’s only been on them for a few days but he feels so much better. He still has the night sweats but the fever is gone and his appetite is back. He’s able to get out and about again and he’s much brighter and less depressed. I wish the hospital had told us about steroids early on as my dad wouldn’t have lost so much weight. It’s sad that he’s had to suffer so much before finding a solution.