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Night Sweats

Posted by Terrie Milligan on October 20, 1998 at 12:20:45:

Dear Walt,

I have looked in your book to no avail. Lately, I have been experiencing night sweats. Sweating like a pig yet freezing.

My husband thinks its stress related. Could it be? I looked on the net and found that this could be related to HIV but I was raped five years ago and had an HIV test that came out negative.

I'm concerned because I wake up soaked! What do you think?
Terrie


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Re: Night Sweats

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 21, 1998 at 12:06:08:

In Reply to: Night Sweats posted by Terrie Milligan on October 20, 1998 at 12:20:45:

Dear Terri,

My book works as a unit. If you just try to read about what you are experiencing, you will miss the entire purpose of the book.

This can ONLY be dysautonomia due to the overwhelmijng storage of stress-effect in the hypothalamus. Remember this is an early sign of dysautonomia. So if you go to the medical library to read up on it, and get terrified about this diagnosis, you have to know ahead of time that the only thing described in the medical library is the end result of dysautonomia.

My book fully describes the bases for developing dysautonomia but you have to read the whole book to see those connections.

Your husband is correct in that this is ONLY stress related. One of the strengths of my book is that it also tells you what to do about it.

Once you have studied my book, if you still have more questions, write again. This is a TOTALLY unnecessary condition!

Walt



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Re: Night Sweats

Posted by Terrie Milligan on October 21, 1998 at 12:40:28:

In Reply to: Re: Night Sweats posted by Walt Stoll on October 21, 1998 at 12:06:08:

Hi Doc,

I have read your book, twice :-D. But the night sweat thing has only been going on for about a month. So I looked in your book again to see if I'd ignored anything specifically on night sweats.

So we're back to skilled relaxation.

Doc, I have tried and tried. I'm obviously doing something wrong. Help! Where do I go to learn how to do this properly?

I've also really done well on my whole foods diet..with only occasional slips. *grin* And I've been exercising about an hour a day with my dogs.

But, these night sweats have GOT to go! BTW, my back is much better thanks to you and Dave.

Thank you for all you've done and continue to do.
Terrie


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Re: Night Sweats

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 22, 1998 at 11:36:35:

In Reply to: Re: Night Sweats posted by Terrie Milligan on October 21, 1998 at 12:40:28:

Dear Terrie,

You are right! There is nothing specifically in my book about "night sweats". My hope was that, by more fully understanding the effects of chronic stress-effect on hypothalamic function, people would deduce this as one of the chronic results.

You have, however, already deduced that the answer is in the skilled relaxation so, perhaps my book has not been a total failure (grin).

One of the references in my book is "Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer" by Dr Pelletier, which would explain this in great depth. Some BB participants have complained that this resource is too complicated and have offered some simpler alternatives to explain this. Look in the past week (on this BB) under Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer for those discussions & recommendations.

On the home page, there is a similar discussion to what is in my book about skilled relaxation. Have you followed those recommendations? Do you have the Relaxation book? Have you had what you have tried checked by biofeedback to see where you are?

It may be that you are too far gone to learn a technique. Many times I have recommended, for those people, that they get a deep, total-body therapeutic massage 3 times a week for 2 weeks to get relaxed enough to make learning a skilled relaxation technique possible.

Besides, this series of massages might even resolve your night sweats for a few weeks or months while you catch up with the relaxation.

Let us know how you do. Your experiences of finding your way through this would be a great lesson for many others!

Namaste` Walt




Re: Night Sweats (More Options)

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 22, 1998 at 11:42:31:

In Reply to: Re: Night Sweats posted by Terrie Milligan on October 21, 1998 at 12:40:28:

Terrie,

Also, you might go to the note containing the word "biofeedback" on 10/21/98 AND pay attention to the notes Greg has been putting on the BB. There are now MANY mechanical aids to help people having difficulty reaching the correct brain rhythm.

If you have to do these, please share what you learn.

Walt




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