Night sweats & joint pain

Updated July 19, 2017

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 leukaemia. 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.


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 unpasteurised 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.


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 goitre), 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.


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.


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.


Leukaemia causes a high production of abnormal blood cells. Leukaemia 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 leukaemia. 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.

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Alexander Kennard started writing in 2003. He has written music reviews and articles for "The Reflector" at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada, and has been published on He has a Master of Arts in English from the University of Victoria.