I have always gotten headaches..probably about 1x/week or every other week. For the past month though, I am getting them daily. If I don't take something immediately, it will turn into a migraine.
2 nights ago I also woke up in a "cold sweat". I was absolutely drenched with sweat, and still sweating but FREEZING. I would have given anything for a nice hot towel! I can't help but think these things are related, and possibly something serious be going on.
I will be going to the drs, but I can guarantee that I know what they will say.
-drink less soda (caffeine)
and possibly give me some meds to take for the migraines. I'd like to be armed with some other possible suggestions as to what could be going on so I don't get written off so quickly. Any ideas? Is there any other symptoms I should be looking for, any sort of test I could ask for?
Could you be peri-menopause? You did not give you age however I have had similar symptoms and that's what I was told...my sweats are an every night thing for months now. Along with headaches and sometimes will turn into migraines.
At first these sweats were very bothersome so the doc put me on birth control to regulate my hormones however I decided not to take them after a month...so now I deal with waking up briefly during the night and the feeling of being covered in a light layer of wax on most mornings.
However I know that night sweats can be caused by hypoglycemia, fever (body fighting an infection), some cancers, etc.
Proceed to see your doc and get a complete physical....cover all bases.
I did have a partial removal of my thyroid last year to remove a 5mm non functioning colloid nodule, but according to my dr my thyroid levels are fine. Ugh, it's tough because for one reason my dr is a jerk, and basically makes me feel like I am being ridiculous that I even came there...and then there really isn't any options to switch drs because of my insurance..and then my insurance is God awful and I really can barely even afford the co pay for the visit let alone a visit just to "push me off". I really can't go unless I have my facts in order so I can press a few things with him.
I do recall that hypoglycemia or diabetics can cause night sweats with chills.
To make the best of your visit with your physician I would keep a journel of your experiences, what you eat before bed, were you stressed, etc as well as family history of medical problems and research that others do to troubleshoot the symtpoms that you experience and if he / she does not take you seriously then I would look for another doctor however as you stated above it can be difficult, etc. If you won't be taken seriously then I would find someone who would.
Sometimes the best advocate for your health is yourself. Be persistent as you know your body better than anyone else.