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Are Night Sweats a Sign of Rheumatoid Arthritis?

I've recently been experiencing night sweats. Sometimes they are so bad that I wake up with my pillow completely soaked! A friend who has rheumatoid arthritis told me that it could be an early sign of the disease. Is that true? Are night sweats a sign of rheumatoid arthritis?

 
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Night sweats aren't necessarily a sign of rheumatoid arthritis. Although quite common and not necessarily a symptom of anything serious, night sweats should be reported to your healthcare provider. They could be caused by something as simple as menopause; however, night sweats can also be a symptom of more serious conditions, such as cancer or trouble with blood sugar.
 
Because many of the medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis increase the risk of infections, it is important to consider the possibility that night sweats are a symptom of an otherwise hidden infection.
 
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