Wintertime night sweats and calf cramps

Patient

Q: Beginning last winter, I began to experience heavy night sweats and severe cramping in my left calf. By spring it was gone, and I thought little more of it. About a month ago, these symptoms resumed, riding on the tails of a hefty winter cold and a scitatic flare-up over the winter holidays. The sweats are so intense tha I have been waking in the early AM hours needing to change my night clothes (even the lower legs of my pajama bottoms are sopping wet as if I had been out walking in the rain), towel off and then lay a sheet or blanket down over my side of the bed because it is so saturated with sweat. I am a 30 year old male. Regular smoker, casual drinker, no regular medications. Reasonable diet, daily activity (walking, TaiChi and Yoga), drink lots of water. I am a full time college student and part time gardener and bookstore warehouse worker. When this began last year, I did see a doctor who was unable to find anything. This is becomming disruptive as it can take up to a couple of hours after waking for the pain in my leg to become tolerable to walk on.

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