I had previously solved the overwhelming issue of severe night sweats due to the anti-breast cancer medication Tamoxifen I'll be taking for 10 years, by using a "chili pad" at night. It worked so very well and has allowed me to stay off of yet another additional drug. It is basically a mattress pad with a machine that pumps water through it at whatever cooling temperature I choose. It has worked like a miracle for my night sweats.
Here's the problem...with my recent onset of RA, the chili pad has really increased my pain and achiness. So now I must weight getting sleep against more pain. And perhaps I'm waking just a much now with pain.
If I continue to try the chili pad to be able to sleep instead of waking continually from night sweats, is it just a matter of me hurting and aching a lot more, or is it actually causing more damage and inflammation to my joints?
I'm not sure what to do as I really need to get some sleep but I don't want to cause arthritis flares and increased disease activity.
Any experience or thoughts on this?