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Abdominal Sweating and Pain – Even at Night?

Derrick Zinj



Sweating is absolutely normal. On a hot sunny day, you’re supposed to sweat. Sweating is a response of the heat to cool the body. When you sweat too
much or consistently, like the switch to sweat is “ON” 24/7, its time to decide if you have hyperhidrosis.

If you do your homework and decide that hyperhidrosis is a likely reason for your uncontrollable sweating, you’re likely to be sweating from your palms, face, armpits, back, and feet. Sweating at night is a completely natural and common response when you have hyperhidrosis. With that being said, what isn’t normal is abdominal sweating.

There are a few well-known parts of your body that are most likely to sweat. For example, your armpits are a very common place you’d expect to find sweat. Abdominals, on the other hand, is a less-common area to perspire from.

Sometimes (more likely than not) you will find pain and discomfort in your abdomen when you’re sweating from your stomach. These two problems simply go hand-in-hand. Now that we understand a little about abdominal sweating, let’s look at what causes the perspiration and pain.

What Causes Abdominal Sweating and Pain?

Before you jump the gun and assume that you have an extreme condition or disease like hyperhidrosis, keep in mind that there are well over 50 known reasons for sweating on your stomach.  Instead of listing nearly 100 different known causes for stomach pain and stomach sweating, we will talk about some of the most common causes for both pain and sweat.


Indigestion is simply a term to refer to the feeling of discomfort or fullness. Indigestion is common after enjoying food a little too much and end up feeling slight discomfort. When someone has indigestion, they can feel nauseous, bloated, a heated stomach, and a buildup of gas. These are all normal symptoms and you should not be alarmed if this is something that happens to you.

Nine times out of ten, indigestion is caused by eating too much food, being completely stressed out, smoking cigarettes, and consuming alcohol, indigestion can be linked to more severe issues.

Panic Attacks

A panic attack, also coined the name anxiety attack, is a periodic moment of irrational fear and helplessness. When someone has a panic attack, it effects all parts of their body; from the nerves to the neurological side of your body. Panic attacks commonly last anywhere between minutes to hours.

When someone has a panic attack, they can sometimes expect to feel abdominal pain or sweat or even nausea.

Digestive issues

When you’re digesting your food, you may run into an occasional problem. When this happens, you will feel a sense of bloating and discomfort commonly followed by sweats on the abdominal region. This extreme feeling of discomfort will pass eventually. If the problem persists, take some medication or consult a doctor.

Diseases and Infections

Diseases and infections are a common catalyst for abdominal sweats and pain. Some types of diseases and infections linked to abdominal pain and abdominal perspiration are

  • Lupus
  • Kidney Diseases
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Celiac Disease
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Chagas Disease
  • Giardiasis
  • Helicobacter Pylori Infection
  • Ascaris Worms
  • Mononucleosis
  • Appendicitis

Sickness and/or Poisoning

More often than not, if you are feeling pain and discomfort along with droplets of sweat on your abs, you’ve encountered food poisoning or a common sickness. Although food poisoning can be extremely dangerous, most times the body recovers within a matter of a few days. The most common types of poisoning linked to sweating on your belly is food poisoning (duh), iron poisoning, ricin poisoning, or lead poisoning.

If you’ve been in contact with too much radiation, your body could be having a sweating reaction known as radiation sickness.

Your Stomach is Over-Heated

Most of the time, your stomach is simply over-heated. Maybe you were in the sun all day or you were taking part in some sort of physical activity. Regardless of the specific activity, chances are that your body is releasing sweat to cool down your overheated body.


What About Night Sweats?

Clinically known as sleep hyperhidrosis, night sweats is excessive sweating while you’re sleeping. You typically end up laying in a pool of your own sweat. Not only are night sweats annoying, they also can be quite embarrassing.

Hyperhidrosis is not linked to one specific cause, but rather, hundreds of associated contributors.

In order to minimize your chances of night sweats on your abdomen, try to:

  1. Drink plenty of water throughout the day
  2. Wear clothes that are “breathable”
  3. Eat healthy foods (such as fresh veggies and fruits)
  4. Avoid caffeine
  5. Drink sage and green teas

If you follow these steps, you’re not guaranteed to solve your sweating issue but these 5 tips are proven to help reduce the perspiration.



Abdominal sweats and pains are linked to many things, thus the exact cause may be unclear (or there may be multiple causes). Most of the time, abdominal hyperhidrosis can be due to your physical lifestyle and eating habits. However, on the other hand, if you feel that your belly sweat beads are not due to your lifestyle and eating habits, be sure to consult a doctor to ensure that your sweating issue is not connected to a more severe issue.

If you are trying to reduce your abdominal night sweats, we recommend using the above 5 proven tips to reduce your sweating in general.

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