Hot Flashes

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Registered: 10-12-2004
Hot Flashes
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Fri, 10-05-2012 - 9:10pm

I used to lurk on this board years ago when I was perimenopausal & found it so helpful esp the oasis information. I'm back because I am so tired of hot flashes & night sweats. I started perimenopause at 43 but my periods didn't stop until I was 51. I have had almost every symptom out there & it has been a difficult time. I'm very different from the rest of the females in my family who really didn't feel menopause was really this difficult. Hormones have never been an option due to a history of breast cancer in our family & I have been watched for years due to problems that thankfully didn't develop into anything serious.

Anyhow, I'm just wondering if anyone has still had hot flashes & night sweats 6 yrs after your period stopped. These are really quite frustrating as I soak my clothes. I had to buy a mattress pad with dual controls as I keep our bedroom at 50 degrees & my poor husband freezes so turns on his mattress even in the middle of summer. I used to be cold & needed the heat up high. Our electrical bill is very high in the summer, lol. My doctor says this too will pass & doesn't seem concerned but it is frustrating. It has been almost 12 yrs since I started with these symptoms.

Thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

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Registered: 04-30-2000
In reply to: deenow17
Sat, 10-06-2012 - 8:46pm

Hi Dee! I never had hot flashes and I am now years surgically post menopausal. And though most women get beyond, not all women do get beyond... My aunt had a hysterectomy as a young woman. She had hot flashes with sweat running down her face and her hair till she died in her 70's.

Do you have a ceiling fan in your bedroom? If not, and if you own the home, I would suggest one. We have one in our bedroom and it often runs about 365. No, my husband isn't crazy about it but.. he can pull the covers up and the air movement helps me. (I don't do well with 'heat'..) Do you keep a glass of ice water by the bed? Do you wear pajama's you can shed? I wear 3 pieces.. bottoms, tank and a cardigan. I don't usually wear the cardigan but I can if it is cold. If I then get hot later, I can (on the Oasis you should find some tips for night hot flashes..)

Good to see you!!!

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In reply to: deenow17
Sun, 10-07-2012 - 7:50am
deenow17 wrote:

I used to lurk on this board years ago when I was perimenopausal & found it so helpful esp the oasis information. I'm back because I am so tired of hot flashes & night sweats. I started perimenopause at 43 but my periods didn't stop until I was 51.   

 

welcome

I am sorry you are going through all that.  I'm one of the fortunate ones.  I've never experienced a hot flash, but my mother was so miserable.

 




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Registered: 10-12-2004
In reply to: deenow17
Sun, 10-07-2012 - 12:09pm
Thanks for the replies, Ladies. Yep, we have a ceiling fan right over the bed that runs 365 days a yr. Kids have made suggestions as to other uses for a fan over the bed but doubt it will hold either of us. lol

No one in my family have had more than a couple of yrs of flashes or night sweats. I sleep in cotton summer pjs regardless of the time of yr. Keeping the bedroom cold in winter isn't a problem as I just don't turn on the heat here & have been known to open a window much to DH's dismay. In the summer, my air conditioning only runs in the bedroom at night & is set very, very low.

I always wore turtleneck sweathers during the winter before perimenopause but now wear sleeveless tops under blazers or cardigans & pull these off when a flash hits.

I have older friends but no one else has these symtoms this long after their last period. Guess I just need to grin & bare it.

Dee
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Registered: 04-30-2000
Sun, 10-07-2012 - 3:40pm

LOL I gave ALL of my turtlenecks to Goodwill a few years ago. That isn't ever going to happen again in this life time!! Anything up around my neck drives me crazy. Some collars bother me too...

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