Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Serious topic--Hot Flashes

and Night Sweats.
Why me and will they ever stop?

During my Perimenopause and about half way through my menopause I can truthfully say that I never had any hot flashes or night sweats whatsoever.
And then all of a sudden it happened. It was almost as if someone (a very cruel someone) had gained control of my body temperature switch.

I wake up in the middle of the night literally dripping in sweat. I have had some hot flashes during the daytime but they don’t bother me as much as the night sweats.
I figured once I was postmenopausal that these dreaded *power surges* would stop.

But unfortunately they haven’t stopped YET. The hot flashes are very infrequent but the night sweats continue. Also the hot flashes are not as bad as they once were but I still suffer with night sweats about every other night or so.

Are there any other postmenopausal women who are still having this problem? Or are there any others that have finally reached the point that hot flashes and or night sweats are a thing of the past?

Please, anyone, tell me that I will not have to endure this much longer.
Please, Please, Please.


Mental P Mama said...

I am still in the mild phase...and I can tell you, I do NOT like being hot. I have friends who take a mild dose of the antidepressant Effexor and swear by it...I am waiting to see. Good luck, and thanks for the answer to my burning question:)

Bear Naked said...

"Burning question"
Now that is clever.

sablonneuse said...

Have you tried any homeopathic remedies? I'm lucky enough not to have suffered much from hot sweats - all I ever get is a mild form of 'central heating' which means I go about in short sleeves while other people shiver - so I can't recommend anything from experience. However, I remember my mum suffering bouts of really dreadful sweats until she was well into her 70's.

Bear Naked said...

"well into her 70's."

OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Time for me to start researching
homeopathic remedies.

Anyone out there with some good advise??

Anyone, anyone????????????

Heidi said...

I'm not at the post-part yet, but I had a fair run with the night sweats. Soy has helped a lot; I drink vanilla soy milk. I take herbs: black cohosh, ginseng, and dong quai.

Wendy said...

Hot flashes? Never thought it would be a problem. I was always cold, so I figured hot flashes would be fun. Ha! Not when they wake you up at night!!
Well, I'm post-menopausal (about a year and a half post periods) and am still having hot flashes (or was until I took HRT). Drenched in the night and the insomnia!!!

So, whether there is a risk or not, I cannot do without my hormones. They also help with depression (tried Effexor for a while - it's the pits getting off that stuff) and early morning stiffness.

Then, there is my little sister (aged 50) who stopped periods, had no hot flashes and says she feels better than she ever did in her life! Just like that. Ha - she must have been found under a cabbage leaf.

Bear Naked said...

Wendy you are so fortunate that HRT worked for you. My doctor had me stop taking HRT after I had been on the treatment for almost 10years during my menopause. HRT wasn't doing anything to help my post menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and since going off HRT the only thing I found was that I started gaining weight.

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