Patient Comments: Hot Flashes - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with Hot Flashes.

Comment from: mary, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

Hot flashes for me are so severe that I fear that I will have a heart attack or die. Recently I had the worst one thus far, after 15 years of this. I got so frightened that I called 911. The burning starts in the middle of my abdomen then I get nauseated. I start sweating profusely and eliminating urine and waste uncontrollably. Then I start retching or trying to vomit. All the while ripping my clothes off and putting ice packs directly on my back and neck while running cold water on the insides of my wrists and face. These attacks last about 1 to 3 minutes, then I'm wiped out for a day or two. I have had no replacement therapy; too frightened about cancer developing.

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Comment from: J Louise, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I get hot flashes that can last for hours. My doctor says this is normal but I have never met anyone who sweats like I do. It is torture. It can be 60 degrees out and everyone is wearing jackets. And I am soaked. Then sweating and chilled to the bone. My temperature is 99.6 to 100. Sometimes I feel like I'm standing under a hose. I am 60 and this has been going on for 8 years. It started 4 or 5 years post menopause. I put in a ceiling fan which helps, but not much.

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Comment from: Wendy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

Hot flashes are ruining my life! The only thing that relieves them is a cool shower, but most of the time the relief is temporary. I have them all day and all night, no rhyme or reason to them. My poor spouse is beside himself. I cannot bear for him to be in the same bed as me because his body heat makes my flashes worse, and he says I keep the bedroom too cold (I have the window wide open even when there is snow outside). They started around 51 and I'm 54 now. I don't know how much longer I can go on like this.

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Comment from: JLArnold, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 15

I have been having hot flashes for about a year. The last few weeks they have been much worse at night and they are always followed by the chills. I feel too hot, then I am too cold with the chills, and I have been getting very little sleep from them. I feel I need to do something to control them because I have very little energy due to no sleep.

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Comment from: abuwa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

I have been having irregular periods and sporadic hot flashes for a while without really taking notice. Recently at a friend's birthday party I experience a sudden heat attack that paralyzed my whole body. I almost cried for help and it repeated itself at least 4 times within 1 hour and that's when it dawned on me that it must be premenopausal syndrome. Since then I have been experiencing same blinding heats that send flash of needle like prickling heat through my body every day. Sometimes these flashes actually turn my concentration from work and it's really disturbing. I have not seen my doctor yet, still gathering more data before doing so. Other symptoms I have include: trouble sleeping, severe fatigue despite exercise, irregular periods, and mood swings.

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Comment from: Lignocaine, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I am 53 and started menopause at 36. I've been on Premarin for 17 years. Whenever I try to go off of it the hot flashes get so bad that I end up starting again. My hot flashes seem to go in cycles. I'll have them for a couple months and then they'll be gone for a month. It's like there is a coal furnace in my abdomen and it's been stoked up high. I own 2 remote controlled tower fans and don't know how I would survive without them.

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Comment from: flushed, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

In the last week or so I have been experiencing hot dry flushes on my face and chest. Plus I feel hot all over but I don't sweat. My doctor says I'm too young to be going through menopause but I'm 50 years old and haven't had a period since I was 40.

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Comment from: helpful advice, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I began getting hot flashes in the first trimester of my pregnancy. My child almost 4 and I"m in the middle of one that has lasted for about 6 hours now. So I believe I"m either pregnant or peri-menopausal, because even my longest ones while pregnant were only a couple of hours. (Only that"s a laugh right?) I thought I"d share a quick, cheap way to make them more bearable with you all. Wet a washcloth and sprinkle peppermint extract across. Thanks to this little trick I barely even sweated pushing my little munchkin into the world, and somehow survived my third trimester falling in the summer (June to August) in the south. Hope it helps!

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