Patient Comments: Hot Flashes - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: Bonnie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I had hot flashes for nearly 5 years, 24hrs of the day. I have tried Clonidine, HRT patches, Venlafaxine, and more HRT patches which caused severe bleeding and clots. I have tried every herbal tablet going for the menopause nothing works. It took a new doctor to decide to do 24 hour Urine Tests to rule out any other reason. I also suffer from severe stress and anxiety. Stress also gives you hot flushes and cold sweats, so I don't know whether I am coming or going. I even did a menopause nondrug trial. This teaches you to deep breathe through a flush and let it flow over you no chance! It just completely ruins your life. I have not had a proper night's sleep for 5 years so am constantly drained.

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Comment from: Hot Wet and Tired, 35-44 Female Published: August 17

I used to be regular. Over the last couple of years my cycle is totally out of whack. I could be regular for a month then nothing for two or three months, then a regular cycle of five days clear up and then in two days two weeks it's back on again. There is no regularity at all. Now the last year I have been having night sweats, and not just lightly but totally soaking wet. Bed clothing, sheets, pillows everything. I have spoken to my doctor about all of this. I have even gone to a gynecologist and they are saying that I am too young for menopause. I had osteoporosis at eleven years of age, but they are telling me basically to just bear with it.

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Comment from: Bev, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

I have suffered from hot flashes more in the last 3 months than I have since I started the menopause which was about 5 years ago. (I am 55). I tried HRT but different ones made some of my symptoms worse, in particular migraine. I also found that soya, which I was using regularly, via foodstuffs, thinking it was helping me, was actually making my migraines worse and harder to treat. As I'm writing this I'm having a flash! They have definitely increased. From 3-4 a day and 1-2 at night, I now have about up to 20 daily and 4-5 nightly! I suppose it's back to the Doctors, though what they're going to do I have no idea.

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Comment from: bakerclan5, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I recently turned 45. Last October, I began experiencing hot flashes and night sweats. When I went for my annual, I told my doctor, they did blood work and said they would get me back in to discuss HRT. I checked with my nurse about my blood work. All was well. I waited to hear from the doctor, but they didn't call. Around this time, the hot flashes and night sweats stopped. Low and behold, a couple of months ago, they returned "with a vengeance". I went back to my doctor. They finally checked my hormone levels and said "congratulations, welcome to menopause". She started me on Prempro, but said it would take about 2 weeks before I could tell if it would work. It has now been a week. Not working yet. The lack of sleep is starting to get on my nerves. If the pill doesn't start working soon, I'm going back to have the dosage increased.

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Comment from: Susan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

After Lupron therapy during my early 30's I experienced extreme menopausal symptoms. This experience prepared me for what was to come. My husband was also prepared for the mood swings, insomnia, profuse sweating, and general memory loss due to lack of sleep. I found it is best to sleep with a separate sheet and light clothing in layers. Have a different room or sofa with a fan if this helps you get a nights sleep. The dryness issues and other signs of aging accelerate but can be treated. Carry a hand fan and plenty of tissues. I have been having these symptoms for about 3 years at age 52 so I'm getting used to making the adjustment and do not keep expecting that the symptoms will subside anytime soon. This is difficult and at times I do get fed up with it all, but it is the natural way of things.

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Comment from: txgal, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I suffered symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia) starting at 40. I tried all the natural remedies over the years (black cohosh, soy, flax) with no success. At 48, I chose to see a doctor to deal with the ever-increasing symptoms and was able to quell the symptoms using the Activella patch sparingly for two years. I remained symptom-free for another year without the patches! Menopause came at 52 and has brought on horrendous hot flashes -- nearly one every hour -- in addition to night sweats and insomnia. I tried going back to the patch but got no relief. I doubled the dosage and still no relief. It's been six weeks of hell. My online research brought up SSRIs Effexor/Paxil/Prozac, Clonidine, Megastrol, and Gabapentin. All of these have documented huge side effects and horrible withdrawal symptoms, so I am extremely reluctant to travel down that trail. There has to be some relief: My future depends on it!

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