Patient Comments: Hot Flashes - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with Hot Flashes.

Comment from: Mindyliz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

I started getting hot flashes in my early 30s, approximately 5 years before I hit menopause. Unfortunately, 20 years later and I still have them multiple times a day and night. I am the youngest of 5 daughters and none of my siblings experienced this. I actually started my hot flashes before my 13 years older sister did. Theirs all came and went and I still endure them daily. My mother had them until she passed at 76 years old, and I have resigned myself to the probability of enduring the same.

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Comment from: Annonymous, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

I'm 52 and I have been determined to do everything possible to avoid having to take any hormones through menopause if possible. Which means I'm eating much better, exercising, getting enough sleep, taking vitamins, not drinking coffee, etc. I've only had what I would call 'warm' flashes so far. I probably wouldn't even think they were menopause related if it weren't for my age and the fact that I never had them before. I actually enjoy them. It's hard to describe, but I like being warm. There is also often a tiny bit of increased libido associated with them which is also no big deal. I'll be back to re-post if anything changes with my hot flashes. I really hope it doesn't!

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Comment from: barbaras, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 15

I have been getting hot flashes since I'm 46. They are still bad and wake me up at night. I don't know when this nightmare is going to end.

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Comment from: JENNY E., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I am a 30 year old female and I have been experiencing hot flashes for 4 months that seem to last a little over an hour each time, couple of times a day. I can't seem to control my body temperature, then I get the chills and my face is so hot and turns red. I have taken every blood test and all results check out just fine.

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Comment from: flash, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I had my first hot flash 6 years ago when I was 37 years old. I was 8 months pregnant with my 7th child. They lasted for hours and left me feeling weak and shaky. They started in my head and then would roll through my entire body making me feel like I was burning up inside. My cheeks would get red and I would feel sick to my stomach and get very anxious. The longest one that I had lasted for 7 hours. I saw my obstetrician, a cardiologist and an internist and none of them could find anything wrong. My obstetrician started me on Zoloft and the hot flashes stopped. I weaned off the Zoloft last month and they started again. I am going to try flaxseed. I have a family history of stroke so I don't want to take hormones. I have loved reading others' experiences. It helps me to know that I am not alone in this phase of my life.

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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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