Patient Comments: Hot Flashes - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with hot flashes.

Comment from: Caitlin, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 28

For some reason, a lot of hot flashes have sometimes been making me feel sick a lot, but it"s all the time I have hot flashes, and most of the time I feel like I"m going to pass out, and whenever my mom checks my temperature, she says I"m perfectly fine. It"s so weird.

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Comment from: Lori, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I'm 54, with a partial hysterectomy done years ago. I have one ovary left. About 2 years ago out of the blue I got hit with terrible hot flashes. The doctor gave me estradiol. Within 3 days they were under control. The last few months though, even on little exertion I am so hot I feel sick. My problem is, these hot waves are going on 24/7. I can't unload the dishwasher without burning up and profuse sweating. I remember my grandmother for years wearing a full apron with no back because she said she was hot all the time. Yesterday it was 3 deg C and I was in my truck with full air conditioning. I don't know how I can continue to work this way. I can handle a flash but this is crazy. The only relief I get is standing in the garage with a sun dress on when it's 2 deg C. I wear sundresses all day. I have to go back to work shortly after a short time off and do not have the luxury of bringing a fan with me.

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Comment from: Kay, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I am 51 and I suddenly started having severe hot flashes - once every 45 to 60 minutes, all day and all night. I did not get a decent night's sleep for 17 days, and I was starting to unravel. Desperate to try something, as I had read that flax seed, as a treatment for hot flashes, had recorded positive results, I tried it. I got some ground milled flaxseed, had two tablespoons in the morning and two at night. Within two days, the hot flashes were totally gone. Note: flaxseed oil did not work; I tried that first before realizing it had to be the ground, milled flaxseed. The taste is not too good, but it is edible in oatmeal or yogurt, but I would have eaten it plain, it was so worth it to get some good rest.

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Comment from: countryliving, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I am 70 years old, went thru menopause at 44 and did not have hot flashes. Now, I have them. House is not hot. I literally break out in a sweat more on my neck than anywhere else.

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Comment from: theresa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I just start burning inside and then profuse sweating. I can be sitting still or moving about nothing helps with my hot flashes.

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Comment from: Julie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I am 49 and the doctor just told me I am 'about done' with menopause. I didn't even know I started... which was great, I had no symptoms whatsoever except I stopped getting my period for around 6 months. That's why I went to the doctor in the first place. But all of a sudden I have been getting hot flashes now; it creeps up, my neck and face start burning up, I get nauseous and I can't think straight.

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Comment from: LeaAnn53, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I am 60. Menopause was at age 46. I had no symptoms at the time. No libido for over 14 years, now suddenly I have urges. Also, hot flashes like crazy.

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Comment from: Lola, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

Oh my goodness, I can"t explain how these hot flashes and night sweats affect your life. First off at night before bed I wear a 100% cotton tank top and panties. Of course, around 3:00 a.m. it hits you like a ton of hot charcoal, I roll over and the spot I was sleeping in is literally hot to the touch, I find myself flipping and turning all night. Most mornings I wake up at the foot of the bed. Today I took my first hormone replacement therapy (HRT) pill, wish me luck! I"m sure I need it.

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Comment from: didi768, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I started having hot flashes last 3 weeks or so. I am 48. First I get like this tingly feeling and it slowly progresses to 'whip off all my clothes or I will die' type of thing and being in Florida I am soon to suffer from humidity and heat again for months. I am scared of going broke for how much my air is going to be going constantly and we don"t have money for those big bills. I am crying one minute and laughing the next. After the awful hot flash, I get kind of cold and need covers again.

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