Patient Comments: Hot Flashes - Treatments

How do you manage your hot flashes?

Comment from: Beth, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I was suffering from really bad pains in my hands, feet, wrists, and shoulders especially first thing in the morning. Sometimes the pain would last throughout the day with very little relief. I had read a lot about the treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and decided that I wanted to see if I could manage my symptoms through diet. I found that a dairy and gluten free diet has worked for me and my symptoms have gone. If I do cheat on the diet, I can feel the effects so I know what's triggering the pains. I found this has really worked for me. It's tough at the start, but persevere, I think it's worth it.

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Comment from: healthwize, Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I had hot flashes but once I started taking evening primrose 1300 mg they stopped and have not returned. I don't even take the evening primrose regularly anymore.

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Comment from: Jackie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

I went through surgical menopause at 36. I was on hormonal therapy for approximately 15 years. I decided to stop for several reasons, excessive weight gain and I developed male pattern baldness which by the way got worse over the years and I did go to see a dermatologist, had blood work done but was only told to try Rogaine. Anyway here I am at 65 and for the last 8 months or so, it seems as if the hot flashes have returned like crazy! I also noticed that each time I urinate I have a hot flash as well. I am so angry that I am going through this because I thought I was done with them.

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Comment from: Patti M, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I had to work outside all summer, even before summer actually started, and it was extreme heat the entire time- 100 degrees and above, about every day. I was worried I would die of heat exhaustion, since I can't drink enough water to keep up with the heat- and that was before the constant hot flashing. I learned to wet my t-shirt (wear only dark colors) years before, under similar conditions of work. Somehow it seemed to fool my body into thinking I was already flashing I guess- as long as I stayed outside in the heat, I noticed very few hot flashes. Of course, inside under the A/C with the wet clothes- cold chills, and THEN some flashes. So I can also use the wet shirt trick inside, but not sopping wet- just barely damp does the trick then. It's better than infinite hot flashes, when you're already suffering. Works for me. I was so glad to discover this, hope it helps others.

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Comment from: anywoman, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

Flaxseed, flaxseed, flaxseed for hot flashes! It must be ground, but you can usually find it at a store that sells bulk foods. I was having constant flashing, but after taking 1 tablespoon each morning and night, they almost disappeared altogether. I have my life back.

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Comment from: Ann, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I just started experiencing hot flashes and it's driving me crazy. I have used several different HRT supplement but nothing helps. I have being exercising and hope for a relief from this agonizing feel. I have overactive thyroid and I think this has contributed to the heat intolerance.

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Comment from: buop, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 07

I have hot flashes three times per hour, seven days a week. I was told it was from one Lupron injection and will cease one year after the injection. I wake up all the time every night.

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