Do your hot flashes feel like this???

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Posted 1/26/2013 by flanz in NSBR Board

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Posted: 1/26/2013 3:13:05 PM
I'm 52 yo. I don't think I've ever had a true hot flash because I thought they were something like... you feel like you are on fire from the inside out and you sweat a lot. What's been happening to me is horrible insomnia. I alternate between feeling very uncomfortably hot in bed to sticking my leg or legs out from under the covers and feeling like I'm freezing. Most nights I toss and turn and switch position every few minutes, constantly alternating between feeling too hot and too cold.

I used a bio-identical progesterone cream for 7 days beginning on Jan 2, stopping when my (still regular and heavy!) period began. I had my first ever high dose vitamin B shot that same day. Whatever the cause, since January 2 I have had very, very little sleep and this hot/cold thing is driving me nuts!

I'm the person who posted the "female intuition" thread. This week the nurse midwife who prescribed the progesterone cream for me confirmed (blood levels of estrogen and FSH) that despite my regular periods, I am in true menopause. She gave me a sample of a bio-identical estrogen get. My intuition says DO NOT TAKE IT! And I'm not going to.

Have you experienced this crazy hot/cold alternating all night long sensation? I just found out one of my friends has had this problem for over a year... but haven't really heard of "hot flashed' described in this way before....

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Posted: 1/26/2013 3:30:31 PM
You're not going to like my answer...I think I had the easiest menopause experience ever!

The month I turned 45 I had my period for the last gradual tapering off, just had it that month and never had it again. I started having what I would call warm flushes around that time. My face would get warm/pink for about a minute or two and then it would go away. I remember waking up with night sweats once. The warm flushes lasted for about 2 years, off and on.

I'll be 51 in March and am so happy to be done with all that stuff.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 4:01:16 PM
OH Kellee, I hope you know how very, very lucky you are! I"m happy for you!


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Posted: 1/26/2013 9:03:10 PM
KelleeM I so wish mine would go away and you sound so lucky. I don't have an answer as I am not there yet. I know my grandmother was miserable with them but don't know any more than that. I know someone that is 56 and still is getting her periods. I am so ready to be done.

I would say if you feel that way that you should go with your intuition.



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Posted: 1/26/2013 9:07:30 PM
I alternate between feeling very uncomfortably hot in bed to sticking my leg or legs out from under the covers and feeling like I'm freezing. Most nights I toss and turn and switch position every few minutes, constantly alternating between feeling too hot and too cold.

Welcome to the world of hot flashes. I rarely notice the "hot" part but I do notice the cold, frequently clammy skinned, part after the hot is gone.

Menopause is 12 months with no period. Anything before that is peri-menopause.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 9:18:35 PM
I have had it off and on for over 5 years.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 9:31:29 PM
I am hot natured anyway, so I was really not looking forward to hot flashes..I just turned 50, in perimenopause. When mine hit, it's like literally a few seconds of hot immediately followed by a few seconds of freezing cold and back and forth..I dont even know how to dress anymore. several times last year, I got on my own nerves! is that a symptom??? and yeah I stick my feet out from under the covers too


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Posted: 1/26/2013 9:33:37 PM
I went to see a naturopath, she helped me with bioidentical formulated hormones. I am now experiencing hot flashes again b/c I am off my hormones for my recent surgery to remove an ovarian cyst. Not fun! I have another week before I can go back on them. Making sure to avoid blood clots! Have an appointment 3/1 for a new formulation since the ovaries are removed for medical reasons.

I would see a naturopath, and get on a path to balance. Sleeping is important! I went about 3 months without REM sleep, and was a mess! I would wake frequently for about 3 nights in a row, then finally sleep through the night but wake in the morning sweat drenched because I was so exhausted.

FYI everyone's experience is different!

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Posted: 1/27/2013 9:24:47 AM
I have the same exact issues that you do... hot cold sweating, legs on top of the covers one minute and all of the covers on me the next! I also have flashes like every hour during the day now. I spoke with me doc about it and she said it's totally normal. This too shall pass!


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Posted: 1/27/2013 9:29:58 AM
I'm 62 and what you described is exactly how I slept last night. My sister, who is 70, still has them. So it's just a part of my life.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 9:40:12 AM
I'm almost 45 and had this experience last night at my first ever sleep study. I've had sleep issues on and off the past few years and I think if we slept better we would just sleep through these issues. I've been using progesterone cream for a few years now as I was having night sweats fairly often, and the progesterone cream did help that. (I am hypothyroid though so I think my hormones are all out of whack.). I do notice all my issues are magnified right before I start my period...god, please don't let me deal with this for another 10 years!

Best of luck to you!

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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:31:04 AM
Every night is exactly as you described. I have been experiencing them for about a year. They went away for a month or so but they are back. I feel so hot like a fire is under my skin. I have a fan next to my bed that I can reach with my foot, so I flip it around while Im burning up.

As soon as I cool down, I flip it away from me. Nights are not that restful lately.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 9:40:52 PM
My hotflashes are as most here have described. I wake up 4-5 times a night hot and sweaty, throw off the covers and down some nearby ice water. I don't have too many during the daytime.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 9:44:35 PM
I dont get hot flashes anymore but I do go from hot to cold in bed. My thighs and feet get cold but if I put both legs entirely under the covers I start to steam. So many times I fall asleep with feet out, socks on, calves out, thighs under covers. What can I say...Im complicated.
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