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  • Hot Flashes & Night Sweats

    11 posts, 8 voices, 3011 views, started Oct 12, 2008

    Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2008 by Maria Louise Van Deuson

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      I’ve been going through menopause for 10 years now (started at 38).

      Over the years I’ve tried every homeopathic program in the known universe, as well as hormone replacement therapy.

      The night sweats are debilitating, and I get so discouraged. My doctor says the next step is testosterone! I don’t want my voice to change, gain or lose hair, or gain weight?!

      I’m trying to ride it out...not easy. I offer my tips and experiences, and ask for others to share theirs.

      1. Pay attention to things that trigger your hot flashes, and avoid them when you can (i.e. spicy food, hot drinks, overly warm rooms).

      2. Wear breathable layers of clothing. One minute you‘re hot, the next your cold...

      3.  Drink lots of water, and get plenty of exercise.  

      4.  Take your b-vitamins, and soy supplements. [I’m a vegetarian, so I get lots of soy from soy burgers, and soy capsules].

      5.  Keep your surroundings cooler. Air circulation is key, especially at night. Don’t keep your room/house overly warm. Have a fan circulating air in whatever room you are working.

      6.  Engage in calming activities to relieve your stress. Our emotional state can trigger hot flashes too (positive and negative emotions).

      7.  Avoid alcohol or at least keep it to a minimum. [I rarely imbibe anymore, and when I do, it’s a maximum of 4 oz. of red wine].

      8.  Get 8 hours of sleep. [I’m up 4-6 times a night...drinking water, changing my nightwear because it’s drenched, and using the bathroom]. Broken sleep is NOT fun and over a period of time begins to affect you mentally.

      9. Night time rituals to keep you cool:
      -shower before bed.
      -sleep with crisp cool sheets.
      -sleep in a cool room (air circulation is key).
      -you’ll get overly warm in the night (change clothing to cool your body).

      Any other tips for us ‘hot’ women? Share Them!

      Hugs,

      Maria Louise (smileywoman)



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          Lilly wrote Dec 3, 2008
        • You should consider some of the wicking nightgowns and sheets. They may not stop the sweats but they will make them more comfortable. No wet clothes or sheets to deal with and you may not feel as “clammy.” I have Cool Sensations sheets with DermaTherapy and they are very comforting with coolness and texture.Helps me relax after a burst.



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          Cherrie Webb wrote Jan 10, 2009
        • When I started having my own personal summers, my physician prescribed hormone replacements for me.  I’ve heard pros and cons of taking them, but at this point, I don’t have to wake up in the middle of the night just to change sheets. I don’t have to step out on my enclosed deck in the winter and strip, just to TRY to feel cooler.  

          And I don’t have that “boy funk” when I sweat now.



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          Stephanie Wolf wrote Jan 10, 2009
        • I HATE the night sweats!!!
          I’ve never heard of the wicking sheets!  Are those easily available?



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          Maria Louise Van Deuson wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • I read about bio-identical hormones, but one has to be VERY careful with them! Peepers had a hysterectomy, but I did not. I’m just totally post menopausal with intake organs.

          Some of those creams can build up in your system. They recommend blood level checks to make sure there’s an appropriate hormone balance.  

          I’m hesitant to try anything that could imbalance hormones any further.



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          Roxieloveslife wrote Jan 19, 2009
        • keep up with all your soy.
          I have been researching hormones for quit some time, I don’t know it all and I haven’t even tired some of this but do notice a difference in life if I go with out my hormone pills this other stuff helps ward off un wanted side affects of not having my female organs or my hormone pills. (which my goal is to be off then before the end of the year,) I can’t afford to have down time. I get panic attack when my levels are low and this cause me to be unable to leave the house
          the only thing I haven’t tired is going off my prmarin (pregnant horse urine) No one ever told me that! now I have been on it for 8 years and I need to get off it!!!! but to maybe help you out I have learned this......
          keep up with your good foods while eating a salad or a bowl of cereal try Ground up flax seed (you can get this at any health food store and it has to be ground in to a fine powder. buy a cheep coffee bean grinder, has to be powder our body’s can’t digest the seed and your body uses it as waste)
          flax seed meal when cooking you can get this at the grocery store it is tasteless your family will never know it’s in there unless you tell then.
          also flax seed oil Kinda pricey but worth it put it on salads in your food dont heat it then it looses it value.
          you can’t GET TO MUCH Flax SEED YOU CAN ONLY BENEFIT from IT.
          Pure L tryptophan (the stuff in turkey but in bigger amounts) take it at night if you don’t take any thing that don’t make u tired ( I take an antidepressant so it makes me feel really tired in the morning) It will help you sleep, But I take it in the daytime after a meal and I am fine,
          vitamin D drops take 4000 iu to start at night before bed, vitamin D is just great for our body’s not only females but males
          Liquid B-12 place under your tongue for unto three min. don’t drink for 15 min. after taking let it penetrate under your tongue.
          whole food vitamin B complex these are fairly inexpensive,
          3000 mg of whole food vitamin C there are amino acids in vitamin C which aid in helping the body do what is spots to do also take trace mineral drops these aid the aminos
          get a powder form of amino acids this would be in the sport section in your nutrition store mix it with water and drink up it comes flavored.
          Calcium and magnesium powder not real tasty but works great especially for menopausal females I take 2tbls per day it is made by a company called life time.
          also take a liquid multi vitamin if you can. costco make a great on cheep take 1 oz a day or a whole some food
          I recommend liquids and powder so our body’s don’t have to work so hard to digest them and they get where they need to be with little waste.
          I also take testosterone my voice is the same I get it from the bio pharmacy that was mentioned in a post prior to mine it is also mixed with progesterone. testosterone will help with moods and other things and progesterone will help your skin and wetness, don’t let your doctor give it to u get it from the bio pharmacy ( I do drops) it is made as our body’s had it. it takes a while to get the levels right and when I first started taking progesterone I was so sleepy but this does go away it sure is worth it, It renewed my sex drive and ability to achieve and think much clearer, I can tell if I slack off on any of these cuz my mind gets foggy, I have no inside female organs they all came out when I was 35, I sure hope this info helps a good source of black cohos won’t hurt either, going to the local drug store will not get you what you need you need to get good products as for the way they are made can loose some if not all value,
          Let me know if you try this and how it goes seraphein1@sbcglobal.net
          Roxie estatic



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          Deb Darby wrote Jan 19, 2009
        • Anti-depressants really help, yes for night sweats AS WELL AS depression symptoms. I’ve been taking Zoloft for 8 years and I will occasionally get a little sweaty, but nothing unbearable. Ask your doctor...and for anyone with teenage daughters who have PMS or PMDD check it out for them as well.



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          Roxieloveslife wrote Jan 20, 2009
        • I don’t take antidepressant pills for hot flashes, I take them because of depression. i pray to be off them this year by replacing them with natural supplements missing from our body’s



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          Deb Darby wrote Jan 20, 2009
        • Exactly...it’s seratonin that’s missing from our chemistry and needs to be replaced. Help for the hot flashes was discovered as a side-benefit.



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