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Thursday, Aug 04th 2011

8 Ways to Deal With Hot Flashes in the Heat (Or Is-It-Hot-In-Here-or-Is-It-Just-Summer?)

authored by Sheryl Kraft

The last time I wrote about hot flashes was back in February, when it was so frigid that stepping outside was almost painful. But I suspect it was a relief to you if you were coping with those mighty power surges. Throw open a window or step outside and voila—instant cool.

Now that the heat of the summer is engulfing the country, it's not as easy to find immediate relief from those hormonal waves of sweat. And hot weather is a big hot flash trigger. I see it every time I am with a friend who is in the midst of menopause. I easily recognize that dazed and dreaded look that precedes the hot flash; I watch sympathetically as the droplets of sweat start to form on her upper lip; I offer a cold glass of water or even a handful of ice cubes when she starts to squirm uncomfortably or look like she might just pass out.

I feel so helpless, though, sitting by and just watching my friends suffer. And when they ask me what I did when I was going through it, I search my mind for an answer and come up with nothing more than "I carried around a pretty fan," or "I dressed in layers and packed away, for an indefinite period of time, anything that wasn't 100 percent cotton."

Last night I was out for dinner and went to the ladies room, where I encountered a woman hovering helplessly over the sink, frantically splashing cold water on her face, looking absolutely panicky when she saw me walk in. Her face dripping wet, she looked up from the sink  and muttered something that sounded suspiciously like, "thesehotflashesarekillingme!"

Feeling helpless once again, I could only nod my head and manage a sympathetic smile.

Then I got home and hit the computer. My research yielded an array of suggestions. And even though it is late for me, perhaps I can save you some misery when it is your turn, or you can pay it forward for a friend who is swimming in her own sweat.

  • Sip a cold drink. If you feel a hot flash coming on, this could help lower your body's temperature.
  • Pay attention to what you eat and drink. Hot and spicy foods, caffeinated drinks and alcohol can all be triggers.
  • Breathe. Anxiety over the hot flash can actually worsen it. Work on steadying your breathing; practice yoga, meditation or other helpful relaxation techniques.
  • Don't smoke. Tobacco use is linked to an increase in hot flashes.
  • Wear layers of clothing so you can peel them off when a hot flash hits.
  • Consider complementary or alternative treatments. We all know the jury is out on hormonal or bioidentical hormonal treatments. And I'm in no way endorsing using any of these, but many women successfully manage their hot flashes with soy, flaxseed, herbal remedies, acupuncture, vitamins, mild sedatives or medications that are used to treat depression or high blood pressure.
  • Freeze something. An ice-cold washcloth taken from the freezer and placed around your neck can cool you off in a hurry. There are also products on the market that contain tiny crystals inside a swath of fabric that you can drape around your neck. Or do as one friend of mine does—open your freezer and stick your head right in!
  • Lose weight. Losing excess pounds can significantly alleviate—or even eliminate—hot flashes. Researchers found that each 11-pound decrease in weight yielded 33 percent greater odds of improvement in hot flashes. It's not entirely clear why overweight women suffer more; some theorize that excess fat traps heat, leading to more sweating and flushing to cool the body; or that obese women's blood vessels react differently to heat or stress.

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Oct 01, 2016 00:Oct 12 | Jackie said

24/7 hot flashes

When I began to begin menopause in earnest, I was a medical mess--having blood clot filled periods for months on end then spotting for months. When I finally stopped having a period, the hot flashes began and I became a profuse sweater--even the slightest activity drenched me. I didn't sleep and would drench my pj's and sheets at night. My doctor put me on hormones and I gained 30 pounds. I stopped taking the hormones and things settled down a little but my stress was on overdrive. During all this my husband was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and I became a crying, emotional and not always pleasant to be around mess all the time. I had my husband and children to deal with. I don't drink, smoke or eat spicy foods, I'm allergic to soy and nuts and most other natural things to help. The only advice I got from my doctor was that some women never find relief and have symptoms for the rest of their lives. I just turned 52 and I'm still HOT 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sometimes I'm mildly hot, just perspiring. But most times my clothes stick to me and my hair is dripping sweat. It's uncomfortable and embarrassing. I have no enjoyable life anymore because I'm just hot and miserable all the time. I've wondered if there is something more to this than just hot flashes--I mean when does being hot become more than menopause?

Oct 03, 2016 12:Oct 12 | said

Find a doctor who prescribes

Find a doctor who prescribes natural progesterone. You will find a doctor name at a compounding pharmacy in your area. It helps immensely.

Sep 13, 2016 18:Sep 6 | Susan said

Need Hot Flash Remedy

y friends hate me b/c I did not have hot flashes and I'm 5 yrs. menopausal. Now with a breast cancer diagnosis I will have to be on Tamoxifen for 10 long grueling years, not 5 as originally thought. So, with that being said, I truly am researching blogs to see what other hot flash sufferer's are saying. I know the deep belly breathing does help

Sep 06, 2016 11:Sep 11 | said

Hot Rushes

I had my last period more than five years ago. I've always had a bit of a heat intolerance, but normal blood work for any thyroid problems. I have been getting awful hot rushes lately, sweats then nausea and anxiousness...usually wake out of a sound sleep with it, my air conditioning is on most of the time during the humid days of summer, but such an awful feeling especially when you wake up out of a sound sleep and feel sick. Awful way to start the day and then you are tired and anxious and sometimes panicky. Anyone else get this? It's getting very disruptive at this point and I am taking a low dose of Xanax and just started Lexapro 5 mg.

Aug 30, 2016 08:Aug 8 | Fran said

Up all night

ITs been 12 years that I've been dealing with hot flashes and all the info I find says 11 years is the limit. I've talked to women in their 90's who still have them! I frustrated with the medical community and men! Who simply think we are whining about a little heat. Yesterday I had 23 hot flashes! That's nearly 1 every half hour all day long. Makes you insane! Last night I woke with 6. So I'm grouchy this morning, go figure!
Yes, I drink coffee, and have alcohol and am about 10 lbs over weight. Am I suppose to give up everything for 12 years? PS? I did for a long time and it didn't work.
I have talked to my male DR. Who says I need to breathe deeply. I hope he breathes deeply when I choke the life out of him! I find that just postpones the hot flash and it comes back with a vengeance.
Anyway, I think if men had hot flashes we'd get more help. My husband is not sympathetic, thinks we should just deal.....
I want him to have just one! God is for sure a man....

Oct 03, 2016 13:Oct 1 | Jones DL said


I too have faulty plumbing and constantly sprout leaks

My cardiologist suggested Tofu. It has natural estrogen in it. I started eating a small amount in the morning and in the evening just before bed. Seemed to help out. Then I didn't eat it for a few days and the symptoms were overwhelming worse. Back to eating Tofu.

Maybe it might give someone else a little break.

Don't take me wrong. I still have the sweats, but seems to lessen the perspiration..

Hope it helps someone else.

Sep 11, 2016 14:Sep 2 | Christel said

hot flashes

I don't know if your blog is ongoing but I just came across it and am living proof that male doctors have no clue how hot flashes affect women and have little sympathy.
After I lost a bunch of hair and felt exhausted from hot flashes, I returned to a male doctor who immediately placed me on Estradiol 1mg and some sleep help. Both helped tremendously, but then I gained weight although the doctor suggested for me to lose weight to have arthritis relief. I am a size 14 now, so after having the perfectly healthy body most of my life, gaining 10 #s is difficult to swallow. But why would my doctor tell me to lose weight when most women gain on hrt? I eat super healthy foods and there is no other reason to gain weight.
I agree that if the same discomfort affected men, it would have long been properly addressed . I chuckle when I hear that men are having all kinds of trouble taking Viagra. Maybe the balance will shift in our favor as women are a lot more visible in public life and feel no longer threatened by the good ol' boys.
thanks for your blog, Christel

Sep 08, 2016 13:Sep 1 | Ann said

Sorry to hear that you are

Sorry to hear that you are suffering, but I'm relieved to hear that I'm not the only one with severe hot flashes. I've been having mine for almost 10 years now. Sometimes mine are every half hour. But always they are all day and all night. It has all but ruined my quality of life. I keep thinking that if they ever stop, I'll be too old to enjoy life anyway.

Aug 16, 2016 15:Aug 3 | Michelle said


Hi ladies, well I was crying this morning I just feel like I have had enough of all these hot flashes and lack of sleep! I feel better knowing that I am not the only one going through this craziness! Scares the crap out of me when I hear some ladies go through this for years!! OMG I guess if they survived then I can too!

I am going to try every suggestion because something has to give before I go completely nuts! When my mom was alive I asked her how bad was it for her? And lucky her she said it wasn't that bad! WTF why couldn't I take after her? Or was she just better at getting through this than I?

I am 47yrs old and have been going through this for a year but the last few months have been the worst! I think my husband wants to secretly kill me some days because I am so moody, which is not normal for me at all! Hate that I have no control over my moods! I used to look down on people that were so unhappy and took it out on others. Loosing this control makes me have a lot more empathy for others! I just want to feel normal for one day please please!!

Thanks for letting me vent!

Aug 20, 2016 16:Aug 4 | said


Hi all you ladies that are suffering. I do feel for you.
My wife is having the same problems. Hot flashes have recently become the norm. Some worse than others. A cold flannel is keeping the worst at bay at the moment. I'm always on standby to help whatever the problem is.My wife was never one for going in to her shell if she had a problem with someone but since the menopause took hold she almost cowers away from problems. She doesn't shout at things that annoy her anymore. Things that may upset her just make her burst into tears. It's like she has a hair trigger to set her off all the time. Even things that wouldn't normally bother her are now upsetting her immensely. Don't think for a minute i am complaining as all i am doing is saying what she is going through. It's not nice to watch. Even worse to be going through it. I feel like she doesn't deserve it even though it's a women thing. She's on medication. She has depression anyway before all this. the only good thing is that according to blood tests she is coming out the other end of the menopause. But who knows when the end is? Symptoms could go on. Watch this space.

Jul 14, 2016 23:Jul 11 | Amy said

I don't think men can

I don't think men can actually understand how hot flashes disrupt your daily life. Nor the waking every 15-20 minutes to deal with them. Ive been in menopause for a year age 51. Cannot think of a worse way to torture someone. Suggestions please?

Jul 20, 2016 16:Jul 4 | Donna said

I'm 45 and have been in

I'm 45 and have been in paremenopose since I was 41 and started having hot flashes at the age of 44. I wish it waited until I was 51!

Jul 20, 2016 14:Jul 2 | Mary C. said

hot flashes

Hi Amy,
I have been having warm summer breezes since I was 30. Beginning in March 2014 I lost half of my hair, my periods slowed to a stop and in June 2014 I began the melt downs in earnest. I cant sleep, if I'm covered by the slightest fabric I am burning up but if I uncover I am freezing. I keep a fan by the bed 24/7 because if I don't have air moving I feel like I am frying in my own skin. *feels that way even with the air moving*: my hair melts, my skin smells, I am exhausted, I have rings under my eyes, I feel like crying...ALOT, I suffer lack of concentration because of the lack of sleep, I cant handle any stress without feeling like I will cry. I have tried everything and I mean everything on the market- even doubling up on the a few things with no avail. I went on hormone replacement for 18 months prior to this, with no change whatsoever! I went on premarin- ooo that wasn't pleasant AND it made me go back to having super heavy periods every month + the sweats. I quit that after 3 months. I am now going to request trying Brisdelle. I go to the doc the end of August. This really is my last resort. I cannot sleep, I have to stop working when I have a hot flash, I pour sweat when I am outside working- so much so that I get dehydrated and just cant seem to drink enough water. I wish I had an answer for you but all I can do at this time is commiserate and tell you I'm sorry you are going thru this. People laugh at me when I turn bright red and joke about me looking sunburnt. It's no joke. It's terribly embarrassing.

Apr 21, 2016 19:Apr 7 | Julie W said

Thank you and here's another helpful thing for hotflashes!

First off thank you for this article, it’s helped give me some ideas and also a laugh since I’ve said and done some of the same things! I’m 42 and have been in peri-menopause for almost 10 years now. I have had a juvenile form of rheumatoid arthritis since I was 6 years old so lucky me, as per is normal with JRA, I got to start into this fun early. Thankfully I am nearing full menopause soon. The hot flashes have been killing me hard for almost 2 years now.

Here is a wonderful thing that has been worth every penny that has helped me with not just the hot flashes but soooo many things! Hope it helps out others as well. They sell it on Amazon and there are other brands but this is the one I’ve been using and like.

Re-vive Naturals Magnesium Oil Spray 8 Oz Food Grade Quality

(it's not actually oil and you can spray it on but it's best to spray it in your hand then rub it in where you need it. Avoid your eyes though!)

Here’s a short list of some of the things it’s helped me with:

-hot flashes daily but during the winter almost completely got rid of them! I quit using it for a bit but now that it’s getting warm the Volcano Whole Body Hot Flashes From Hades are back so I started in with the magnesium oil spray again and it’s helping to stop them once again!!

-leg and neck cramps works INSTANTLY and stops them from happening

-uplifted my mood and I'm not having the hormonal rage as much now!

-bowels work better

-indigestion less

-helped all kinds of pain..including instantly on headaches when I rub it on my head (and as for pain, I have severe arthritis but I can't take pain meds so to say it helps my pain IMMENSELY, says alot!)

-helped open and drained my sinuses like no med every has!

-sleep better

-helping with my cellulite

-hardcore muscle tension and tightness loosens right away (i couldn't sleep on my left side due to a stiff neck for YEARS and now I can!)

Haha, I bought it just for leg and neck muscle cramps and then it did all this, I was shocked but I guess we are all deficient in magnesium. The only "side effects" is that until you get used to it you may have a slight sting, itch or tingle sensation but it goes away or is not a big deal and a residue may be left on the skin. However after 30 minutes you can wash that off since the magnesium has already absorbed. Or after 5 minutes you can put on lotion and omg my legs don't dry back out right away like normal so that's really nice! I slather my body now in the morning and then shower later or put it on at night and then do the lotion and then shower when I get up.
Totally worth a try for everyone, you can find a good bit of info on the web about Magnesium Oil, a great thing to investigate for many of us! Good luck!

Mar 10, 2016 09:Mar 9 | Doe 10998 said

Flashes suck

I exercise everyday - yes, I walk regularly and if not, I'm at the gym. Been a gym rat since my teens. I'm 50 now. My hot flashes started when I was 43 - the doctor said it was due to my thyroid since Hashimoto's syndrome and menopause have some of the same symptoms. That was 8 years ago. I completed menopause yesterday but that doesn't stop these persistant hot flashes. I have two fans in my office at work, three at home, and they only get worse IN THE SUMMER MONTHS. I take bladderwrack for the thyroid which is supposed to also help the flashes. I'm not a smoker or obese but I am overweight - but when I was 43 I was a size 4 and normal weight so losing or gaining weight hasn't changed the number of flashes. I get them ALL DAY LONG, EVERY DAY, ALL YEAR. They last 5 minutes and come back about every 15 minutes. THIS IS MY LIFE AND HAS BEEN FOR MANY YEARS. I love my wine but IT MAKES THEM EVEN WORSE. So, for the summer months I avoid alcohol. Icool which is non-soy genostein worked for a couple of months but then your body gets used to it and it stops working. Nothing works.

Jul 14, 2016 22:Jul 10 | Amy said


I so commiserate with you! Last night I probably got a total of 2 hrs sleep but in broken patterns. The hot flashes are so bad and come every 15-20 minutes. Keeps my BF up all night because he's running to the freezer for cold gels for me.
I don't want to do traditional HRT due to the risks but honestly cannot live with this. I am 51 and weigh 150. used to never get past 130.
Is this a sick joke that mother nature is playing on us???

Feb 01, 2016 04:Feb 4 | charu said

problems after hysterectomy

hello, my mom has gone through the hysterectomy due to ovarian cancer,about three years before. now, she is facing problems like:
hot flushes
increase in breath rate
excessive sweating

although, she is of 50 years old,her weight is about 60kg and height is 150cm. she take a balance diet along with regular exercise and even after taking the medicines for hormones, there is not much improvement in her condition.

i would be grateful if you will help me in this matter.

Jan 10, 2016 16:Jan 4 | said

Broken Thermostat

I have been suffering with 'tropical moments' for around 9 years now. In the past year I have lost 30 lbs. and have not noticed a decrease, in fact, they seem much hotter and more frequent. After the hot flash, I have a 'cold' flash, even when the temperature is normal, around 72 in the house, I'm 'cold' until the hot flash rolls around which is more frequent around bed time. I feel like I have an internal broken thermostat. Sadly, I don't like water, so I drink tea to keep hydrated, but, stepping outside during the winter months gives me instant relief. My problem is not getting to sleep, it's staying asleep, but fortunately once it passes I go back to sleep. Using a cooling pillow helps somewhat, but most of the time it's not cool because I'm too hot. All I can do is hope that I am nearing the end of these 'hot' flashes and that my new 'tropical moments' will be in the sunny south!

Nov 30, 2015 14:Nov 2 | MIchele said

Hot Flashes, Weight, Exercise

I'm sorry but much of what is said regarding weight and hot flashes is bogus. That also goes for exercise to reduce hot flashes because exercise DOES NOT reduce hot flashes. I exercise regularly and always have. I am not overweight either. I DO suffer greatly from hot flashes. I don't smoke. I drink tons of water. I can't take HRT's as I had uterine cancer and thus a complete hysterectomy. Sorry but when I read the so called advice to eliminate hot flashes through weight loss or exercise I could scream. It's all bogus. Give me something REAL to eliminate the hot flashes.

Sep 06, 2015 10:Sep 10 | Angela Francis said

hot flashes /night sweats

Thank you all for sharing, I have just ordered a Chilly Tube so fingers crossed..... My night sweats bother me most and have found that the moment I "move" whilst in bed, so turn one way or the other, that's it the 'personal summer' is triggered - does this happen to anyone else? - simply changing your position whilst in bed triggers your night sweat? Many thanks

Nov 09, 2015 13:Nov 1 | Alyson said

Ho Flashes

Yes, The same thing has been happening to me!! I wake up at night feel fine and change position. As soon as I do BINGO instant Hot Flash!!
It's the weirdest thing! I'm thinking we wake up because the hot flash is coming on and it's not really the change in position that is causing it.

Oct 12, 2016 22:Oct 10 | said

Hot flashes

This is depressing reading that the insomnia due to constant hot flashes could go on for ten years or forever! Has anyone tried sleeping pill like ambien? Can you be so knocked out that you won't wake up while having hot flashes? I am 53 weigh 149 exercise, drink water etc. Occaisional beer or wine, however I noticed I still wake up every hour or so with hot flashes even if I skip happy hour. I am afraid to try HRT for fear of cancer, & I am already 30 pounds over weight. The broken sleep & always being hot any man would be irritable too! I am so looking forward to winter! I used to think I would like to retire in a warm climate, but now there is no way! I am planning on sleeping with the sliding glass doors & windows cracked all winter lol! My husband will be under an electric blanket I suppose! Thanks for any sleeping pill ideas. I have tried Melatonin, but I still wake up hot with 3 fans & an air conditioner!

Jun 15, 2016 13:Jun 1 | CinLouisiana said

Yes, happens to me too! I

Yes, happens to me too! I cannot decide if the change in position causes it; or if I psyche myself out because I fear it will happen, it DOES happen.

Really, sometimes if I think/fear a hotflash, within seconds I'll have one.

But, I don't sweat PROFUSELY like I've seen described, so I don't know if my hot flases are mild or moderate.

Aug 31, 2015 05:Aug 5 | Glenys Walker said

hot flashes/heater

I have found if I keep all of my body the same temp I am less likely to get a flush.Long sleeves help.
Hot flashes occur if there is a breeze on a Summer day.
I run for the heater ,coat or a blanket if I have a hot flash not for something cold.I find body flashes hot trying to warm me up.Give it a try.
My flashes are caused by blockers for breast cancer.Upsetting the system
Once I get past the big heat up when getting busy it levels out.I am finding sea kelp sup helps.Going to try sage tea today.I AM IN CONTROL[that's what I keep thinking]
I have low blood pressure
Body malfunction.
More research needed to beat this debilitating THING as its not life threatening little is done about it.

Aug 29, 2015 21:Aug 9 | Ed Willingham said

A Possible Home Solution to Hot Flashes

Back in 2000 my wife had left side breast cancer at age 52. After the surgery she went through chemotherapy which kicked her into a post-menopausal mode. She started having hot flashes a lot which made her not quite pleasant to be around at times. We sat down and had a long talk about what she was experiencing. I realized from her explanations that there might be a mechanical solution we could implement in our home.

By profession I am an electrical power engineer with a minor in control systems with 32 years of experience (at that time) in using "black boxes" to take care of commercial/industrial "situations" assigned to me. During those years I worked with HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) engineers and learned about the importance of humidity control for a comfortable environment.

We decided to attempt an experiment with home humidity control. We ordered a whole house roll-around dehumidifier, a little over $1000. Not cheap, but she's worth it. I put it in our living room, connected it to a 120 Volt wall receptacle, and ran the pump-out drain hose to our powder room's sink. Then our experiment started.

We soon found that her critical humidity point was in the low 30s (%). Our experiment is still ongoing. However, as long as we maintain the house humidity below 32% she is mostly free of hot flashes. In addition, as a side benefit, it has allowed us to reduce our air conditioning costs by running the house at higher temperatures in the summer. This year we are operating the house at 76 degrees. Our electrical costs are also much lower.

I do think that this information needs to be passed along to others but when I mention it to doctors they do not seem to be interested. Wonder why?

Hope this helps others out there. Take care.

Ed W.

Apr 19, 2016 17:Apr 5 | said

Sorry but this all sounds so

Sorry but this all sounds so bogus and stupis to me. I would die if I kept my house at 76 degrees!! I might as well go live on the equator!

Jun 03, 2016 15:Jun 3 | Ed Willingham said

Sorry but this all sounds so bogus and stupis to me.

I am sorry that you feel this way. This is not bogus or stupid just because you do not know or understand the interaction between air humidity and temperature relative to the human body's comfort levels. Just go to a place where the humidity is around 30% and try it for a while. This is based on real/true science, not some of the "junk" science that is force fed to us these days.

I have honestly related the facts as they were at that time. Recently we have had to cool the house to about 75 degrees as my wife has gotten older, now 68.

BTW, there are some side effects with humidity this low. Wooden items may develop cracks if not dried or sealed previously. Also, you can get dry skin/tissue effects. However, I find these reasonable prices to pay to keep her comfortable. "Happy wife, happy life."

Sep 26, 2015 09:Sep 9 | Marla said

I like the humidity theory

The humidity theory might help explain why I get my hot flashed only at home, which is a more humid environment than at the office. Thanks for the tip!

Jul 27, 2016 15:Jul 3 | sweatygurl said

hot flashes

funny, I mostly only get them when I am home as well...I started thinking there was some kind of toxic air or something. I do sleep with air on 75 and have them mostly at night now tho so not sure.....I did a saliva test with ZRT labs and it turned out my cortisol levels were reversed. Read "The Cortisol Connection"..you can find it online but it makes total sense. I went gluten free and was watching my intake of anything that can spike your cortisol and my hot flashes went away. But like anything, when we start feeling better we go back to our old ways. So I'm going to start again but I highly recommend the saliva testing so you can get an idea of what might be causing your hot flashes. They make healthy suggestions as to what you can do with your results. Hope this helps.....

Apr 09, 2015 19:Apr 7 | NovemberRain said

Peppermint is helpful

Peppermint oil on the wrists, elbows, and even neck, can be very cooling. Be sure to only test a tiny bit first - a friend smeared it straight, all over her, and actually burned her skin. Some can take with a carrier oil, I like coconut. Also, different producers of oil have different qualities.

Mar 16, 2015 11:Mar 11 | irmgard Gater said

hot flashes after 13yrs

I had full hysterectomy 13 hrs ago & had implants for about 6 months or so. I never had hot flashes. Last year I started a diet & started hot flashes really bad, over 15 times a day. Even if I am naked in a cool room, window open in winter I get like I have just had a shower. I spoke to my Dr & I cannot have HRT but he says I shouldn't be experiencing this now. I tried a cream you put on your abdomen but it made it worse. I noticed when I started exercising that my heart rate is well out of whack sometimes going from 53-192-0 just sitting down. Now under a cardiologist that thinks I have Angina. I am awaiting further tests/results. The cardiologist thinks its because of my thyroid because its under active but tests show its normal with medication. My thyroid was diagnosed 6 yrs ago so that's strange. I read somewhere that heart problems can cause hot flashes...has anyone else come across this? I drink plenty of water, exercise daily, don't drink caffeine, alcohol very rarely & don't have spices...

May 02, 2015 16:May 4 | ruth tyler said

menopause and thyroid = trouble

I am a Wife and Mother.
I suffer from the wonderful thyroid/menopausal night mares.
I often describe the mixed symptoms as being on the Wimbledon tennis Courts. On one side is the ever troublesome thyroid and on the other side is menopause waiting to burn rubber! Oh and I am the net. I am peppered and plagued by their volley's of same sided bullying.
They both love to play with anxiety, depression, good 'ol hormones, appetite swings up or down, sometimes ya feel like a mutant,maybe "Wolverine" and feel like you could just shred the world to pieces. Perhaps you feel like emptying the freezer and crawling inside and and closing that lid! Maybe a vest made of frozen ice would help or use all the cold water known to this world as a beverage and in the shower tub or pool!
God help me when I am working out in the heat and a hot flash hits. I feel like I have been on the Sun itself and and I have to crawl to the garden hose and turn that sucker on to full.
Keep several cold water bottles near by some frozen. those frozen bottles are super to lay on your neck and throat, a towel that has been drenched with water and folded into a v shape and frozen is wonderful too. Lay it around you neck and throat. ( If it is winter like our (Canadian) Manitoba Arctic freeze kind nothing beats going outside and cooling off' steam literally is seen evaporating. ahhh)
Drink a lot of water. Keeping hydrated is important because we sweat off so much of our water(wish it was fat instead, that would be a winner for myself!
Health food stores are an excellent choice for some help;
let your Dr. know if things are getting out of control. Murder maybe a first thought but the law frowns on the action.
Oh the antics of this crazy kanuck. I am always melting down and wishing I was on an iceburg!
What ya think?

Aug 22, 2015 18:Aug 6 | Dawn said

Thyroid menopause extreme hot flashes

I had a total thyroidectomy 3 years ago. Shortly before the surgery I began periodic hot flashes @55years old. The thyroid medication put me at daily/multiple daily drenching hot flashes. Three years now. How long does this crap last?
Dawn (of the wish I were dead)

Jan 30, 2015 11:Jan 11 | Reese said

Night sweats

Very informative Sheryl! Most menopausal women experience night sweats. The most common symptoms are Feeling sudden intense body heat, Perspiration, Heart palpitations, Nausea. I read an article similar to what you are discussing http://bioidentical-testosterone.com/night-sweats-in-women/ maybe you can also find this useful to you.

Dec 20, 2014 08:Dec 8 | said

I am 55 and had a partial

I am 55 and had a partial hysterectomy long time ago. Still have ovaries. Just started having hot flashes. How long will these things keep happening?? Months...years??? No more long sleeves shirts for me. Happens mostly at night...yank the sheets off then you get cold. Hate the interrupted sleep.

Jul 25, 2014 10:Jul 10 | Marla said

Night Sweats

My Thyroid just went overactive, so my thermostat is out!! I have fevers all day long, but at night, I take the Tylenol, and then I am soaked within about 1/2 hour, after being chilled. What I want to know, is preparation. What jammies to wear, bedding, or towels? Anything until this is addressed. I have the fever all the time right now.

Jan 14, 2014 08:Jan 8 | Jean said

Interesting comments and

Interesting comments and suggestions - Went thru post-surgery hot flashes and survived -- now they are back due to taking drug for breast cancer --- they are worse then ever - may be more emotional now - more stress. I have created a list of suggestions to try -- the first is giving up coffee (heaven help me and the rest of the world)!

Sep 09, 2013 17:Sep 5 | North said

Hot Flashes AND Sweating

I have found that, along with hot flashes, I now sweat as if I'm running a marathon whenever I exercise (and no, that doesn't mean running marathons). Even gentle exercise triggers sweat that drips off my forehead or trickles down my back. I never used to sweat like this and I find it very disconcerting. I have a lot more laundry to do now.

Towels are now de rigeur in exercise classes, even yin yoga.

Mar 23, 2013 19:Mar 7 | said

Hot Flashes

I have found that the best thing I can do to get relief from a Hot Flash is to use a Chilly Tube! I don't have to take pills, it is just a simply way to stay cool! It stays cool all day without refrigeration so I can wear it anywhere, to work or out on my walks. It just is the most useful thing I have ever seen! Check it out at www.chillythings.ca

Mar 24, 2015 21:Mar 9 | irmgard Gater said

chilly tube

Thanks for the info, I ordered one & it arrived 4 days later which was yesterday. As I was wringing it out I had a hot flash so I put it on. That was 11 hrs ago and its still cold. I have been the gym and it helped by at least 80%. I'm in bed now had 4 flashes in 12 hrs compared to about 15 and its now copable. Very cheap & stylish too I got pink to match gym wear.

Jul 13, 2014 13:Jul 1 | Suzy said

Thank you for the information

Thank you for the information about the chilly tube.

Sep 07, 2012 07:Sep 7 | audrye said

hot flashes

its consoling to hear that others are going thru the same thing.I have asked my mom wether or not she went thru this and she said no.Both of us have gone thru menopause from having hysterectomies at early ages (me 42, my mom 47).

Possibly worse than just the overwellming uncomfortableness (is that even a word??) is the fact that i feel half crazy all the time. My husband seems to have become a fool since im going thru this and my non menopausal friends dont have a clue. Can anyone else relate to this feeling?

I feel like a dried up old leaf, that lately doesnt seem to care if i get blown off the tree and crushed as its exhausting keeping up this nightmare! When will it end??

Jul 19, 2012 15:Jul 3 | Lolly said

Hi Ladies, It is so nice to

Hi Ladies, It is so nice to hear I am not alone in this and all the tips are wonderful. I've just started having night sweats as well - every single night between 3.30 - 4.00 am like clockwork and it wakens me every time. Not sure about the weight loss theory. I'm probably verging on the underweight just due to dealing with a lot of stress in my life right now from various directions (divorce/house selling/working/building an online business/dealing with grown up kids taking sides etc). However, the caffeine one is definitely a trigger. If I drink coffee, within a few moments it starts so I've stopped taking coffee and drink gallons of water. That has definitely helped, along with the herb black cohosh. However, be careful if you take any other form of medication - check with your pharmacist or GP.
We're in this together girls and we'll come out the other side still smiling!!

Jul 15, 2012 23:Jul 11 | BH said


Great to know others are suffering from hotflashes like me. Hope their's go away, too. My plump sister never had hotflashes when she went through the change and didn't have morning sickness with pregnancy. I'm half her weight and had/have both. She told me that the fat makes hormones after our ovaries shut down which prevents hotflashes. I think it depends if the woman's fat know's how to do that. Mine must not know how. Ha! Menopause is a woman's entire life after her periods stop. Do hope it gets better or I will continue spending my time in my cold house. I was taken off my hormones after 10 years which has left me with the hotflashes. Many of the suggestions above do help.

Nov 21, 2011 06:Nov 6 | Amerrah said

hot flashes

I have found that drinking flax seed oil really helps a lot.

Oct 14, 2011 14:Oct 2 | Judi said

Hot Flashes

I lost more than 50 lbs. and hot flashes are the same or worse that pre-weight loss.

Mar 13, 2015 01:Mar 1 | Tracy said

weight loss and hot flashes

i have just lost 80 pounds. I never had a hot flash in my life until I lost weight. Had my thyroid checked, normal. Has this happened to anyone? I have read how losing weight might help hot flashes but I have the opposite problem. I am 61.

Sep 07, 2015 21:Sep 9 | northern girl said

weight loss

Tracy, I had the same experience. I'm also 61.. I went on Atkins 4 years ago and lost about 30 lbs. That's when my hot flashes started!!! Since then I've gained the weight back and it's been a huge battle to keep from gaining more. Other than not being able to loose weight, i have tried every suggestion I can find for hot flashes, and have to say, none of them work.. I don't drink caffeine, don't smoke, don't drink, hate spicey food... I find it odd that every article suggests woman loose weight, when one of the symptoms of menopause is weight gain and it's next to impossible to loose it! But since mine, like yours, started AFTER loosing weight, what is that all about????

Jun 25, 2016 18:Jun 6 | Patricia said

I started perimenopause at 51

I started perimenopause at 51 and hit menopause at 55. I am now 62. They started as night sweats, though not dripping like some women. Over a year they increased to one an hour day in and out. For years. About 2years ago they stopped. I had gained about 40 pounds during this time even though I was walking at least 3 miles a day and always maintained a huge garden. After 3 months they returned with a vengeance. Just in time for us to move to the Southwest. Yikes! We get 4 seasons here in NM but it is summer now and the 100 degree days are actually making me panicky and frantic. Here everyone uses swamp coolers instead of AC as it adds moisture to the air when the humidity is often at 5 percent--think oven. But let that turn on and a hot flash is only seconds away. I can't abide one, so I suffer the heat. Flashes are now worse than I have ever experienced them. I actually go into a panic, get frantic and can't think. My days are spent trying to get some relief. This is no way to live. I have to walk my dogs at 7 am. Later and the sun is too hot. I have a portable AC in our bedroom but I still wake with flashes and sometimes can't even get to sleep till 2 a.m. I eat very little now and still can't lose weight=I can't believe I am 60 pounds overweight. And my normal temp is 97.

Aug 25, 2011 05:Aug 5 | medicare part d said

I was quite addicted to

I was quite addicted to coffee, but after eliminating it from my daily routine I am feeling better and it has helped me a lot in coping with hot flash.

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