The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 30
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb. 17, 2002
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    409

    Default Tips for dealing with hot flashes?

    Hitting the perimenopause stage (period every few months, hopefully totally done with it soon!). No biggie except for these bloody hot flashes. Geez what a misery! Waking up over and over again during the night sweating buckets (even in a very cold bedroom and no covers) and then shivering shortly thereafter. Haven't had a decent night's sleep in eons it seems like. Have them during the day as well but nothing like how bad they are at night.

    Tips for dealing with this anyone? Don't want to take hormones, just want to get some sleep!



  2. #2
    Join Date
    May. 25, 2001
    Location
    Elgin, IL
    Posts
    322

    Default

    The only thing that worked for me was estrogen/progesterone. Took it for 9years, then developed advanced breast disease to had to stop. Now I take Restoril at night for sleep anxiety and it has the added bonus of mitigating my hot flashes.

    There are many tips for dealing with hot flashes, but hormone replacement is the only guaranteed way to NOT have them.
    Proud member of Appendix QH clique



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun. 7, 2002
    Posts
    4,402

    Default

    I won't take hormones or soy (estrogen precursor). I don't want to take anything that *could* promote breast cancer.
    So I am taking evening primrose with borage oil at noon time, and at dinner time, I take evening primrose + combo pill my sister sends me from Europe (it contains endophospholipids, B9 and E vitamins, zinc, omega 3, borage oil, and citrus flavonoids).
    After about 2 months of that, no more hot flashes for me, phew! Those were starting to really, really annoy me.
    Good luck, I think you have to try different things (each during at least 6 weeks) to see what suits you the best.
    Ottbs - The finish line is only the beginning!



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun. 22, 2008
    Location
    Outside Ocala FL - Horse Capital of the World
    Posts
    6,193

    Default

    Good luck, I've been dealing with it for 3 years now, they are getting to be less frequent, but still....

    Sorry, no tips to share, I tried some of the vitamins for menopausal women, I think they actually made it worse.
    There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams



  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun. 24, 2005
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    10,745

    Default

    I switched to lighter weight bed covers-I just use a sheet and a light quilt. I keep a bottle of water by the bed, for a quick swig and that seems to cool me off. I also had a chair or shelf by the side of the bed with extra sleep shirts (all cotton is good, and they now make wicking nightwear for hot flash sufferers), and when a flash would hit, I would first go to the bathroom (many times a full bladder seems to trigger them, at least for me), and then switch night shirts to a dry one. They gradually lessened in frequency, and I very rarely have one now.
    You can't fix stupid-Ron White



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug. 12, 2010
    Location
    Westford, Massachusetts
    Posts
    5,150

    Default

    I'm just starting down this path and can't take synthetic hormones, because I'm a DES daughter....already heavily exposed and screwed up by synthetic estrogen. It's manageable so far (only a couple of problem nights a month right now), but I'll be very interested in the responses!



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb. 23, 1999
    Location
    Cypress, near Houston, Texas
    Posts
    8,612

    Default

    Ah, jeeze. Been suffering from these suckers for three years now. At night I have a fan beside my bed that is turned on high all night long. I, too, go from burning up to chilled. Cover on; covers off - all night long. It totally sucks. Doesn't help that DH is constantly saying "It's all just mind over matter. You have to learn to control it." Yeah. Right.
    Visit Sonesta Farms website at www.sonestafarms.com or our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/sonestafarms. Also showing & breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan. 27, 2002
    Posts
    6,482

    Default

    vitex helped me immensely.
    i think it's just chaste berry.



  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec. 1, 2007
    Location
    Gettysburg, PA
    Posts
    2,673

    Default

    Sorry can't hepl. I laughed when my SIL said she had to seat belt in her DH with 3 fans blasting on high for her hot flashes
    Epona Farm
    Irish Draughts and Irish Draught Sport horses

    Join us on Facebook



  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug. 12, 2010
    Location
    Westford, Massachusetts
    Posts
    5,150

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Sonesta View Post
    Doesn't help that DH is constantly saying "It's all just mind over matter. You have to learn to control it." Yeah. Right.
    WOW! Brave man! Saying something like that to a menopausal woman is more dangerous than jumping head first of a cliff.



  11. #11
    Join Date
    Oct. 31, 2001
    Location
    West of insanity, east of apathy, deep in the heart of Texas.
    Posts
    15,918

    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by Sonesta View Post
    Doesn't help that DH is constantly saying "It's all just mind over matter. You have to learn to control it." Yeah. Right.
    I thought your spouse a MUCH smarter man than that.

    I was on HRT after hysterectomy nearly six years ago. Hated it. Made me gain weight, feel miserable, but did keep the hot flashes at bay. I finally said f*&^ it last year and started managing my hot flashes with evening primrose oil & black cohosh. Works a charm, and no pesky prescriptions.

    I would, however, suggest that anyone having severe menopausal symptoms go to a specialist in HRT. Most OB/GYNs are more interested in delivering babies than delivering menopausal women from the symptoms that entails, and you'll get short shrift from them. An HRT specialist is the only way to go. If you can find one, that is.
    In loving memory of Laura Jahnke.
    A life lived by example, done too soon.
    www.caringbridge.org/page/laurajahnke/



  12. #12
    Join Date
    Feb. 6, 2003
    Location
    NorthEast
    Posts
    25,020

    Default

    Doesn't help that DH is constantly saying "It's all just mind over matter. You have to learn to control it." Yeah. Right.
    And you're not a widow? My congrats on your control!

    Unfortunately for Mr Blue my estrogen ran out the same time he went from being a human furnace to always freezing. Poor bass turd was going to bed wearing everything he could think of to stay warm. Eventually I just took over the guest room so I could sleep in a sheet only with the ceiling fan on high and the window wide open in january.

    OP...my condolences to you on the night sweats. They suck a lot more than hot flashes because you don't get much sleep and you don't know you're having them until you're blazing hot and sweating buckets. Some of the multi-vitamins help alleviate the worst of the night sweats. (look for women's ones that say for menopause) Estrogen and soy can just cause a whole new set of problems instead. (because Lord knows scientists HAVE to make sure an 80 year old man will still have a full head of hair and be able to sport a boner for 4 hours...but women's menapause can continue to be ignored except for estrogen which can kill you)

    Do ask your gyno about Bromcriptine. (sp?) It's for your thyroid/pituitary, has been around since Jesus wore sandals and is considered pretty safe. It can stop many or even all menopause symptoms by stimulating the thyroid into tricking the body into thinking it's got a lot more estrogen. Only side affects are that some people can experience some dizziness/light headedness. My gyno put me on that last year...worked fantastic until I suddenly started walking into things and falling over. Apparently I was one of the few people who get really dizzy on that.

    To stop a hot flash/night sweat one trick is to cool your feet off fast. I know for me when I had seriously bad hot flashes...if I got my feet cold the flash stopped immediately. In winter that just meant walking outside into the snow barefoot. Mr Blue used to laugh when I did that because it was like a cartoon...the snow parted like the darn Red Sea around my broiling hot self! In summer I'd stick my feet in the tub or under the hose and run cold water on them. Always worked like a charm for me. Instaneous relief and stopped all sweating too.
    You jump in the saddle,
    Hold onto the bridle!
    Jump in the line!
    ...Belefonte



  13. #13
    Join Date
    Feb. 23, 1999
    Location
    Cypress, near Houston, Texas
    Posts
    8,612

    Default

    yeah. it's a good thing i love the DH or he'd be dead by now with his ignorant ass comments about the flashes. and it's just awful that i now have the a/c on very low temp, overhead fan blowing full blast and an ocillating fan blowing full bast on the side at night.

    I used to be freezing at night. Now burning up and DH is the one burning up. Sucks for him that when he tries to warm up by cuddling up to me (who he readily admits is radiating heat like crazy) I cannot stand him to touch me in mid flash. I mean, I'm already about to spontaneously combust and i definitely don't right then need the additional heat of him!
    Poor guy sleeps with tons of blankets these days!

    When will this hell end???
    Visit Sonesta Farms website at www.sonestafarms.com or our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/sonestafarms. Also showing & breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.



  14. #14
    Join Date
    Jun. 14, 2008
    Location
    Danville, KY
    Posts
    364

    Default

    Organic royal jelly capsules! After having to shower in the middle of the night due to "soaking flashes" I'm now semi cured with RJ capsules. I am having a hysterectomy on Feb 14, I wonder if my flashes will return with full force soon after



  15. #15
    Join Date
    Feb. 17, 2002
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    409

    Default

    Glad to hear I'm not the only sufferer misery loves company.

    Some nights it's so bad I have to stretch across the bottom of the bed several times a night and blow the A/C fan directly on me, and it goes on and on and on...then start the chills, then back to sleep until the next one starts. Am usually awakened by the sweat droplets running down my face, yuck!

    My husband is one of those that ALWAYS thinks it's cold in the house (he's quite happy in a flannel shirt and jeans working in 90+ degree weather). We have wood heat and he's constantly stoking the bloody furnace and telling me it's all in my head, that's it "cold in here"! I could seriously throttle him most days, ugh!



  16. #16
    Join Date
    Feb. 17, 2002
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    409

    Default

    Oh, for those using herbal/vitamin/home remedies - what do you take, how much, and what time of day?



  17. #17
    Join Date
    Jan. 13, 2004
    Location
    California
    Posts
    486

    Default

    I can SO identify with the not flashes at night, waking up soaking wet, then chilling program... and yes, am hoping it will end soon.

    I have found a few preventative tricks to help me get through this season of life...

    1. I went & bought SEVERAL cotton bedshirts, so when one is soaked I can put on a dry one quickly b4 I get chilled. I sleep better dry than wet...

    2. I find if I take a NYQUIL gel capsule b4 I get in bed, that I will GENERALLY, not always, sleep alot better

    3. I take a capsule of L-Ornithine 500 mg at nite b4 bed (not the same nites I take nyquil) & will sleep ALL night & wake up fairly refreshed.

    4. I take a horse ice-pack to bed with me... on my head or chest helps alot. If my head & neck are cool, I can sleep... too much heat (from flashes, or sheets, or whatever) & I can't sleep worth a damn, & then can't do anything the next day either cuz of lack of sleep from the nite b4.

    5. I've read somewhere that iodine, like sea-kelp drops, helps keep your thyroid regulated, which helps keep your hormones regulated, which helps reduce hot flashes & other peri-menopausal symptoms. I just started adding 4 drops of a liquid sea-kelp to my water bottles daily & it SEEMS to be reducing my flashing. YMMV

    Lets hope we get thru this stage of our lives without killing anyone...LOL
    J
    ‎"Luck favors the prepared, darling." ~~ Edna Mode



  18. #18
    Join Date
    Jan. 13, 2004
    Location
    California
    Posts
    486

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by MistyBlue View Post
    ...because Lord knows scientists HAVE to make sure an 80 year old man will still have a full head of hair and be able to sport a boner for 4 hours...but women's menapause can continue to be ignored .
    OMG!!! About fell over laughing at this! Thank you Misty Blue for sharing that one! LOL

    My favorite quote... and I think it was from somewhere on this board is this:

    "Menopause: When Men hit this age they get a new toupee, a sports car
    and may even go for a younger woman.

    We get hot flashes, periods from hell, osteo and mustaches. WTF? "


    J
    Last edited by Jingo-ace; Feb. 5, 2012 at 11:56 PM. Reason: too much of quote edit...
    ‎"Luck favors the prepared, darling." ~~ Edna Mode



  19. #19
    Join Date
    Feb. 6, 2003
    Location
    NorthEast
    Posts
    25,020

    Default

    When will this hell end???
    Beats me. They say the best way to gauge your menopause is from your mother's.
    In my family we ALL start early. Most ended early too. Not a single woman in my family still had any cycles after the age of 44. We all start menopause in oour mid to late 30s.
    I started around 37-38 years old. I'm 43. I haven't had hot flashes for some time now. Now everything else is crapping out, LOL!
    (gotta laugh...or I cry...or kill)
    Just started getting *massive* mood swings. NOT fun since Mr Blue is already Mr McMoody Pants. Always has been. Oh joy.
    I'm calling tomorrow to make an appointment with my gyno and throttling the man until he finds something non-cancer causing that can alleviate the worst of this crap. Frankly I think all the other issues I have right now are hormone related too. Ugh.
    You jump in the saddle,
    Hold onto the bridle!
    Jump in the line!
    ...Belefonte



  20. #20
    Join Date
    Feb. 6, 2003
    Location
    NorthEast
    Posts
    25,020

    Default

    LOL, thanks Jingo.

    Erm, I think that second quote was from me too. Been a little crabby from the lack of hormones lately.
    You jump in the saddle,
    Hold onto the bridle!
    Jump in the line!
    ...Belefonte



Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 25
    Last Post: Oct. 30, 2012, 08:45 AM
  2. Tips for dealing with the terrible twos?
    By 4Martini in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: May. 12, 2012, 04:50 PM
  3. Tips for dealing with your doctor's office
    By amastrike in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 38
    Last Post: Sep. 3, 2010, 03:43 PM
  4. Any tips (besides meds) for dealing with hypothyroidism?
    By Melissa.Van Doren in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 44
    Last Post: Aug. 7, 2010, 01:49 AM
  5. Tips for dealing with very crowded indoor
    By RolyPolyPony in forum Off Course
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: Oct. 14, 2009, 11:18 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •