Hot Flashes are Bad!

  1. Does anyone have some good advice how to help with these terrible hot flashes :angryfire that I am having? I am in surgical menopause and the MD recently took me off the premarin d/t endomitriosis....and I have been having trouble sleeping....I'm going nuts :imbar Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
    Have a great night all :chuckle !!
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  3. by   dianah
    Check w/your MD first, but Black Cohosh seems to work, and you can find it at any health food store. I take "Hot Flash" (really, that's what it's called!), and it has Black Cohosh in it, as well as some other ingredients. It has really helped me, I experience no hot flashes when I take it. I do take 2 caps/day, rather than the 3/day the instructions suggest, and it works well. Do an online search for natural or herbal hot flash helps. Good luck (they're such a bummer!!). -- D
  4. by   live4today
    You can also check out Dr. Phil's website and search for the show that his wife talked a great deal on about dealing with menopause and the things that helped her. I feel ya! :kiss
  5. by   Shamrock
    Stick your head in the freezer, it always helps me!!. Been suffering with the hot flashes from hell for several years. Recently went off the hormones last year and feel like my heads on fire all the time!!
  6. by   DMB FAN2
    :blushkiss Thank you so much ladies! I appreciate the help.....I have been taking the black cohosh and evening primrose oil- max dose without relief.....I don't mean to sound like a whiner......I will get used to them....just thought i would post and see if anyone had any other ideas :angryfire I think the freezer idea sounds the best.....

    Cheers :chuckle
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    Yep, sticking one's head in the freezer is a winner!! Or, if you MUST maintain some dignity, a fan will do.

    I wouldn't necessarily recommend this to every menopausal woman, but I use Ativan, 1 mg QHS for sleep, and for some reason it helps the night sweats........maybe because I sleep through 'em? During the day, though, I just try to grin and bear it; even though it's not easy trying to be smooth and professional when your face is as red as a tomato and dripping with sweat to boot, most folks are very understanding---especially other older women! :chuckle
  8. by   Shamrock
    Oh yeah, they are not hot flashes, they are POWER SURGES!. Sometimes crawling all the way into the freezer is necessary. :chuckle
  9. by   oramar
    I really prefer red clover over all other natural products. I take 400mg Red Clover and a combo product called Meno-Ease. It has wild yam, St. John's Wort and black cohosh in it. Oh, I also take soy isoflavones. I will email you web address of place I order all this stuff. If I post it I think I might be violating site policy. I am just about weaned off of premarin myself. Started skipping every forth pill, then every third and am down to every other day. Soon will be stopping all together. So far so good.
  10. by   DMB FAN2
    I really appreciate all the great advice :kiss I knew that if I put up a post I would get some help.....cuz everyone is so great
    Thanks Oramar....I will check out that site...... and if nothing works then I will be moving my butt to Alaska :chuckle
    I hope you all have a great weekend...and thanks again.....
  11. by   sixes
    I here you, but moving to Alaska won't help LOL
    I live in Northern Ontario and the bitter cold doesn't help
    I also take ativan 1mg ghs this helps I don't know if it's because it helps me sleep or because it decreases the anxiety that goes along with the falshes
    I also had my menopause surgical induced at age 31 they lasted about 1 year but were really bad the first 6months
    I am now 42 and guess what I get to do it all over again
    I find if I take a brisk walk about 2 hours before bed the night sweats aren't so bad
    Hubby is sleeping on the couch because he can't stand being in the same bed with the sweats and restlessness. He says the temperture in our bed goes up 40'
    I've learned to live with them, the promising thing is that they will eventually go away
    Something different works for everyone you just have to find what works best for you
    Personally I stick to the ativan and a fan'
    Good Luck
  12. by   renerian
    I am in the same boat surgical menopause and nothing is helping. I cannot sleep much at all.

    renerian :angryfire

    sitting at the computer in tank top/shorts with a fan as we speak
  13. by   mattsmom81
    Mine are just starting and I remember my poor mother redfaced, sweat dripping off her hair and face...<sigh>

    I am taking Benadryl to sleep through the night sweats... so far it helps some. Good luck to us all...LOL!
  14. by   VivaLasViejas
    Oh yeah, I forgot about the fan........I sleep with the darned thing on medium to high every night, even if it's in the single digits and there's a foot of snow on the ground outside. The irony of it is, I'm freezing cold most of the time when I'm not having one of my, ahem, "power surges".......I have a slow pulse thanks to my beta-blockers, and I wear sweaters in the house until mid-July. I sleep in full thermals and socks, and I put on several blankets.......not to mention four cats who pile on top of me. THEN, long about 3 AM, I wake up in the middle of a lake, and I marvel anew at the fact that even my calves have sweat glands.

    That's when the flapping begins......anything to move air......until the precise second when the "dew" on my skin freezes and I have to dive back under the covers, only to go through the whole process again later in the night. Luckily, the Ativan insures that I only have to do this once or twice a night instead of the multiple times I used to go through it.......when I first started this a few years ago, my moods were like mercury and my family was beginning to wonder what life would be like if I weren't in it! :chuckle Once I got on the Paxil, things were much easier on all of us, but I really stabilized when I started taking the Ativan every night. I wish it weren't necessary, but I tried all those other herbs and OTC remedies, and they either didn't do anything or caused new of 'em gave me the worst heartburn I've ever had in my life, another sent my blood pressure spiraling into the stratosphere, and still another made everything I ate taste like copper pennies. BLECCCCCHHHHHHH.

    So I stick with my little 1-milligram pill, and wonder if I'll ever feel like a normal woman again........