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Old 06-01-2012, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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First off, I'm a 43 year old male and I've been having hot flashes. My same age wife also has hot flashes. She hasn't had to use tampons in almost 3 years.

When you need to step outside in shorts in 32 degree air to cool off for several minutes.
When you get drenched in sweat simply standing under the AC vent.
When your chihuahua jumps "OFF" your lap because she's too hot.

Last winter on a 45 degree day I had a bad hot flash while driving. Didn't cool off until I turned on the car's AC and recirc full blast withthe coat off. Didn't shiver nor goose bumps once.

I do HVAC work at a hospital. Plenty of nurses go through this. Difference is when I have a hot flash at work, I suffer through it until it passes. The nurses having the flash expect the AC to go from 72 to 55 in zero seconds flat regardless of their coworkers' comfort. Good thing we now have their AC thermostat on computer control to prevent such dramatic temperature shifts. We set a 5 degree range for nurses, between 68 to 73 for example. Can't please everyone.

Haven't tried to jump in a bath tub filled with cold water or a cold shower yet. Came close to doing a cold shower once. Have spoken with my VA doc about testosterone test. He doesn't seem to be in any rush to get it done. He's more worried about my shoulder which grinds when moving. My try seeing a doctor outside the VA with my employer's insurance. What medical specialty should I look to for help?
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Old 06-02-2012, 05:28 PM
 
Location: FL
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I've never heard of men having hot flashes. Have you done an inernet search to figure out what specialist would be able to help you?

I'm 44. I think I've had a few flashes, but nothing to the extreme that youv'e described yet.

I do hear ya on the ladies expecting to change the A/C temp to accomadate only THEM. Pretty selfish. But, I do understand that when a person gets really hot, they might get cranky and a bit irrational. Don't they have ice packs in hospitals? Couldn't they put some ice on their neck or something?
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Lompoc,CA
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Are you going through manopause?
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:38 PM
 
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I've heard of men having hot flashes. And children. They can come from sugar imbalance (hypoglycemia), stress or other problems. Your adrenal glands could be causing problems. I would try diet along with anything else your doc suggests. Try to eliminate caffeine, sugar and too many carbs (which act like sugar in the body) and see if you notice a difference.

Keeping a journal will help you to notice if there is a pattern to their occurence. Try some stress-reducing exercises too.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:24 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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It's kinda funny you posted this when you did as I had my first real hot flash yesterday, actually 2 in one day. I found the best hand fan...one of those padded envelopes. It's heavy enough to produce a real breeze but helps if someone else is around to fan you and it's small enough to put in my purse.

Don't hospitals have at least one room that has to be kept extremely cold? Maybe you can find your way to that when it hits you but I can't imagine that as I can barely make it to bed when I'm having one.

Look up what an endocrinologist does.
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Men can experience vicarious hot flashes if their wives are going through menopause.
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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The only one that I can remember suffering from 'hot flashes' was a friends Dad who was overweight and had hypertension. When his BP shot up, he got very hot and sweaty.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I used to get hot flashes all of the time,I am 41 and no where near menopause. It could be winter out and I would put on the window A/C in my bedroom, my face would turn red and I'd look flushed. I had blood work done by my GYN last January 2011 and he said my hormonse were out of whack, if I lost weight this would all go back to normal, I was having heavy periods too, so I needed a D&C, anyway since then I have lost 51 lbs and have not had a hot flash in almost 9 months.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:54 AM
 
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I never went thru hot flashes~!
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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It's kinda funny you posted this when you did as I had my first real hot flash yesterday, actually 2 in one day. I found the best hand fan...one of those padded envelopes. It's heavy enough to produce a real breeze but helps if someone else is around to fan you and it's small enough to put in my purse.

Don't hospitals have at least one room that has to be kept extremely cold? Maybe you can find your way to that when it hits you but I can't imagine that as I can barely make it to bed when I'm having one.

Look up what an endocrinologist does.
Our boiler room is right next door to the morgue which has a walk in cooler.
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