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Old 11-15-2008, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Next stop Antarctica
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Yes welcome to menopause, it is usually different for everyone, hot flashes can be one symtom but there are many others ...dark moods, night sweats, and aching knees i have experienced all of these and, i found the only answer was HRT i take Livial and still doing so in my 60's but don't worry you may be one of the lucky ones that has to put up with this for a short time only...i hope so ..Good luck
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Old 11-15-2008, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I went through meno. early - I did Soy Milk, Soy Nuts, then did a plant based hormone called Activella. Fortunately, it didn't last forever for me like I hear some folks say, but I liked the Activella (I'm a small person so I adjusted the dosage amount, as in: once it started to work...I took one every 3 days then skipped, then stretched that out...)

I've always been a "hot" person (meaning temp. not looks, lol) - I still have some very brief times with it, but I really think that Activella helped, and I do NOT take a pill for anything unless I need to. We're talking pain pills after a surgery or whatever.

This too will pass.
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Old 11-15-2008, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Way up north :-)
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I have some nights where I'm just soaking..so my sympathy to anyone who has more than a few nights of this.
I'm scared to sit on the floor, b/c my knees ache so badly, and I think I might not be able to get up again. I didn't realize this could also be menopausal? I'm 45.
I'll try the peppermint oil and soy milk..they're the least scary sounding ideas thus far.
Imagine MEN going through this??
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Old 11-15-2008, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Wrangell, AK
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Check with your doctor first to be sure it's not a symptom of something else, sometimes something as simple as an infection will cause night sweats, along with some very serious illnesses.
This is the first step you should take. I am 49 but started having hot flashes and night sweats in 2000. Truthfully, didn't think much of it at first, early menopause runs in my family. Then started having severe migraines complete with light and sound shows. Was eventually referred to a specialist in auto-immune diseases. Turned out I have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Other diseases that manifest same symptoms include fibromyalgia and lupus. It probably is menopause but, as I found out, it pays to be sure.
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:31 PM
 
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Thanks, everyone for your replies! I'm taking Estroven. Also, I tried changing the cover on the bed to a down comforter and a duvet cover, so it seemed to help somewhat. I'm just going to take each day as it comes, and see what happens. I just hope for the best - and the mildest, if that's possible. But it could change in the future!

Thanks again, everyone. I didn't have a chance to reply sooner and I didn't want anyone who did reply to my question to think I had forgotten about this thread.
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Oxford, OH
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Ah yes I can remember my first hot flash. I was waiting in a line at a conference and suddenly I got so hot, I usually don't even sweat, and I was just on fire. My face was dripping. I looked around wondering why no one else seemed hot. You will learn to use anything as a fan as you move through this. Look around when you are places and you see women with a fan. I started right about 50 also and it took about four years to work through. I'm 59 and they are a thing of the past. I go by the row in the store with all the personal products and think, "gosh I don't need any of those things any more" that's the upside. Now if I could just learn to deal with the extra hair on my upper lip
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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Ladies, I need your help! The last few months I've been experiencing ever-increasing sweating at night. I can go to sleep cold with a blanket and quilt and then wake up in the middle of the night hot and practically drenched. What supplements or OTC medicines work for you, if any?

I'm 49, will be 50 in two days (). I don't smoke, don't drink alcohol. I drink gallons of water, iced tea, a little coffee every morning. I take a B-complex capsule everyday. Also, I'm on oral contraceptives because the boyfriend needs to schedule an important appointment. Other than Advil for headaches, that's all I take.

I thought I would try herbs or supplements before I visit my doctor. I haven't even have thought about HRT. Just trying the most natural way first.

Any constructive suggestions are most welcome. Thank you!
I think you should sleep with ice water next to the bed. What else can you do? Hormones, they are a changin'.
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Old 11-23-2008, 06:11 PM
 
Location: The #1 sunshine state, Arizona.
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I drive my husband crazy, sleeping with a fan in the winter. I keep ice water on my night table. I alternate between a blanket, comforter and nothing all night long. Wake up in the middle of the night, my pillow is soaked, I turn it over to the dry side. I'm awake now, might as well go to the bathroom. I keep busy while I sleep.
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Old 11-23-2008, 06:42 PM
 
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I think you should sleep with ice water next to the bed. What else can you do? Hormones, they are a changin'.
I definitely do that! I've had water next to my bed for years. It does help. I can't imagine ever sleeping without water on the nightstand, but I guess I did it years ago.
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:50 PM
 
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I tried vitamin E in the morning and at night and it seemed to help; maybe it was just coincidence but maybe not.
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