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Old 07-14-2009, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes +
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You can actually "feel" a hot flash starting and moving into your face where you have a nice blushing shade of red. Then you have a lovely sheen of sweat as it starts to fade. This may happen once in a while or several times a day. Mine always seem to get worse the moment I lie down and try to go to sleep...it just never fails!
For some reason, it happens often to women just as they get into bed.
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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I've heard it's easier on women who have born children than those who haven't.
Gee, just what I needed to hear... I never had any children.
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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Gee, just what I needed to hear... I never had any children.

Same. .. sorry.
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes +
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It's different for everyone. Some get night sweats wherein they soak the sheets. More common is what is described above - a slow rush, crescendo-ing, making you miserable for about 2-4 minutes, then slowly dying out. I sometimes get thirsty beforehand and realize a flash is coming on. In cold climates, stepping outside for 15 seconds usually ends it immediately! But often one is too hot, cool, then hot, cool (changing thermostat constantly) much to some husbands' chagrin!

Now you can take estrogen or those herbs like black cohosh which will eliminate the flashes. However, when the possibility of women getting heart attacks from taking estrogen arose (and black cohosh contains some estrogen), and women stopped taking estrogen, they had to endure the hot flashes once again. I took estrogen for ten years, and when I stopped, it took five years of hot flashes to dwindle. I still get them occasionally, especially after drinking red wine, but they have diminished in discomfort; they're much lighter and shorter now that I never think about them.
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Old 07-14-2009, 11:51 AM
 
Location: NJ
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For those of us that aren't close to other female family, having posts like these really help. I appreciate everyone's input.

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but I have had them start in my hair with a tingly itchy feeling before moving downwards. Makes me want to stop whatever I'm doing and scratch like mad!!
I was going nuts last week.
Hubby was on vacation and took the hand mirror.
It felt really weird, like tiny bugs putting their claws in me.
I ended up pulling my hair into a pony tail and it helped.
I was in the shower the next day and I watched my thigh skin change, got tingly, then goose bumps and burning.
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Old 07-14-2009, 01:10 PM
 
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I could relate to a little of what everyone said. Sometimes my back feels like its burning. Right now I have 7 fans going on in the house with the temp set at 76. I am getting them every few minutes and of course at night. My whole body is soaked with sweat. What makes it worse is I am trying to clean so naturally I am hot but when I "flash" it is horrible.

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Old 07-14-2009, 03:44 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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What does it feel like......like you are going to ignite into flames! My doctor prescribed something that I think was called Bellamine, it is now discontinued, it worked GREAT and was not a hormone, the hot flashed started ease up about the same time luckily. Now I take the Equate Estroblend from Walmart and Black Cohosh, they work pretty good. The heat comes from deep inside and works its way out. Very miserable. And I know all too well about going from hot to cold to hot again while trying to sleep
Well all else fails, stick your head in the freeze, it feels wonderful!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-14-2009, 03:54 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Equate Estroblend from Walmart and Black Cohosh
So ticked.. my walmart didn't have either
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:06 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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So ticked.. my walmart didn't have either
Wow, that's amazing. The black cohosh I buy is a Spring Valley brand.
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Mayberry
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Alice, it's a hot, steamy, building sensation, slowly from your calves, crawling up your skin till it reaches you head and then, BOOM!!! Your head explodes!!

I haven't had any in years, my menopause was induced by surgery many, many years ago
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