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11/4/13 10:03 A

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I'm sure that once this scary stuff with your surgery and cancer treatment is further in the past your husband will relax a little and quit covering you up... which should help, at least at night. The precursors to your hot flashes do sound very unpleasant - worse than the flashes themselves.

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11/4/13 9:07 A

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Ha - definitely not pregnant! Don't have those parts anymore! ;-)

I took the type recommended by my oncologist - they worked at first but stopped. I guess things could be worse though!

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10/31/13 8:48 P

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Sounds like pregnancy symptoms. Not to scare you are anything. LOL

Maybe the reason the vitamin E and a B complex didn't work is b/c of the type they were?



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10/31/13 7:27 P

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Wine does not for me but some foods and supplements. Black Cohosh only works for a period of time then your body is used to it well might reached that point!
Congrats on your accomplishments Goldey keep us up to date on what goes on.
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10/31/13 11:56 A

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The symptoms actually started prior to my radiation and chemo. In fact, my doctor and his staff have never heard of anyone having symptoms prior to hot flashes before. It's funny, I can look at my husband and say, "I'm going to get a hot flash" and the next thing you know, boom!

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10/31/13 9:46 A

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Goldey, good for you listening to your oncologist. I wish there was something to do for the other symptoms. If your doc has any suggestions please pass them on!

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10/31/13 9:12 A

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Can't say I've had the symptoms leading up to hot flashes that you do. I wonder if your symptoms could be caused by the treatments you've had. Forgive me if you already mentioned it, but have you asked doctor if that could be a root cause? Wish I could help further.

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Thanks for the advice everyone! Like I said, I don't mind having the hot flashes so much, it's the feeling weird before they come on that really was my question - just wondering if anyone else experiences any sort of odd sensation just before they have one.

I have to be extremely careful taking any supplements - my cancer is triggered by estrogen, and anything that closely resembles it (soy is a big cause) so there isn't much I can take even over the counter. My oncologist doesn't want me to take anything that could lead to the cancer coming back.

My NP did recommend taking vitamin E and a B complex. I tried those, but they didn't really help.

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10/30/13 7:46 P

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You know, everyone is different, but I have noticed that when I eat foods that are high in sodium I tend to have more night sweats and hot flashes. Also, just a small glass of wine will set me off with a hot flash and that also will make me have night sweats more.

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10/30/13 7:43 P

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My Doctor recommended EstraSense because I am estrogen dominant. She put me on the one for hormone balance, but there is one for hot flashes. I get it at my local vitamin store (here Vitamin Shoppe). It ain't cheap, but it did what the doctor wanted it to do. Not sure if the hot flash version would work, but it might be worth a try.



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10/30/13 6:38 P

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You may be "estrogen dominant."

Read the latest edition of "What your doctor may not tell you about premenopause" by Hanely and John R. Lee, M.D."

and

"What your doctor many NOT tell you about Menopause" by John R. Lee, M.D. w/ Virginia Hopkins

These may help explain what you are going through.

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10/30/13 4:14 P

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Our electric blanket is a dual control. I don't even have my side plugged in. LOL But still, my darling husband still thinks I need "taking care of" so he feels the need to not only cover me wtih the sheet, but he pulls the blanket up over me, and then the comforter. And I feel like I'm in a oven! UGH

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I experience Hot Flashes and Night Sweats as well. And having to deal with it in the summer is awful! Just doing a little work can bring on a Hot Flash and you sure get heated up fast like someone switching the furnace on high temps... you pour with sweat. Night Sweats wakes me up in the middle of the night and I find myself drenched in sweat. I don't get them as often now but I sure experience the Hot Flashes still.

I've never experienced the nausea and dizziness before a Hot Flash coming on. But everyone can experience something a bit different. Me, I turn red as a tomato and then I pour with sweat. I know that exercising, keeping hydrated, hormones balanced and eating a healthy diet is one way to do it. But there is so many other little things you can do in the moment of the Hot flash. For me, I go by a fan and cool off that way and I drink ice cold water until it subsides. But I noticed since I've cut down on crappy food and I've been eating better and exercising more... I get less of them.

To alleviate Hot Flashes... you can find a lot of great information on googling it online. I find a lot of helpful articles out there on the web as well.

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10/30/13 3:42 P

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Flannel sheets and a heating blanket!?? OMG!! LOL! That just screams major hot flashes!

We have a heating blanket with dual controls. Like Ann's parents, DH sleeps with the electric blanket on, plus a huge comforter on top of him, and I sleep with just a sheet that I kick off until I fall asleep and cool off.

Isn't this time of life interesting? At least it's not boring!

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10/30/13 1:52 P

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My mom and step dad deal with temperature completely differently (in their 80s - no assistance from hormones). One of my sisters gave them an electric blanket with dual controls. My mom never turns her side on. The heat from his side still leaves her too warm, but its not nearly as bad. Totally worth the investment.

Keep experimenting. Things will continue to change, so something that didn't work in the past may work in the future. We're all different, so you may find a unique solution. Mostly, know we're going through this stuff with you!

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Thanks Ladies - I have tried tying my hot flashes and night sweats back to symptoms, but I can't find a common denominator. UGH...I was really hoping they would lighten up when I finished treatments, but no such luck. I've looked at sugar, caffeine, exercise, looking at my husband gumpily...LOL...nothing makes 'em better or less frequent.

And dontcha know my husband put the flannel sheets and electric blanket on the bed this week?

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I don't get hot flashes but I do get night sweats. I have found that how much exercise I'm getting affects the frequency (more exercise = fewer night sweats) and that my eating affects them - when I eat more sugar I have more problems. For me, chocolate is my major caffeine source, so its possible that the caffeine is also part of the more sugar = more night sweats equation.

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Goldygrad, WELCOME to the team!!!

Sometimes I can tell when I'm getting a hot flash, other times I'm just hot. (Hot temp wise, not hot sexy)

There are some very smart people on this team, you ought to come up with some answers.
But for now, please know you are not the only one going through this, we're all here with you!
I used to be the queen of hot flashes, but Lyn (loveslfe48) stole my crown, maybe we ought to give it to you!

emoticon (the emoticon I use for hotflashes) Hang in there!

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I went through surgical menopause last year after a hysterectomy in August of 2012. I was told that the menopause symptoms would take 6 to 8 weeks to come on, but I hadn't been home from the hospital more than two days when the hot flashes and night sweats started.

I don't have an issue so much with HAVING hot flashes or night sweats. I don't ENJOY them...but considering everything else I've gone through, they aren't so bad.

My real question is this...I can tell when these hot flashes are coming on...I get really nauseated and dizzy just before they hit. I've mentioned these symptoms to my gyno-oncologist, and neither he nor anyone on his staff has heard of this.

Am I the only one who gets warning signs like this? I hope not.

Also, anyone know of any good ways that don't involve hormones or soy to alieviate the hot flashes? Besides sticking my head in the freezer? The people at work look at me funny when I do that. ;-)

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