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Is it possible that my thermostat is broken?

I mean we know that entering menopause is likely to cause our internal temperature to fluctuate – but this is getting ridiculous!

The worst time for me is in the morning. I wake up and experience several “heat waves.” Now I’m not talking about hot flashes – these are just momentary spikes in my body temperature. Doesn’t sound bad? Well think again!

I get out of the shower and dry off. I start to apply scent and layers of clothing when WHAM my temperature spikes up and I’m perspiring heavily. Now I don’t feel like getting dressed. I’d rather get undressed and get back into the shower – but I know it would just happen all over again. I absolutely hate that feeling of starting my day not completely ‘shower fresh!’ On top of that I’m tempted to dress for mid-summer. Even in the heart of the coldest winter the thought of sweaty wool makes me cringe – so I have to watch myself carefully or I could end up underdressed and freezing for the rest of the day!

Then I’m driving into work. Even on really cold days I leavely overcoat sitting in the passengers’ seat. Does something occur at some point to put my system on red alert? Do I get cut off by another car? Not necessarily, but often I experience yet another temperature spike – this time convincing me that leaving the overcoat off has once again saved my life!

There are other times of day that the spike occurs. I know it happens most nights and I find myself changing into lighter weight sleep attire – but I think they call that ‘night sweats.’ I don’t know if they are caused by dreams or by my sleep cycle. And I’m not sure if they’re the same as the ‘spike.’

The ‘temp spike’ will also occur if I’m rushing around – like when I’m entertaining (I no longer qualify as the hostess with the mostest, now its more like the soggy mess visibly showing her stress) , or when I’m drying my hair – which is why I always wash it at night and never during my already challenging morning ablutions.

It goes away really fast, but I’m left with a sweat mustache, soggy hair and an unclean feeling – three things that I hate a lot!

I’ve been supplementing hormones naturally for a long time and there’s a good chance that I’m actually past menopause (they say it’s hard to measure when I have a good flow of hormones in my system) so why then am I still experiencing all of this heat? Is it just that my thermostat is broken?

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  1. Haralee Haralee says

    You can get a simple test from your doctor to see where you are, menopausally speaking. Hot flashes and night sweats can last for years. Take a look at my web site, http://www.haralee.com. I sell sleepwear for women having night sweats, made from wicking fabrics. A few suggestions is to have a fan in your bathroom and put your clothes on last. Never mind that it is cold outside and you are wearing sleeveless. Fashion wise you are very much in style!

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    • Lilly Lilly says

      Hot flashes can last for decades! I had a medical treatment that resulted in hourly hot flashes (terrible ones) for a very long time. Even with bio-identical hormone therapy I still deal with them but not as often. I always have ice sitting in a cup nearby to chomp on when a flash starts, or I carry around a cold pack. People who know me are used to me wearing a hot flash hat (visor) to stop the sweat from rolling down my face. I keep cold packs (the ones you break and they get cold) in the car, on a nightstand, and am never without one in my purse. Also have wet wipes and frequently stop in restrooms to use one on my neck and forehead – helps some. 

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    • Robin Donovan, Menologues Robin Donovan, Menologues says

      I did ask my doctor(s) for a test – and they said its impossible to tell with my hormone levels what they are – I would have to go off the hormones for an extended period (which I’m not prepared to do) in order to get an accurate reading.

      I’ll definitely check out the wicking sleepwear – do you have any wicking business tops?

      Great idea about the fan – why didn’t I think of that? I have one near my treadmill – why not in the bathroom! Brilliant – thanks!

      As far as sleeveless goes – you haven’t seen my upper arms lately have you?

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      • Generic Image weeroo says

        Upper arms, I had to forgo vanity living in Florida and just let it all hang out! In summer I wear spaghetti straps and as soon as I get into air conditioning I pull on a light shirt over. About the showers, I found that cooling down the shower helped with that particularly bad flush. I hate the night flushes, can only sleep about 2-3 hours and one wakes me, I learned to just sit up or get out of bed till I cool off or the bed gets too wet to sleep in. i also have a little 3″ fan on the nightstand I can turn on and pull over to wherever I need it, as well as a small fan on my desk at work. Let me know if the weather ever changes!!

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      • Generic Image weeroo says

        PS: I gradually reduced shower water over a period of time to get used to it, well worth it!

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      • Robin Donovan, Menologues Robin Donovan, Menologues says

        Ugh, upper arms – hate the nana wings! Sometimes there’s just no choice! I have reduced shower water – but then it doesn’t help my allergies – I like to run that hot water over my face to break up the congestion. Oh well, always a choice.

        I did hear one very interesting thing about night sweats though – and I’m starting to think it’s my problem. My business partner’s husband started having night sweats. He thought he was having male menopause. The doctor asked him if they had a matress with an overstuffed top pad. He did. The doctor told him that causes a lot of people to have night sweats. I was sweating one night (we have that overstuffed matress top) and I moved into the guest room – no sweating. My husband says one experiment is not enough to be sure – but I’m starting to think it’s completely unrelated to my hormonal condition. That would sure be a breakthough. The aftershower sweats are still an issue though. And they usually occur when I’ve had a stressful thought. Tough to control those!

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  2. GingerTX GingerTX says

    Maybe this will work for your heat waves… you describe them so beautifully, I almost broke out in a sweat myself!

    I read that eating sprouts (alfalfa, broccoli, radish, mung bean, lentil, whatever) help ease hot flashes, so I was on it immediately. My husband grows them and sells batches at the weekly local farmer’s market. Since a few days after I started eating them every day, I have not had a hot flash. Not one! Could it be? Is it only in my head? I don’t care! It’s working for me. And it’s the only thing I’m doing.

    I’m allergic to soy and cannot eat any grains or starches, so OTC remedies are out. Sprouts are so healthy anyway, one can’t go wrong, even if they don’t alleviate hot flashes. If you don’t have a local source for fresh sprouts, then grow your own. It’s incredibly easy and takes very little time.

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    • Robin Donovan, Menologues Robin Donovan, Menologues says

      Thanks – that’s good to know. I eat a TON of broccoli, but not all the other veggies you listed. Maybe I should try adding them in!

      I’m glad you could relate to my description (not for your sake). I just finished my first book – it should be out mid-June – and I’m hoping my descriptions will resonate with a lot of women like you. Although it is a comedic murder mystery my detective is a menopausal woman so I’m banking on the fact that we’ve all had these thoughts – now and then!

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