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Comment from: pammi, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 10

They are terrible! I sweat like a man, I'm so hot I can't stand it, I take a fan almost every where I go, everywhere with an electric outlet. I'm African American, my hair "goes back” and frizzes up, I can't keep my hair done, relaxers just don't work any more. My deodorant cooks off, near the end of the day, I would smell something and realized it was me! I carry a baggy and washcloth and deodorant with me, in my purse. I am up maybe 3-4 times a night, my nightgown is usually soaked, from sweating. I always said I would be glad when menopause started, but boy was I wrong! I would have a period maybe once every 5 months, and even though the period would be very heavy, the other symptoms would stop. I'd be glad for the period.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I have had uterus removed which is called abdominal hysterectomy and then years later I had my right ovary removed. I have had trouble with my left ovary every since. I was given a birth control shot 2 months ago I am 42 I think the shot was called premovara or something with a P. Now for the last month I have severe hot flashes all day and night. I have to change my shirt about 7 times a day. It is summer time and air conditioner is on. I had to turn down to 74 and it is still too cold. Every time I soak my shirt and my hair gets soaked I freeze so back under covers then hot again then take off covers and freeze again. I am exhausted and want to leave my home and run away from husband and dogs. I would have never left my dogs in a million years. Children are grown and doggies are my babies, but lately I would leave everything to just run away but where would I go. I had a pelvic ultrasound 2 days ago and ovary was shrunk so small she could hardly find it. 6 weeks ago it was big as softball. I really feel the shot has put me into premature or full blown menopause. I go back to OBGYN in 6 weeks for another shot. I am going to get blood test to check for menopause before I let them give me a shot. My mother had breast cancer stage 3 and is a 10 year survivor now but they have already told me no hormones and estrogen for me when I have menopause because of my mother. I am miserable and tired hot and cold. I hate it. I thought it only lasted 1 year but after reading about it lasting 5-10 I don't think I can take it that long.

Comment from: Lori, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I get the hottest hot flashes. I'm always hot, and I always need a fan or an air conditioner, even in the winter when everyone else is cold. This has been going on for nearly 10 years. I was 47 when my period stopped. My face turns red like a tomato whenever I do anything, and sweat pours off me.

Comment from: toeter, 55-64 Female Published: August 16

I have been postmenopausal for seven years now -- or I thought so. During the 8 years of menopause I did experience hot flashes, but not severely. They started between my shoulder blades spreading and rising up through my neck -- I found it fascinating, and fortunately didn't sweat much! Now, I seem to be having hot flashes again, which happens both night and day lasting about 4 minutes, and since the last couple of days.

Comment from: Lou, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

I was experiencing mild hot flashes from the beginning of the premenopausal symptom of no period. I had my last monthly cycle in February and now in July I am no longer experiencing hot flashes. I am 49 and very confused about the wide range of symptoms associated with menopause. Am I lucky or will my cycle start again with the symptoms escalating.

Comment from: helpme, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

In the past 6 years I have suffered. My menopause started with deep depression than came the severe hot flashes. Thank god the depression isn't as bad as it was but just before a hot flash come and I get this down feeling. I've been to doctors they have prescribed Prozac, Premarin low level hormone. Nothing seems to help. I am crying now as I write this. My hot flashes are so severe I want to end it all sometimes. I haven't had a decent night's sleep in years. I go through the everyday motions for my family I know that God is keeping me sane. I have tried everything but I am willing to try anything I am 53 years old.

Comment from: Montessori teacher 1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I was angry for a long time but didn't realize it until it stopped, almost in one day. My family was so relieved. Then, a few months later, my periods stopped, at about age 47. Hot flashes began that leave sweat on my upper lip, forehead, armpits, trunk and crotch. Even my feet sweat during a hot flash. They have been unchanged , but less frequent, for the last 11 years, even during the three years I took Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). During the day I try to ignore them. During the night, I was awakened every 45 minutes; I was not asleep long enough to go through a complete sleep/brain wave cycle. No wonder I was forgetful and grouchy. Now I awaken 4 to 5 times a night, roll over, feel the heat start, throw off the covers and try to fall back to sleep, cover up again when I get cold. I sleep for the first 3 hours solid, then the flashes start up. I can have them as often as every 15 minutes, day or night, but not usually. I was diagnosed with breast cancer June 2009. No family history. I blame the HRT that I took for 3 years (stopped 4 years before diagnosis). Now I must take a drug, Tamoxifen, for the next 5 years that the oncologist assures me will make my hot flashes worse. My marriage has suffered over these last 11 years, since I break into a sweat any time my husband and I try to snuggle, cuddle, or just have much skin contact. I feel so un-sexy now. And once I start the Tamoxifen, it will get worse.

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