I am new here...this is my first post!!! I am 44 and I am pretty sure I am having hot flashes. My periods are irregular. I have not had a period now for over 2 months...although that's not unusual for me. I used to be every 28 days like clock work but for the past 2 years I have been irregular...sometimes nothing and sometimes 2 in one month. It's very frustrating to have to carry something for the "just in case" all the time. Over the past 2 years I have become unbearable to live with...so my husband and sons tell me...not because of ME persay, but because I keep the darn air turned down to 68 degrees and I am freezing them out of the house...but while they are freezing and walking around in blankets and thermal pants here in Florida, I not only have the air down to 68 but also keep ice packs on my neck and chest just so I am not burning up. I can be completely feeling "normal"...whatever that is lately...lol...one minute and then the next I am running for the freezer for my ice packs. I feel this surge of HEAT that just comes over me. It feels like an oven just got turned on inside me. This is SO frustrating and they have now become very frequent...so frequent that I carry bottles of frozen water with me everywhere I go so that when I get one of my "surges" I can place the frozen water bottle on my neck or keep it tucked in my arm to cool me off. I know it sounds crazy but that's what works for me when I leave the house.
Gee, that wasn't so much a question was it? I guess what I am trying to ask is...do hot flashes become more frequent and more miserable to deal with as time goes by? Now not only do I get my surges of heat, I am now waking up all sweaty...night sweats??? I have even started to grab the ice pack to sleep on now when I go to bed just to ward off the sweats. It's just nuts. My husband is shivering because he's so cold and I am laying there practically naked with ice packs.
I seem to get these hot flashes...surges...more right before my period but I haven't had a period now in over 2 months and now am getting this all the time. Sometimes before my period I also feel like I am running a low grade fever.
Please tell me I am not crazy!!!
What can I do to not feel so HOT???....and how long does this phase last? The last time I went to the gyno he did bloodwork and everything was fine. He said he thought I was going into peri menopause. My mom was completely done with menopause at age 45. I could only hope to be completely done with all this in a few months when I turn 45. Ugghhhh!!!
HOT, HOT, HOT