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Monday, April 29, 2013

I was sitting at work today, hunched over my computer and feeling very Mondayish. If you don't know what I mean by Mondayish, run away and play in the traffic, do. The only thing on my mind was concentrating on the 'to do' list (first getting it written and then getting it done).

Suddenly, I started to feel Not Right. Even by Monday's standards, not brilliant. Bit of a temperature developing, etc. I mentioned this to the colleague next to me who suggested I might be going down with something. 'I'd better not,' I said tersely. Busy busy busy, things to do. Opened the window to let in fresh air. Started to feel better quite quickly.

In fact half an hour later, felt more or less back to normal. Medium for Monday you might say.

Then it hit me. Oh yes. The thing I've been expecting, for close on 10 years appears to have manifested itself this morning, Monday 29 April 2013, in the form of a hot flush.

Oh what fresh hell is this? I'd actually convinced myself I was going to be one of the lucky few who sail through the menopause without noticing it. I'd had a few symptoms, more of the general ageing kind: wrinkly neck, nonspecific sagginess, dodgy blood pressure. Nothing definite though. Then my temperature goes stratospheric for half an hour and comes back down on its own.

So here we go. A new chapter, more excitement. Oh yes.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/1/2013 10:12AM

    Welcome to my world! I'm ready for this phase to be over. I spent my life being cold, and now, oy!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 5/1/2013 9:58AM

    Hot flashes! Twelve years after my last menses, I still get hot flashes occasionally. After my hysterectomy check-up, close to a year ago, on the way out of the office, I asked my gynecologist how long the hot flashes would last. She simply said, "Forever." It's great to be a woman isn't it? The joy just never stops!

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MBEHNKEN 5/1/2013 8:59AM

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GOANNA2 5/1/2013 8:50AM

    Been there, done that. Happy dys ahead. emoticon
This too shall pass. emoticon

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FIRECOM 5/1/2013 8:28AM

    Yep, time marches on no matter what we do, eh? Good blog.

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NOTANINJA 5/1/2013 7:52AM

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 5/1/2013 7:34AM

    Isn't womanhood fun?! emoticon

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BLUEJEAN99 5/1/2013 7:22AM

    try a natural supplement and some soy milk ! stopped my hot flashes completely. emoticon

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SATCHMO99 5/1/2013 3:08AM

    Thankfully, my flashes limit themselves to nighttime, which usually sees me sitting on the loo browsing t'internet - the cool tiled floor helps.

I found it useful to keep a hand sanitiser by my bed as hat cooled my hands down. My hands often feel like a bunch of bananas but if I manage to cool them quickly it can avert a flash.

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LINDAM.1 5/1/2013 2:30AM

  My husband got so good at open the window please I am hot. followed by turn the heat up please I am sweaty and cold. Got that over with early.

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JOYB19 5/1/2013 12:51AM

    My symapthies...

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1SALMON1 4/30/2013 11:36PM

    I keep a shawl at my desk - something I can wrap up in but throw off quickly. Then wrap up in again. Sigh. Well, it's all part of the ride I guess. You will have lots of company, and lots of sympathy/empathy/companions in grousing... Anyway thanks for sharing - I love your blogs here & at wordpress...

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MISSBOOBOOKITTY 4/30/2013 11:32PM

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SHOAPIE 4/30/2013 11:05PM

    Always dress in layers.

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JAMER123 4/30/2013 10:02PM

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I know the feeling as it has been with me for better than 32 yrs!! (& unchanged!!)

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CICELY360 4/30/2013 9:18PM

  good blog

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CHARTHESTAR 4/30/2013 8:56PM

    Welcome to the Change~!

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DANAPRIME 4/30/2013 8:31PM

    Ain't life grand! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 4/30/2013 8:23PM

  Oh my dear, it is JUST THE BEGINNING!!! Think positively.........lower heating bills, no more need for sweaters, you will master the art of layering, no more blush is needed, PMS is in the past and is so amateurish (you are in the big leagues now!). And those are just a few of the perks...........seriously, it really isn't that bad........really!
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ANYVAR54 4/30/2013 8:17PM

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LIVEDAILY 4/30/2013 6:58PM

    Misery. Lots you can do to manage. Trick is in finding what works for YOU. Buy a small desk top fan and keep it plugged in and on your desk. When you get warmish, turn it on until it goes away. Dress in layers. I know lots of women who wear sleeveless tops with little cardigans or a large blouse over as a light jacket to help when they get warm/hot. Herbal supplements: what works for one person may not work for you. You have to fiddle around with it. Keep walking! The fresh air will do you good.

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JUSGETTENBY42 4/30/2013 6:36PM

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LABGIRL8 4/30/2013 5:57PM

    Black cohosh worked for me. My GYN even OK'd it. Better than doing hormones!

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LINDAKAY228 4/30/2013 5:55PM

    I was "lucky" in a way. I had a hysterectomy many years ago due to fibroid tumors and really heavy bleeding to the point I was anemic. Had my ovaries taken out at the same time. I went on hormones for a while, but after a couple of years I stopped and my system had adjusted enough that I didn't get really any symptoms. But I've heard there are so many things now days to help alleviate the symptoms, so hopefully you won't have it bad. A lot of natural remedies without using medications. And it will pass. After I had the hysterectomy I felt so incredibly better because of the effects the fibroids were having. But also the thing I really enjoyed was no more monthly visits from mother nature! So there will be rewards of this journey with time.

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FANGFACEKITTY 4/30/2013 5:44PM

    Let's hope you turn out to be one of the lucky ones after all.

For me I noticed that if I have a cup of soy milk every day it minimizes the symptoms a lot. Something about soy having estrogen, or mimicking estrogen, which (IMHO) beats taking hormone pills. I usually mix the soy milk into my oat meal for breakfast.

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LISA_FRAME 4/30/2013 3:39PM

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LIVELYGIRL2 4/30/2013 3:11PM

  It's a shock or surprising, amazing, annoying, startling when it first arrives. And you know there is hundreds of jokes, plays, books about it.

Personally I felt the night sweats and emotional stuff was more annoying.

I believe it was Adelle Davis who came up with 800-1400 IU of natural vitamin E, that controls them or gets rid of them entirely. HOWEVER, don't take these therapeutic amounts with high blood pressure.

Some holistic doctors will monitor this.

You should be able to locate research on this.There was a doctor with the last name Shute who mentioned this.



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TERMITEMOM 4/30/2013 2:44PM

    emoticon Thank Goodness it is only temporary...

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SHERRYBETH84 4/30/2013 2:35PM

    I can stand the flash, but I hate the instant sweat that blooms out all over. Misery loves company! I keep cold packs in the freezer and will take one to bed for the pillow :)

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JANEMARIE77 4/30/2013 1:34PM

    fun fun fun the life of a women My fav line to a group of women (hair salon)
does your underwear always melt during a hot flash?????

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IAMAGEMLOVER 4/30/2013 1:02PM

    I was one of the lucky ones. Hardly any hot flashes. I never had night sweats. I was happy, no more cramps.

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PATTISTAMPS 4/30/2013 12:03PM

    I had lots of hot flashes, plus some extra special ones brought on by a medicine. My doc told me "use your refrigerator". I would open the freezer door and lean in. Seriously. and cold packs on my neck help, as well as large glasses of ice water (you'll get those 8 in easily). Congratulations on hitting one of life's milestones, if not the most favorite! I think the one thing about menopause was that I didn't know the last time was "THE LAST TIME". I would have liked to celebrate it...

Have a cool day!

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JOANNHUNT 4/30/2013 11:51AM

    YUP IT HITS YOU WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT. MINE PLAYS HAVOC AT BEDTIME. ONE MINUTE I'M HOT THEN FREEZING. SOME NIGHTS IT CAN'T MAKE UP IT'S MIND.

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 4/30/2013 11:46AM

    You'll survive! Not every menopause is a "fresh hell." Here's hoping you breeze thru yours!

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SORLANDO21 4/30/2013 11:44AM

    o boy! not looking forward to this emoticon

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GRIZ1GIRL 4/30/2013 11:07AM

    Better days for you! Happy thoughts coming your way!

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NEPTUNE1939 4/30/2013 10:59AM

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DIANNEMT 4/30/2013 10:56AM

    You will survive! There are advantages but flashes are NOT one of them.

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SIMONEKP 4/30/2013 10:52AM

    great, something to look forward to in another 20 yrs.

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CARPROTH 4/30/2013 10:48AM

    Mine were horrible - but I saw doctor and was able to get at least some moderation of intensity. There are a lot of things to try - one will probably help you.

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OFGREENGABLES 4/30/2013 10:35AM

    weird. this awaits me one day too, I guess

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ROCKYCPA 4/30/2013 10:28AM

    Boy am I glad I'm through that part! Good luck!

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 4/30/2013 10:16AM

    Wild yam cream on your inner wrists can help regulate the hot flashes.

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TUTUNAN 4/30/2013 9:51AM

    This, too, shall pass!

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STARTINGINLIMBO 4/30/2013 9:36AM

    Poise has some things that can cool you down fast if you apply them. They recommend you put it on your neck/chest/wrists/belly I believe.Or even keeping a Ziploc bag with a handywipe in it, ready to use quickly to cool down with, would help.
It is handy here and there, for instance- it does help a body get out of bed in the morning when getting one!

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KARRENLYNN 4/30/2013 9:24AM

    Good luck !

Karen

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IMAGINE46 4/30/2013 9:01AM

  Oh, the joys you will have! Just remember it doesn't last forever. emoticon

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DJSHIP46 4/30/2013 8:39AM

    Congrats on reaching the next stage! Been there, done that... I got lucky... only night sweats. I got some pretty good relief from some of the herbal helpers that are out there. I know several other ladies also who have found relief with herbs, so you might check it out... much more natural than hormone replacement therapy.

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MISSLISA1973 4/30/2013 8:33AM

    Dang.

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