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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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MOMMY445 4/30/2013 8:11AM

    good luck and hang in there!

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WATERDIAMONDS 4/30/2013 7:57AM

    I'm right here with you! It's not fun, but it is do-able, right?

RIGHT???
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JOYCRN 4/30/2013 7:43AM

    I find hot flashes to be kind of fascinating. I mostly just get them at night and they are quite handy in the winter. I know that between 9 and 10 at night I will warm up and be quite comfortable until 9 the next morning. I think this is why I go to the gym with my shorts on even when it is below zero. I do wake in a sweat and throw off the blankets but fall right back asleep ( and sometimes don't wake at all). I am just grateful to not have insomnia! emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 4/30/2013 7:39AM

    emoticon just wait ! They are not hot flashes.....they are POWER SURGES!! more positive that.

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SANDYCRANE 4/30/2013 7:34AM

    I found that when I started exercising my hot flashes practically went away. But alas, they have returned but only at night. Hang in there.

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CHERYLHURT 4/30/2013 7:21AM

  I'm 60 as of last week. Had a hysterectomy at 40, on premarin for 19 years until I realized it probably wasn't healthy to be on that long. Now I am engulfed in the world of hot flashes, especially at night! Welcome to the big M!

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JENNAAW 4/30/2013 7:19AM

    My poor mom had hers extremely early, and also had a hysterectomy when awfully young. She suffered greatly from hot flashes and I was terrified for decades that it would happen to me. I had just a handful of mild hot flashes and have breezed through (pun) those years, thank goodness. But people are so different.

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LEANMEAN2 4/30/2013 7:13AM

    I never thought of ice chips down the bra! I like it.

This, too, shall pass. It just seems as though it won't.

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LIFETIMER54 4/30/2013 7:00AM

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BESSHAILE 4/30/2013 6:25AM

    It gets better.

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TRYINGHARD54 4/30/2013 5:44AM

    Oh yes. the hot flashes....i still get them from time to time and I'm 57 years old...
good luck... hugssssss

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MONGO2TEN 4/30/2013 5:32AM

    I'm helped by adding soy to my diet. If you are able to have soy, give it a try.

~Nancy

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NCSUE0514 4/30/2013 5:06AM

    My advice:
Ice chips down the bra.

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LRSILVER 4/30/2013 4:51AM

    Hang in there.

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AMANDACOETZER 4/30/2013 4:18AM

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GEORGE815 4/30/2013 3:58AM

    Try enjoying the symptoms of Diabetes. One is whether I feel great or not managing the disease, I feel flush to the face. We all have something. Good luck on the menopause thing.

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IDICEM 4/30/2013 2:05AM

  Bad luck that it waited until the almost endless winter turned to spring before showing up. It'll get better.

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PHOENIX1949 4/30/2013 1:15AM

    "Red Hot Mamas" by Colette Dowling offers many humorous snippets about many 'Mamas' experiences with this. If you can come by a copy, you likely will enjoy this. Two of my favoriate phrases were 'power surges' and 'mini-tropical vacations'.

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MARYJEANSL 4/30/2013 1:05AM

  Everything bad always happens on Monday. I have noticed this.

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1MANKNEY 4/30/2013 12:46AM

    Sweater on, sweater off, sweater on, sweater off, ...............such fun! emoticon

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REGILIEH 4/29/2013 11:25PM

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COCK-ROBIN 4/29/2013 11:20PM

    You're doing great!

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GOSPARK45 4/29/2013 10:58PM

    Hope it doesn't get worse. I started early and lasted for 10 years.
Hope you're one of those that barely notice anything.
I never found anything that worked except freezing weather
and sheets instead of blankets. No matter what, it does end....

I feel Mondayish quite often.



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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 4/29/2013 10:38PM

    Sorry not the very worst thing but generally annoying. It eventually gets away that is all I can say

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TREYONE 4/29/2013 10:28PM

  I Love the word "Mondayish" - it can describe so much!!!!! emoticon

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DALID414 4/29/2013 10:07PM

    I had to ask my mom how old she was when it hit her, because I thought for sure it was trying to hit me. She laughed at me, of course.

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KARENLEIGH32 4/29/2013 9:32PM

    Sorry for the 'problem', I am one of the lucky ones that sailed right through it and never felt a thing!

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L1ZB3TH354 4/29/2013 9:23PM

    Been there, done that! Hope you get through this quickly. It took me 5 years. Life is so much better when all is done!

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EABL81 4/29/2013 8:43PM

    Oh my! Well, it does get better, eventually. Hang in there!
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SANDYL54 4/29/2013 8:31PM

  Oh dear, so sorry you had to have that experience! My sisters and I call them 'power surges'. I am many years into menopause and still awaken to a power surge every morning. Like you, I had always hoped to simply slide into menopause without noticeable symptoms, since I was never one for a lot of to-do. But things have settled quite a bit and at least there is a rhythm to it these days... And it does help keep the winter fuel usage down! ;-D

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MADAMES 4/29/2013 8:22PM

    Makes life interesting...you can blame lots of stuff on this one!! It was great fun for me to break out into a sudden sweat complete with flushed skin in front of a classroom full of adolescents...I suffered with that for years. :) The nice ones would occasionally ask me, "Are you OK?"

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LECATES 4/29/2013 8:02PM

    Don't hate me, but I am one of the lucky few---I am usually freezing---but I got the gas problem---no control on that one either.

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LINDAK25 4/29/2013 7:31PM

    Mondayish! I love that word. Even though I've retired, I still get that feeling. As far as hot flashes and night sweats go--I find I do best when I avoid caffeine. Of course, that means no chocolate. I love chocolate. Oh well. Maybe you'll be lucky and not suffer unduly from the big M.

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TEDYBEAR2838 4/29/2013 7:14PM

    Still believe that it will be an easy one.

You can beat this. Don't talk yourself into
a hard change. Just hope you can ...

and it won't be too bad.

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IAMWINNING 4/29/2013 6:55PM

    Oh, Sweetie, I empathize - I had a few months of 'beginner' hot flashes and mood swings before I realized what was happening. I went to the dr who, God love her, told me that it might last only a couple of years, or as much as 15. Yes, I said 15 years. Those cussed power surges lasted 6 years, and I still get one now and then (many years later).

Now, understand, I'm not trying to discourage you; just to 'warn' you that things may (will) be unpleasant awhile. Put your long-sleeved shirts and sweaters away until this passes. Do see your dr to find out what is available now for peri-M. And rejoice that your heating bill will go down. emoticon

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CINDHOLM 4/29/2013 6:11PM

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CATLADY52 4/29/2013 6:11PM

    Welcome to the club. Now, back to work. emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 4/29/2013 5:52PM

    Your own personal summer. I hear ya!! One of my meds causes them. Fun stuff!!

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RAINBOWCHOC 4/29/2013 5:09PM

    and you can never have a hot flush when you need one (ie on a cold day)

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GABY1948 4/29/2013 4:47PM

    So sorry for you! It's now (gladly) just a not so fond memory for me now...it WILL pass!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 4/29/2013 4:41PM

    So sorry that you are having that particular side effect of the BIG "M". I must admit that I was one of those lucky ones that never to my knowledge had that problem... I did have another problem but I won't go into that here. Besides it was nearly a half a lifetime ago, well maybe only slightly more than a quarter of a lifetime. But do get checked out with the 'Doc' there are some helps out there for you that just might work!!
Audra

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JUNEAU2010 4/29/2013 4:22PM

    "What fresh hell" indeed! right there with you!

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CATHWREN 4/29/2013 3:58PM

    I used to think of them as personal summers. Good luck with the next couple of years. emoticon

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NELLIEH1 4/29/2013 3:56PM

    oh yes...that! Carrots and other raw veggies seemed to help me. It's a bummer, for sure.

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CBRINKLEY401 4/29/2013 3:51PM

    I DO know what you mean. Can't wait for this "peri" stuff to be over and to officially join the "M" group, but no end in sight yet. Exercise is supposed to help, but after all the miles you've put on your trainers and hiking boots, I'd say that isn't an issue for you.

Why can't flashes be limited to winter when we're all freezing and wouldn't mind our internal furnaces working a bit of overtime!

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JEANNETTE59 4/29/2013 3:45PM

  emoticon Like we have a choice! emoticon emoticon

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LYNCHD05 4/29/2013 3:37PM

    Welcome to another phase in the life of women. Is does get better.

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OBIESMOM2 4/29/2013 3:35PM

    your own private summer vacation...or a power surge...or your chance to really do some hot yoga

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STAREYES723 4/29/2013 3:35PM

    Oh boy. Welcome to a new chapter of life. Good luck and hang in there.

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ILOVEMALI 4/29/2013 3:22PM

  Welcome to this stage of life! Making Monday Meaner -- it's Mondayish here, too. I'm hoping that my new walking buddy will text me today!

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