Hi, I will be watching this thread with interest. I've been having the same thing- waking up very hot and sweating in the chest area. I'm fine after a few minutes but finding this is disturbing my sleep as I find it very difficult to get back to sleep again. I'm 45 by the way.
yes- that's a hot flush! Mine were for about 30 seconds and a tiny bit of sweat on my top lip! I didn't have any til I was 52 and my periods stopped- then started for a few months when the flushes went away too- then they came back.
I have just been on HRT for 2 months and feel great- no flushes at all and sleeping better.
I'm 52 and have had some hot flushes recently. I don't mind the hotness bit - although it is perturbing hanging about in the bathroom trying to sort out my sweaty face so I can get some make up to stick to it. What I really hate is the funny "soemone is walking on my grave" horrid feeling that comes with it - I can best describe it as the sort of feeling you would have if you cut your finger and looked down and saw it was really bad, a sort of nasty morbid panicky shiver deep inside - does anyone else get this? Does HRT cure that too - not sure if I can put up with it for very long.
higgle, I love the way you describe that scary feeling that I get just ahead of a hot flush. I think of it as that feeling you get when you slam the front door and remember the keys are inside. Sometimes it lasts quite a long time, probably only half a minute or so, but feels like ages, and I have to remind myself it's just a hormone thing and I'm not really panicking about something.
I've recently been taking copper tablets and found that after a few days I was hardly getting any flushes - perhaps 2 or 3 a night and one or two a day, rather than lots. I stopped the copper and they came back. I'm now experimenting with half a tablet one evening, a whole one the next. It feels a bit odd to take copper, but I read about in a newspaper and tried it as I don't want to take HRT.
I've just started with these hot flushes during the day and night sweats they are horrible, every one around me is freezing and I am burning up and purple turning off heaters and removing clothing, don't know how much longer I can put up with these, also does HRT put weight on you?
HRT does not make you gain weight- you might gain weight as part of the menopasue if you don't exercise and cut down as your metabolism does change- but in fact HRT can help you remain at pre-meno weight, if you watch your diet. I have not put any weight on at all- and have been able to lose 3-4lbs of the half a stone I put on over the last couple of years, since being on it.
Thanks for that I am going to the Doctors again as I have always been a size 10/12 and never put on weight but now I feel like a fat thing as I am now a Size 14 I was scared of considering HRT and getting even bigger, I am in a new relationship and we are getting married next year in Cyprus I don't want to end up like a blob but you have reassured me very much thanks xx
Kylie1 good luck! Best wishes for your marriage! I have to say that the pounds have crept on a bit for me but not as a result of HRT- I used to be a size 8, now I am a 10, but round the waist I was edging up to a 12 and as I am short I was looking fatter than I wanted to- with no waist! I have had to work hard at shifting a few pounds, and want another 2lbs to go, but I am pretty sure that HRT is not to blame at all- only been on it 3 months and my weight gain of half a stone built up over a year or more.