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Hot flashes. Hot all my life. Worse in last 15 yrs. Total hysterectomy 25 yrs ago. Do not want to take hormones. What will cool me off?
Random hot flashes. Hot/sweaty/dizzy lasts about five minutes. Dont have incurence at the moment. Not sick nor prego. No changes in my schedule?
Warmer times: Sometimes our hot flashes seem like volcanic hot eruptions with flushing & sweats. Other times our hot flashes are more gentle warm periods when we're dressed in tee-shirts & shorts while everyone else is bundled up for winter. What's your baseline? You may be having hot flashes when you are feeling warmer than whatever's normal for *you*. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Botanicals: I respectfully disagree with my colleague -- there are studies supporting use of certain herbs in menopausal hot flashes. A couple of these are black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa): http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/22157510 and also sage (salvia officinalis): http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/21630133 you can work with an integrative medicine physician for personalized recommendations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are a few options...: There are a variety of options available to assist women with managing the myriad amount symptoms associated with the climacteric. Hot flushes are one of the most common--and potentially challenging--consequences of the perimenopause and menopause to manage. Since there are many presentations & degrees of hot flushes that a woman may experience, treatment modalities range from botanical to pharmaceutical in nature. I would recommend that a patient who's life is being adversely affected by hot flushes, sit down with her gynecologist and review her medical history, symptoms and develop a treatment plan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hot flashes: If you are peri-menopausal, or menopausal, there are many things that could be helpful for your symptoms. You can try holistic remedies such as black cohosh, soy products, evening primrose ( find them at costco or your drug store). Sometimes "gabapentin" may help hot flashes, and insomnia from menopausal symptoms. There are some reports that ssris such as pacil or Lexapro might help as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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