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Other Causes Of Hot Flashes Than Menopause
The absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more
Many things: Hot flashes can be due to certain medications, thyroid or other endocrine problems, or to certain types of cancer, like lymphoma. Sometimes women experience hot flashes due to hormone swings in the 40s when the periods are still fairly normal. See your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more
Can certain medications cause hot flashes? I am not anywhere close to menopause. Could any medications be responsible for my recent hot flashes? .
Yes other causes:
There are other causes including medications. Hot flashes can be a side effect of food additive mono-sodium glutamate (msg), or of Nifedipine (procardia, adalat), Niacin (numerous brand names), antibiotics: vancomycin, gemifloxacin and lomefloxacin.
Calcitonin and headache medicines topiramate and maxalt (rizatriptan). Thyroid disease, hidden infection (like tb) and some cancers can also cause hot flashes. ...Read more
Many other causes: Hot flashes have lots of possible causes. The most common cause for a woman in her mid 40's is perimenopause (although I don't now if you are a female). Other causes include: medications, especially SSRI antidepressants and niacin, Obesity, excessive eating, alcohol intake, smoking, stress, tumors, infections, thyroid and other hormone problems, and inflammatory illnesses. ...Read more
I have a problem with terrible hot flashes at night. I am not menopausal, according to my obgyn. Could lithium or levothyroxine cause this trouble?
Hot flashes: If your levothyroxine dose is correct, it should not cause hot flashes, but if the dose is excessive, it may. Women may start developing hot flashes up to 8 years before actual menopause, but prior to writing off your symptoms on that, other conditions that can cause hot flashes at night need to be ruled out. ...Read more
Botanicals can help: Botanical medicine can be helpful for menopausal hot flashes. A couple possibilities include black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa): http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/22157510 and sage (salvia officinalis): http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/21630133 classical homeopathy with an experienced homeopath is also useful. Traditional chinese medicine & acupuncture as well. ...Read more
Paced breathing +:
Most women can manage their hot flashes with measures such as dressing in layers, sipping ice water, avoiding trigger foods such as alcohol & spicy food. Paced breathing has been shown in research studies to reduce intensity and duration of hot flashes: http://www. Cascadewomenshealth. Org/download/pdfs/healtheducation/menopausal%20management/paced-breathing. Pdf
medications can be used too. ...Read more
Many women do: Some women don't, but hot flashes are very common in menopause (though there are many things that can cause hot flashes, that are not hormonal). They feel like a sudden spreading heat sensation, along the skin surface, usually involving the head, neck, chest, ears, and often the skin flushes (turns red). ...Read more
Yes: Hot flashes are the most common symptom of menopause. If your symptoms are extreme, speak with your doc about hormone replacment to help you through this period. Women who are healthy and just entering menopause are good candidates for hrt. Your doc can also check to make sure there are no other causes of hot flashes at this time. ...Read more
I've been having frequent hot flashes, it's definitely not menopause as I'm only 25. What could it be?
Consult your Doctor:
Although hot flashes mostly occur in Menopausal women. But can occur even at 24.Most of the time it is related to low level of estrogen.Low estrogen level can occur from certain medications. It seems you are not taking any of those meds as you did not mention it.
Need to check your Thyroid gland and estrogen level, Also Carcinoid syndrome in which there is increase production of serotonin. ...Read more
I'm a teen. I have been having mild hot flashes lately. Can this be a sign of menopause? If not what can be causing them?
Hot flashes: If hot flashes occur at other times in a young woman's menstrual cycle, then it might be a symptom of a problem with the pituitary gland and seeing a doctor is highly recommended. Hormonal changes, not just in menopause can be causative. Thyroid disorders may be indicative as well, Get the eval. Best wishes. ...Read more
Dear, What would your advice be, to manage hot flashes, menopause already going on for 6 years, in individual working on night (and day) shifts. Thank?
In the last year and a half I have gained about 70 pounds... no eating change and increased activity, do have menopause symptoms. Severe hot flashes, ?
15 is average: 15-20 pounds is average during menopause. You weight is above the normal range and you should seek out an explanation from a health professional. That kind of weight gain can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure. Consult with your health professional and best of health to you ...Read more
I have discovered that Tramal which I take occasionnaly for pain lessens hot flashes of menopause and makes me feel better. Can I take it regularly?
Yes you can: Tramal is a rather unique analgesic drug that is indicated for moderate to moderately severe pain. Although it binds to mu receptors, tramadol is not technically classified as an opioid analgesic. Instead, it is classified as a centrally acting synthetic analgesic compound and therefore is not a scheduled narcotic drug. Consult with your PCP for more information. ...Read more
Unkown: The mechanism of action is unknown. Studies however do show a significant reduction in frequency of hot flushes (55%) while there is very little effect on severity. ...Read more
Botanicals may help: Botanical medicine can be helpful for menopausal hot flashes. A couple possibilities include black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa): http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/22157510 and sage (salvia officinalis): http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/21630133 classical homeopathy with an experienced homeopath is also useful. Traditional chinese medicine & acupuncture as well. ...Read more
Possibly: This depends upon your age and hormonal history. These are typical menopausal symptoms and rarely in the 35-50 year old age group are other conditions the cause. If persistent or bothersome, see your OB -gyn to discuss and decide upon treatment. ...Read more
Is black cohosh a good remedy for hot flashes due to menopause? Any concerns? Does it increase weight?
Debatable: Black cohosh is used by some to combat hot flashes and insomnia related to menopausal decline. It's mechanism of action is unknown. It was once thought that it had estrogenic effects, but that has since been shown not to be the case. Estrogenic effects could lead to weight gain, but since it doesn't act this way weight gain should not be an issue. ...Read more
Should HRT elimate all menopause symptoms? Or is it normal to still have some hot flashes after 6 weeks on it?
Unlikely: No pills can replace the natural rhythm of the body. While hrt can raise your level back to normal, it cannot "adjust" quickly so it's possible some symptoms can remain. ...Read more
How long does it take black cohosh to start working? I'm trying to relieve the hot flashes and sweats associated with menopause.
Black cohosh: I disagree with my colleague's opinion about black cohosh, which is not just a "pop" remedy. It does have research supporting its use. A recent example: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/22157510 and also http://tinyurl. Com/lnovtea you should see some results in a few weeks of consistent dosing. 20 mg of a standardized extract twice daily. If no help, work w/an integrative ob-gyn. ...Read more
I am 63 and have been post menopausal for about 15+ yrs. What is your stance on hrt? I 've never had problems (hot flashes) and have not done hrt.
I even taking daily injections of forteo. I'm 65, I've started to get sever hot flashes, possibly related to injectable? I'm 10 years past menopause,
Forteo: Probably not the cause of your symptoms. No harm will happen if you don't take Forteo for two weeks. If still in trouble don't re-start Forteo but do see your doctor. ...Read more
After surgical menopause how long will the severe hot flashes last? Also down below has all shrivelled & even my clitoris has almost disappeared. Will this get better?
Talk to your doctor: Menopausal symptoms can be teated successfully. Hormones are safe but other alternatives treatments are available. ...Read more
I m 55 years old with a FSH of 6 (4 weeks ago) but I am getting hot flashes daily now. Am I anyway near menopause?
I'm having a tough time with menopause, over three years of hot flashes and night sweats. Is the degree of discomfort something that is hereditary?
Not necessarily.: If you handle menopause the same way as your family you may get the same result. Your endocrine (hormone), immune, and nervous systems are intimately related. If one is out of balance it can affect the others. Your hormones won't work well, despite adequate hormone replacement, if your adrenals and neurotransmitter (chemical messengers in the brain) levels are abnormal. ...Read more