The polar vortex has nothing on my hot flashes
February 11, 2014 8:08 PM Subscribe
Short of (going back on) estrogen, what can tame these damned hot flashes?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I started into menopause at age 42 (ten years after an ovary-preserving hysterectomy) and went on estrogen HRT. At age 49, my doctor reduced me to a much lower dose, just to help preserve bone density, and all was good after a brief flurry of hot flashes. A few years ago (I'm 59 now), I started tapering off the estrogen altogether and have been totally beset by life-interrupting hot flashes ever since. At least three every night, and often as frequent as hourly during the day.
About me: My BMI is in the normal range, I work out five mornings a week, eat a generally low-carb diet (except for cookies), drink two cups of coffee daily and am a moderate drinker. I'm hypothyroid and hypertensive; both are well-controlled with medication. My thyroid panels (and synthroid dosage) have been stable for several years.
So far, I have tried without success: black cohosh, getting off dairy products, and a lot of swearing and fanning. Going back on the estrogen, for a variety of reasons, is not really an option.
At this point, I'm willing to try just about anything to feel like a normal person again. So hit me with your best suggestions! Weird, anecdotal, off-the-wall - I don't care. I just want some relief!