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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoSpirits View Post
    This.

    I struggled for a few years with wicked bad hot flashes, and was on a similar quest quest for the right sleep system & tactics to deal with the soaking and freezing at night. It's a unicorn; doesn't exist.

    When I finally gave in and admitted to my doctor that this particular symptom of menopause was really causing me grief (i.e., it was negatively impacting my quality of life simply because I wasn't hiking & camping in cold weather, the very thing I love the most -- well, except for my new granddaughter), he suggested Hormone Replacement Therapy. And like a lot of women, I balked at that because of all we'd heard and been warned about in the past. He explained how that had been de-bunked, and I did my own homework, and agreed to try it.

    BOOM! Absolutely life-changing. It helps with a lot of pesky problems, but in regards to night sweats, I never have had to worry about them since.

    There is no reason to suffer with this crap.
    Thank you so much for the validation! I feel like I’m going crazy.

    I tried to describe these symptoms to someone...

    Imagine you go out for a 5 mile run. It’s 90* outside. After your run, sweat is running down your face and back, your clothes are wet, you are dizzy, your heart is beating out of your chest, you are short of breath and can’t be still because you’re so uncomfortable. NOW, imagine if that same feeling happens multiple times throughout the day when you least expect it... when you are eating dinner with friends, sitting in a meeting, changing the dressings on a patient’s wounds, talking to your boss...


    You haven’t slept in months because you wake up in a drenching sweat followed by teeth-chattering cold. You stop all your beloved outdoor activities, the same activities that made life worth living, because you can’t tolerate the heat. You become depressed and feel guilty that you aren’t a better woman. Because this is part of life, right? Suck it up, this is part of being a woman! Not only that, you’re embarrassed by all these symptoms and don’t want anyone to know this is happening to you!


    TwoSpirits, I’m not putting up with this crap either. Hopefully, relief is on the horizon for me because this life isn’t worth living.

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    Good, I'm glad. It took maybe a week for me to notice changes, but some women get relief faster, some take a little longer. Sometimes the dosage might have to be dialed in, but I'm pretty confident that you are going to feel better soon -- and then you will have some Happy Hiking!
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    For me, I started drinking herbal teas (no, not that one. Nettle, raspberry leaf, red clover, lemon balm, alfalfa, mullein, oatstraw, violet. Those are the ones I drink the most of.). One day I realized I wasn't having menopause symptoms very much anymore, and also that I could sell my shares in kleenex because my allergy symptoms had also disappeared. YMMV.

    I'm not a doctor or an herbalist. If anyone decides to start drinking herbal teas, please do your own research. Lemon balm, for example, can be problematic if you have thyroid issues, etc., etc.

    -FA

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoSpirits View Post
    This.

    I struggled for a few years with wicked bad hot flashes, and was on a similar quest quest for the right sleep system & tactics to deal with the soaking and freezing at night. It's a unicorn; doesn't exist.

    When I finally gave in and admitted to my doctor that this particular symptom of menopause was really causing me grief (i.e., it was negatively impacting my quality of life simply because I wasn't hiking & camping in cold weather, the very thing I love the most -- well, except for my new granddaughter), he suggested Hormone Replacement Therapy. And like a lot of women, I balked at that because of all we'd heard and been warned about in the past. He explained how that had been de-bunked, and I did my own homework, and agreed to try it.

    BOOM! Absolutely life-changing. It helps with a lot of pesky problems, but in regards to night sweats, I never have had to worry about them since.

    There is no reason to suffer with this crap.
    Agreed. I had a long discussion with my GYN who is also a friend. She explained to me exactly why the study so often quoted was flawed and told me I could continue on HRT as long as I found it beneficial. It has been so wonderful to know you aren't going to face unbearable heat and sweating when you least expect - or want- it. The benefits to me far outweigh the risks.

    I have been on HRT since 2006. I have had a Cardiac Calcium Scan of 0 in 2009 and 2019. This year they told me it is almost unheard of for a woman of my age (62) to have a 0 score. I'll keep taking my HRT until I have a valid reason not to. But everyone has to make the choice that is best for them

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