Flashes and flushes and heat, oh my!
Saturday, July 16, 2011
This is old woman stuff, and will be somewhat embarrassing and TMI for some folks, just warning anyone who might be offended.
OK, so. According to the hormone levels, I am officially in menopause. Like I didn't know from the hot flashes and all. Did you know the drs office calls them "flushes? It's stupid cuz it's on you in a FLASH and feels like you're on freaking fire. Like a ball of flame has erupted in your chest and spreads like lava up and over your whole body. Then a sheen of sweat is coating every inch or you. If it's at all possible, I toss all my clothes off and lie under the fan on high, or get in the pool. If not, I drink something with ice in it or put something cold on my chest. I have heard of women putting their heads in the freezer. My head isn't the worst of it. When it hits in my sleep, I wake up drenched and either hot to the point of smothering or freezing cold. It's been going on for a few weeks and at the worst was a couple times an hour, sometimes back to back...really hard to sleep, ya know?
So...the dr says hormone replacement therapy [HRT]. I balked right away, because of the studies linking it to heart problems and breast cancer. He says those studies were done on women using oral synthetics and that now they use the patch, or a gel on the skin that absorbs in a way more like the ovaries excrete...right into the bloodstream. He said this administration method minimized the clotting issues and that they start it right away and end it before 5 years is up to avoid the breast cancer issue.
I told him I would think on it. I have to go back Monday for more tests. A trans vag sonogram and an endometrial biopsy. Not sure if that's normal or not...but I guess I'll find out then.
Since my symptoms started with such a vengeance, I looked for supplements that might help. One called i-Cool and another called Promensil Menopause have cut the frequency, at least, to once every few hours. Two soakings a night instead of all night. It's only been about 10 days or so, and maybe it would ease more with time. But if not, do I want to keep having these and whatever else comes in the way of symptoms...? Or take whatever risks might be associated with HRT?
I have no idea. So, I was hoping to get some opinions and experience from others here. I appreciate any and all. Thanks.