Published Jul 30, 2005
I know you guys cant be sure whats going on with me and I hate to ask for advice but I have severe hot flashes, almost daily, sometimes lasting a good half hour to 45 minutes. I've tried telling 3 different DR's about it but none will do anything about it because I'm only 30. Have you all seen anyone my age start with perimen/menopause. And what about these OTC menopause kits do they reeally detect if you are starting to go thru it. My periods are normal and I do not take any hormones BCP's etc...
Any one have any ideas why I feel like I'm burning up and sweating to death all the time. I sometimes even wake up in the morning soaking wet. If its not perimen what the heck could it be. All bloodwork was normal TSH etc...
I know you guys cant be sure whats going on with me and I hate to ask for advice but I have severe hot flashes, almost daily, sometimes lasting a good half hour to 45 minutes. I've tried telling 3 different DR's about it but none will do anything about it because I'm only 30. Have you all seen anyone my age start with perimen/menopause. And what about these OTC menopause kits do they reeally detect if you are starting to go thru it. My periods are normal and I do not take any hormones BCP's etc...Any one have any ideas why I feel like I'm burning up and sweating to death all the time. I sometimes even wake up in the morning soaking wet. If its not perimen what the heck could it be. All bloodwork was normal TSH etc...
I began drinking ALOT of H20 (64 + oz) when my hotflashes began getting bad & I am doing much better I am happy to report! I also improve my diet & gave up all soda (I miss my coke )
My sister tells me that Silk (soy milk product) helped her too. Eventually after her hysterectomy she got worse & can't take HRT (had bc @ 37yrs old). She tells me that the natural stuff (homeopathic stuff) works the best for her. I personally would have to go back on my Reliv' nutritional supplement if I ever get them as bad as you (do a search online). Nutrition can really screw w/all body systems. (If u need further info on that product PM me). I don't know if the OTC kits wk or not. I have decided that nature can have her way w/me! (I turned 40 this yr). Looking once again at your post I wonder if this truely could be Peri Meno that u r going through. Try the H2O & other stuff & let me know what u find out!
Keeping HYDRATED is paramount. I have found when I am poorly hydrated, I get "hot flashes" too......it's not too much to drink 2-3 liters of water a day in summertime. Stay out of the sun, too----and tanning booths. Take excellent care of your skin, keeping it well hydrated and lubricated, as well. Are you taking vitamins and minerals everyday? How about calcium? Make sure you are!
And to answer your question: Yes, I have seen (rarely) perimenopausal symptoms in people just 30 or so---- a good friend went thru menopause at 35! You should seek other advice ASAP----perhaps a different doctor or midwife. Seems to me, something is amiss----
It took my friend going through a few doctors before one ran a thorough enough panel of tests (FSH, LH, estradiol, etc) to determine, she was, in fact, in perimenopause and th she get treatment for it. Maybe a visit to an endocrinologist may be in order? You say TSH was normal, but I did not see what other tests may have been done; if I missed it I am sorry.
Anyhow, I would try an endocrinologist, if possible. If you can't get a referral, you may have to pay out of pocket----that may or may not be worth it to you. I would do it.
You could also try the homeopathic route to wellbeing. Try a midwife first---and he/she could possibly refer you to a good naturo/homeopath or even chiro who could possibly help you. I am a big believer in midwifery. They REALLY take time to listen to you and think "outside the box".
I wish you well, and relief from your miseries! I feel for you.
I was thinking TSH/hypothyroidism until I read you already have had that checked
estroven is one of the otc meds
good luck to you! i've been having "power surges" but I know it's my tsh out of whack, 8/1 md appt
Just my 2 cents...DW was having hot flashes at 36 y/o and found out that she was diabetic. She still is having other changes though and wonders if its perimenopause. Her mom went through menopause at 40 y/o.
Just a thought but you aren't taking any kind of anti-depressant are you? I'm sure you doc would have pointed this out if you were but Paxil gave me really bad night sweats! And I mean BAD.. changing clothes 5 and 6 times a night.
My MIL had very good results with taking vit. E for her flashes. When I suffered them severely after the births of my kids, I took it as well and it did work brilliantly.
I think one of those menopause kits might useful. Are you seeing an endocrine gyn? They specialize in this sort of thing. I would think that BCPs would stablilize your hormones/cycle and relieve some of the symptoms you're describing, but I'm just guessing. Try googling "early menopause" and see what you get.
I wish you the best (and drier nights!)
I've had this same problem but beginning at age 40. I use OTC progesterone creme and it helps. Just follow the instructions and give it a try one month. It wont hurt and it might help.
VickyRN, MSN, DNP, RN
Early menopause symptoms are suggestive of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or hypothyroidism.
Please consider having a thorough exam with an internist or NP who specializes in adult health. Sweats can be a symptom of a number of conditions including active TB, certain malignancies, thyroid disorders, diabetes, relfex sympathetic dystrophy, as well as gyn conditions.
Good luck in finding a capable provider and getting a thorough exam.
Thank you all. I normally see a NP each year for my pap. I will see about going to a endocrine gyn. I am so tired of being miserable all the time.
I had blood work done about 2 months ago and all was normal. Sugar was good, TSH normal etc.. I do have high blood pressure. I've been on Sectral 200mg daily for 2 years now and my BP is controlled very well. I do take Zoloft but have for several years, the hotness/hot flashes have only been going on for about a year. I'm going to get the OTC test and see what it tells me and also make an Appt with the DOC. Thanks again for all the advice:nurse:
Thank you for your post. I am in my mid 20s and am experiencing the same thing! My TSH levels and all are good too, but I am going to drink more as some of the nurses have suggested. Thank you all and best of luck.
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