• Hot flashes

    Asked by CarolLHRN on Saturday, November 19, 2011

    Hot flashes

    I am going through radiation induced menapause and experincing lots of hot flashes. I am looking for tips on how to handle them.

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • leepenn's Avatar

      I get most of mine at night... Poking my feet out from beneath the blankets for most the night helps a bunch. I know that sounds weird, but it's true. SO I have the blankets such that it's easy to have my feet half-in or all out or whatever... I can't remember where I read that, but that's made like the biggest difference. Weird, eh?

      Also, sleep in summer pjs... I just toss the covers off when I need to.

      And the average hot flash is like only a couple of minutes (mine are usually about 90 seconds - yes, I actually counted to figure that out). So, when I have a super hot one during the day, which happens sometimes, I take my hat off... count to 90... and always, my head just starts to feel cold when I hit about 80 ish....

      over 9 years ago
    • grams2jc's Avatar

      Fan on the night stand...toward me, away from me, toward me, away from me, etc., etc. I went into chemopause in February and have been taking Tamoxifen since May, Chemo ended the end of April. I also have a fan on my desk at work. The hotflashes are better now, so I hope yours will be too. Good luck!

      over 9 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      fan at the head of the bed works dressing in layers works i wear tank tops in winter and last years blizzard i was in shorts! BUT mine r from femara for b/c and no more hormones the onc had me take 1 low dosage encoates aspirin 45 minutes before my femara and wham it knocked them way down They tell u to avoid caffeine stress etc i have been dealing with them fro 3 years and they do taper off some some woman have been known to get on effaxor not sure of the spelling but some antidepersiants do get rid of them all together. so talk to your dr and onc to see what will work for you good luck

      over 9 years ago
    • hikerchick's Avatar

      I went to a good health food store and asked about homeopathy. They referred to a book on the shelf for sale and looked up options. They recommended one in particular (lachesis, I think) and I tried it and it helped some of the symptoms but not the worst (nausea). I looked up my particular sypmptoms in the same book and came up with a different first choice (sepia), checked at a site online, tried it and symptoms disappeared within several hours and for several days. If you can get specific about all kinds of things going on with you it's possible to find a really great solution with homeopathy.

      over 9 years ago
    • sofarsogood's Avatar

      Get an idea of what triggers them. For me, I couldn't stand having anything around my neck: scarves, turtle necks, collars, even jewelry. Also. Coffee wine and spicy food were triggers for me.

      A wet towel, sucking on ice, a fan, anything to get cool. Good luck.

      If your cancer is estrogen positive, I would avoid over the counter remedies. They could stimulate estrogen production or act similarly to estrogen.

      over 9 years ago
    • Afterglow's Avatar

      I've been having severe hot flashes induced by hormone treatments for prostate cancer. My urologist prescribed megestrol to help relieve the symptoms and it's made a significant difference. I also dress in layers so that I can adjust to body temperature changes as necessary.

      over 9 years ago
    • digger6218's Avatar

      I keep seeing fan on nightstand. This just happened a couple of months ago. My husband got a C-pap machine and the mask has a vent that blows out cold air and it just so happens to blow on my neck. YEEEAh. LOl I have had Hot flashes for 10 years . Started 7 years before my Hysterectomy And yes the feet out from the blanket works.
      I have 3 grades 1. Hot flash ..just warm.
      2. Power surge... Hot up my neck
      3. Melt down... which is hot, sweats and requires Ice pack on my head.
      I am ER PR positive so no hormonal therapy that I know of yet unless anyone knows of any.

      over 9 years ago
    • jamrck's Avatar

      I have a tower fan by the bed with a remote, a small fan on my desk at work. Layered clothing. My husband also has a C-Pap - it feels great while I'm having the flash, then I have to cover up. I haven't found anything to diminish them, just help me get thru it. Alcohol makes them worse - just one little glass of wine sets me off.

      over 9 years ago

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