Coping with Hormonal Treatments forum: Hot Flashes -- Tips & Tricks for Coping

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Imagecritterologist
Sep 3, 2012 2:40 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
Hot Flashes! Aaaaarrgh! The "usual" menopause-associated ones can be bad enough, but add Tamoxifen or another hormonal treatment on top of that and you've got mega hot flashes, waking you up all night long, drenching you with sweat even in the middle of winter...

I hope this will be more of a "tips & tricks" thread than a "misery loves company" thread, but I'm sure a lot of us will be chiming in.

Yes, I know hot flashes are "harmless," but boy oh boy are they even annoying. I get irritable, I lose sleep... well, you know!

So... let's talk!
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Imagemarti
Sep 3, 2012 4:40 PM CST
Name: Mary (Marti) Nelson
Ventura, CA
Peace and long life
I am taking Anastrozole for my breast cancer. They told me I would have to take it for at least 5 years. Cold showers work wonders. So does standing in the rain whenever possible. Sister keeps a heater going in the livingroom, I keep fans going in my room.
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Mindy03
Sep 3, 2012 5:16 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
I seem to be lucky on the hot flashes at least for now. I'm taking Tamoxifen but so far it's not triggered any hot flashes for me. Hopefully I won't have any.
An older lady told me to put a cold wet wash cloth on the back of my neck to help cool off. It works. Another tip was to make one of those "cool neckerchiefs" with water absorbing crystals. Haven't tried that one so don't how well it works.

I freeze to death if the temperature drops down to 65 or lower.
Imagemarti
Sep 3, 2012 6:58 PM CST
Name: Mary (Marti) Nelson
Ventura, CA
Peace and long life
I've always loved the cold. I would rather put cloths on to keep warm than not be able to take enough off to keep cool.
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Imagecritterologist
Sep 3, 2012 10:22 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
I alternate between boiling & freezing much of the time these days... seems like every pore on my body opens up during a hot flash, so I'm damp all over (enough to change clothes several times during the day), and then the hot flash is over and I'm freezing because I'm wet. What a pain!

I keep a spray/mist bottle of water handy, especially at night. Sometimes I can stop a hot flash in its tracks by spritzing myself in the face. Like sticking my head under the cold tap, I know it sounds extreme, but in the midst of a hot flash it doesn't even feel cold, it just feels nice. A cool, wet washcloth is nice, also. Standing in the rain is wonderful. I woke up at dawn one morning last week, and it was raining... stepped out on the back deck, listened to the dawn song, and enjoyed the cool, fine drizzle.

Last winter, I fell in love all over again with the polypro "peformance fabrics" I'd leaned to wear in Chicago's cold. They not only wick moisture away from your body and dry quickly (either on your body or draped over your bedside chair), but they also keep you warm even when wet... so if I wore polypropylene tops/bottoms to bed, I didn't have to get up and change clothes or even wake up all the way every single time I had a hot flash.

Similarly, cuddling up in one of those super-soft fleece throws or sleeping on a soft, absorbent towel (love the bamboo blend ones) works wonders. My mom had nasty hot flashes for years and swears by sleeping on a sheepskin pad. Running shirts and sport bras are generally made from "performance fabrics" also... look for words like "wicking" and "fast drying" and fabric names like "coolmax."

Even with getting chilled so easily, it's easier to deal with hot flashes in winter when I can just step outside. I'm usually barefoot in summer, and now I'm barefoot in winter, too, so I can cool off by stepping onto the concrete porch in below-freezing weather! It's funny to be standing out there, thinking oh this feels so good, and knowing any other time I'd be hopping from foot to foot feeling painfully cold!
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