I had a hysterectomy in 1992, but they left one ovary. In 2000, menopause hit full force. I had hot flashes so bad they scared the people who saw me. I turned bright, beet red, broke out into a sweat, and stayed that way for several minutes with each flash. That caused my rosacea. I'd have night sweats so bad the bed would be soaked. Forget sleep! I used to go outside and stand in the snow in my bare feet, shorts, and a T-shirt. After over a year of this, I begged the OB/GYN for hormones and I have been on them ever since. I am scared to death to go off them.
I get hot flashes, but I don't turn red. It feels like a fire starting on the inside, and then I sweat in all my joints, like elbow, behind the knee, between fingers, and under my eyes. Thankfully they are brief. I get them about a dozen times a day. I sleep with a fan blowing on me at night.
I drink a lot of ICE water and ICE tea, with lots of ice. This really helps stop the hot flashes. If I can drink really cold water or tea as soon as I feel one starting, it stops.
I never used to like really cold drinks.. now I can't live without them!
Hell...I am 52 and still as regular and normal as ever. I have been wishing I would start to slow down and stop. I started at 11 I am so ready for this to be over...with my luck I will be 85 and still having periods.
almost one year down without a cycle...doing the happy dance. the mood swings seem to be gone, but hey; i don't have the ex around any more either; that could have something to do with it. heehee.....hot flashes are my biggest complaint...i've talked to people who have them for years and years. oh and i just turned 51
I had terrible sads... about 2 years of very on again off again blue days. And irritable! No hot flashes or anything like that, maybe some night sweats I think. But the worst were my blue days. They were so sad while they lasted and then *poof* the next few days they would be over with.
It's a real "coming of age" time, I'll tell you that!
I started to "go through the change" at about the age of 48 - hot flashes , some breakthrough bleeding which ended with a DandC after about 2 years of it. Never had those fluctuating periods, and real heavy periods - they were pretty normal right up till the end, then just pretty much stopped at the age of 51. I don't miss them at all!!! I still have periods of hot flashes, but not too bad - I've gotten used to the sweating! Mostly I've had fuzzy thinking and more difficulty remembering things - feel like I'm working on half a cylinder most of the time.
My mother began the early stages in her thirties as did I. I changed my diet. More whole grains, fiber and soy milk. I can tell you in all honesty it was enough! For a short time, to get me over the hump of changing my diet, I used Emerita cream.
OMG I have been going through this for over ten years! Yes, you read that right. Hot flashes and night sweats for 10 friggin years. Some nights I get up and just lay my head in the freezer to get some relief.
This is NOT something you wish for!