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Ok..I had to have a total hysterectomy a few years ago. I've not had any real effects of menopause with the exception of gaining a little weight. But, for the last week I've been getting hot flashes. Just out of the clear blue I'll get super hot like I'm on fire. It goes away after about 5 or 10 minutes. It happens like 3 times or so a day but at night it's worse. I get up and I literally feel like taking a cold shower. Does anyone know what I can do to get passed this? I wonder how long it will last? I don't want to take any medicine or whatever but any ideas you have that may help make this more bearable or not happen all together would be so great! Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Ruthie... I pretty much do not much of anything about hot flashes or women's problems per se... but have you considered the possibility it might be thyroid related?
 

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Yeah. They checked my thyroid and other glands about a year ago when the spot was discovered. It's pretty routine to check those parts when they are running all of the other cancer related tests.<br><br><br><br>
I should get myself in to see the doc soon. I've been sick for a couple days now. I'm thinking it's just a bug though. Maybe getting hot is a part of some virus? I should call her.
 

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I'm 35. I thought that when they took out my ovaries that I may experience menopause, wouldn't I? I mean, if my body isn't producing the estrogen like it used to wouldn't I go through it? I'm hoping not but it seemed logical to me.
 

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Are you saying you had your ovaries removed when you were in your 30's and you weren't put on hormone replacement? That's bizarre unless there was a really good reason for not going on it. Yes, if your ovaries were removed, you are menopausal. Your doctor didn't discuss it with you at the time? Go get yourself a good gyno.
 

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Yeah, I was on hormon replacement for about 3 months. Then I started researching it. You're chances of getting breast cancer goes up dramatically as well as increasing your chances of getting other life threatening diseases. Being that cancer is genetic in my family, I stopped taking them. I leaned how to meditate and relax and found I really didn't need the hormone replacements. The doc said that some women go through the symptoms of menopause and some don't. I have a small team of specialists at the Cleveland Clinic that I see. My mother didn't go through menopause so I just assumed that I wouldn't either...especially being that it's been years ago since the operation.
 

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I've heard that upping your soy intake can help with hot flashes, but seems like most of the evidence was circumstantial, so no guarantees. Doesn't hurt to try, though, especially considering how yummy soy milk and roasted soy beans and baked tofu is.<br><br><br><br>
I've also heard that black cohosh is used to treat hot flashes.<br><br><br><br>
Here's some links you might want to check out.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.menopause-online.com/herbther.htm" target="_blank">http://www.menopause-online.com/herbther.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.healthynewage.com/herbal-menopause-remedies.htm" target="_blank">http://www.healthynewage.com/herbal-...e-remedies.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.healthandage.com/Home/gid2=2214" target="_blank">http://www.healthandage.com/Home/gid2=2214</a>
 

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You might also visit <a href="http://www.revivalsoy.com" target="_blank">http://www.revivalsoy.com</a> - ask them to send you a free sample, they just sent me a sample yesterday. I have yet to try it since I don't feel so good yet today. From everything I am hearing lately they say soy is good for that....check into it. I would rather take soy than hormones. Hope you get to feeling better. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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evening primrose oil. you can take it in capsules (but might be hard to find non gelatine capsules) or get it in a liquid that you can add to juice or water.<br><br>
it's supposed to help with hot flashes, pms, and anything hormone related for women.<br><br><br><br>
i have this chart i got from Nutrition House (glorified vitamin store) about how to keep your hormones balanced through diet and supplements. it basically just tells what amounts of which nutrients a woman needs to be balanced.<br><br>
not sure where it ended up at the moment but i'll try to dig it out later and see if there's anything helpful in it for you.<br><br><br><br>
i agree though that hormone replacement therapy is not necessary and causes more problems than it solves. hot flashes are better than cancer. i definately think it's better to treat menopause with diet and herbs if possible. i'm sure there must be tons of info about it on the net
 

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Yeah, that's a part of my confusion. There's too much info on the net. Everyone has the miracle cure, advice, yadda yadda. I'm at a loss for what to try. I don't want to go jumping through any hoops if you know what I mean. I may try the primrose oil. Thanks!
 
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