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Has menopause has got you down? The emotional swings, the
crazy menstrual periods, the feeling that your mind is a blackboard that's just
been wiped clean. The long nights, restlessly tossing and turning in bed. And,
oh yeah - how about those hot flashes?
Hot Flashes - The Killer Menopause Symptom (that Won't Kill You)
Hot flashes are one of the truly irritating side effects of
menopause. They're not going to kill you (though they may make you want to kill
whoever invented turtleneck sweaters). Ultimately, they're not dangerous,
unlike your gradually deteriorating bone density. No, hot flashes are just
annoying. REALLY annoying. Like, if there had been an Eighth Plague of Egypt,
hot flashes would have been it.
Wondering What a Hot Flash Feels Like?
What, you've never experienced a hot flash? Come on - that's
one of the very first things most of us get to complain about during
peri-menopause. If you're one of the lucky women who's sailing through
It’s amazing what the latest technology is enabling researchers to do. Take hot flashes, for instance. Researchers are now able to see the brain’s activity as women undergo hot flashes.
The study out of Wayne State University used functional magnetic resonance imaging to look deep inside the brain. This imaging process uses powerful magnets and radio waves that create snapshots of the brain as it functions, allowing for researchers to analyze by measuring and mapping brain activity.
According to the University of California, San Diego’s Center for Functional MRI, the activity of neurons constantly changes based on what an individual is doing. For instance, simple tasks such as picking up a cup of coffee lights up specific areas of the brain while complex activities, such as understanding language in a conversation, will use other parts of the brain. The brain also lights up in different patterns when you do activities that involve vision, hearing, touch, language and...
I have suffered from migraines since I was a child, and I am 29. I have tried tons of different meds for it. Not really sure why I get them, I wake up from my sleep with them. Usually I will wake with like a hot flash a few hours before it hits. Why is this? I also had one last nite and part of my face was numb and this has happened before. Just wondering. Thanks! Holly.
The most common triggers for waking with a Migraine are sleep issues:
too much sleep
too little sleep
poor quality sleep
irregular sleep schedule
Have you and your doctor discussed your sleep? If not, you should. Many people really have no idea they're have sleep issues until a doctor asks the right question. There's information on this in our video Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep. If it turns out that a sleep issue is not the problem, then identifying your triggers should still be a priority.
As for the hot flash, are you near menopaus...
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