Does anyone else experience cramping before a hot flash? I'd entered menopause by the time I was 48. The doctor put me on HRT for 10 years, and I've been off Prempro for five years. However, I still get hot flashes, mood swings, all the usual symptoms, except before every hot flash I experience severe cramping and sometimes I get so nauseated I vomit. They only last a minute or so, but they do happen before every hot flash.
This is not a common combination but I have had patients report various symptoms which always come with a hot flash, nausea is a common one. The same thing that triggers the hot flash, a dip in estrogen and therefore hormone imbalance, is what brings the other symptoms along. With the symptoms you are experiencing you may want to explore bioidentical hormones. I have a couple of postings on this site about them which might be helpful in your decision-making.
Good luck, Sandy
Here are some links that might be helpful:
6 Tips for Managing Hot Flashes
Natural Alternatives for Menopause Symptoms
How to Choose a Doctor for Your Menopause Journey
I have the same thing happen to me. Alot of cramping and occassional vomiting. A nice cool bath typically helped but it's not the most accessible method. I started using this hot flash relief spray called Restore (www.restoreaid.com) that has helped alot. It really cools me down and it's much more practical than a bath or cold shower.