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Q: Stomach pain, cramping with hot flashes?

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.  Cool

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Sandy Greenquist, Health Pro
2/26/09 6:51pm

Hi Barb,

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

Linda, Community Member
9/28/09 1:44pm

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 ( that has helped alot.  It really cools me down and it's much more practical than a bath or cold shower.

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