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Q: Hot Flashes

I am having, what I think are hot flashes; although I am told I am not in premenopause yet. When I get the "hot flashes", I feel absolutely horrible (weak, fatigue, dizzy, and hand tremors with tingling).  I have NOT had a good night sleep in several nights due to being tooooo hot.  My house is set at 65 degrees.  Even in the day, I feel so hot and I feel horrible.  I do not have a fever or any infection and my blood pressure is 160/90.  Any ideas?  Thanks, Linda

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Hollyk, Community Member
5/21/09 2:28pm

Hot flashes happen with MS as well as other conditions.  I have the same problem and it comes and goes throughout the day and I'm not even close to menopause.  I would talk to your doctor about it. 

Linda, Community Member
5/21/09 2:54pm

Thank you for your response.  I'll tell you what, when I finally cool down, I feel much better.  This has been going on for days now.

Hollyk, Community Member
5/21/09 4:40pm

That is how you know it is related to the MS; for those who suffer with this symptom, it exacerbates or mimicks your symptoms.  I think Lisa wrote a post on psuedo exacerbations that described hot flashes.  It is still very real; but might not be the beginning of a new exacerbation.


I'm glad that you find relief.  I try to stay cool; I used to be a summer person, I loved it.  Now, I dread it.  My hot flashes started last spring, only I didn't know that I had MS at the time. 


You can try taking a cool bath or shower right before going to bed.  I sleep in just a light t-shirt and shorts; ceiling fan going full blast and I'm thinking about using a osolating fan to boot...(that is what I had to do last summer!) Laughing


Drink a lot of water and decrease the tea and soda; it helps some.


I hope this helps!

Marilyn, Community Member
6/20/10 4:09pm

I have been having hot flashes during the day and particularly in the evening. I am post menopausal and the doc says I can't have any more estrogen because of the side effects. My Oncologist ( I now have cancer too) says that there may be some link to the hot flashes I am having and the cancer. I also take Prozac as an antidepressant and wonder if that serotonin uptake inhibitor may have something to do with it. Would love a comment from the Doc so that I know how to deal with this symptom. The hot flashes are not so bad that I can't live with them, only want to understand why I am having them. I also wonder if the hypothalmus might have some MS lesions and this is the cause. Please comment

awordlover, Community Member
6/11/09 3:40pm

Hot flashes at night - the bane of my existence! LOL  in addition to air conditioning in summer, I sleep with a fan directly on me all night and year round (no oscillating fan for me!) When we go on vacation, I pack a personal fan (about 5 inches round) because often air conditioning is just not enough.


During the day, I have several "tricks" I use.  You know the wrist bands you often see joggers wearing (sometimes they have zipper in it for their key/money)?  I wet them with cold water, pop them into the freezer for 10 to 15 mins and wear them for about 1/2 hour. Cools me right down. 


You could try cooling vests during the day and they are mass-marketed. But I prefer just to use an "ice towel" -- a ice pack (the kind you put in lunchboxes) wrapped in a fingertip/hand towel and put it on my neck.  Very helpful for during the day.


Of course, there is a fan in every room in the house!


Cool showers before bedtime, an ice towel on the back of your neck while sitting up reading or watching tv before sleep, and a fan.


Regarding hand tremors and tingling, you might want to look into Restless Leg Syndrome (which attacks other appendages as well)....keep a diary to see how often and when they happen to you.


I hope you start to feel better soon,


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By Linda, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 05/21/09