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Q: Hot/cold is keeping me up most of the night

For several months I've been waking up very hot at night and after I remove the covers wake up again later very cold and this goes on all night long and I am not getting much sleep.  I went to a gynecologis a few months back and she did blood work including FSH and TSH and everything was good.  What could this be?  Please, I am desperate for any information.  Thanks.

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Merely Me, Health Guide
1/30/10 8:57am

Hello

 

I am sorry this is happening...that must be so hard to deal with especially when you are trying to get a good night's sleep.  So what did your doctor recommend to do...anything?

 

Here is an article we have on Health Central about how to manage hot flashes.

 

I would check for any external factors...is your thermostat on too hight, eating any spicy foods?  Are you taking any medications such as antidepressants or anti-anxiety meds...some of these have side effects of hot flashes.  This article about other causes than menopause for hot flashes  says that conditions like hyperthyroidism can cause hot flashes.

 

I think the main thing is to find a way to get some sleep.  Maybe you can ask your doctor for suggestions of sleep aids so that you are not constantly waking up in the middle of the night.

 

I hope this helps.  Good luck to you.

 

 

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smartin, Community Member
1/30/10 1:52pm

My doctor didn't recommend anything.  It isn't my thermostat because since this started I've had to make it very cold in the room (even my husband complains) and I've made sure to avoid all the things that can cause spikes in temperature like alcohol and spicy food.  I don't take any medications.  My FSH and TSH were tested and were in the normal range.  (TSH deals with hyperthyroidism and the dr. said it was in the good range).  Any ideas what else this could be??  Thanks.

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Merely Me, Health Guide
1/30/10 6:35pm

Hi there

 

I am looking and researching for you on this.

 

Here is a forum where a doctor gives his answer about other possible causes.  It seems stress can cause this or alcohol use.  In the literature they talk about "neurological flushing."  I have Multiple Sclerosis and I have hot flashes due to my neurological condition but this symptom in itself is no indication of a neurological disorder.  That is the thing...you can worry yourself to death over this but a single symptom...it is hard to pinpoint the cause.

 

I think for peace of mind you need to get a second opinion from a doctor on this.  Please let us know if you do find the cause for your hot flashes. 

 

Thanks for reaching out here.  But you really need a doctor's opinion and expertise to figure this out.

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