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jeaniem 07-19-2013 03:58 PM

hot flashes and anxiety
 
seem to be taking over my life right now. Anyone found anything other than HRT helpful?

CJMO 07-19-2013 05:09 PM

When I started menopause I was having 20+ hot flashes a day. My Dr was anti HRT. He put me on a low dose of antidepressant. It worked wonders. I pstill had a few but it was manageable. It might help with your anxiety too.

jeaniem 07-20-2013 10:05 AM

Thanks for the response CJM0. I already take wellbutrin so I don't know if a/d's would be helpful in my case. I am trying apple cider vinegar now.

Ronnie51 07-22-2013 06:32 AM

I'm in the same situation; I started getting hot flashes around five years ago and I'm sorry to say they haven't stopped. Plus, I've always lived with daily anxiety, and that hasn't changed either. I don't take anything for either issue (I'm already taking meds for thyroid, high BP, high cholesterol plus a lot of OTC supplements); years ago my gynecologist recommended Estroven, but it was no help. I know there's quite a few supplements on the market claiming to help hot flashes, but I don't have any faith that they will work. So, I'm living with it and dealing. The anxiety is always there, but the hot flashes are worse in the summer, so they are triggered by warmer weather (which makes sense). Sorry, I'm not any help here, but I'm sure we're sharing these issues with the majority of women at or past menopause.

Tracy210T 08-02-2013 08:24 AM

I would recommend a full serum panel by your PCM to see what you are deficient in. Sometimes the herbal supplements do more harm than good, especially if they have dangerous interactions with other meds you are on and can even reduce or eliminate the effectiveness of some meds (blood pressure, thyroid, etc)

Im only 37 and am dealing with hormonal deficiencies and the misery related to it just isnt worth trying to "sweat it out" like so many poor women are doing :sad:
If you have a ton of money (who does) you can seek out a bio identical hormonal, anti aging specialist to treat you with organic, paraben free bio identicals for your deficiencies but is such a fine science and so different for every woman. What works for one, wont for another and it defiently takes patience. Testing your saliva every few months is so costly and not covered by most insurances.

I think the relief you get from HRT is worth the slight risks if you start with the very smallest dose available and for the shortest time possible. I guess you have to weigh the risks of HRT with your current quality of life :dunno:
Im reading on the subject right now of HRT and how sometimes just *this* much estrogen and progesterone cycyling off and on and giving your system a little break here and there can reduce your symptoms greatly and give you back your quality of life. Just my two cents. I started out with a deficiency in progesterone and my rage, outbursts, anger almost ended my marriage. Amazing what a pea sized amount of cream 14 days a month did for my life.

Hope you find what works for you :hugs:

jeaniem 09-10-2013 01:26 PM

Tracy
Are you having blood testing done for the HRT?

jeaniem 09-15-2013 06:59 PM

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Originally Posted by CJMO (Post 16522836)
When I started menopause I was having 20+ hot flashes a day. My Dr was anti HRT. He put me on a low dose of antidepressant. It worked wonders. I pstill had a few but it was manageable. It might help with your anxiety too.

Cheryl
Would you mind sharing which AD and the dose?

jeaniem 09-15-2013 06:59 PM

Tracy
I know you said serum testing but I thought saliva was the most accurate?

CJMO 09-15-2013 07:11 PM

I took Effexor XR. It also helped my fibro. 37.5 mg. almost missed you wanted the dosage

jeaniem 09-16-2013 09:01 AM

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Originally Posted by CJMO (Post 16605885)
I took Effexor XR. It also helped my fibro. 37.5 mg. almost missed you wanted the dosage

So you took it only temporarily? I used this years ago and just felt sluggish and flat emotinally, but now that my body is going through changes maybe it would be more effective. I tried lexapro and couldn't deal with the side effects.

CJMO 09-16-2013 09:41 AM

I was having trouble losing weight - I gained a lot when I hit menopause- and I thought maybe it was keeping me from losing. So after about 3 years I weaned my self off it. It didn't make a difference in my weight and not a big difference in hot flashes either after I went off it. They were a bit more frequent but not even daily. Gradually my fibro reared its ugly head again and recently I started taking Cymbalta for that. After 7 years of menopause I still get hot flashes. But they are gradually less severe and less often. More of a warm flash. I haven't noticed any real difference in them with Cymbalta.

jeaniem 09-16-2013 09:46 AM

Thank you Cheryl.

MerryKate 09-17-2013 12:26 AM

Black cohosh helps a lot, and it's not an HRT. You can buy it over the counter at most drugstores.

emgee 09-25-2013 07:56 PM

Jeanie, I have seen quite a few people commenting about reduced hot flashes for Promensil. I can't vouch for it as hot flashes are not my worst symptom. The weight gain and inability to sleep properly are my issues. But it seemed popular.

mojocat 10-04-2013 04:08 PM

Perhaps the Wellutrin is contributing to the flushes? Just a thought.

JerseyAmy 10-29-2013 10:30 PM

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Originally Posted by jeaniem (Post 16522751)
seem to be taking over my life right now. Anyone found anything other than HRT helpful?

Still deals with HRT, but a lot of research has shown that testosterone alone works to alleviate most symptoms of peri-menopause and full on menopause. I am having a pellet implanted this week. A friend who has them (bc of a complete hysterectomy) said it has charged her life.

mjgh06 10-30-2013 12:23 AM

I started peri-menopause this year with the hot flashes and have always had anxiety issues. Tried different antidepressants didn't work for either symptom. So I went the natural route - Black Cohosh and Sage. I can't take soy products so many options were out.


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