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Hi everyone. This is a great forum. Just spent the last hour reading through older discussions. I didn't really see one quite like mine, so I thought I'd start a new discussion.
I will be 52 years old in a few months. All my life, my period was like clockwork until about 3 years ago, when I starting skipping one occasionally. I've been a little lucky that they've gotten a bit lighter. For the past year, I've been having a period every 2 months, quite regularly. I don't mind this at all, but I know what's coming.
Last year, I all of a sudden starting getting really, really hot at night. This was very much out of nowhere. I dealt with it for a few weeks (it was constant) and then I thought, "Wait a minute, maybe it's my thyroid medication." I have been taking thyroid meds since my 30s when I had my thyroid removed for thyroid cancer. I've been pretty stable since then, but there have been a few changes since 2012 with brand names and manufacturers so things haven't been as stable. I decreased my dosage and within a week, the heat was gone! I remained on a lower dose for months and then, increased it back up this past March. I was doing fine again, until June. The hot flashes started up again. I waited for a few weeks and then, 2 weeks ago, decreased my dosage again. This time it did not help. So, this is probably not by thyroid. I do have an appointment with my endocrinologist in the meantime to sort that out.
But, I'm thinking hot flashes. What confuses me is that it rarely happens during the day. It was happening starting at midnight each night and going until about 3AM. Now it is starting around 10PM and going all night.
My room is very cold and I am under blankets. Then I heat up like an OVEN. It's amazing. I throw the covers off and then I cool off, get freezing cold, and then covers go back on and it goes on like this all night. I don't really have the drenching night sweats that I read about, although I get kind of clammy where I have contact. Such as behind my knees, between thighs if my legs are together, and that sort of thing. When I get up to look at myself, I'm not even flushed (and I flush easily).
It bothers me because this doesn't really sound normal. Again, I 99% fine during the day (but I am in a lot of air conditioning during the day).
I've changed out all my blankets to lighter ones, keep my room frigid, and wear comfortable night clothes. It just goes on all night.
Does this sound abnormal? Thanks!
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