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Hot and Cold flashes?

I hope I am not asking too many questions.  I need some more answers.

I had one breast removed,  Modified Radical mastactomy, April 18.  I am having hot flashes and then I get cold flashes.  Is this because I had been taking premarin for about 14 years before I was discovered with breast cancer, and now I am no longer taking the premarin?  I am 69 years old.  At this age, I think I should not be having hot flashes.  What could be the cause of this?  Do women keep having the hot flashes all their life if they do not take premarin?
Thank you for your reply.  You have the best place that I have found on the computer to help women with breast cancer understand what is happening to them.
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Dear  Seven7, Premarin is an estrogen.  Your body is readjusting to the decrease in the estrogen.  In post menopausal women the incidence of hot flashes is greatest in the first 2 years, then decreases as the time from menopause decreases.  You will also find as your body adjusts to this change the hot flashes will diminish.
Hot flashes are described as a sudden sensation of heat felt in the face, neck, and chest that spreads over the entire body.  They are usually accompanied by profuse sweating followed by a chill.

Hot flashes may be precipitated by psychological stress, hot weather, caffeine, spicy foods or alcohol.  So you may find avoiding or decreasing these items may be of benefit.

When estrogen replacement is contraindicated, a number of nonhormonal medications are available for the treatment of hot flashes.  Their goal is not to eliminate hot flashes altogether but to diminish their intensity and frequency.  Discuss with your physician whether a prescription might be helpful in your situation.  Women have also found relief by taking Vitamin E 800IU daily or Vitamin B6 200mg daily, these can be purchased in a health food store without prescription, however make sure to check with your physician to make sure there is no problem with your taking them in your individual situation.
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Just want to share a tip that may be helpful.  I am experiencing the same...hot flasehes and chills after being taken off hrt due to breastcancer.  I have been doing acupuncture for this specifically, and it has been helping.  There is a clinical trial on this in NY that is currently underway.  Results of another trial for this have shown its effectiveness in reducing and/or eliminating hot flashes...this was a trial done in China. Hope that helps!
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