Does Perimenopause and Menopause have symptoms of having a fever, breaking out sweating, and physical exhaustion after an episode of this?
I am 48 years old and am in Perimenopause. I have periods where I spike a low grade fever, 100 degrees to over 101 degrees. After a while I break out in a full body sweat, have chills and feel extremely exhausted. I have spoken with/seen my PCP and he told me to sit in front of a fan it would help. He also told me it was caused by hormones.
Has anyone experienced this type of problem? Is this possibly due to Perimenopause?
I'm not sure that we actually get a fever during hot flushes. I have not taken my own temperature during one but, I'd say that if you've got a steady body temp of 100 to 101, there's something else at stake here rather than hot flushes.
More often than not, a hot flush can leave you feeling drenched with sweat and exhausted and you can get "chills" after them because we're usually wet from sweating. Exhaustion can come often after these hot flushes but, feeling exhausted all of the time or having a fever for more than the duration of the hot flush is not (to the best of my knowledge anyway), part of hot flushes. You may actually have some sort of other problem going on within your body such as a virus or infection of some kind.
If you have a steady temp of 100 to 101 (not just during a hot flush) and/or you are exhausted all of the time with chills etc., I'd go and see your doc or another one.
In the meantime, dress in layers so that you can peel some layers off during one of these flushes and put them back on during the "chill" phase.
You are definitely in the throes of peri (or in my case) full menopause, and yes, all of what you are feeling is exactly what happens to you... feel terrible but it is part of being estrogen deficient - get your levels checked right way and find ways to remedy.
The fever I get all the time as well as the crushing fatigue - ***** but its a normal, icky part of what we all live through in this phase of our changing bodies.
I just wanted to add that I bought a remote control fan for my bedroom. Nights have usually been the worst time for these for me. With this fan, I use the remote to flip it on during the hot flush and turn it off or the speed down during the "chill" phase. I also no longer sleep with a comforter on but, rather a couple of thin sheets. I pull one or all off during a hot flush, then put them back on in layers as needed. The comforter is folded at the end of my bed to pull back on again if I am really chilled for as long as is needed. I drive my hubby nuts! LOL
I have found that if I stay away from caffeine a few hours before bed and in general (I've switched to decaf coffee, teas and if I drink soda, it's decaf) if I stay away from caffeine, hot and spicey foods and try to control my stress levels, they are far less or weaker in intensity.
You're not alone in this conundrum that even medical authorities don't quite know what to do with. :)
(By the way, I just want to clarify what I meant about the fever part of my response. IF you have a steady body temp of 100 to 101, it *could* be something other than a hot flush. Our body temps DO rise during a hot flush but, should not stay raised on a regular basis. It should be in normal ranges when you are not in the throes of a hot flush. If you have a regular body temp of 100 to 101, it *could* mean something else is going on along with the hot flushes. If you are only getting these body temps during hot flushes, it can be normal as long as it decreases to more normal levels while not in the throes of one.)
I just want you to know that you are not alone. I have been having actual fevers for about eight months now. They would come with no other symptoms and eventually I realized that they correlated with both my ovulation and my menstrual cycle. All my blood tests at my regular physician are fine. The fevers start at 99 but often go as high as 102. They have lasted as long as a week at a time. Then they go as fast as they came and I'm fine. I have also noticed a sudden loss of leg hair and very weak periods. I believe the fevers (although very unusual) are a result of changes in my hormones.
Yes it is due to Peri-menopause. Many women experience the same issue in it. Don't Worry. Take proper diet food and add lots of vitamins to it. Do regular exercise. This all will helps you to take relief from menopause. Even you can take some herbs like Red clover, **** Quai this will helps you for hot fleshes
i went thru menopause early started when i was 44 i actually got really high fevers 102 sometimes higher that would last about 3 days, chills really bad too. this would happen on average 2 times a month and lasted a year, i had alot of headaches and felt like crap in between these fever bouts. once i finally had fully gone thru menopause it all went away. yet the doctors did a million tests saying it wasnt the menopause that caused the fevers they could find nothing else wrong. My conclusion is that some people's bodies react differently to going thru menopause.
I agree with your conclusion. My awful experiences of everything mentioned above have been going on for approx 10 years now and the medics have not come up with any answers that I've found consoling or helpful such as what I've read in this forum.
I'm so glad you posted this because I've been doing this and suspected it was related to perimenopause. I'm 44 and it seems like a have had a new symptom every few months for the past couple of years. I had hot sweats about once/week for a month and haven't had them since. I didn't have a period for 5 months and then they started back up again. I had increased hair loss for a while but that has stopped. I have bouts of aches and joint pain, especially after a long vigorous workout. I have breakouts of painful androgen acne around my ears, back of my neck and sometimes on my chin line. It seems like every symptom can be explained by perimenopause, so I'm chalking it up to that. I had my thyroid checked and it was normal. I take a hot bath and it feels really nice and alleviates the fever symptoms. I think we all just need to baby ourselves :)
I SWEAR I HAVE HAD EVERY SYMPTOM LISTED FOR PERIMENOPAUSE...MIGRAINES, FEVERS, SEVERE BODY ACHES AND PAINS, VERY MOODY,ANXIETY, PANIC ATTACKS, YOU NAME IT, I GOT IT..MY DOCTOR SAYS NONE OF THESE SYMPTOMS ARE RELATED BECAUSE MY HORMONE LEVELS ARE FINE AND I STILL GET MY PERIOD EVERY MONTH...HAD OTHER TESTS DONE AND ALL CAME BACK NORMAL...I AM VERY FRUSTRATED AND I FEEL NO ONE ELSE AROUND ME CAN RELATE...I AM 47 YEARS OLD AND MOST OF MY FRIENDS ARE AROUND THE SAME AGE AND THEY ARE NOT HAVING ANY OF THESE PROBLEMS...READING THIS BLOG MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I AM NOT ALONE GOING THRU THIS HORRIBLE TIME...I JUST WANT TO FEEL LIKE ME AGAIN!
Thank you all so much for your posts. I just turned 50 this year and like a lot of you, I thought I was losing my mind too. I've had all the symptoms everyone has mentioned here and more. Started with fatigue over 10 years ago and then over the last 5 years a steady decline to the point that two years ago I used all of my time off (4 ½ weeks) from work as sick days due to my symptoms.
Every time I went to my family physician all the tests would come back “normal.” He said I was depressed so reluctantly tried a couple of antidepressants. They did nothing except make things worse.
I’ve never been depressed in my life. I worked out 4-6 days a week with a trainer for years and played volleyball 3 -5 days a week. Then a couple of years ago something really changed and within a few months I couldn’t even get through a half hour workout with my trainer. Like a lot of you I had every test run again and again they all came back “normal.”
Finally I went to an Endocrinologist and we tested my Thyroid . . . . again. This time my TSH was 6.4 and the Endocrinologist informed me that most people feel the best at a TSH level of about 1. Researching my prior test result showed my TSH had repeatedly been high but was within the “normal” range. Don’t except “normal” as an answer. Get specific results. Finally I had a small piece of the puzzle!!
In addition to Thyroid medicine I also went on a gluten free diet which has helped to eliminate the anxiety attacks that had started to occur about 2 years ago. I’ve had several other people tell me that a gluten free diet has helped them with totally eliminating their anxiety as well. Also the headaches, joint pain (major symptom) and fatigue I was experiencing, while not totally gone, have all improved by about 90%. I mention this in the hope it may help some of you, especially if you deal with any type of autoimmune issues like severe allergies or Thyroid.
Also, if you've had your hormones tested (Thyroid, Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone) by your family physician; find out what your exact levels were/are. Many doctors think that as long as you’re within the “normal” range that hormones should be removed from the list of suspects. Have your OBGYN check them again (especially if it’s been longer than 6 months) and see what comes back. Compare them to what they were the last time to get a base line. Not everyone is the same and the levels for you to feel normal may be totally different than the "normal range" applied to everyone.
My levels were within the “normal" range, however, my testosterone was at the very bottom of the range (any lower it would have been below normal) and the other two were very low as well. I’ve decided to start hormone replacement theory in hopes of getting some relief from the symptoms, getting my strength back and finding some sense of normalcy again. Hormone replacement is not for everyone and should be discussed thoroughly with your OBGYN or an Endocrinologist to find what is right for you.
I wish you all good health and happiness and hope that sharing my experience can help someone out there.
Wow, I can't explain the relief I am feeling right now. I turn 50 this year and have been experiencing many of these symptoms for the past year. I went to my Doctor and she ran a battery of tests. I'm so glad I went, as I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. So, naturally, that was my Doctor's diagnosis, without being able to explain the fevers. I was lucky enough to not need medicine and a year later, have the diabetes under control. The fevers AND my period disappeared for about 8 months, but both have decided to rear their ugly heads once again. The hot flashes have been manageable but I'll be so glad when colder weather is fully upon us!
I am 51. Like everyone else, I thought I was nuts pretty much until reading this discussion thread! I've been symptomatic with hot flashes off and on for the last seven years. A few years ago, I had a uterine polyp removed which returned my period in full force and stopped the hot flashes. Several months ago they returned, but were much more intense. I have felt really nauseous, feverish, have severe headaches building up to a flash. Finally I feel so hot I can't stand it and break out into a series of drenching sweats. Afterwards I am completely exhausted. I had been afraid that I was dying from some weird undiagnosable disease!!!
Other than being miserable, the problem with this is that it's completely incapacitating! I'm sick BEFORE flashes, immobilized during them and exhausted afterwards. What can I do? Help!
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