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Hot flashes and Night Sweats Help!

I just recently started having horrible night sweats and some hot flashes during the day. I have been umable to sleep, maybe getting 2 hours of sleep per night for the last month., and that's not 2 hours straight.  Up until about a month ago I had periods that were fairly regular and none of these symptoms.  WHAT HAPPENED!  can this really happen this fast or could something else be going on with me.  I just turned 50, and up until now have had no symptoms of menopause.  Any one else feeling this way!  You know misery loves company and I could surely use some.  Thanks for any imput concerning this and any suggestions would be helpful.  : )
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Oh i was exactly the same as that, 1 hours sleep at the most and then the sweats and hot flushes every hour on the hour 24 hours a day for 2 months, periods played up well it stopped  for 5 months..Then had thyroid test, well there it was Hypothyroidism, on meds and it all stopped, have this checked out as its not always connected to menopause  Dawn
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Thanks for that!  Now I don't feel so hopeless.  I told my husband the other day, I don't know how long a person can go without sleep, He said, "It must be pretty long because you have been doing it now for about a month"!   I really hate it.  I'm going to take your advice and call the doctor and set up an appointment and have some blood work done.  This is the first time I actually HOPE there's something wrong with me, because if I thought I was looking at 7 years of this or possibly a lifetime, I don't know what I would do.  Thanks so much.  : )  I'll keep you posted.
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Best of luck, yes will be interested in how you go:)
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I can totally relate. I have been waking every 1.5 -2 hours for about 4 years now. Nothing has helped. In terms of sleep aids, nothing has helped.
I don't know what to tell you as I have found nothing to help me.

Do you take any kind of hormones?
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I sympathize with you sister. What has helped me..... thyroid levels normalized ( I was hypothyroid), bioidentical hormones ( progesterone very low, estrogen dominant- thus no sleeping). I take herbal remedies-a combination pill called sleep max ( melatonin helps some people) and I drink one glass of soy milk daily.It really helps me with hot flashes at night. It takes about one month to notice a difference, but if  you stop ( such as on vacation or such) for a few days they come back with a vengence. I told my friend and she started drinking it too and now swears it works too. She went to take care of mother recovering from surgery and within a week of no soy milk the hot flashes were back she said. Started drinking again and they went away or greatly reduced in intensity.
  Good luck to you, this menopause is NO fun, but it is SO great to know we are not alone... or crazy!!
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Thanks to all who responded to my post.  Glad to say I am doing much better.  I started immediately on a herb called Mecafem.  I have to say it started to lessen the hot flashes almost immediately.  I still get them but not quite as frequently or as long in duration.  I would recommed this product.  I also am drinking (1) glass per day of silk soy milk.  I like the Lite chocolate.  Also am taking a multiple vitamin and 2 vitamin E capsules per day(1,000mg) .  The mecafem has a website it's www.Mecafem.com.  I was skeptical but it seems to work for me.  I take the recommended (6) capsules per day.  I take 3 in the morning and 3 at night.  Also, I recently saw my GP and am scheduled to have some thyroid testing done and some general blood work-up.  She also recommended testing my vitamin D level.  As I said earlier, I am still having my period and want to make sure that something else is going on with mysself,  besides the menopause!  Keep you posted on the results.  Good luck to all.  This "mental pause" thing really does stink!!!!!
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You might consider asking your doctor to check your hormones or refer you to someone who can..
Good luck to you!! Remember you are not alone.... I keep telling myself that every day!!
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I forgot to mention that in my post,  my doctor is doing a hormone panel.  I had a blood workup done yesterday and am now just waiting for the results!  Will keep you posted.  Thanks for the suggestion.  
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I have started to experience actually signs of menopause but have been doing some research for myself since a year ago to be prepared for the worst. It is as bad as what was documented. I started taking Macafem on and off since December 2009.Throughout 2010, i would take them but not as deligently as i was supposed to. Since October this year, when the hot flushes became more regular (but not intense) and my periods got irregular, i started taking 3 tablets in the morning and 3 at night for 10 days and then dropped to 2 tablets twice daily. Mecafem is a root from Peru. Read how it works on www.macafem.com. It is a life-saver....even got the sex-drive back!
Stay well!
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