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Thread: Up at 3:45 and I blame menopause

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    How long does this go on? I feel like I've been going through it for 10 years now. Up at 3:45? On Sunday? boo-hoo-hoo

    So I thought you all could share with me the most annoying symptoms or issues you had with this women's wonder. For me, being regularly scatterbrained, the extra padding around the middle, and thinking about The End pretty much win.

    I figure there isn't much I can do about the last two, but I would like to be able to remember what I was doing two seconds ago before starting something new...

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    I don't know how it is in menopause but I'm sorry for you that it last this long.
    always sleep not well and often I'm in the middle of he night gaming on my Nintendo DS.
    Hug!

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    Hi! Sorry that you can't sleep. I guess that everybody is different when it comes to menopause, but I hated the hot flashes and night sweats, and the extra weight that I put on. I had always been more on the thin side until meno. I went from about 135 to 163 then finally lost some of it. My worst symptoms lasted for about 5 years. I thought it was never going to end.

    I hope things get better for you soon. At least you know that when you can't sleep, and don't want to sew, there are always people on here that will talk to you and keep you company!

    Marilyn

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    Hi..I understand all too well. I had a full hysterectomy at age 35. Was put on hormones(premrin) for 10 years. Now I'm off the pills and I've finished menapause (only a year). Scatterbrained is the perfect word! And yes padding too!

    I use a table fan at night and it does help. (All year long)! Cotton,cotton,cotton. Minimum bedding helps too(blankets and cotton sheets). 47 and holding on! I got up at 3:25 yes boo hoo birds chattering at 4:10 good luck!

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    All of the above!!! My doc finally gave me some mild sleeping pills. At least now, I can usually sleep about 4 hours at a time. For the memory thing I take vitimin b. Also, vitimin d helps tremendeously with the mood swings.

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    It amazes me how these things just happen. The hot flashes don't really bother me but the night sweats are annoying. I'm eating better, healthier, but have to have some kisses or m&m's handy.

    I didn't want to get up that early but didn't want to lay in bed either. The sun is rising now which is great to watch so it's the sun, me, and the cats.

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    Welcome, and join the "dawn age" club. That's want I call it as I am always up at dawn.

    I usually wake up anywhere from 3:00 to 5:00. I think I have slept till 7 once in the last 10 years, but that was due to taking another sleeping pill at 3:00 in the morning and not sleeping for 2 days prior.

    I take a lot of vitamins prescribed from my doctor but don't know if they truely helped menopause. They were for another health issue, but I guess it killed 2 birds on many pills. ;) :wink:

    The hot flashes finally stopped, except for an occassional one, but as for the sleeping I've gotten used to it.

    When I wake up at 3 I put on a cup of coffee, boot up my computer, and pop onto the message board to check anything new.

    Then I have about 4 hours before anyone else is up! :thumbup:

    I like that. I can do anything I want (unless it is noise involved) by myself. I sew, go outside and watch the sunrise and the birds starting to wake up (with my coffee).

    I really love this time as it is my time to be alone without someone asking for something. My DH rarely leaves me alone as I had a stroke in 2003, so this time is precious to me. I am fine now, as they figured out it was due to a blood disease and it is controlled with medicine. But he is my DH and worries about me.

    So again, welcome to the "Dawn Club"! You'll get used to it and enjoy it in time. Just think of all the extra hours you have to enjoy! :wink: :wink:

    Hugs, Jan!
    :thumbup: :) :thumbup:

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    10 YEARS! What does your doctor recommend? Isn't there hormone testing for natural cremes to help?

    I took a soy supplement 4 times a day and it kept the flashes to a minimum and then they only lasted about 6 months. My body reminded me when it was time to take another soy.

    Caffeine and chocolate and alchohol (in any form) are
    BIG NO-NOs. When I've eaten/drank them I could feel an increase in the flashes that the soy wasn't taking care of.

    A "PM Non-Aspirin" was my bestest friend for a LONG TIME.

    So far so good here - Knock on wood! Good Luck

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    thanks for this information! hope you start sleeping better soon!

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    The night sweats were the worst for me but they happened while I was in perimenopause (sp??). When I reached menopause the night sweats stopped but I started to gain weight. That was about 2 years ago. I had food cravings....I couldn't get enough junk food. I even started to hide the goodies so my family wouldn't know how much I ate. My cravings have started to ease off over the last few months and I've already lost some of the weight. I hope to get back to my regular weight within the next year..........says she with lots of optimism!!!

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    I have about 25 to 30 hot flashes a day. It is so miserable. I don't mind getting up early I just wish I could get to sleep in the first place. I have been going through this for 1 1/2 years. I read some where hot flashes could last 6 months to 15 YEARS!!!!!

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    Aw, hugs! Maybe you should ask the Dr. for something....I am a light sleeper, and I know its just AWFUL if the dogs wake me up, and I just toss and turn. I'm kind of afraid of pills, so I just get up and read or do something relaxing....

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    My worst sympton is the sweating, not too much anymore, except when I go shopping. No matter if I am just browsing or in a hurry, my face gets beet red and the sweat pours off me. No way I can try on clothes at a store. I went through the not sleeping, hated being up at 2:00 AM! That lasted about a year, night sweats lasted about that long, I too , sleep with a fan on, still do. Sorry girls, but I started all this stuff in my mid 30's, had the last period at 47, and I am now 71. Most of the time, now, nothing bothers me except waking up really early in the morning( which I don't mind), and the darn shopping sweats.

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    When I was going through menopause I also had trouble sleeping more than a few hours. Then I found the secret....only sleep every other night!!....lol
    I had to be up all night a couple times a week with my MIL and of course I never seemed to actually sleep during the day when I'd try to take a nap. So I gave up trying.
    My schedule seemed to be that I'd get up at 6am on Day One, then stay with my MIL all that night, come home morning of Day Two, always had things to do and had phones ringing, etc etc, crash into bed about 7:30pm on Day Two and sleep like the Dead all night!
    Felt great...I haven't slept that soundly since I was young.
    P.S. I don't recommend this if you have a real job since my brain crashed before I did on Day Two!

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    Ermma Bombeck once said that it wasn't menopause that kept you from sleeping, it was the fact that by the time it hit, we had forgotten how to sleep because of husbands, kids and life in general because the only way we can get it all done is to do it after everyone else is asleep!!! Seriously, try wild yam cream. My doc gave it to me and it worked wonders.

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    Boy, isn't it fun being a woman!! I find that my hot flashes are brought on by stress. When I'm feeling really stressed, B Complex helps with it. My usual time to get up is 4:45 and lately I've been getting up from 3am on. Very frustrating, by 9pm I'm sooo exhausted I fall asleep and back up at 3. Atleast it 6 hrs. Weight gain - OH YES!!!! Bloating, water retention, memory, YUP!!

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    I don't know if this will help you but it was lifesaver for me. I took the flash fighters,over the counter, from wally world.They are in the vitamin section,I used the generic brand and they were great. I would take them for a few weeks and was able to stop until symptoms would start up again.Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maksi
    I don't know how it is in menopause but I'm sorry for you that it last this long.
    always sleep not well and often I'm in the middle of he night gaming on my Nintendo DS.
    Hug!
    DH and I have separate rooms for this reason....up in the middle of the night reading 2/3 hours and trying to sleep some more, irritating, can't remember when I slept 6/7 hours straight

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    45 and in full swing with it here! I had a hysterectomy 5 years ago right ds was born. Nursed him for 16months and then it hit. Night sweats are terrible but its the constant temp changes I have that get me. I'm wither so hot I'm ready to sweat or freezing to death. Oh and did I mention mood swings? I take epo, black cohosh, and dong quai and those seem to keep those symptoms under control. Melatonin works wonders for sleeping.

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    I feel for you they are unpleasant. I'm dealing with a statin pill for my tris and chloestol of i can't spell where is spell check, While anyways the pill gives me a prickly hot flash. Starts at forehead and works it way done. If it is really bad I get so weak i can't stand it. I see Dr. this week and if it isn't helping numbers away it goes it is torture. I would take back my hot flashes any day. Were not good but better than this. Hope you feel better.

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    I can handle the hot flashes and night sweats but it is the creepy crawly skin that gets me and the extra heavy cycles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeresaT
    I have about 25 to 30 hot flashes a day. It is so miserable. I don't mind getting up early I just wish I could get to sleep in the first place. I have been going through this for 1 1/2 years. I read some where hot flashes could last 6 months to 15 YEARS!!!!!

    I can vouch for the 15 years! I started perimenepause in my late 30's. Stupid Doctors said I was too young and would not give me anything for it. I fooled them as I had my last period at 48. I was lucky in the fact that I never had night sweats and not alot of daily *flashes*. My biggest problem was I turned into a raving lunitic :roll: Now at 56, I still have one daily hot flash. It hits at about 8:30 every night. Go figure. But as someone else said, it really is the best time of life :thumbup:

    edited to add: my sleeping habits change constantly.

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    If I keep a small fan blowing on me I usually don't wake up to night sweats. That also seems to help me sleep through the night. I haven't slept 8 hours each night for a few years, but 6-7 is good for me :D:D:D

    I ate soy products and it really helped a lot when the hot flashes first hit. They also helped keep my weight down. If I eat too much sugar/white processed flour products over a couple of days, they will come back with a vengeance for a day or so. More stress than normal brought them on, as well as extra strenuous exercise.

    I was happy when I found a healthy balance of diet, fans, and as mentioned breathable clothing and bedding to be a great alternative to pills. My BFF however, tried the same things and they did not work at all for her... So I guess it is a trial and error to see what works best for YOU. :wink:

    For a few months I carried a hand held battery operated fan around with me, EVERYWHERE LMBO and an extra 8 pk of batteries in my purse!!!

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    I also slept with a fan going for years! Great idea with the portable fan. I remember in grade school, (a hundred years ago) using these! I was born and raised in Orlando, Fl and back then we didn't have air conditioning. When my daddy died in 1991, he still didn't have/want A/C.

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    I'm a hot "flusher". If the sheets aren't ice cold and I don't fall asleep in 15 minutes or so (which NEVER happens!) I have to turn the AC down more and put the fan on at least medium. Usually have a hot spot somewhere on my body most all the time and then there's the times it completely spreads. Feels like you can cook an egg on my skin and any clothes will completely melt.

    Work is a challenge, especially in summer with the temps. I've been known to faint. Yes, embarrassing. :oops:

    Night sweats, check. Weight gain, check. Irritability, check. Assorted other aches, pains and whatnot, check.

    Yep, it will get better, just not anytime soon. :wink: :roll:

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