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    M meaning Menopause.

    I know the symptoms. LOL But I would like to know what do you take that you find works?

    Currently I take Bio Identical Hormones and am thinking of changing.

    Thanks ladies for your comments.

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    Eat as little sugar as possible to avoid the sweating & take Primrose Oil.

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    I gave up sugar and I never had any symptoms.

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    In my early 40s I did have some vague symptoms of menopause.

    In a visit to my doctor he found a cancerous lump in my boob, so told me to start taking Vitamin E, the real one without the L in it. He said to start with a bottle of very low Vitamin E and after that bottle was empty, get the next strongest, etc. I think the idea was that suddenly taking so much would raise my blood pressure.

    But shortly after that I guess the Big M symptoms faded and it never was a bother. It was only some years later that my husband heard some of his friends complaining about their wives' problems and it reminded him that mine never did show up. Whether the E helped or not, whatever reason I wasn't bothered much at all.

    (I looked up the spelling.... DL-alpha tocopherol is not the natural one) That L is the one that says Artificial..

    And I was kind of a health food nut. Didn't realize how far we'd
    gone till my 6 year old son was invited to*his friend's home for dinner, and he came home excited about it. Said that after dinner they had a CAKE for desert, and it wasn't even anybody's birthday!!

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    I am going to watch this topic, I would really like to get off of Premerin.

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    I'm on the cusp, no symptoms except lack of regularity. I'm going to avoid HRT like the plague if I can, have heard too many nasty bad things about it, including the treatment of the horses for some of them.

    Will try naturals though and thinking I might run out and get some E (without the L ) and nip it in the bud.

    I'm already not a sugarholic, so quitting that is not a problem.

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    1.get a personal fan

    2.keep the house at a temp that is miserable for everyone but you

    3.ice cubes and neck coolers are your friends

    4. if you sleep in a bed with someone..get separate blankets

    5. have a "code word" to use with those around you, so they will stay clear of you on "those days"

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    Laughter can get you through it!

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    Took a low dose of estregen prescribed by my doctor, sometimes changed nightgowns in the middle of the night, sometimes blessed out the family, put weight on around my middle, DIDN'T get cancer from the drug, didn't get wrinkles as long as I took the drug, didn't get depressed as long as I took the drug. Hated to give it up but got worried about taking it more than 20 years. When I quit taking it my face wrinkled, my weight bloomed and my spine curved!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    In my early 40s I did have some vague symptoms of menopause.

    In a visit to my doctor he found a cancerous lump in my boob, so told me to start taking Vitamin E, the real one without the L in it. He said to start with a bottle of very low Vitamin E and after that bottle was empty, get the next strongest, etc. I think the idea was that suddenly taking so much would raise my blood pressure.

    But shortly after that I guess the Big M symptoms faded and it never was a bother. It was only some years later that my husband heard some of his friends complaining about their wives' problems and it reminded him that mine never did show up. Whether the E helped or not, whatever reason I wasn't bothered much at all.

    (I looked up the spelling.... DL-alpha tocopherol is not the natural one) That L is the one that says Artificial..

    And I was kind of a health food nut. Didn't realize how far we'd
    gone till my 6 year old son was invited to*his friend's home for dinner, and he came home excited about it. Said that after dinner they had a CAKE for desert, and it wasn't even anybody's birthday!!
    That is really smart to stay away from sugar. I, too, took vitamin e and still do, though not as much as I used to. Get the one that says it is "mixed tocopherols". I take 10,000 iu's a day, used to take a lot more. Good idea to up it gradually until you feel better.

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    Hi, Surgical menopause 41 yrs ago and have been on Premarin since then. started with the highest dose ..currently on the lowest. I have tried to stop using the meds altogether but the nightsweats and mood swings are just too much for me at 71.

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    I have very few symptons.
    I make my own 100% cotton nightgowns because I get night sweats.
    I keep the reusable blue ice packs in the freezer and put those on the back of my neck in the middle of the night if I wake up.
    I take extra iron for restless leg syndrome (prescribed by the Dr.)
    I gave up caffeine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honchey
    Hi, Surgical menopause 41 yrs ago and have been on Premarin since then. started with the highest dose ..currently on the lowest. I have tried to stop using the meds altogether but the nightsweats and mood swings are just too much for me at 71.


    You are supposed to be helpful and tell me that this s..t will go away! At almost 54 the hot flashes and night sweats are more than just a bother.

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    OMG dont tell me I have to give up sugar and coffee,I would go off the deep end then.

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    I was lucky and know it...few flashes, stopped sugar and doubled the vitamins and "go away!" was my mantra while exercising. Don't believe in taking hormones. Unless you have some kind of abnormal hormone problem (according to my doc) hot flashes go away within two years once M is over. For me it all started about 51 and was done by 54. Truly that was my experience. Now my sister has been on hormones forever and still having hot flashes (she says) 15 years after M. But then I have a better attitude than she does..lol.

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    I couldn't take RX since the breast cancer was estrogen dependent! At age 43, cancer surgery, chemo, radiation, full blown menopause. I just practiced being a nice person. The night sweats and lack of sleep were the biggest pain. I learned to sleep on a beach towel which absorbed the moisture. Then I could sleep longer and didn't have to get up to wring out my night gown. Finally it is all over. Whew! Due to Tamoxifen I had the night sweats and daily hot flashes so intensely.....for get this 11 years!!! Yes, T is usually only for 5 yrs. since cancer was so aggresive & in my lymph nodes dr. didn't want to take me off the T. Migraines began due to the T and after many years of that he agreed. No RX now and cancer free at age 61. Night sweats are a pain but it can be done naturally.

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    Wanting to avoid HRT, I first tried Black Cohosh (a supplement carried at Walmart). The hot flashes did subside but not nearly enough to suit me. So I switched to Phytoestrogen,
    http://www.amazon.com/Solaray-Phytoe...uckduckgo-d-20 .
    It did the trick; I went from having hot flashes every few minutes to just an occasional one. I had a very pleasant passage. You can read the pros and cons on the net, and no doubt read that there's no proof it even works, but it worked for me bigtime. PS my doctor did not object.

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    In a visit to my doctor he found a cancerous lump in my boob, so told me to start taking Vitamin E, the real one without the L in it. He said to start with a bottle of very low Vitamin E and after that bottle was empty, get the next strongest, etc. I think the idea was that suddenly taking so much would raise my blood pressure.
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    Okay, I've been grocery shopping and came back to RE READ this, and it should have said ......He found a NON cancerous lump in my right boob.

    About 25 or so years later a really cancerous lump was found in my LEFT one and I had a mastectomy. No chemo or radiation.
    I'm still trucking along, well since the 1999 surgery.

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    I count myself so very lucky. At 43 yrs old I just stopped having periods and nothing. No hot flashes or anything. The same for my mom and 2 of 3 sisters. I feel for all of you.

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    My menopause was surgical and it was like hitting a brick wall. A few hours after surgery, I woke up soaked and had no idea what it was. When I asked the nurse what was wrong with me she just smiled and said she'd send the doctor in. He explained that since my body had no time to gradually/naturally adjust to decreasing estrogen levels that I could safely equate my menopausal experience as driving off a cliff...how soothing is that bedside manner!? Although, I guess the major problem was that he was a guy and had no idea what I was going through. I was 26 so I spent these last 3 year on PremPro (estrogen plus an extra hormone to prevent the further endometrial bleeding which led to the surgery) and he just switched me to Premarin.

    I also take a Flaxseed Oil to strengthen my heart after hitting menopause so young, and Vitamin D AND a Caltrate for stronger bones, a Women's One A Day and a Vitamin C since I'm always getting sick now. I decreased my sugar, started working out more to counter the slower metabolism and started drinking lots of water. Certain foods can trigger hot flashes so be careful of the hot stuff.

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    I use Soy to help with the symptoms, the beans have a natural hormone.
    I strongly urge that you discuss any supplemental product with your doctor and pharmacist. Some do not work well with certain other prescriptions/over the counter items. There are also some that are not good to take with certain medical conditions or illnesses :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyboomerquilter
    I am going to watch this topic, I would really like to get off of Premerin.
    I did nothing just ate no sugar and plowed through it..not too many issues..my heart Dr. just told me..refusing to take Premarin was the smartest thing I did!! I also had periods that just stopped around 46 and I usually felt good..some panic attacks once in awhile..but didn't last long !!

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    I got off the lowest dose of Premarin, and I saw the "One a Day" Womens vitamin for menapouse. ..Lavendar Box... Buy them at Walmart and they have worked wonderfully. Take 1 every morning. They are great. Only thing, My appetite has increased...Yuck..

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGinMcKinney
    I couldn't take RX since the breast cancer was estrogen dependent! At age 43, cancer surgery, chemo, radiation, full blown menopause. I just practiced being a nice person. The night sweats and lack of sleep were the biggest pain. I learned to sleep on a beach towel which absorbed the moisture. Then I could sleep longer and didn't have to get up to wring out my night gown. Finally it is all over. Whew! Due to Tamoxifen I had the night sweats and daily hot flashes so intensely.....for get this 11 years!!! Yes, T is usually only for 5 yrs. since cancer was so aggresive & in my lymph nodes dr. didn't want to take me off the T. Migraines began due to the T and after many years of that he agreed. No RX now and cancer free at age 61. Night sweats are a pain but it can be done naturally.
    Funny thing...both sisters and my mother went thru menopause without a hitch..no pills no nothing. I had all the problems. I almost died from being pregnant in all the wrong places..both tubes and uterus so they removed everything at age 31. It really was an ordeal...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye Rose
    Quote Originally Posted by Honchey
    Hi, Surgical menopause 41 yrs ago and have been on Premarin since then. started with the highest dose ..currently on the lowest. I have tried to stop using the meds altogether but the nightsweats and mood swings are just too much for me at 71.


    You are supposed to be helpful and tell me that this s..t will go away! At almost 54 the hot flashes and night sweats are more than just a bother.
    i haven't had a period since december of 2009. the hot flashes/night sweats have been going on for 4 or 5 years. i have yet to get my hormones checked. it is 6am, and i am having one now..so my little fan goes on! my friend uses some sort of cream..says it makes her feel wonderful.

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    I didn't take anything. I had "power surges" and lived to tell about it. I didn't have any symptoms requiring medication, thanks be.

    What is 'normal' for the body may not be what is 'normal' for the pharmaceutical companies bottom line.

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