Hot flashes...and low dosage thyroid meds

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by kenzie45230, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. kenzie45230

    kenzie45230 New Member

    I'm 54 and already went through menopause. Suddenly, I'm having hot flashes like I never experienced before. Also shaky and dizzy. And have gained 12 pounds in 3 weeks. My doc did all kinds of tests, then I thought to check message boards and discovered that hot flashes aren't that unusual.

    Even though all the tests for thyroid came back okay, I'm wondering about something I heard about low dosage thyroid meds. I've read that they can really help with this. Plus my psychologist told me that if I can get some MD to prescribe, they also help boost the other meds. Like depression meds that don't seem to be working anymore.

    Help, anyone?

    I forgot to add that when I'm having one of these hot flashes, when my hubby comes near he can actually feel the heat radiating from my body.
    [This Message was Edited on 09/13/2006]
  2. BlueSky555

    BlueSky555 New Member

  3. littleleafhopper

    littleleafhopper New Member

    I can't answer the question, but you might make an appointment with a gynocologist and/or hormone specialist to talk about it.

    You would definitely need a perscription to start thyroid. You could also request to have blood work done to check out your thyroid. Good luck getting answers.

    Yours, Lil
  4. butterfly8

    butterfly8 New Member

    There are so many potential causes of hot flashes that trying to find out what is causing yours can be a real challange.

    In my case the shakiness and the dizziness goes with the lot flashes.

    It does not hurt to have your thyroid checked out, but it a very sensitive area for a doctor to fiddle with so make sure you get someone who really does know what they are doing. Ask questions. It might be a good idea to have a full range of tests done on your whole endrocrine system, including adrenals thyroid etc. The more tests, the more you know about what is happening.

    When I get a hot flash during the night my cat leaves the bed and goes outside for a while, so I believe that others can feel the heat.
  5. CanBrit

    CanBrit Member

    I too have gone through menopause....well perimenopause. I had a hysterectomy at 34 and am now 50. According to my results, my estrogen levels are zero!

    I am actually sweating more now. I find that medications make some of the difference, but I do think it's also just part of our condition.

    As for the weight gain, did your Dr do T3 and T4 testing?
    I know that when my thyroid went south, so to speak, I had symptoms long before the tests turned positive. Also, the range for acceptable levels is pretty broad.

    Some people feel much better when their TSH levels are 1 or less. I'd certainly investigate the taking of a low dose pill, especially if your levels are on the higher end of the normal range.

    All the best,


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