I started to write this as a response to Yorkshiregirl's post about her hot sweats - but have decided to start a thread because I'm interested in how many others have had this sort of experience. We almost all have "hot flushes" - and variously blame PMR/GCA or pred or both but what are they like and has there been a difference between with the illness and with pred (if you know any)?
For almost all of the time I have PMR I have had these waves of heat - during the 5 years of "PMR-no pred" I would suddenly feel sweat trickling down my back or under my arms, especially when involved in something significant, a business phone call or trying to get something done urgently. Not necessarily physical activity, just maybe a little bit of stress. On various sorts of corticosteroid I've still had sweats but less of the wetness. I have always been too warm and sticky in the house, even with just PMR - I turned down the heating, husband turned it back up! I wore summer clothes all winter. The stickiness was improved a bit when atrial fibrillation was diagnosed and very well managed medically but I was still too hot - especially at night. Two or 3 years ago I had the door to the balcony open all night although the external blind was lowered, even though it was WAY below freezing (I live halfway up a mountain!).
Then, suddenly this summer I stopped feeling bleugh in high heat - I did 3 weeks in China, walking, climbing steps all over the place in temperatures in the low to mid 30s C, I came home to 34C and revelled in it while all my neighbours were wilting. It's colder now - I'm wearing socks (thank goodness I didn't through them out in the years I couldn't bear to wear them!) and a cardigan (what's that?) and I feel cold out even with my new down coat on. And I'm more aware of the hot waves and sweats. Still get far too warm in shops if I've just been for a walk beforehand.
Through all this the one commonality has been a feeling that I have been punched in the solar plexus just before the hot feeling starts, the harder/longer the punched feeling, the more severe the "flush". Has anyone else had anything like this?