How do you cope with these? I have made some much needed changes to our bedding, removing the king size winter duvet and replacing with a winter double which is mostly on my husband's side of the bed. I have attached a folded in half duvet cover to my side, so I can get away from the wall of heat which was the king size duvet. I am sleeping far more comfortably however am waking very early feeling incredibly cold. It seems the night sweats really are just at night.
I don't know what others experience but mine are like clockwork. I spend the morning feeling cold and unable to get warm...gradually as the day moves i feel normal and then regular as clockwork at 10pm (give or take a few minutes) I begin to over heat and have to remove layers of clothing and socks...I am now just in my lightweight nightdress. Rather annoyed to know that even if I have finally left menopause, I still have these to contend with whilst I am taking steroids.
I spoke to my Osteopath who is also a trained Dr the other day asking if my Black Cohosh will work with steroid induced "night sweats" as opposed to hot flushes from menopause. She says they should help so I will continue to take them. She also confirmed that night sweats will be from the steroids and not a continuation of menopause.
I am now down to 12 mg (started a 2nd time at 15mg at beginning of November. Managing the 1mg drops reasonably well. Having blood tests monthly and pleased to say that my blood sugar was almost in normal limits last time.
Having said that, I had a horrible hypoglycemic episode yesterday, worst I have ever felt when my blood sugar has dropped. Confusing as this was at 6pm, and I'd eaten lunch and a snack in the afternoon...I am not Diabetic, have frequently suffered with low blood sugar (shaking, foggy, weak, and irritable) but normally before my main meal. This episode came out of nowhere...we'd been shopping, luckily husband was driving as I was beginning to lose focus. Made it home, dragged myself indoors, (him completely unaware how ill I was becoming). Took a handful of almonds (silly should have had something quicker acting and sugary but am so used to managing hunger with healthier options). Went down the garden to put chickens away....almost didn't make it back, pleased I did as had I collapsed my husband would not have come looking for 30 mins or so at least. Grabbed another handful of almonds and a few dates and a fig and managed somehow to cook a very easy but much needed dinner.
I think I will be taking this to my Dr next time as I am clearly not diabetic but need to make sure there is nothing else going on.
I thought about having something in the car for future episodes but I know I will eat them
So questions....steroids causing low blood sugar? or no.
What do you take to cope with overheating?