I've had hot flushes throughout the entirety of my menopause; they've never altered. As soon as it gets warm/er in a room, I flush up and get very hot. They can also be triggered by eating fruit or sugar or drinking hot drinks. I also, for obvious reasons, get hot in shops and usually have to strip off scarves and undo coats and sometimes take my coat off. Sometimes I go from the shop floor to the freezer section, get cold, put my coat back on, and then get hot again as soon as I move out of it! It is REALLY annoying. I had my menopause around 48 - 50 (can't remember exactly) and I am now 58, so I've been like this for ten years or more.
The worst aspect of it though is in sleeping, where it has made a terrible impact. I suffer with insomnia anyway, which is aggravated by the drugs I take, but the worst thing is the getting hot in bed which is often made worse by what I call adrenaline attacks. I will fall asleep then suddenly get a shot of adrenaline that wakes me right up - super alert, no matter how tired I've been when I go to bed. I will then lay awake for hours, often till daybreak. My body usually gets very hot, my feet burn and ache as if I've walked for miles and sometimes my legs get twitchy or just restless where I have to keep moving them but don't get any rest from it. Often ALL of me gets restless. The odd thing about it is no matter how much of me I put outside the bedclothes, I can't cool down.
I have told this to doctors, but they just wave it off as menopause and disregard the adrenaline 'shots' as if they are unimportant. One wonders if they were woken every night they would find them quite so unimportant. I now dread going to bed because there is no point. It has reached the point where I go to bed around 5 am and get up at 2 pm. My life is literally upside down.
My question is this, is this 'just' menopause and something that can't be helped, or might my subclinical hypothyroid be playing a part in it? Does anyone recognise any of these symptoms as odd or indicative of something else going on? Any thoughts/insights most gratefully received.