I seem only to feel hot after I exert myself in any way (such as taking groceries into the house). Does anyone relate to this or does this have nothing to do with hot flashes?
not hot flashes... you are EXERTING yourself!
Hi marie26, believe me, you'll know when your having a hot flash, you could just be sitting and reading a book,and bang, here it comes out of no where, I have one of those paper fans that you can fold up, it sure comes in handy, and a small hand towel too, it helps.Some hot flashes are worse then others, I notice if I eat anything spicy or sweet, just a few minutes after that, I'm feeling it,so I know to stay away from spicy foods and sweets, which is soo hard.
At first, the way I recognized them the most is that they don't only come quickly, but disapear quicly. When it's exertion or comming out of a hot room (even a sauna) my "cool down" is alot slower. With hot flashes, when they go away, they're gone, that's all.
Oh, yay. I'm getting them. ::sigh:: Mine come quickly and disappear quickly too - except at night, where they seem to be prolonged a bit. I can tell exactly when it's a hot flash, because the first sensation that I feel is sort of a prickly awareness in my skin, especially in my face and neck/chest. I know that my skin then begins to redden, and I almost always break out into a sweat. This is intensified when I drink caffeinated beverages, but I'm not willing to give up my morning tea quite yet!