Those are the three things on my mind today. And actually, they are all related.
When I started peri-menopause about two years ago, I began having hot flashes during my periods. They weren’t very bad, and I remember thinking wow, if this is it I can handle this. But, as you might imagine…that wasn’t it.
When my period first stopped, histamine intolerance started. With it came several hot flashes a night, insomnia, and the dreaded itching problem. When I got the intolerance under control, all the symptoms went away, hot flashes included. But the flashes weren’t gone forever. They came back about six months later with a vengeance. And they were actually quite different.
I noticed the flashes were much more intense. And they started, funnily enough, with my eardrum vibrating. It was very strange. I would hear a little drumbeat as my eardrum twitched and I knew a nauseatingly deep hot flash was about to begin. And they were bad! They started with this strange feeling that made me want to tear my skin right off as if it were a jacket. Then a wave of nausea took over and then the sweating, from head to toe. It was awful.
And I wondered why all of a sudden they were back. My intolerance was firmly in control. But I knew my hormones were still shifting. But I wasn’t having a period per se. So back to the researching I went. That’s when I learned about phantom periods. I had never heard of them before. But they turned up on that list of 34 menopausal symptoms. You might know of that list because you might, like me, have felt like you’ve had all 34 symptoms, sometimes on the same day!
Anyway, back to phantom periods. If you don’t know, a phantom period is when you get all of the symptoms of a period without actually bleeding. So this made sense to me. I was having all the symptoms of a period, now including hot flashes.
When the phantom period leaves, so seemingly does the hot flashes. But in the meantime, I’ve done quite a lot more reading on what might help control hot flashes. I know I’ve mentioned that I cannot eat white potatoes, and that eating a high carbohydrate diet exacerbates the flashes.
I’ve also read drinking coconut water helps, but right this second, I cannot remember what’s in it that helps. And also eating raisins. That I do remember. Many articles talked about taking boron to reduce hot flashes. Typically, the suggestion was made without being able to tell you how much to take or why it even helps. Boron is a trace mineral you need, but no one knows how much you really need. So I decided if I wanted to up my boron, I would do it with food. The food with the highest amount of boron is raisins. So I started eating about two tablespoonfuls a day. And I think it’s helped.
But this is the thing. When I am having a time where the hot flashes are numerous, I start to drink more coconut water and I start to watch my carb intake along with eating more raisins. So which is it? Or is it all of the above?
Who knows! But I think something is working and I really think the raisins help.
As for the hot flashes, I seem to be into a new manifestation. Now when I get one it’s only from my neck up. My face turns red and I sweat along my hair line but that’s it. Not a whole body thing and no nausea. I wonder if that’s progress…
They say, whoever they is, that you’re through menopause when you have not had a period for a year and I’m not quite there yet, so I’m thinking as I work my way through things are still changing. In the meantime, I will limit my carbs, except for last night when I ate pizza, I won’t eat junk, oh except for last night when I had a peanut butter cup, and I’ll keep eating raisins.
So let me know if you try raisins for hot flashes and have success. Or if you’ve had a little drum beat warning for hot flashes in your ears. Maybe you’d like to share how many of the 34 menopausal symptoms you’ve had…let me know down in the comments.
Ok, off I go to watch some more House of Cards (the crazy good show on Netflix that will make you feel better about your life because everyone is so damn bad in theirs.)