I'm perimenopausal, and have had hot flashes for three years, off and on, with increasing frequency. Recently, they are coming several times an hour. They are often accompanied by intense feelings of shame, anxiety, guilt - so intense that I just want to crawl out of my body and run away. It's so yucky and uncomfortable. The hot flashes start with a crescendo of feelings of shame and yuckiness, before there is any heat, maybe a full two minutes before I can tell it's a hot flash. I'm grateful when I CAN tell, and can talk myself through the yucky feelings before the heat wave crests and falls away.
I've been trying to find out if anyone else has this type of reaction to the hormone rush of hot flashes?? My friends are all like, "Hmmm, no."
Is this familiar to anyone??
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