First off, yes, yes, I know I should see a doctor, and I will eventually. But I don’t have insurance and the school’s health clinic is more designed for stuff like birth control and the flu, and I’ve been busy and all of that. It hasn’t seemed “emergency” enough to go the extra mile (and dollar) for up to this point.
So the deal is… for a couple of years now I’ve been having hot flashes. They’re exactly what my mother describes, and she’s going through menopause. I have a clock with the temperature on it in nearly every room in the house so I can fairly accurately say that I can go from huddled under a blanket to naked, sweating, with a fan on without the temperature in the room changing by more than .1 degree or so. I frequently have to go soak my feet in cold water to cool off. Yesterday I was lying in bed wearing nothing, ceiling fan on, sweating and miserable, and it was 58 degrees in the room. (That’s 58 F for you furn’rs, so’s not to confuse)
Is this just my wacky physiology? Is there something else that causes hot flashes but no other symptoms over long periods of time? Or am I likely just one of those people who hits menopause really, really young? (I started my period at age 11.)
I know you can’t diagnose me on the board, yadda yadda. I just want to hear other people’s thoughts about what it might be.