That bastard menopause is trying to do me in. I couldn’t shake the sweats away. I was naive and in denial, a late bloomer. While my friends were falling apart around me, our topics revolved around cures, HRT, Naturopathy. I listened, smiled and stated that nope it wasn’t going to happen to me. I know such a fool, we live and learn.
I did my research
I visited the doctor the naturopath and the gynaecologist, I was leaving no stone unturned. I even spent $500 at the naturopath but it didn’t work for me.
That lead me to emergency surgery to have four lesions removed from my milk ducts, the lesions grew incredibly fast, within three months were twice the size as my other seemingly harmless lesions that are biopsied every year should they dare to change shape or increase in size, however these new ones the surgeon wanted them out NOW!
The results were good from the surgery, no more HRT treatment for me, I don’t have the makeup for it. It was good while it lasted.
Life went on as normal
Life went on as normal, I tolerated my flushes throughout the day and night till they cranked it up a bit and made my life truly unbearable (I wanted to kill someone anyone would do) like the majority of other woman out there.
In the back of my mind I recall my doctor telling me that there were alternatives?
I slunk back to her practically on hands and knees, please help me, tell me who doesn’t love their doctor. I am fortunate and have been with her for about 20 years, so thorough and always positive.
Despite the one and a quarter hour wait and the $80 bill she is worth every dollar I spent. As she is apologising , my only concern was that she hadn’t had a chance to have lunch, I said as much to. Not that I am complaining about the wait as I expected it, you can’t tell someone their dying in a ten minute consult can you.
Here’s how it went down
We had a heart to heart and I got the run down on four options.
‘I want you to try taking a form of soy for two weeks’
‘I can’t last time I did that my breast ached and were very tender’
‘Now that you are taking tablets for your thyroid things have changed and that may not be the case anymore. If after two weeks or as soon as you feel any tenderness then we’ll go to plan b’
My doctor carefully explained the other three options which were
- a low dose mild anti depressant
- a low dose tablet used for recovering cancer patients
- a third option which by that time I’d switched of
Well my friends I am singing from the roof tops, I went straight to Go Vita Health shop in my area and chatted with an amazing informative woman who suggested that I have Miso soup, which after her researching said that I needed to have a particular one containing HACHO, one teaspoon a day dissolved in hot water.
After three days and now two weeks, I have the occasional flush, sometimes none for days.
That my friends is how I cured my hot flushes. I hope it works for you to. Maybe not for everyone but if your doctor recommends it so do I.
PS back to normal next week and the Queenstown trip and the story, I haven’t forgotten my promise. I was invited to post on something relevant to those over 50, this is it x