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I MAY AS WELL BE LIVING IN A REFRIGERATOR !!!!!!!

I am a 54 yr. old post menopausal lady who is on Divigel hormone therapy. I've had a complete hysterectomy.
My question is WHY AM I HOT ALL THE TIME??? I don't have hot flashes anymore. Maybe 2 a week. This being hot all the time started about 12 yrs. ago, when I started having pre menopausal symptoms. The Dr. started me on the hormone therapy way back then to treat my hot flashes and it worked but I was still left with an over heated body. My bloodwork is fine, my hormone levels are fine. SOMETHING has to be causing this. In order to be somewhat comfortable I have to run my A/C all the time and it's set on 65 degrees. If I let the house get over 65 degrees then I'll start getting so hot and I'll start sweating......it's just AWEFUL. To make matters worse, I live in Florida!! If it wasn't for my family living here, I would've high tailed it out of here years ago ( heading north) but I can't bare to leave my mother, kids, and grandkids behind, and move states away so I can be comfortable. I would feel so selfish. I just have to find the RIGHT Dr...........Can anyone tell me what type of specialist I should go to?  I'll take any advice ya'll have as I am so tired of living this way.
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I also had a hysterectomy. I won't lie; it was the worst day of my life! It is hard for the body to regulate temperature after hysterectomy with ovary removal. When you say your hormone levels are "not rmal" maybe they are not normal for you. Or maybe you need a different HRT. I was easily overheated on the patch plus it left me with too many other surgical menopause symptoms. I do much better on generic Estrace tablets. Oddly, an estradiol blood level in the 120's on the patch left me with symptoms but an estradiol level in the 60's on the generic Estrace tablets keep symptoms at bay.

Have you had your thyroid checked too? Many doctors look at only the TSH but there are other tests that are better indicators of thyroid function such as free T3, free T4, and antibodies.
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My Dr. refused to put me on any type of hormone treatment except Divigel because it's all natural. He said it was to risky because I was a smoker for so many years. But I might can get another Dr. to do it. That's a good idea. I can remember my mother took Estradol for years for hormones, and she smoked like a chimney. Thank you so much!
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Hi Pains,

I also have heat issues so have been doing alot of research.  I came up with Vitamin D (often low in menopausal women) which helps to regulate temperature, along with Tryptophan which also helps to regulate temp.  You might want to try these supps and see whether they help at all. xx good luck
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Your right, my Dr. found that my vitamin D levels were very low and I was on 4,000 mg. a day for about 6 mths. and it didn't help with me being hot all the time. What it did do though was give me the worst body cramps ( charlie horses) you could imagine! I had them in my calves, my feet and hands, my neck and the most painful ones were in my upper stomach area. Right over my rib cage. It was awful. I didn't know that I was suppose to take magnesium along with the vitamin D. My Dr. didn't even mention it. When I complained about the cramps, she told me it was acid reflux. Lol! I knew that was wrong. I take my purple pill everyday for acid reflux and don't have any issue with it.  I have never heard of the * Tryptophan though and I will definitely try it! Thank You so much! I will try anything!
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Hi! I had ask my Dr. to change my hormone therapy to Estrace, mainly because it's so much cheaper than Divigel. But he refused. He said that he will only allow me to take an all natural hormone therapy because of all the years that I smoked. He says that Divigel is still dangerous for me, but it's the safest thing out there for someone who smoked as long as I did. Even though it's been almost a year since I quit, he still says no to changing my RX. And I've been on Synthroid for low thyroid for many years now. I think my next step will be an endocrinologist. I'm not certain if I spelled that correctly......but I'm sure you know what type of Dr. I'm referring to. Now....to find a GOOD one! I won't give up until I've found out what the problem is! I don't care homany Dr.'s I have to go to. I want to feel somewhat normal again. Thank You so much for your advice about the Estrace. ✌️
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Hi!  I've been on Vit D 2000 mg. per day for about a year. However, I've never heard of "Tryptophan"..........I would really like to give this a try. I've never noticed this in with the other supplements in the drugs stores. Is this something that I need an RX for? Could you help me out with some more information on this, as far as where to buy, how many milligrams to take, etc.? I would really appreciate it! Thanks!  ✌️
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I have heard that endocrinologists are not all they are "cracked up to be." Is this a primary care or gynecologist who will not prescribe Estrace tablets? Estrace is "bio-ID" (micronized estradiol) just like the gel but he probably does not like that it is oral since that has a higher clot risk. I do not swallow my tablets. I dissolve them between cheek and gum which pretty much bypasses the first pass through the liver. Of course, this is not the standard delivery but, hey, it works for me!
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It's my primary care physican. He's afraid I will have a stroke. I'm ready to see if a gynecologist will prescribe it for me. Now that Ive stopped smoking for a year I'm sure that he would be comfortable with it. And I will def try that check and gum thing, maybe it will work for me too!  Thank You!
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