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Night Sweats v Menopause

What is it with these, during menopause at was consistently warm which wasn’t always bad because I’m usually such a cold person.
Now I am cold until about 2100 then bang I am delivered into the bowels of Satan’s house (not allowed word) with a bit of palpitations thrown in.

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Hi @Zambo it is very interesting and I think you describe the medical dilemma so well in diagnosing a blood cancer that the symptoms can be of so many different conditions.
That is why a blood test is often what is needed to narrow down the diagnosis to a blood cancer or other condition.
Thanks for highlighting this especially as early diagnosis is so important and September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month.
How are you doing?

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Muddling through, my blood tests show nothing apart from thrombocytopenia and my obs are perfect,

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Take lots of care of yourself and I am looking forward to hearing more from you @Zambo

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I had ALL the symptoms of early menopause before diagnosis - night sweats, itchy skin, fatigue, palpitations, headaches etc. Of which they put me on some kind of HRT treatment but within a couple of months I had a blood test to see why an eye infection was not clearing up. This was when I was diagnosed with a rare form of Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. Many of menopause symptoms are very similar which is quite scary. I had 16 months of chemotherapy which was successful as it could be (no night sweats etc) which then finally kick started my menopause …… cue night sweats again!!!

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My menopause early after a 2 year chemotherapy treatment in 2010, its horrible but I started on the hrt patches which helped a lot. Remember self tlc and best wishes xxx

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Hi @Zambo and @sajdee thank you so much for starting this topic @Zambo it’s fascinating and it is really showing that all the symptoms of menopause can be exactly the same as some blood cancers so of course we are hit by the night sweats twice !!!
I have been thinking about my initial reply and now remember that I started my menopause fairly soon before I was diagnosed with blood cancer and sort of confused my several years of hot flushes between the 2 conditions and thought no more about it.
I never talked to a doctor about my menopause, I thought it was something ‘you just went through’ and my blood cancer was diagnosed by a blood test with an unconnected medical condition and not symptoms.
Can anyone else relate to these 2 conditions and hot flushes.

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Yeah on top of everything else the menopause with it’s symptoms truly sucks!!! I am also now on a HRT treatment with oestrogen gels which has stopped all my night sweats, itchy skin, joint pain etc. Just need to sort out the feelings of anxiety that goes with the low hormone levels.
Hope you’re doing ok and staying well?

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Hi @sajdee do you think you will be able to manage your anxiety yourself or are you considering any type of external help?
Look after yourself and you seem very self aware.

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Hi Erica, atm it’s a process of elimination. No alcohol, breathing techniques and if all else fails I can speak to someone regarding tweaking my HRT medication. Everybody is different and with HRT it’s all trial and error as to how it works successfully. I’ve discussed with my health team and they are ok for me to proceed if need be.
And thank you xxxx

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Absolutely can relate to this confusion as my GP put my night sweats down to late menopause symptoms despite me telling her I had no night sweats during menopause even though I clearly reported also losing weight and upper stomach pain & indigestion she did not order a full blood count test for some months and then I had to wait weeks for the blood test with the net result that my CML was diagnosed late and I had to have chemo before I could start on the TKIs which we take for Chronic Myleoid Leukaemia. Haematologist said sweats plus weight loss plus enlarged spleen causing indigestion and pain are classic symptoms but then of course the GP was one of the screen starers and never picked up the enlarged spleen because she did not examine me. I certainly wished I’d had my old GP who looked at you and listened to you instead of staring at the computer screen and reeling off standard comments re menopause whereas in fact I hate to say it because sounds like some people here had a pretty rough time I actually enjoyed the menopause as I’d had such heavy periods and endometreosis I sailed through the menopause hardly noticing it.

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