A menopause Symptom that might surprise you – Hypersensitivity to HEAT!
Why am I so HOT ALL THE TIME!
If you feel easily hot, especially compared to others around you, have hot flushes and don’t do particularly well in warm weather, this may suggest that you experience heat intolerance/sensitivity. This can be linked to hypothyroidism for a few reasons.
Many people feel uncomfortable at either end of the temperature range. In most cases, this is due to a normal variation in comfort levels at various temperatures and is no cause for concern. An extreme intolerance to heat or cold, however, may signal the presence of a condition that deserves medical attention.
Most people don’t like extreme heat, but you might find that you’re always uncomfortable in hot weather if you have heat intolerance. Heat intolerance is also referred to as hypersensitivity to heat.
A few possible causes …
An overactive thyroid called hyperthyroidism can cause you to feel hot. When the body produces too many hormones it can affect the regulatory system and cause you to overheat. ... Stress, pregnancy and menopause (i.e. hot flashes) also can cause the body to overheat.
Your sex hormones work in tandem with your thyroid hormones. When one goes wonky, so can others. Sex hormone imbalances with thyroid problems seems to be increasingly common, so testing your progesterone and estrogen levels is crucial.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
- loss of consciousness
- muscle cramps
- body temperature of 104ºF (40ºC) or higher
- elevated heart rate
- rapid breathing.
Causes of Heat Intolerance
- Amphetamines or other stimulants, such as those found in drugs that suppress your appetite
- Too much thyroid hormone (thyrotoxicosis)
One of the best ways to avoid the symptoms is by drink plenty of water or iced drinks to keep yourself hydrated. Sweating too much can quickly dehydrate you. Wear lightweight cotton fabrics.
Some of these tips may also help you to cope with feeling overwhelmingly hot.
- Wear lighter colors such as white that reflect sunlight and avoid black and dark colors which can ‘absorb’ some heat and make you feel warmer.
- Wear loose fitting clothes for ventilation.
- Run your wrists under cool water.
- Take a cool shower before bed to cool down and remove sweat and stickiness.
- Spray your bed sheets in cold water so that as you lay on them, they’ll slowly dry but help keep you cool in the process.
- Drink cold drinks, preferably water, with ice.
- You can also suck on ice cubes to help you cool down and hydrate at the same time.
- Applying bags of ice cubes, ice packs or frozen peas to your wrists, back of neck and feet can also help cool you down.
In most cases, addressing the underlying cause for heat intolerance will alleviate the problem.
In the case of menopause, estrogen replacement helps reduce and / or eliminate heat intolerance symptoms. Start with a simple saliva test that can be done from the convenience of your home.
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