View Full Version : Lupus or premenopose?

07-17-2006, 10:16 PM
I have been perspiring a lot, it is summer and hot, but it's more than that. I know that waking up with the bedding damp is premenopose but how about during the day? I'm not getting hot flashes and I don't feel hot. The funny thing is I can be sitting in a cool house and I'll be perspiring and cold at the same time. I have been showering twice a day. Can I do something about it? :idea: Any ideas? :oops: It can get embarrassing.

07-18-2006, 09:36 AM
Dear Teresa:

I am no authority on premenopause or lupus but I do have experience with both. First of all I would recommend you discuss your symptims with your primary care physician. I know that when I was peri-menopausal and menopausal I was not sure exactly what hot flashes were. I do know that inside I felt like a blast furnace and outside my body was cool and yes some times prespiring. It happened day and night and lasted for years. At night I was in and out of the covers a million times and during the day I was cold and hot at the same time. I found that I was especially bad if I injested alcohol (couldn't drink wine at all) or I would light up like the forth of July. Coffee and spices had the same effect. I did not choose to take hormone replacement therapy (although I tried it for a short time) and just rode it out. Now I am through those (and many more ) symptoms and llife is a little easier in that department. Today's doctor's still don't discuss the natural effects of menopause with women very often (even the female doc's). When you have a chronic illness such as lupus it becomes very easy to blame every symptom on it and just sometimes it could be something else.

I am/was a clinical therapist and one of my routine questions with women between the ages of about 38 and 54 was about their periods, symptoms, etc. especially if they presented with depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, mood swings and just not feeling right. Menopause is a natural process, uncomfortalbe at times "yes", but normal and every woman goes through it and it needen't be as scarey as those horror stories our mother's told (or didn't tell). To say for sure though I am glad it is over. There is life after menopause.

Hope my experience/ input has been helpful. Stay well and take care.


07-18-2006, 10:21 AM
Are you on Prednisone? I have noticed since I have been on it, I am sweating more in the summer and colder in the winter.... And I would be WAY early for premenopause... Though I haven't had my period since October, either...

07-18-2006, 07:38 PM
Thanks for the in put.
No, I am not on prednisone, at least not right now. I see the lupus specialist in two weeks, so I'll talk to him about it.