My sympathies to all of you --both "hot and cold". I have been both. I'm already through menopause and never suffered with the hot flashes...until now. I was always cold, and my doctors found that had hypothyroid disease...I'm now on meds, and have suddenly become affected by heat. For the past week, I've been having hot flashes and learned from a friend that too much sugar( I guess that would include alcohol) can increase hot flashes. At least now I don't have people who shake my hand comment that I must be "dead" or have no blood. Might you request a "private office" where you could regulate the temp for yourself.