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can hot flashes be caused by anythign except menopause? I am 60- have been having hot flashes since I waas 35- will they ever end?

By Anonymous October 1, 2011 - 9:43am
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Hi Anon,

There are many other causes other than Menopause that can cause Hot flashes (or hot flushes).

Many systemic conditions can also produce flushing such as carcinoid syndrome, systemic mast cell disease, pheochromocytoma, medullary carcinoma of the thyroid, pancreatic islet-cell tumors, renal cell carcinoma, hyperthyroidism, neurological flushing, emotional flushing, and spinal cord injury. These conditions are thought to secrete chemicals into the blood stream that can stimulate the nerves or blood vessels of the brain.

By far, the most common cause of hot flashes is a stress reaction that causes epinephrine and norepinephrine release into the blood stream. This in turn causes increased blood flow and thus increased heat. A hot flash may ensue to get rid of the heat. The trigger can even occur during deep REM sleep (presumably from dreaming). The next most common cause of a hot flash is just simply that the body is too warm. This can happen at night with thermal blankets or by just sitting with a portable computer on your lap for awhile.

Please see your doctor to determine what, other than menopause, is causing your hot flashes.

Good Luck,


October 1, 2011 - 2:16pm
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