I am 52 and had my first "hot flash" last night. My face became very hot and flushes as well as my chest. Since then I keep getting sick to my stomach, have continual diarrhea, bad menstrual type cramping combined with intestinal cramping. I also am on medication for bipolar, hypothyroidism and blood pressure. I also am very overweight. Is this what I have to look forward to the next several months.