My own experience with hot flashes was that mine would start from my chest area and move on up to the top of my head. I would get them from the heat and bending over to pick stuff off the floor.
I am reading the book that Dr Minkin co-authored A Woman's Guide to Menopause and Perimenopause and she does mention pin prick symptoms as something that some women experience.
Just to let you know I have bought this book without anyone asking me too, I have not been paid for buying or reading the book. I'm really enjoying reading Dr Minkin's book about perimenopause and menopause because it's easy to read and it has a nice conversational tone to it.
To be officially be in menopause, you have to have gone at least a year or 365 days without a period. So you may not totally be in menopause quite yet. This post Six months no period with a reply by Dr Minkin may be helpful to you.
Just to let you know, Dr Margery Gass is no longer the health expert on this board but we have the wonderful Dr Mary Jane Minkin here. You may want to repost your question as a new discussion, simply mouse over the orange "Post Now" button and then click on the "Discussion" link to open a new edit box window. Simply fill in the box with your question and hit the orange "Submit" button.
Please be aware that the Digestive Disorders Community board does not currently have a health expert to answer community members' questions but we do have a lot of helpful community members on that board so they may be able to also help answer your questions.
Do you color your own hair? If you do color your hair like I do or if you are thinking of coloring your hair, take this fun quiz: Test Your Hair Coloring Know-How and tell us how you did!
I got a 76% score. I had to chuckle at one question about how often you should space your hair colorings in order to lessen the damage to your hair and the answer was about a month apart. I wish I could go so long without doing a root touch-up but I would look like a skunk if I went that long because my hair grows fast and I'm covering gray roots. So I'm hitting the bottle (hair dye bottle that is) every week to 10 days!
How about you? Do you have any hair coloring stories you want to share here?
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One thing it may be helpful to do is to look up all of the medications you are taking or using by clicking on the Find a Drug link in order to look up any potential side effects and precautions and then talk to your pharmacist and doctor as you are already under the care of health professionals.
I think another helpful resource is the book A Woman's Guide to Menopause & Menopause by Dr Mary Jane Minkin M.D. and Carol V. Wright PhD. This book has resources in the back of the book which you may also find helpful. Just to let you know I have bought a copy of this book myself, nobody has asked me to, I'm not required to read this book or buy it. I bought this book because I have recently entered menopause and so the topic is one that I'm interested in. You can also check your library for this book if you don't wish to buy it.
I had my last menstrual period a year ago in March when I was 55. Before that, the last couple of years of my periods I would have regular periods in the spring, summer, and fall and skip a period or two in the winter. My periods were also heavy sometimes and sometimes not. I would also feel like I had the flu sometimes on the first full day of my period but that would go away by day 2.
So my guess is that your periods are normal for you and if your doctor isn't that concerned I wouldn't be either.
I also think that one of the reasons that I had periods later than other women is that my cycle was always 30 or 31 days and rarely 28 days, so I would have theoretically 1 less period per year than other women and over a 40 year period that would roughly translate into 3 more years of periods.
So you may want to look at your menstrual cycle length and also look at how old you were when you first had your period (I was 15 years old) to see if that is similar. But remember, every woman is different and so is the age that a woman finally reaches menopause.