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    Menopause and SCI

    I am almost 48 and I think I may be in the beginning stages of menopause.
    I go to the Doctor soon but I was wondering what to expect. My symptoms these days are that
    I get really over heated when it is not hot (so im thinking hot flash) but and I am
    assuming with a SCI I may not sweat because nothing is hurting. To me this could be just
    as bad or the same as getting too hot when outside. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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    Sadly, there is little or no research on menopause in women with SCI/D.

    Hot flashes are still possible, but most likely the sweating will be limited to above you level of injury. I would caution against the use of oral estrogen as this can increase the risks for the development of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) for which you are already at risk due to your SCI/D. Vaginal estrogen may be an option if you have problems with vaginal dryness and thinning of mucosa. Talk to your physician about options for symptom management.

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    It's time to begin keeping watch on your bone density. Suggest to your doctor getting one soon and that will be your baseline, against which you can compare in the future as your change moves along. We are already at risk and it gets worse with the loss of hormones.

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    A bone density is a good idea. Menopause was not bad for me but I have some friends who felt like they were drowning from sweat an heat. Depending on your level of injury you might feel the same way. Sad to say that there is not much out there on this issue in women with SCI. I would stay away from hormones if at all possible - you don't need to add to your risk of dvt. But, before you make any decisions, talk to your physician and see what they would recommend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by summergirl89 View Post
    I am almost 48 and I think I may be in the beginning stages of menopause.
    I go to the Doctor soon but I was wondering what to expect. My symptoms these days are that
    I get really over heated when it is not hot (so im thinking hot flash) but and I am
    assuming with a SCI I may not sweat because nothing is hurting. To me this could be just
    as bad or the same as getting too hot when outside. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
    Hi summergirl, if you're still around' Ive also started menopause. I've been getting overheated also so that I have to use ice packs, it comes on all of a sudden which is a new thing for me since I've had this SCI for 20 years now.
    Another thing Ive noticed is that my skin doesnt heal as fast as what it used, I fell over at Xmas and scratched the front of my lower leg, it scabbed and healed like usual except that I still have the mark there which usually goes within a month.

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    Summergirl89 has not returned to the CareCure site since October, 2018.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    Summergirl89 has not returned to the CareCure site since October, 2018.

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    Thanks for that...oh well.

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    bone density checking should start earlier. you should have been taking more calcium with vitamin D as an adult woman. vitamin D checked annually. flushing is in face but women experience menopause differently. we no longer routinely recommend hormone replacement. evening primrose and other natural supplements can help. most importantly- don/t worry about it or worry about what to expect. cWO
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    Ok, thanks for telling me about Vit D. My GP is great, she makes sure I have the yearly checkups. My symptoms are manageable at this stage without having to take supplements, the main change has just been the heating up which I assume is the hot flushes but its mild and ice packs are great for that! I would prefer to not take supplements but if things get worse I'd prefer to go the natural route so will look into the evening primrose

    Are there any symptoms so that one can know if they need a bone density scan? I used to be a pro sportsman and had quite strong bones but of course I'm not that fit any longer

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarabev View Post
    Ok, thanks for telling me about Vit D. My GP is great, she makes sure I have the yearly checkups. My symptoms are manageable at this stage without having to take supplements, the main change has just been the heating up which I assume is the hot flushes but its mild and ice packs are great for that! I would prefer to not take supplements but if things get worse I'd prefer to go the natural route so will look into the evening primrose

    Are there any symptoms so that one can know if they need a bone density scan? I used to be a pro sportsman and had quite strong bones but of course I'm not that fit any longer
    There are no symptoms until you break a bone, but adult females with SCI should assume the do, or will suffer bone loss. Earlier activity levels won't change that. Just get the test done and work from that baseline.

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