Re: A new problem

From: Christine M. Smith (
Sat Sep 11 23:07:42 1999

At Sat, 11 Sep 1999, crm wrote: >
>At Fri, 10 Sep 1999, Christine M. Smith wrote:
>>I know this doesn't have anything to do with adhesions, but... I have a
>>new problem. I'm having hot flashes! They started mid August and I
>>thought they were a side effect of the drug celebrex, as they are listed
>>among the side effects. But they didn't start until I had been on the
>>drug for a month, and I've been off the drug for over a week and I still
>>have them. So I think they are the real thing.
>>I feel miserable unless I'm sitting with a fan directed at me and I've
>>been waking up absolutely roasting several times per night. I don't
>>seem to be having night sweats though. I thought the hot flashes from
>>Lupron were kind of interesting, but not now! I'm tired of going to my
>>pcp with one problem after another and my gyn died. Does anyone have
>>any advice? My FSH was tested last January and it was normal (9)Does
>>anyone know how quickly it can become abnormal? I have read everything
>>on the internet.Thanks for listening.
>>Chris S.
>Chris, I know that your FSH can be differnet from the time of you cycle.
>I have been tested 3 times and all 3 times at differnet times of the
>month and the doctor told me it is all depending on your cycle. Hope
>that helps.


Thanks for your reply. FSH is normally anywhere between 2 and something else, not sure of the upper limit, but I know 9 (which was my level in January) is within "normal range." As you said, it depends on where you are in your cycle. I would imagine it would be highest as you approach ovulation as the pituitary is working harder to prime the follicle. As menopause occurs the follicles don't repond to the FSH so the pituitary pumps more and more out and I guess this is the reason behind testing FSH levels. Somewhere I think I read the level of 25 or higher indicates that menopause has been reached. I was just wondering how high FSH levels have to get before hot flashes begin. Can it happen in 9 months? I would think it could, but I havn't been able to find any info on this. I probably should call the gyn office as they have a triage nurse whose job it is just to answer patients questions.

Chris S.

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