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keep getting what i think is hot flashes.i am 68 and seem

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keep getting what i think is hot flashes.i am 68 and seem to get overheated sometimes when i am just sitting..seem to run hot all the time
Hot flashes of course are a typical post menopausal symptom.

But at 68 years, you are not likely to be having post menopausal hot flashes.

Other than menopause, the most common cause of hot flashes are:

  • Stress: except for menopause, stress is the most common cause of hot flashes. Stress releases adrenaline, and this can cause a hot flash. Any trigger which causes stress can thus set off a hot flash in the body.
  • Hyperthyroidism: Hyperthyroidism is the next most common cause of hot flashes.
  • Hypertension: hypertension can cause hot flashes.
  • Carcinoid syndrome: this is caused when lesions in the body, mainly the intestine or lungs, release stress hormones. Since you have colon cancer, you should confirm with your doctor whether it is a carcinoid lesion.
  • Mast cell tumors: certain tumors can also release such hormones.
  • Pheochromocytoma: these release catecholamines which can cause such hot flashes.
  • Medullary carcinoma of the thyroid: these also release chemicals which can cause such hot flashes.
  • Pancreatic islet cell tumors.
  • Renal cell carcinoma.
Any of these causes could be causing your hot flashes. All the other causes need to be ruled out also.

You should approach your doctor and ask for tests and examination to rule these out.

Treatment would be according to cause.

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