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    Hot flashes
    Tejas4747 posted:
    I am 60 years old and stopped having a period since I was 49. I had hots flashes the whole time but in the last month they have been really bad. I just had back surgery and am wondering if that might have something to do with the flashes getting so bad??
    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear Tejas4747,
    Good question: and alas, as we really don't know what causes the hot flashes in the first place, it is difficult to know. One possibility certainly could be related to some of the medications you were given around the surgery or are still taking; certain medications certainly can make hot flashes worse.
    I hope they will resolve soon spontaneously; I would certainly try to keep your surroundings cool, and try to avoid known triggers of hot flashes for you.
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane

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