Change of life…from GBS…in more ways than one.

May 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm

GBS threw my system into menopause, and I’ve had hot flashes ever since. They were worse the first 2 years, now they are less frequent. I’ve learned to dress lightly, in layers, because I’m often chilly and often hot.

Also, underarm antiperspirant/deodorant can also trigger hot flashes. GBS wrecked my sweat glands, and they don’t react normally, so when I use the AP or Deo on my underarms, it blocks my glands entirely, and within an hour, I’ve got a hot flash and my face is blazing hot pink. So I’ve learned to brush my clothing with deodorant, not my body, and I have very few hot flashes now.
Other things that trigger hot flashes: foam powder puffs, lotion/soap/make-up sensitivities, ultraviolet lighting causing skin inflammation and rashes, allergies, chemical reactions.

GBS…the gift that keeps on giving, but at least it saved us some red blood cells and trips to the drugstore every month.

(Goodney, what are you doing on this thread?) …just kidding :p