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Hot and Cold Flashes

These are descriptions of how individuals experienced various symptoms during withdrawal. While everyone's withdrawal is unique and symptoms will be different for everyone, it may be useful to know what others went through.

All withdrawal symptoms can be caused by things in addition to withdrawal. If a symptom is persistent or you are worried by it, it is always a good idea to get it checked out by your doctor to ensure nothing else is going on.


Definition: (n) A sudden wave of mild or intense body heat, or mild or intense cold.


What I've Felt:

"For me, the hot flashes usually begin in my neck and move upward. At times they have made me visibly feverish, and people often ask me if I'm sick . I haven't bothered to take my temperature. The feeling is of hot blood pumping upward from the heart, through the cables of the neck, and into the soft flesh."

"The waves of cold are a bit trickier. These radiated outward from my core, and my muscles, especially my limbs twitch with a strange, sort of agitation." - Matt


My Coping Strategies:

bullet Acceptance
bulletStay hydrated -- sip water throughout the day
bulletUse hot or cold packs on your forehead or torso as necessary
bulletWear multiple layers of clothes; shed or add layers accordingly



Disclaimer:  The information contained in this website was not compiled by a doctor or anyone with medical training. The advice contained herein should not be substituted for the advice of a physician who is well-informed in the subject matter discussed. Before making any decisions about your health or treatment you should always confer with your physician and it is always assumed that you will do so.

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Last updated 21 July 2020