You may be suffering from a hormone imbalance. You have some classic symptoms that may be related to estrogen dominance or an imbalance of adrenal hormones. The best way to find out is to find a qualified doctor to do an evaluation of your hormone levels with blood and saliva testing. With proper hormone balance you may be able to get off the medications which you are uncomfortable taking.
Many things can accelerate the decline of hormone levels in both sexes. Stress levels, diet, nutrition and lifestyles all contribute to hormone imbalance. Currently, one of the main culprits is stress. This is true because the stress hormone, cortisol, is built with the same building blocks as our sex hormones, DHEA, testosterone and estrogen. The more stress we have, the more cortisol we demand and the fewer building blocks we have to make our sex hormones.
One of the most recognizable symptoms of menopause is a hot flash - a sudden, intense, hot feeling that reddens your skin as it rises from your chest to your neck. It is usually accompanied by sweating. They can last as little as a few seconds or go on for what feels like hours.
There are many celebrities who have started on bioidentical hormones - first was Suzanne Somers, then Oprah, now Dr. Phil's wife, Robin McGraw. Read more about Dr. Phil's show: "What's Hormones Got To Do With It?".