I got a sense from my neurologist, that what we are describing, the hot flash/cold flush/feverish/chilling chill swings so many of us seem to describe, (that I could clearly differentiate from the hot flashes I had during my menopause year), are symptoms related to underlying nerve inflammation characteristic of CNS lupus. He prescriped Neurontin for me, and it was like a miracle cure for the peripheral neuropathy in my legs that was literally driving me out of my mind whenever I was trying to sleep, too. And during flares when I have a scarey rt. sided headache, my left side can get numb, and I used to panic that I was having a stroke. And I have always been intolerant of the cold. Twice I have noticed my fingers and feet turn mottled grey/whitish. Next time I am whipping out my camera phone and printing an 8x10 glossy for his office.
Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas,