Do You Tingle? Is it A Sign of Menopause?
While not a common sign of menopause, tingling sensations in your extremities, medically known as paresthesis, is an unsettling symptom some women experience and it can occur at any time. In more mild cases, it usually comes about after a certain body posture pinches a nerve or presses on an artery, causing a limb to temporarily "fall asleep." In these cases, the tingling extremities usually return to normal after compression is relieved.
Tingling can affect any part of the body, but commonly the feet, legs, arms, and hands and are usually the result of fluctuating estrogen levels.
Fortunately, this does not indicate that something more serious is going on. Nonetheless, women who are experiencing this tingling sensation and those who are curious about this sign of menopause are wise to learn more about its causes and treatment.
Symptoms of Tingling Extremities
- Changes in sensation
- "Pins and needles”
- Prickling or burning sensations
- Numbness or reduced feeling
- Increased sensitivity
- Creepy crawling feeling
While fluctuating estrogen levels are the primary cause of tingling extremities during menopause, other medical conditions can trigger tingling in the hands, feet, arms and legs. They are:
- Nerve injury(from neck or lower back injuries)
- Spinal cord injury
- Herniated disc
- Vascular claudication, or lack of blood supply to an area
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Electrolyte or vitamin imbalances/deficiencies
- Medication side effects
While tingling extremities during menopause is not usually cause for alarm, there are some cases that would require medical attention. They are:
- Weaknessor paralysis
- Back, neck, or head injury
- Inability to control the movement of an arm or leg
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Loss of feeling or tingling on one side of the body
- Loss of consciousness
- Slurred speech
- Vision changes
- Trouble walking
If you experience any other unexplained symptoms along with tingling extremities-such as increased urination, worsening of symptoms while walking, rash, muscle spasms, or pain, it’s wise to seek medical help also.
Because most cases of tingling extremities during menopause do not require medical attention, it can be important for women to learn more about the treatment options available.
Treatment For Tingling Sensations
As with any sign of menopause, it’s usually wise to begin with the least aggressive treatment and move on to the next method only if relief is not achieved.
In most cases, a combination of lifestyle changes and natural therapies is the most effective and safe approach to tingling sensations during menopause. A good, balanced diet, hydration, and adequate sleep are basic lifestyle measures that can help. A doctor can also recommend other changes that can help to ease the tingling.
Using certain natural treatments can also help to get to the source of tingling extremities in menopause, such as a natural balancing cream.
As with any sign of menopause, using the right treatment is essential. Here’s an excellent article that will explain, in detail, the treatments for symptoms of menopause.