Menopause Symptoms – Electric Shocks
An electric shock is a peculiar “electric” sensation, or the feeling of a rubber band snapping in the layer of tissue between skin and muscle, that may be related to the effect of fluctuating estrogen levels on nerve tissue. It can also be the precursor to a hot flash. If the symptom gets intense, contact you doctor for further assistance.
Though researchers are still trying to better understand this menopause symptom, some evidence suggests that sensations of electrical shocks are the result of changing hormone levels during menopause, which has a direct effect on the nervous and cardiovascular systems.
Sensations of electric shocks during menopause are often described as:
- Electric sensations that pass suddenly through places on the head
- Electric shocks and rivers of electricity that run across the skin
- Feeling a ‘zap’ or surging impulse that runs directly under the skin
- Feeling as if a rubber band is snapping between the layers of skin and muscle
These sensations often last a brief time. Many women report that electric shocks preceed hot flashes. In order to better understand this strange symptom of menopause, it may help to understand the function of electrical impulses in the body and the effect of menopause-related hormonal changes on such action.
Electricity and The Body
In the late 1700s, Italian anatomist Luigi Galvani discovered scientific evidence of a bioelectric force within living tissue. Since this breakthrough discovery, several scientists have proposed theories about electricity in the human body. One of the prevailing theories follows that electrical impulses in the central and peripheral nervous systems are sent from one nerve to another with the help of electrically-charged salts passing through ion channels.
Because of this electrical quality of the body, physiological disturbances characteristic of menopause can result in abnormal electrical sensations.
Causes of Electrical Shocks
During menopause, hormonal fluctuations have a direct and proven effect on the nervous system. Changing levels of estrogen, one of the main reproductive hormones imbalanced during menopause, can affect the nerve tissue, potentially causing women to feel sensations of electric shocks. Some researchers postulate that misfiring of the neurons in the nervous system may be responsible for feeling electrical shocks during menopause.
Treatment of Electrical Shocks