Many women experience electric shock sensations during menopause. These electric shocks can affect the head and/or the layers of tissue under the skin. This menopausal symptom may occur in isolation or it may precede a hot flash, which is a common symptom characterized by a sudden and intense feeling of heat in the body.
Though researchers still face the task of better understanding this menopausal 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.
To learn more about this symptom, please read on to discover the definition, symptoms, causes and treatment of electric shocks during menopause.
About Electric Shocks
Sensations of electric shocks during menopause are often described in the manner shown at the right.
These sensations often last a brief time. Many women report that electric shocks occur just before a hot flash episode. 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.
Electric-based Medical Technology
• EKG (electrocardiogram)
• Artificial Pacemakers
• Hearing Aids
Because of this electrical quality of the body, physiological disturbances characteristic of menopause can result in abnormal electrical sensations. Please read on to learn more about the causes of electric shocks during menopause.
Electric shock is a subtle, buzzing sensation that feels like electricity snapping under the skin. Most experts believe that the electric shock sensation is related to the hormonal imbalances of menopause. It may also be caused by bone density loss around the spinal cord or by certain medications. Treatment usually involves correcting the hormonal imbalance.
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.
Hormone imbalance during menopause can also disturb the hypothalamus in the brain, producing vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes. Electric shocks in menopause are often experienced as a precursor to hot flash episodes.
Treatment of Electrical Shocks
As with all symptoms of menopause, three routes of treatment are available, ranging from natural to medically invasive. Doctors urge women to begin with the least aggressive approach to treatment, moving on only if relief is not achieved through these methods. Lifestyle changes are often the first step in managing menopausal symptoms, including electric shocks.
Natural Nervous System Support
• Vitamin B complex
• Vitamin E
• Herbal Support
While lifestyle changes can produce positive change for women experiencing menopause symptoms, these approaches don't treat the underlying hormonal causes. Fortunately, natural therapies can directly address the problem of hormonal imbalance safely and effectively, helping to successfully treat electrical shocks during menopause. Many women find a combination of lifestyle changes and natural remedies are the best way to manage and prevent menacing menopausal symptoms.
Click the following link to learn specific treatments for electric shocks, which begin with lifestyle changes, move onto alternative medicines, and finally, if those options don't seem to help, drugs and surgery. The most effective treatments typically combine lifestyle changes and alternative medicines.