While not a common symptom of menopause and postmenopause, tingling extremities is an unsettling and unexpected symptom some women experience. This tingling can affect any part of the body though it commonly affects the feet, legs, arms, and hands. Tingling extremities during menopause are usually the result of fluctuations in hormones.
Fortunately, most cases of tingling extremities during menopause and postmenopause do not indicate that something more serious is going on. Nonetheless, women who are experiencing tingling extremities and those who are curious about this menopausal symptom are wise to learn more about its causes and treatments.
Please continue reading to learn more about tingling extremities during menopause.
About Tingling Extremities
Symptoms of Tingling Extremities
• Changes in sensation
"Pins and needles"
• Prickling or burning sensations
• Numbness or reduced feeling
• Increased sensitivity
• Creepy crawling feeling
Tingling extremities, medically known as paresthesia, can occur at any time. In more mild cases, tingling extremities can come 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.
While tingling extremities are not usually cause for concern, these sensations can be a symptom of another condition. Please read on to learn more about the causes of tingling extremities.
Tingling extremities and numbness typically affect the arms, hands, feet, and legs. This can be caused by a number of things like hormone fluctuations, nerve injury, or tobacco use. Exercising regularly, eating healthy, and drinking plenty of water can help prevent this tingling extremities and numbness.
Causes of Tingling Extremities
In most cases, tingling extremities experienced during menopause are the result of natural hormone fluctuations. Estrogen, one of the primary hormones in flux during menopause, has a complex effect on the central nervous system. When this hormone is thrown off balance during menopause, it can affect the nervous system, producing symptoms like tingling extremities.
While estrogen fluctuations are a prime cause of tingling extremities during menopause, other medical conditions can trigger tingling in the hands, feet, arms, and legs.
Other Causes of Tingling Extremities
• 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
• Thyroid problems
• Electrolyte or vitamin
• Medications side effects
• Toxin exposure
Please read on to discover when tingling extremities might warrant a trip to the doctor's office.
Tingling extremities during menopause are primarily caused by hormonal imbalance and the effect estrogen has upon the central nervous system. This article explains three other reasons why tingling extremities might occur during menopause, including anxiety, other medical conditions, as well as tense muscles and joint pain.
When to See a Doctor
While tingling extremities during menopause is not usually cause for alarm, there are some cases of tingling extremities for which medical attention is necessary.
Seek immediate medical attention if tingling extremities are accompanied by any of the following:
• Weakness or 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 is wise to seek medical help too.
Because most cases of tingling extremities in menopause do not require medical attention, it can be important for women to learn more about the treatment options available. Please read on to learn about the treatment of tingling extremities in menopause and postmenopause.
Treatments of Tingling Extremities
As with any menopause symptom, it is usually wise to begin with the least aggressive tingling extremities 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 extremities 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 tingling extremities.
Using certain alternative treatments can also help to get to the source of tingling extremities in menopause: hormonal imbalance. Please read the following article to learn more about treating tingling extremities.
Most experts recommend that women who suffer from tingling extremities and wish to treat it begin with lifestyle changes, then move onto alternative medicine (ideally combining the two) and finally, look to medications or surgery if nothing else seems to work. Click on the following link to learn specific treatments for tingling extremities in these three categories.
Tingling sensations in your extremities is one of the many symptoms that menopause can bring with it due to an imbalance of hormones. This article describes five fruits and vegetables that you can add to your diet in order to help rebalance these hormones, including cabbage, strawberries, broccoli, onions, and cranberries.
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