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5 Tips for Relieving Electric Shocks in the Head

Their name sounds unpleasant, and their reality follows suit: sudden episodes of electric shocks in the head are far from welcome, whether due to menopause or otherwise. Thankfully, simple changes to daily life can have a major impact on their frequency and add to overall health. Read on to discover five ways that you can find relief.

5 Tips for Relieving Electric Shocks in the Head

Breathe Deeply

Though women may experience the symptoms of electric shocks differently, it is often reported that many feel a zapping sensation on the skin, as if a rubber band were being snapped against it. This usually occurs on the head, chest, or in extremities like the hands and feet, although it is possible to have the sensation anywhere. For most, these prickling feelings leave as quickly as they come, but their intensity varies between individuals.


Try Alternative Therapies

As another of the directly physical symptoms of electric shocks, some describe a surging impulse underneath the skin or sometimes between muscle tissues. Though more research is needed to fully understand the disorder, it is thought that this sensation could be caused the misfiring of neurons in the nervous system. This surge is similarly unpredictable in its occurrence, though commonly affected areas are also the head and upper body.


Eat More Seafood

For women who are reaching menopausal age, the direct symptoms of electric shocks might come in conjunction with other symptoms that are typical of this stage of life, and that had not been previously present. Widely considered a symptom of menopause itself, the first signs of this condition are typical of perimenopause and can signal the onset of its side effects, such as hot flashes, night sweats, increased fatigue, weight gain, and more.


Drink Milk

The largest concentration of nerves in the entire body is in the spine, and when this area is damaged - due to low bone density or osteoporosis, for example - electric shocks in the head can occur. Healthy bones are therefore of utmost value, and sufficient calcium intake is necessary to keep them strong. Smarter dairy options, such as low-fat milk, fulfill this dietary requirement and add to an overall balanced diet. If you are lactose intolerant, then beans, almonds, oatmeal, and fortified orange juice are also good sources of calcium.


Find Balance

Though more research is needed to pin down exact causes for electric shocks in the head, in menopausal women, it is widely thought to be a symptom of hormonal imbalance. Treating the root source of the problem can not only get rid of these prickling feelings, but can also improve other symptoms of this stage, such as night sweats or increased irritability.

If lifestyle changes to diet and exercise aren't enough to recalibrate estrogen levels, natural herbal supplements can boost the endocrine system and help it generate the proper amounts. Medications, of course, should remain a last resort.Electric shocks in the head may not yet be fully understood, but sufferers of the problem do not have to accept them as their fate. By following one or a combination of the tips above, calmer skin and peace of mind may be just around the corner. What do you have to lose?

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Electric Shock Feeling FAQs

The electric shock feeling is one of the least-understood of all menopause symptoms - not only by the average person, but even by many experts.

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