Have you noticed the telltale “pins and needles” feeling happening more frequently in your hands and feet lately? Perhaps your daily actions have become interrupted, while you wait for sensations of creeping, numbness, tingling, and even pain, to pass. You may be experiencing one of the most common signs of menopause – tingling sensations throughout the extremities.
How Menopausal Tingling Extremities Manifests
This menopause symptom (known scientifically as paresthesis) is characterized by numbness and “pins and needles” sensations in the arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers and toes.
For menopausal women, tingling extremities can cause a variety of strange sensations in the body. From “creeping” feelings in the hands and feet to prolonged numbness marked by “pins and needles” sensations, tingling extremities can make everyday actions a chore. Fingers can temporarily lose the ability to grip and perform fine movements, and women can even momentarily lose their balance while walking, due to numbness in the feet and toes. Some women experience burning sensations from the pain that arises as nerves are pinched or joints become compressed.
Symptoms of Menopause Tingling Extremities
- Nerve pain
- Loss of dexterity
- Loss of mobility
- Feet and hands “falling asleep”
- Crawling sensations
- Hypersensitive extremities
Causes of Menopause Tingling Extremities
During menopause, frequent changes in hormones can cause tingling in the hands and feet. As estrogen levels enter flux, the nervous system becomes affected. As a result, women may experience numbness, prickling or tingling throughout the arms, legs and other appendages. In some cases, tingling in the extremities may be related to other symptoms that arise during menopause, such as joint and muscle problems.
Though most cases of tingling extremities during menopause arise from hormonal imbalances, occasionally the symptom accompanies serious health incidents such as strokes and seizures. Other causes of tingling extremities that are unrelated to menopause can run the gamut. Back and neck injuries, repetitive stress injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and reduced blood supply can be responsible for numbness and tingling in the hands and feet. Tingling extremities may also be due to medical conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), diabetes, or thyroid issues. In some cases, these sensations may occur due to nutritional deficiencies, migraines, drug reactions or even anxiety.
Menopause Tingling Extremities Treatments
The best treatment for tingling extremities during menopause is simply to rebalance hormonal levels in the body. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is an effective way to balance hormone levels, but it can elevate risks of cancer, stroke and heart disease in menopausal women. Amberen provides a safe and effective way to promote hormonal balance without the serious risks associated with HRT.
In some cases, where tingling extremities are not related to menopause, treatment may include physical therapy, prescribed or amended medications, nutritional support, or dermatological treatment. Some women even experience tingling extremities as a fallout from psychological anxiety. In cases where anxiety is also hormone driven, women may find relief once hormones are rebalanced; otherwise, therapy or anxiolytic medication may be prescribed.
Risks of Menopause Tingling Extremities
In most cases, tingling extremities are simply a nuisance, causing pain, numbness and burning. However, tingling extremities can also lead to a loss of dexterity, weakened grip, and difficulty with motions such as walking, sitting or standing. Some women may even experience injuries due to loss of balance and fine motor movement when these sensations occur. Some women experience hypersensitivity in the hands and feet as they sleep, causing them to wake during the night.