Tingling extremities during menopause
Tingling extremities, medically known as paresthesis, 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.
What causes tingling extremities during menopause?
In most cases, tingling extremities experienced during menopause are the result of natural hormone fluctuations. Oestrogen, 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 oestrogen fluctuations are a prime cause of tingling extremities during menopause, other medical conditions can trigger tingling in the hands, feet, arms and legs.
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