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Learning the pins and needles in the menopause is important as navigating the challenges of menopause requires a deep understanding of its symptoms, including the often perplexing sensation of pins and needles. Let’s explore the complexities of these symptoms in this blog.

Oestrogen, one of the main hormones that declines during menopause, it plays a role in both nerve and muscle function. Oestrogen has a number of neuroprotective effects, including reducing inflammation in the nervous system, promoting nerve growth and repair, protecting nerves from damage from free radicals, which are unstable molecules, making them highly reactive and being capable of damaging cells and tissues in the body.  Oestrogen has been found to support the production of myelin, the insulating sheath that protects nerves.

As oestrogen levels decline during menopause, these neuroprotective effects are diminished, making the nerves more vulnerable to damage and inflammation. This can lead to a variety of nerve-related problems, including tingling sensations, numbness, burning pain and pins and needles in the menopause.

Some women experience the sensation of insects crawling over the skin, this is called formication, it is thought there is a disruption in sensory processing caused by changes in the brain’s chemistry and damage to the nerves.

More commonly women experience symptoms of Carpal tunnel syndrome a condition that causes numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and fingers. It is caused by compression of the median nerve, which passes through a narrow passageway in the wrist called the carpal tunnel.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is more common in women than in men, and it is more common during menopause. This is because oestrogen helps to maintain the strength and elasticity of the tissues in the wrist. As oestrogen levels decline during menopause, these tissues can become weakened and compressed, which can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.  The same thing can happen in the feet and this is called tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Oestrogen also plays a role in maintaining muscle mass and strength. Oestrogen helps to promote the growth and repair of muscle tissue, regulate muscle protein synthesis, and reduce inflammation in the muscles.

As oestrogen levels decline during menopause, muscle mass and strength can decrease. This can lead to muscle weakness and fatigue.

In addition, oestrogen helps to protect the joints from damage. As oestrogen levels decline, the joints can become more inflamed and painful. This can make it more difficult to move the joints and can contribute to muscle weakness.

Other factors that may contribute to tingling sensations and muscle weakness during menopause include age, weight gain, certain medications, and underlying medical conditions.

The treatment for tingling sensations and muscle weakness during menopause will vary depending on the underlying cause. If there is an underlying medical condition, such as diabetes or thyroid disease, treating that condition may help to improve symptoms.

Understanding pins and needles in the menopause can be a challenging. It’s essential to prioritize self-care and stay informed about menopausal symptoms to navigate this transitional phase with greater ease and comfort.

If you want to know more about your how your heath is being affected by the menopause, book today with me, Nadira at Pause and Co Healthcare.

Nadira Awal

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