One day, while enjoying your favourite show on TV, you feel this sudden jolt as if you have accidentally touched a live wire. You start looking around for any cord or malfunctioning gadget that may have caused this weird feeling but found nothing. Thinking that it might just be a one-time thing, you ignored it. However, as days and weeks go by, the tingling sensation still remains.
If you are aged 30–90, that might be an electric shock sensation caused by the stages of peri, menopause and post menopause.
What Is Electric Shock Sensation?
Electric shock sensation or ESS is described by many as a sensation of a rubber band snapping on your skin. It is compared to a short and sharp burst of electricity under your skin, which causes it to be labelled as an electric shock sensation. This is usually felt before a hot flush occurs. Although ESS is usually harmless, especially if it is linked to menopause, it still feels unpleasant, freaks your partner out when you touch them and can cause disrupted sleep and increases anxiety to a great number of women.
Menopause and Electric Shocks
Even though this condition has no clear causes yet, it is believed to be caused by ageing and hormone imbalance.
So how can it be connected to menopause?
When women reach the menopausal stage, usually in their 30s–50s, they stop ovulating, and the production of hormones is greatly affected. With ESS being commonly caused by hormonal imbalance, many women experience it during peri menopause and menopause due to the decrease in estrogen level.
Estrogen regulates a lot of things in a woman’s body, including the heart, bones and central nervous system. The central nervous system handles the sending of messages to the nerves and the brain, which could induce a tingling sensation if it goes haywire.
Sometimes, an electric shock sensation can also be caused by anxiety, which is a side effect of having low estrogen levels. On the other hand, experiencing ESS can also induce anxiety. It now becomes a vicious cycle of discomfort and stress for women experiencing menopause.
What Can You Do to Help Ease this Symptom?
Feeling a tingling and sometimes painful sensation is not fun for anyone. If you are experiencing electric shocks, you do not have to just sit and endure it. There are interventions and lifestyle changes that you can do to alleviate the discomfort.
However, before we proceed with the things that can ease this symptom, bear in mind that this tingling or shocking sensation can be caused by other diseases like autoimmune neurological and endocrinal conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Consider consulting a medical practitioner if the feeling persists for a long time or if it starts to disrupt your daily life.
1. Include estrogen-boosting food in your diet
As low estrogen levels may be the culprit to why you are feeling those electric shocks, it will not hurt if you try to eat food that increases this hormone. Try food with phytoestrogens like soybeans, tofu, linseeds, pumpkin seeds, sesam s low estrogen levels may be the culprit to why you are feeling those electric shocks, it will not hurt if you try to eat food that increases this hormone. Try food with phytoestrogens like soybeans, tofu, linseeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, chickpeas, flax seeds, broccoli, berries, wheat bran, menopause tea and more. Consuming food with omega-3 and calcium, such as salmon and low-fat dairy products, can also be an option because they help keep your nervous system healthy.
2. Stay away from saturated fats
Good blood circulation is important to avoid the pins-and-needles feeling. Stay away from cakes, biscuits and savoury snacks. More vegetables and fruits are the better option. In addition, eating food rich in B12 is a way to keep your nerves healthy.
Bonus tip: avoid alcohol and caffeine too because they can cause muscle spasms.
3. Get some sunlight
Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, helps boost our nervous system. So, give some time to soak up that warm sunlight for 15 to 30 minutes.
4. Meditation and mindfulness
Being anxious only increases your electric shock symptoms. Start learning different ways of relaxation to combat it like meditation, yoga, deep breathing and practising mindfulness. Walking around nature is also a great way to de-stress.
How The T Lady Can Help You
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