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ABC’s of Menopause: Electric Shocks

Everything You Need to Know & How To Take Back Control.

Mia West
January 12, 2024
Medically-reviewed and fact checked by Ryan Lester, PA-C

Menopause is the “gift” that keeps on giving. With 34 associated symptoms that can easily be ascribed to a myriad of other health conditions, it can be impossible to know if what you’re experiencing is tied to menopause without a hormone test. Each week this series will break down symptoms to empower women to take back control of their health and enjoy some relief.

The symptoms that may accompany the onset of menopause can often resemble a form of torture or, at the very least, an unwarranted dose of bad karma. Nowhere is this more evident than in the obnoxious electric shocks (aka paresthesias) that can tag along with hot flashes. Picture a sudden snap of a rubber band against your skin or burning/shooting nerve pain, seemingly out of the blue, and it’s hard not to feel the injustice of simply being a woman over 40. 

What Causes Nerve Pain in Menopausal Women?

These abrupt, sharp sensations that can resemble electric shocks or sharp shooting pain in the head, neck, and limbs are known as paresthesias. There is little research on this subject, but women liken the experience to a subtle "snap, crackle, pop" beneath the skin that occurs just before a hot flash. Nerve pain during menopause can be attributed to the fluctuating hormone levels, particularly a decrease in estrogen, which governs the functioning of the nervous system. Anxiety and some medications, particularly those prescribed for hot flashes, may also contribute to the sensations. 

How Do I Know if My Electric Shocks Are Menopause Related?

Pinpointing the origin of nerve pain can be challenging due to the myriad of health issues that could be responsible. This is where a hormone test becomes invaluable. By assessing your hormone levels, you can decipher whether these symptoms could be related to menopause or if they may be indicative of another underlying health condition.

What Else Causes Paresthesias?

While menopause could be related, other factors may contribute to this disconcerting sensation. Vitamin deficiencies, particularly in B vitamins, can affect nerve health. Additionally, certain medications, stress, anxiety, poor circulation, and nerve compression from degenerative arthritis of the spine can also manifest these sensations. It’s also a common symptom of chronic health conditions such as diabetes, certain neurological disorders, fibromyalgia, and autoimmune diseases. 

What Are My Treatment Options?

Taking back control of your health involves exploring viable treatment options. Bioidentical Hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a common approach to alleviate menopausal symptoms which may include these nerve related pains.. However, it's essential to investigate other potential causes and weigh the benefits and risks with your healthcare provider. Lifestyle modifications, such as regular exercise, a balanced diet, hydration, and stress management techniques, can also contribute to overall well-being during menopause and tackle these uncomfortable jolts.

When Should I See A Doctor?

While paresthesias can come and go due to multiple factors, if they are persistent, intensify, or significantly disrupt your daily life, it's time to consult a healthcare professional. They can conduct a thorough examination, recommend appropriate tests, and tailor a treatment plan to address your specific needs.


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About the Author

Mia West

A former journalist, Mia brings a high energy approach to communications rooted in insights, culture and brand DNA. She is driven by helping brands crystalize their story and foster meaningful, emotional connections with audiences. Over the years she has collaborated with prominent brands such as Petco, Keurig Dr Pepper, Jaguar Land Rover, Revlon, and Procter & Gamble Beauty, as well as many others in the retail, health & wellness, beauty, lifestyle, and sustainability realms. A California native, she lives in San Diego with her family at the beach.

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