How to deal with menopause tingling and numbness.

So, you’ve read about all the common menopausal symptoms, like weight gain, mood swings, vaginal dryness, hair loss, night sweats, and probably have experienced most of them. Another strange and unexpected symptom creeps up on you out of nowhere, and bam, there’s another one to add to the never-ending list! Let’s talk about that bizarre little symptom of menopause tingling, why we get it, and what to do about it! 

About menopause tingling  

Menopause tingling or paresthesia presents itself in a few different forms and can affect any part of the body; many women experience: 

  • Pins and needles 
  • Numbness 
  • Itchy skin 
  • Tingling skin 
  • Jumpy legs 
  • Tingling arms 
  • Tingling all over the body  
  • Tingly skin 
  • Shudders or vibrating sensation inside your body 
  • Electric shocks throughout the body. 
  • Tingling extremities  
  • Tingling face 
  • Tingling in the breast 
  • Burning feet 
  • Cold hands 
  • Tingling feet 
  • Tingling fingers and toes 
  • Prickly skin sensation 
  • Buzzing feeling in the body 
  • Burning feet  

What causes tingling and numbness?  

During perimenopause and menopause, hormonal changes occur, and in particular, estrogen levels fluctuate; this takes its toll on the nervous system. Menopausal women go through many symptoms due to the hormones’ effect on the nervous system, causing some minor and major health problems. 

Menopause tingling or Paresthesia relief. 

It is vital during menopause to start to take care of yourself. To help with many menopause symptoms, particularly those caused by estrogen hormone levels dropping, we can try some of the following self-help treatments: 

  1. Magnesium oil.

    It is a cool oil, which is excellent for rubbing on your legs at night to help combat jumpy leg syndrome (when you can’t keep your legs still when relaxing). This may not be suitable for anyone suffering from sensitive skin as it leaves behind a salty residue that can make the skin feel quite itchy.

  2. Magnesium salt baths.

    Usually, a lovely long soak in an Epsom salt bath can help with tingling sensations on the skin.  

  3. Magnesium citrate 400mg supplement.

    I take magnesium citrate 400mg supplement twice a day as I suffer terribly from crawling, itchy, restless legs. I notice if I’ve forgotten to take my tablet because my symptoms start again. I also find that sometimes I have the sensation of cold water being poured over my skin, and I find that the magnesium supplement helps.

  4. Yoga.

    Yoga helps keep the nervous system balanced, reduces anxiety, increases protein and hormone levels, and can help improve circulation to the extremities, which will help if you suffer from menopause cold hands and feet.  

  5. Vitamin B12 tablets.

    Vitamin B12 helps keep the body’s blood cells healthy; it plays an essential role in maintaining the protective sheaths that cover and protect the nerves. 

  6. Stretching.

    Stretching helps improve blood flow, reduces stress, and increases flexibility and range of motion. It is beneficial to those with severe symptoms. 

  7. Quit smoking.

    When you stop smoking, you feel better because smoking acts as a depressant of the nervous system, which can aggravate the symptoms of menopause and Paresthesia. 

  8. Stop drinking alcohol.

    Alcohol also depresses the nervous system. I was a social drinker, only having a couple when I met with friends. Still, I feel so much better when I stop drinking altogether, as my menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes, are better when there is no alcohol in my system.

  9. Eat more healthily.

    Booo! Another tip that we don’t feel like doing! When your hormones are racing, all you want to do is eat everything in sight. I know that feeling more than anyone as I struggle with a three-stone menopause weight gain. When you eat better, you feel better, and the rewards are worth it! Eating healthily will provide your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs, such as b12, calcium, and magnesium; these can be found in dairy foods, fish, eggs, spinach, nuts, seeds, 

  10. Exercise

    Yes, I know it’s the last thing you feel like doing when you’ve had sleepless nights and painful joints, but it will make you feel better. I go for a long walk with my very good friend Rachel who makes me laugh. By the time we get back to the car, we’ve walked 6 miles without even noticing it. Try to pick an exercise that you don’t even know you’re doing. Dancing and swimming are good for that. 

Does menopause cause tingling hands and feet? 

Often women experience menopause pins and needles and a burning sensation in their hands and feet. This can be pretty worrying at first for some women.
If you feel you have numbness that travels up your arm, it is important to seek professional help as this may be a symptom of another more serious underlying issue.   

Can menopause cause tingling all over the body?

It sure can! I experience tingling in my fingers, legs, arms, scalp, armpits, and skin; there’s no end to this menopause tingling all over the body. It’s very irritating! 

Can menopause cause tingling in the face? 

Sometimes menopause can cause tingling in the face; however, it is not common. If you are not of menopausal age and experience tingling in the face, seek medical help to check for any other underlying medical issues.

What are the three most important things to know about menopause tingling? 

✔︎ If you are not of menopausal age, seek medical help straight away to rule out any other medical conditions. 
✔︎ Fluctuating hormones can cause numbness and tingling, which is expected during menopause.
✔︎ It is important to look after your body if you are a menopausal woman. This will help set up a healthy body and mind when you eventually get through menopause.

Is spotting during menopause normal?

In most cases, spotting during menopause is perfectly normal; however, any abnormal bleeding or spotting in perimenopause or menopause should not be ignored and should always be checked out by your gynecologist. 

Is everyone experiencing hot flashes during menopause? 

Everyone has different experiences during menopause. Some women sail through with no symptoms, and some women like me have an absolutely horrendous time and can tick off virtually every symptom there is! It’s important to surround yourself with people who can empathize and support you during this trying time.  

What are the signs of menopause coming to an end? 

You will find that your symptoms will start to lessen over time, and you will gradually start to feel better. After years of these symptoms, your body has been through hell, so it will take a long time to get back to a new normal.  

What was your experience with menopause like? 

 Unfortunately, I’m still going through menopause and have been now for approximately ten years. I consider myself a tough old bird, but I can honestly say it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever been through, and I’ve been through a lot!

menopause leave me alone sign

What does it feel like to go through menopause? 

Hot flushes, painful joints, migraines, night sweats, brain fog, body odor changes, vaginal dryness, weight gain, mood swings, it’s not a barrel of laughs, but you get used to living with the symptoms and get on with it. My motto is that this too soon will pass! 

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8 thoughts on “How to deal with menopause tingling and numbness.

    • Clare Davison says:

      Hi Tammy, sorry to hear you are suffering from anxiety and palpitations. I also suffered from both and found it quite distressing, mine eventually passed with time, and I tried to get through them using some breathing techniques and meditation. I would definitely see your GP to get checked over and make sure everything is ok.
      I also find that if I write down absolutely everything I have to do on a list, it helps a little.

      • Anonymous says:

        Hi, heart palpitations and the racing is symptoms of menopause. I had at least 32 symptoms within the last year and a half. Drink plenty of water and it will regulate your heart rate and eating right is key to it all. It was stated you will feel better, when you eat better! That’s is so true. Hope I was a help to you some kind of way. This is why so many women have health issues such as heart problems, high blood pressure and etc.
        it’s a must to take care ourselves due to what is called the change of life!

  1. Carole phillipe says:

    Hello, I’m 48 and have pins and needles that come and go. Irregular periods, digestive problems (pains in all 4 quadrants that come and go), is this normal for perimenopause? Thanks

    • Clare Davison says:

      Hi Carole, sorry to hear you are suffering. It sounds like it could be some symptoms of perimenopause. my advice at this stage would be to go to your practitioner to get your hormone levels checked and just to rule out anything else. once you’ve been they should be able to tell you whether you are indeed perimenopausal. ☺️

  2. BarbChiappelli says:

    I too have horrendous menopause symptoms. Last 3 years I’ve been incapacitated:/ burning feet with tingling and have a hard time walking. Been on Bhrt 3 months. Blood tests normal

  3. Maria says:

    I’m 58 and now in full menopause. My blood test come back normal. I’m feeling burning, feels like pins and needles all over my body even my face. Its been awful. Its started a few months ago and it’s gotten worse. The say it’s menopause. The pain is so bad when I shower. When the water hits my skin it so painful..prickly feeling. Not sure how to explain it. Also, my joints are so sore. Wondering if anyone else has this. I’m now being sent to a neurologist. This is not fun. I pray this eventually calms down.

    • Suzanne says:


      I have exactly the same thing. It comes and goes. My blood test shows I have an hormonal imbalance and I’m taking amitriptilyin which is helping. I’ve had X-rays and ultra sounds to rule out other causes. I have also been referred to a neurologist. I get it in my face hands and neck. It’s an awful feeling. I cannot wait for it to go. Aged 49

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