For a couple of weeks now I've suffered from severe hot flashes, especially at night, this has interrupted my sleep and I'm becoming more and more fatigued as the days come and go. I'm assuming it's "true" beginning of Menopause. However, what really concerns me, is prior to the hot flashes, the back of my head begins to tingle and feel numb -- like an arm or a leg does when blood flow has been cut off. Most information I've found on the web talks about tingling in the face, not the back of the head. I do NOT take drugs (legal or illegal) and that's the only area I've found "brain tingling" symptoms -- does any one have a clue as to what is happening to me?
thank you..... thank you..... thank you....
gesh, i have had that happen, not telling anyone i thought i was crazy thinking i felt the numbness in my head. i don't know why this happens. but, i am getting the hot flashes and sweats at night. good luck. i am going to go to the doctors, maybe she can give me something, if it's just a couple of words saying, i am okay, you're okay. thank you... thank you. i am so not alone. :-)
Thank you, at least I also know I'm not the only person experiencing this annoying symptom. I finally decided to make an appointment to see my doctor -- I'll report back and hope you will too at this url.
Thanks soooooo much. I thought I was the only one experiencing these tingling numb feelings that sometimes move from the back of my head to the top.
I tried to find these symptoms on the internet by consulting all I could find on menopause.
Finally, I know I'm not imagining this.
I would like to add to my previous post. Along with the numbness in my head I am also experiencing a swimming feeling. I guess a type of dizziness. The feeling is not enough to make me loose my balance but it is very annoying.
Have a dr.'s appointment tomorrow. Will keep in touch.
Anyone experiencing this symptom PLEASE REPLY.
I too have this type of symptom, esp. if I lay down for a nap, when I wake up I feel as though the back of my head and my forehead are asleep! and I usually have a horrible headache. I also notice things don't taste right to me until i've been up for awhile? I know it sounds wierd!
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I also get the "swimming" type feeling in my head... it has happened the last couple of months where I actually get a little dizzy. And lately my face will become really hot.... this will be happening while I'm at work, and I need to get air quickly!! Does this sound like hot flashes? I have been peri-menopause for a few years now, but it seems to be getting worse.
I've been reading about your head symptoms. Does anyone get burning, stabbing, and like a bad cut feeling in the back of their head. I have been experiencing this for awhile. It really hurts, like my skull really aches when I experience it. Thanks Sadie
Just want to say that my swimming head can get worse at times and then will ease up for a while.
I went to my Dr. He felt it was menopausal migraine. I do not have any head pain so I don't know how he would come to that conclusion. Well, on to the next Dr., an ENT. She is sending me for some tests to check out my ears to see whether this is causing the dizziness. I will go through with the testing, but I wonder if I went to a third Dr. would he have a different opinion?
Anyway, the possibility of menopause symtoms are there, since we are not the only women experiencing these feelings.
This is a very confusing trip but with the help of these boards I know we'll figure it out.
TCML355: You said your doctor called the swimming feeling a menopausal migraine? Well I definitely have hormonal type migraines, so maybe this is menopause. I am going to see my OBGYN in a couple of months (if I can wait that long!). I am at my wits end... I am stressed at work and I'm ready to bite someone's head off! I'm 44 years old and I thought that was too young to be in menopause, but I'm hearing that it can even start earlier than that.
Alittleswiss, you may not like the notion of HRT and your posts have certainly emphasised this. However, for some women, HRT can be an appropriate and welcome therapeutic intervention! To campaign for a global veto is unhelpful in the extreme!
If your problem is due to menopause and your doctor offers the option of HRT as a strategy to deal with that problem then it is worth the discussion. Your decision may be to take the HRT or to look at other options. There are risks both ways and it is a matter of personal choice.
Alittleswiss, I am really sorry that HRT didnt work for you. But, for every story about the horrors of HRT you will find at least the same number (if not more) stories of how HRT works very well for other women. My mother, now 78, has been on Premarin for over 20 years. She looks well (and 10 years younger than she is!), feels well and manages at least 3x 18 hole rounds of golf a week. She obviously began HRT in an era where doses etc were not so well researched too.
There is evidence of HRT being positively beneficial in protecting against cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis and current research is ambivalent about the extent of HRT's influence on breast cancer.
Of course, women should be aware of what they put in their bodies and fully discuss ANY medication with their practitioner. But to post opinions which could be construed as making women feel guilty about their HRT choice is not helpful.
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My mom is 76 years old and has been on HRT for 20 years also, and she also looks 10 years younger. She has always done well on HRT. But I know we are not all alike, and I am always wary of anything I put into my body. But I sure am willing to try something, maybe a lower dose, because I am tired of feeling the way I do. Thank you both for your advice.
BBMom I hope your swimmy feeling goes away soon! I get that intermittently and there is nothing worse than "swimming" in dangerous places like the car on a freeway or in the bathroom! Mine comes and goes - fortunately it has been gone for a while now and I forget about it until it reappears then I worry all over again!
Probably hormonal flucuations, but alway best to confirm with doctor. I have also been getting tingling in or on my head. At times it feels like a cheek freezes up and feels numb. I have that congested fullness, where it feels like my head doesn't belong to me. I get hot ears, LoL with shivers in upper torso and head. Comes and goes. I used to have severe hormonal migraines for years. Since my period stopped, they have been almost non-existent other then a very mild pain. These symptoms seem to be hormone related. I don't think you are alone in what you feel. Good luck to you and hopefully it will soon pass.