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Hi,

I am new to this post as of today. I am 51 and I have had cold flashes more than hot flashes. Also, I get this awful prickling and burning skin all over. It comes and goes, and is very uncomfortable. I also have head flushes. Anyone else experiencing these irritating symptoms?

Viktik
Welcome! As with the cold flashes, have you had your thyroid checked? The say a person who is hypo might experience feeling cold. Now, I'm hypo and never felt cold but always had a low tolerance to heat. In fact, I never display any of the symptoms they list as hypthyroid but yet my test results came back that I'm mild hypo. During peri-meno, I had burning arms and feet to the point where they felt like they were on fire and it would hurt really bad. I would soak them in cold water. This came on when I started having heart palps too. Not sure what your head flushes are like but I'm sure I had that too!

molly
Thanks for your reply Molly! I haven't had my thyroid checked, but I think that is a good idea. I do have a mild circulatory disorder in my legs, but my doctor checked my legs the other day and said the circulation is good. I've always been cold, and I live in California, but it is more noticeable now that I am entering that "time of life!" Also, I will try soaking my feet in cold water when the burning starts. The head flushes are sporadic and just kind of annoying, kind of like a band is wrapped around my head. Woe is me!

Vikki
Hi, I know how those weird feelings with your head feel like. I have them alot. I am 51 also. It does feel like a band around your head. When this comes over me, I feel like I can't hold my head up and get really sleepy. Not a good feeling at all! I kept thinking it was Allergy/Sinus, but now I realized that it most likely is a peri/meno symptom!
Thought I'd add my tuppence worth! I also suffer from what I call cold flushes - I have a feeling (not unpleasant) sweep through my body from feet to head, then suddenly I feel cold all over. I never actually feel hot, but my body temp must rise in order to feel cold.

I also have had head rushes, and little stabbing pains at mainly the temple, but not the prickling and burning sensations. I'm also 51! Must be the age for it.

Jude
I must add that I too had that "band like" feeling around my head when I was suffering too!! I almost forgotten about this one! It wasn't painful or pounding like a headache or like a sinus headache. It was a very uncomfortable way to be. It kind of gives you this spacey feeling? With me, it lasted a long time and didn't subside during the day or night. I remember thinking it was a like a sinus headache and was taking all sorts of OTC pain relievers and none of them worked. Try taking Evening Primrose Oil - 1,000 mg day and see if it helps. I started taking it because it was a peri-zapper for headaches (even tho this band thing wasn't really a headache) in the "Before the Change" book. Once I started taking the EPO, my head felt better and eventually got back to normal and ya know, it was such a relief!!

molly
Viktik -
I jumped on the board this morning to inquire about the same thing! How ironic. I am experiencing slight burning/prickling, sometimes itchy feeling all over, everywhere! It's driving me crazy. I am 36 and still wondering if I am suffering from peri (seeing doc end of month) and this is just another one to add to my list. :eek:
I had this feeling several times during peri. It drove me crazy. It lasted for about a month and then went away only to come back several times later. I think that it was just one of those symptoms that we get.

My symptoms cycled and this was one of them in the cycle. I have not had a period in two years and this symptom has gone away. I hope for good.
[QUOTE=Flyerfan]Viktik -
I jumped on the board this morning to inquire about the same thing! How ironic. I am experiencing slight burning/prickling, sometimes itchy feeling all over, everywhere! It's driving me crazy. I am 36 and still wondering if I am suffering from peri (seeing doc end of month) and this is just another one to add to my list. :eek:[/QUOTE]

Flyerfan: You are too young to have these irritating things! I hope your symptoms subside. Ther prickling/burning and itching seemd to come every three days or so, and when it does it's agonizing! I try to keep my mind busy on other things, but it is still there! I hope you get some help from your doctor and feel better soon! Thanks for your response!

viktik
[QUOTE=Judenz]Thought I'd add my tuppence worth! I also suffer from what I call cold flushes - I have a feeling (not unpleasant) sweep through my body from feet to head, then suddenly I feel cold all over. I never actually feel hot, but my body temp must rise in order to feel cold.

I also have had head rushes, and little stabbing pains at mainly the temple, but not the prickling and burning sensations. I'm also 51! Must be the age for it.

Jude[/QUOTE]

Thanks for your reply Jude! I'm glad to know someone else has the cold flashes. I am really small, so I wondered if maybe that is the reason I get cold as opposed to hot flashes. I started having regular periods again, just when I thought I was done! Anyway, I hope to get in to see the doctor soon. I hope you will feel better soon too!

Viktik
[QUOTE=viktik]Hi,

I am new to this post as of today. I am 51 and I have had cold flashes more than hot flashes. Also, I get this awful prickling and burning skin all over. It comes and goes, and is very uncomfortable. I also have head flushes. Anyone else experiencing these irritating symptoms?

Viktik[/QUOTE]

When I first went into perimenopause, I had these symptoms and they were probably some of the most aggravating symptoms of all perimenopause coz u just can't seem to understand why you feel like your skin is burning and why one is so so cold. To reassure you, it does pass. Try not to let it cause you any anxiety by paying attention to it too much and then it becomes a fear. Feel like venting about anytime, we are all available and here to help you.

Andrea
Hi Andrea,

Thank you so much for your encouraging response! These boards are great because you find out you are not alone in your suffering. The prickling and burning was really bad all day yesterday at work. By evening, fortunately, it settled down. Now it is a new day, so we'll see! I am always cold, and my doctor said I am going in the opposite way in terms of weight--I am losing instead of gaining. I guess that's ok, but I do have a good appetite, which I am grateful for. I'm assuming that you are feeling better, and I need to remember too, that this will pass!

Blessings!
Vikki
Vikki. Same thing happened to me too, Ilost tons of weight and wasn't even trying. Unfortunately, lol, i put that weight back on as i progressed thru perimenopause and now I'm a bit chunky, in the waist, lol well at least i try to laugh about it, anyways. What other symptoms do you have. I have been going through this change now for at least 2.5 years. But I really felt them drastically when my brother passed away and my periods really took a flip forwards and backwards, lol Sometimes after the cold flashes wear off and u don't get them anymore, come the hot flashes. I like it better when I'm wearing the least amount of clothes, lol. feel better, hang in there girl!

Andrea
Well, I am brand new to this website, and I don't know if this post will go thru, but what you are describing sounds like it might be a condition of "formication" and this word is from the latin word for "ant", formica, and basically means a sensation of ants crawling all over you. I read about this in a women's herbal book i would like to recommend to you, (if making recs. is allowed). The book is titled New Menopausal Years, The Wise Woman Way, by Susun S. Weed, who is, what else, an herbalist. She gives a good explanation of what might be going on, and her information fits with the other posts I read responding to you.

I had the problem you describe for several years. I tried oatstraw teas and skullcap tincture, and these did seem to help. Also got some relief with plain old benedryl. I couldn't afford health care insurance at that time and could not consult a doctor. The book helped. Hope this is a little bit helpful. If you find a copy of the book the information about formication is on pgs 102-103 under the heading "Other Overheated Conditions".... For me it was definitely during the perimenopausal years.
Thanks, I will look into it.
[QUOTE=ainfante]Vikki. Same thing happened to me too, Ilost tons of weight and wasn't even trying. Unfortunately, lol, i put that weight back on as i progressed thru perimenopause and now I'm a bit chunky, in the waist, lol well at least i try to laugh about it, anyways. What other symptoms do you have. I have been going through this change now for at least 2.5 years. But I really felt them drastically when my brother passed away and my periods really took a flip forwards and backwards, lol Sometimes after the cold flashes wear off and u don't get them anymore, come the hot flashes. I like it better when I'm wearing the least amount of clothes, lol. feel better, hang in there girl!

Andrea[/QUOTE]

Hi Andrea,
YES--the weight has come off in spite of eating and having a good appetite (go figure!) In addition to having all these uncomfortable perimenopause symptoms, I also have a circulatory disorder that I found out about in April. My doctor is so puzzled because I am so small, don't smoke, not diabetic and don't have high blood pressure. Anyway, the other day when I saw him he said the circulation in my legs is good, and that the exercise is paying off. As for the meno symptoms, the "creepy crawly" bugs are running around in my body constantly! Also, I notice in the evenings when I sit down to relax I feel really nervous and anxious. I've always had stomach problems, so that is nothing new to me with peri. Do you have any tips on how to relax when all this stuff is going on? I hope you are feeling well!

Vikki
[QUOTE=kiernanne]Well, I am brand new to this website, and I don't know if this post will go thru, but what you are describing sounds like it might be a condition of "formication" and this word is from the latin word for "ant", formica, and basically means a sensation of ants crawling all over you. I read about this in a women's herbal book i would like to recommend to you, (if making recs. is allowed). The book is titled New Menopausal Years, The Wise Woman Way, by Susun S. Weed, who is, what else, an herbalist. She gives a good explanation of what might be going on, and her information fits with the other posts I read responding to you.

I had the problem you describe for several years. I tried oatstraw teas and skullcap tincture, and these did seem to help. Also got some relief with plain old benedryl. I couldn't afford health care insurance at that time and could not consult a doctor. The book helped. Hope this is a little bit helpful. If you find a copy of the book the information about formication is on pgs 102-103 under the heading "Other Overheated Conditions".... For me it was definitely during the perimenopausal years.[/QUOTE]

Hi! Thank you so much for the info about the book! I will look for it. As I write to you, the "creepy, crawly bugs" are racing all through my body! I also have a rash on the back of my neck that has been there for several weeks. I don't know if peri causes this, or if it is from anxiety about all the other physical symptoms. I've concluded that is it hard being a girl!! Hope you are feeling well!
Vikki
[QUOTE=viktik]Hi Andrea,
YES--the weight has come off in spite of eating and having a good appetite (go figure!) In addition to having all these uncomfortable perimenopause symptoms, I also have a circulatory disorder that I found out about in April. My doctor is so puzzled because I am so small, don't smoke, not diabetic and don't have high blood pressure. Anyway, the other day when I saw him he said the circulation in my legs is good, and that the exercise is paying off. As for the meno symptoms, the "creepy crawly" bugs are running around in my body constantly! Also, I notice in the evenings when I sit down to relax I feel really nervous and anxious. I've always had stomach problems, so that is nothing new to me with peri. Do you have any tips on how to relax when all this stuff is going on? I hope you are feeling well!

Vikki[/QUOTE]


Oh Vikki. I was the Queen of anxiety. I have to say that the Prozac I am taking and only 20mg which is the lowest dose really helped me out there. What I can tell you is learn to deep breath, slow deep breaths to relax away anxiety. Anxiety is a real hard one to control until you have mastered the method of not paying attention to it and find your niche on relaxation. I am still all over the place :bouncing: but controllable, lol Really, I was such a mess, a big mess. Natural Progesterone creme helped me too but I took so much of it, I needed a break from it. I'[m with you!

Andrea
Vikki, I had the rash, the itchiness, everything one couldn't imagine happedn to my body. Really, I thought I was losing my mind.

Andrea
Andrea--my doctor wanted me to take the low dosage of Prozac, but it seemed to bother my stomach. I have always had stomach problems, so some medications are a real stretch for me. My anxiety seems to be worse in the evenings for some reason. I want to get a hold of it so I can feel better. How long will the menopausal state and all these symptoms last? I started some cream for my rash yesterday, so we'll see how it works. Hope you are feeling better!
you know, menopausal symptoms fluctuate. I have no direct answer for you on how long it will last. I wish I had that answer, even for myself.

Andrea
I'm going nuts from itching, burning, prickling sensations and sometimes numbness. It moves from one place to another. I'm 55 and thought I'd be done with all these awful symptoms by now. I never realized how many symptoms meno could cause.
[QUOTE=sunshine123]I'm going nuts from itching, burning, prickling sensations and sometimes numbness. It moves from one place to another. I'm 55 and thought I'd be done with all these awful symptoms by now. I never realized how many symptoms meno could cause.[/QUOTE]

Hi Sunshine,

Yours sounds like mine! The burning and prickling moves around. It wasn't quite at bad this past week (knock on wood) and I'm wondering if taking the High Potency B-100 vitamin is helping. Do you take vitamins? I'm 51, and am hoping with all my heart that this doesn't go on for 4 more years!

Hope you are feeling better!
viktik
I get it too! I tried the vitamin B thing but really didn't help me. It's part of the declining estrogen that is causing that itchy, and then burning,prickling or numbing in different parts of the body. Horrible feeling but just tell urself it's part of meno. If it bothers u that much u could discuss with ur gyne or a neurologist





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