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Strange Symptoms of Menopause

written by: Jessica Bello • edited by: BStone • updated: 10/24/2010

While going through menopause, most women experience hot flushes, mode swings, irregular periods and night sweats. There are many more weird symptoms of menopause; however, some that are both strange and unusual.

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    Weird Symptoms of Menopause

    Unusual symptoms are uncommon, but some women experience a few weird symptoms of menopause. It is always best to speak to your doctor if you experience any strange or unusual symptoms of menopause to rule out any underlying medical cause.

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    Changes in Body Odor

    Changes in body odor during menopause can be embarrassing and difficult to accept. This is caused by a drop in estrogen levels which in turn sends out a false message saying that the body is overheated. This causes an increase in sweat production and the result of this is a change in body odor. The good news is that there is treatment available to help control the body odor. The most effective treatment usually combines lifestyle changes with alternative medicine.

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    Burning Tongue

    Women going through menopause may experience a burning sensation on the tongue, a feeling similar to when you burn your tongue on a hot drink. It is very uncomfortable and, because of the physical pain, most women seek help from their doctor. A lifestyle change, such as drinking more water, is a good place to start in order to try to relieve the discomfort of the burning tongue.

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    Electric Shock Sensation under the Skin

    The feeling of an electrical shock can occur on its own or just before a hot flush. The changing level of estrogen can affect the nerve tissue, which in turn can lead to feeling the sensation of an electric shock under the skin. Fortunately, lifestyle changes and natural remedies can in most cases treat this problem.

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    Itchy Skin

    Itchy skin is a fairly unknown symptom of menopause, but it is experienced by many women. The most common underlying cause of itchy skin is hormonal changes. Most doctors advise against invasive and hormonal treatment for itchy skin during menopause and recommend lifestyle changes instead. Drinking more water, eating a more balanced diet, avoiding hot showers and moisturize after a bath could help improve the symptom.

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    Tingling Extremities

    One of the more uncommon symptoms of menopause is tingling extremities. This can affect any part of the body and is usually the result of fluctuating hormones. A doctor can recommend alternative treatment if lifestyle changes does not stop the tingling sensation.

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    Changes in Fingernails

    It can be difficult to deal with changes in appearance while going through menopause. Unfortunately, many women suffer from brittle nails due to hormonal changes and age. Reducing stress and eating a balanced diet could improve the symptom.

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    Tinnitus

    Tinnitus is a physical condition that some women seem to experience whilst going through the menopause. Even though it is yet to be proven that the there is a link between menopause and tinnitus, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests that it can appear whilst experiencing hormonal changes. Your doctor can suggest appropriate treatment in order to relieve the tinnitus.

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    Sources

    NHS: Menopause - http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Menopause/Pages/Symptoms.aspx

    34 Menopause Symptoms: Menopause - http://www.34-menopause-symptoms.com/

    BBC: Menopause - http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/physical_health/conditions/menopause.shtml