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Weird Adrenalin Rushes

Robbie_WY
16 years ago

I'm brand new to this wonderful forum, and wondering if anyone can address this problem -- or rather symptoms.

Am in menopause and last period was about 15 mos. ago. Have decided to do this "cold turkey," so I'm not on HRT. For about the last 6 months, I will often awaken in the middle of the night with an "adrenalin rush" kind of feeling -- sort of like the feeling one might get standing at the top of the Empire State Building and looking over the edge. These are not anxiety attacks -- I had those many years ago with mitral valve prolapse and no longer have the anxiety attacks. This is different, and they only happen at night.

Am wondering if these adrenalin rushes are a result of menopause? I've done some research, but haven't found any answers.


Thank you !!

Robbie

Comments (194)

  • Helen Blake
    5 years ago

    I also get these adrenaline rushes just as my hot flashes start. I have had them for 16 years now. When my hot flashes 1st started I referee to them as violent because I would have then about every 10 minutes or do. They have since reduced in number & severity. I am now 66 years old and it's not so bad now with just a few a day.

  • User
    5 years ago

    I really notice them in the palms of my hands, anyone else feel it in arms and hands? 64 and get them as soon as I awake from sleep no matter what time.

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    4 years ago
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    Thank you for your response and support kedenlicsw! I’ll take that advice!

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    Trazodone is an antidepressant not antihisimine. Interesting about the iron.

  • superhappyfunday
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    Yes it is categorized as an anti depressant as well as an anti-anxiety. I'm referring to the specific pharmacologic actions. See my link-"Trazadone is a multifunctional drug with dose dependent pharmacologic actions. It has hypnotic actions at low doses due to blockage of H1 histamine (antihistamine) receptors and a1 adrenergic (adrenaline) receptors.


  • kedenlicsw
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    Tell us more about the iron decision.

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    Hi all, Well due to frustration and a lot of googling, I came across this info about iron helping with RLS. I tried some and low and behold, my RLS symptoms subsided. I feel this is conclusive because I tried to go back to not taking it, and the symptoms returned. Took it again and they went away. So this seems to help me. I don't think theres any harm it 65mg of iron. It seems to be a low dose. I guess if anyone has any concerns about it, talk to your physician 1st. I just know it has made a difference for me. And weirdly enough I haven't had the adrenalin rushes so bad either. Coincidence? IDK ?

  • kedenlicsw
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    Iron can increase heart disease risk in elderly people so I agree that your MD should be agreeable on that one.

  • superhappyfunday
    4 years ago

    So interesting! I'm glad you found a solution that helped you.

  • Deb Schumacher
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    Thank you , I will look into seeing if this amount of iron is bad. Minimal amount would be the best :)

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  • Michelle Tanner
    3 years ago

    So happy to find this group and I’m not “CRAZY”!!! I’m 51 and since July of 2016, I’ve had episodes that usually wake in sleep and last for a few seconds and come every 2-4 hours for 24-36 hours. Then they disappear and I feel back to my normal self. It takes me few days to feel back to myself after I have them. They come like clockwork, every 3-4 weeks every month!! My Dr. did bloodwork 2 years ago to check my hormone levels on the day I was having them but everything was normal, haven’t checked them since‍♀️. Anyway she prescribed me Prozac because she thinks it’s anxiety attacks but the thing is, I’m not really anxious! I can be having a normal day, then bam , they start!! They start with my brain having a million thoughts from time back and then I get what I’ve found out is called “Adrenaline Rush or Power Rush” like electricity and heat that starts in my head then flows all the way to my toes then back up to my brain. When it’s flowing through my mid section, it really heats up. I have to stop what I’m doing and hold my head down or lay down until it passes. When it’s done, I break out in sweat and get really pale. I have thrown up in my sleep when they wake me up as the feeling is traveling back up my body. I have passed out once and most of the time I have diarrhea after the episode. I have notice that they always come after I eat something sweet or a lot of carbs. I cut them both out back in December and they’re not nearly as powerful. When I first had them, I ended up in the ER because I wasn’t sure what was going on. The previous month, I had 2 steroid epidural shots in my neck for 2 bulging discs and I thought my problems was from the shots and it could have contributed to the hormone levels I feel like because I never had them until the shots ☹️! Anyway I had a heart ultrasound, wore heart monitor and had everything was good!!! Dr still seems to think that it’s anxiety because of losing my son who was 16 on April 19, 2008 and then my daughter got married that following August, then 8 yrs later, the same month I started with the “spells” she had beautiful granddaughter! If it weren’t for the chin hairs, brown spots, sore nipples a couple of times, a bad UTI twice, which I never had before, sleepless nights and a few nights waking up sweating, I’d believe her but I’ve said all along that I that it was hormones, never thinking it was menopause though. I guess I felt like and still feel like I’m too young to be going through the “change”! Thanks for letting me share this because no one seems to understand what I’m talking about!!! Thank the good Lord for a God fearing man that’s believes me and prays for me and has had to clean me up a time or two. . (BTW, I just found a forum where the ladies was describing the same symptoms and episodes that I have and a few suggested Ona’s Progesterone Cream and so I’ve order some to try until I go back to Dr in July and maybe she can do some further testing if it doesn’t help. Any other suggestions!!! Oh I just had bloodwork done to check for allergies because she thought the anxiety is from the food I eat and it turns out that I’m allergic to dairy and shrimp ‍♀️! So I am eating no sugar or dairy products to see if that will y’all my symptoms!!! Oh I had a partial hysterectomy back 2007!!

  • Niki Floros
    3 years ago

    Oh thank God I found this site. I too have just started experiencing Adrenalin rushes every single night. I'm diabolical. What I know and have found plenty information on, is that if the adrenals, which play a vital role in this transition, are depleted (stressed? trauma? alpha female? overworked?etc), then the symptoms are much much worse. I'm seeing a naturopath this week and my goal is to get her to deal and heal my adrenals. I've suffered from adrenal fatigue so I'm no surprised but I'm very upset about it. And I know I can't live like this. Healing the adrenals are a huge part of this problem and I'm disappointed that Dr's are not suggesting this. At the same time I need immeditate relief so HRT short term, might do the trick. Or progeterone cream sounds good too. I'll write back as I see how I go.

  • Laura Jewell
    3 years ago

    Hi all glad to see this,I'm nearly 41 and adrenaline rushes are plaguing my life I'm due my period and this morning I saw a migraine aura and laid down,well then I got panic after panic waves with rushes from my bum to my head neck burning shaking really bad and feeling out of whack,need a no 2 3 times during this went to bathroom and couldnt stop shaking and face felt weird and left arm thought I was going to die,went back to bed had a biscuit couldnt even bloody chew it,laid down tried to sleep and here we go again could feel the adrenaline in my mouth strange numbing metallic taste,tried to sleep but e very time I would nearly drop off I'd get a rush in my chest or twitch in feet etc and strange heart beats this has been the worst has left me terrified no appetite either,I do get migraines but I know this was hormone madness as the aura went pretty quick used to last 30 mins .doctor said a few months ago its menopause as I was getting evening panics with fast heart rate and electric surges and feeling faint whilst lying down.ive realised these happen before and near the end of my period and before I ovulate.

  • Taz
    2 years ago
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    Thank you everyone...finally found women experiencing the same thing:-) 1 1/2 years ago had fainting episode after allergy shots...weeks later ears ringing...then 2 months later tingling and two months of no period followed by a four month long daily period. Had Head CT scan, head MRI, mammogram, pelvic ultrasound, endo biopsy, camera, heart monitor, 3 rounds of blood work, ekg, hormone tests, All came back normal. Meanwhile almost a whole year of these adrenaline surges ok near faint spells that seem to flare up worse before spotting or my period. Still irregular periods. I got seconds or minutes of a scary rush feeling, face feels weird, tingly hands, sometimes feet cramp up, sometimes hands and feet feel like throbbing, heart palpitation, chills, nausea, sometimes my vertigo feels worse a bit, BPV for seconds, feel near faint, vision flashes or looks narrow for seconds, and two times felt some breathing changes. I am 42-43 years old. I also had lots of stress going on. Some months symptoms are very often. It also went away for 3 months once. I usually get a ten day break from the rushes each month...

  • Laura Mcdougall
    2 years ago

    Hi taz awful isnt it, sorry ur suffering, luckily mine has stopped now i upped my magnesium intake through diet i eat alot of brown bread now and cut out sugar im alot better, my last period was fine no adrenaline rushes since i last posted so must of been magnesium low good luck see if it works for .p. s im hypoglcemic to and the brown bread has helped.

  • england1998
    2 years ago

    Can we conclude that this is a hormone imbalance of some sort? I have suffered from the symptoms mentioned above since the beginning of the year. Very frightening, I feel as though death is imminent. This all started after I returned from a trip to the states (I reside in the U.K.). Nothing has felt the same since, I am plagued by weird adrenaline surges, dizziness, inner ear fullness and pressure, extreme fatigue, brain zaps, vestibular migraines, chills, weakness, skin problems, and earlier this year, suicidal thoughts. The list is never ending, has anyone narrowed the culprit down?

    On a side note, has anyone noticed that consuming food worsens symptoms? Could be blood pressure related, however, I am very healthy and athletic. Doesn’t add up. My health anxiety has skyrocketed because of this, I feel very nauseous oftentimes too. I wish you all luck in tackling this beast - I hope we all find solace soon.

  • HU-236591794
    2 years ago
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    I’m new to this forum, and so glad I came across it. I’m extremely sad about not being able to control the menopause issues. Hot flashes with headaches, jittery, and it is through out the whole day:( any help or advice would be appreciated. I’m trying to stay away from HRT, as I heard that it’s too late for me to do it now. I’ve been having issues for around 3-4 years now, and this year they’re off the charts:(

    I had a hysterectomy, 9 years ago. I DO still have my ovaries. I’m 49. Ugh I’m in tears. It’s sad to see so many ladies struggling. I was hoping to find maybe a dr that specializes in treating this.


  • chamonix0522
    2 years ago

    I was put on the combi patch at 51 and it stopped my hot flashes and I felt a lot calmer. I couldnt take oral HRT to much depression and anxiety. The patch releases a much smaller amount on a regular basis. I get terrible adrenaline surges now almost every night and they begin before bed and last until 2am. I am afraid to go to sleep because I will be woken up in a with a rush of panic and then I feel like I cant breathe. I was diagnosed with POTS and hypothyroidism in the past 2 years as well. I go to a heart doctor, neurologist, gynocologist, endocrinologist and integrated medicine doctor at Cleveland Clinic and they are wonderful. I was normal before December 24, 2016 and now I have the most bizarre symptoms I never could imagine existed. But I have to say the adrenaline rushes are the worst. When they happen during the day they can last all day and it is very uncomfortable and makes me nauseated. If I do something that increases my heart rate I dont notice it as much, But who can do that all day long? Good luck to all!


  • HU-932189641
    2 years ago
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    Hello! I am SO grateful that I came upon this thread while google-ing “Adrenalin Rushes and PeriMenopause.” First and foremost (and as stated by many): it is such a relief to know I am not the only one out there! I have had these Adrenalin rushes for over a year now. First time I had them, I rushed to the hospital convinced I was having a heart attack. That started a period of health anxiety that consumed me. My normal doc put me on Lexapro for anxiety, but it had no effect and, if anything, made me more anxious. I am no longer taking it. I went to CBT, I tried bio-identical hormones and, most recently, I found a gynecologist who put me in BCPs (I’m 48). That gynecologist also told me this was part of peri menopause and PMS. She gave me a prescription for a benzo - but I am so paranoid about taking them that I only use it when absolutely necessary. Not sure if anyone else can relate, but I also get amazing levels of tension if my neck and shoulders - to the point that you can feel the muscle knots! Big Sigh. I have an appointment with a different gynecologist who specializes in menopause at the end of the month. What has worked for me is a prescription for Trazadone at night. I also only take a very low dose (25 mg) and it puts me to sleep despite the anxious feelings in my chest. No side effects in the morning. I have not been good about taking my CALM supplements and will turn that around starting tonight. I also started the KETO diet and have cut sugar and carbs - and I feel so much better for it!! Maybe it will help with the Adrenalin as well. Anyway - it’s a constant battle but I refuse to give up. I just want to feel normal again and have faith that there is a solution for me out there. If I find it, I will certainly let you know. Thanks to all for reading and sharing your own stories! K

  • HU-33695410988
    2 years ago
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    Hi

    I wonder if anyone else has been suffering with awful adrenaline surges that happen out of the blue and effects both arms. They go weak and feels like being squeezed. I can wake up at night and know it will happen. It generally starts from my stomach and then a rush comes

    over me and I then go hot and

    brings on a panic attack. I have ended up in A&E had numerous ECG and blood tests and all normal. Im

    so scared all the time of it happening and

    terrified it is my heart. I’ve just turned 50

    and periods are not regular any more. I suffer with anxiety especially health anxiety but wonder if it is a peri menopausal symptom. I also seem to be suffering with digestive issues too. Any advice would be welcome.

  • Laura Jewell
    2 years ago

    Hi all I’ve been off here fora while,sorry to hea4 so many suffering,it is hormones and I am a lot better for ignoring all the symptoms,plus I was anaemic to,I’m a lot better now even the hormones made me get low blood sugar an I’m not diabetic,so I’ve learned to lessen the hormone attacks what I do is I avoid caffeine only have 1 caffeine drink a day like tea in the evening decaf during the day as I found my hormones are worse in the mornings I get jittery hands so know hormones are bad then.i also cut out sugary stuff during the day and take a multivitamin with iron I seem normal now I get the odd weird day but that’s around period or ovulation but my energy’s back and i feel like me again,no hot flashes or adrenaline rushes ignoring it all and saying its just hormones seems to work,yes I know stupid but I tell myself I’m ok it will pass and now it doesn’t happen so much and if it does it’s mild .

  • Mkj Bar
    2 years ago

    It’s definitely hormonal , see my previous post re Facebook page you will find lots of woman with the same issues