I'm a 57 yr menopausal woman (periods stopped within the past year), and the only other health issue I have is meniere's disease which is currently in remission after steroid injections (no vertigo for 5 months, and low level of daily disequilibrium).
Recenlty I have been frightened by weird sensations mostly when sleeping where a huge rush surges from about my throat down through my chest causing me to panic instantly, because my chest feels tight and I feel like, seriously, I am about to die. I then lie there, too scared to try to go back to sleep. Eventually I do and when I wake up I feel normal.
Today, after a long road trip in which I was just a passenger (so not too stressful) upon getting home, standing at my kitchen table the same thing happened. I nearly collapsed bec. I was standing up when it occured. The chest tightness and "flush" feeling only lasted seconds but then radiated out my arms and legs causing tingling in both, and in the back of my head.
Could this be caused by menopause? Is it an adrenaline rush? Should I see a doctor? I mentioned the Meniere's disease because the fluid building up in my ears in the past has caused vertigo and dizziness, but this feels completely different.View Thread
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