While internal shaking / internal tremors symptom commonly referred as one of the unusual symptoms of menopause, it is not as rare as you may think. There are multiple reports from the surprised women on the strange internal feelings and equally large number of the recommendations on how to deal with such health related issue. The internal shaking may be or may be not be associated with menopause hormonal changes, therefore it should be taken seriously and checked with your doctor if the general health assessment should be completed with a set of the necessary medical tests and analysis.
Internal Shaking Causes
There are many possible factors that could result in internal tremors. This is an indication that something is disrupting the nervous system, but the disruption may have a variety of root causes. You’ll need to investigate each of the potential offenders to identify which ones apply to your situation.
The same applies to the extreme fatigue and general feeling of poor health. However, the most common cause of extreme fatigue is adrenal fatigue, which may also result in tremors and declining health.
The following list would be the most common potential suspects for the fatigue, tremors and not feeling well in general when traditional medical doctors can’t find anything.
Pesticide or Herbicide Exposure
All pesticides and herbicides cause severe disruption and damage to the nervous system and often result in internal tremors. This could be something you use in your own home or yard to kill bugs or weeds, or your neighbors, city or state. Damage could occur from a one-time exposure, or from ongoing exposures that accumulate over time. It can also be the pesticides in your food. Read more about pesticides and your health.
Pesticides also inhibit enzymes that are important in the production of energy, disrupt the endocrine system and weaken the adrenal glands. All of which will result in extreme fatigue and poor health.
Other Common Everyday Chemicals
The chemicals that compose other common everyday chemicals like perfume, air fresheners, disinfectants, laundry soap etc. new carpet, new housing construction or remodeling, mold overgrowth, fresh paint etc. all contain harmful chemicals that affect the nervous system and can result in trembling.
Even if you haven’t had a problem with these previously, a problem can present itself after years of exposure weaken the liver’s ability to perform its detoxification duties.
These chemicals also disrupt the endocrine system, adrenal glands and production of energy, which can lead to an array of disabling symptoms and poor health like fatigue, depression, anxiety, hypoglycemia and more.
Heavy Metal Toxicity
Toxic metals like mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, antimony, lead etc. will also disrupt the nervous system and adrenal glands and can result in a vast array of symptoms which would include fatigue and internal tremors.
Toxic metals may be in your fish, water, air, cosmetics, dental procedures, vaccines and many more. A hair analysis can help you assess the level of heavy metals in your body.
An imbalance or fluctuation of hormones that occurs during perimenopause often brings on symptoms like fatigue and tremors. Perimenopause symptoms can begin as early as your 30s. Additionally, hormones can be out of balance from pesticides, herbicides and other common everyday chemicals and poor diet and can occur at any age. Hormone imbalance is very common in both men and women because of poor diet and the high level of environmental toxins we are all exposed to on a daily basis.
A diet that contains sugar, caffeine, white flour, junk food and even too many complex carbohydrates disrupts the nervous system, endocrine system and adrenal glands. As we get older, we often become less tolerant of carbohydrates.
Neurotransmitter Imbalance or Disruptions
Disrupted or depleted neurotransmitters in the brain result in a long list of symptoms, of which include fatigue and tremors. Neurotransmitters are affected by many variables like diet, nutrition, stress, environmental toxins, emotional trauma, alcohol, recreational drugs and pharmaceutical drugs. The neurotransmitter issues most likely associated with internal tremors would include low levels of GABA, low serotonin and too much norepinephrine.
Fatigue and nervous system dysfunction are two of the most common symptoms to occur with unidentified food sensitivity.
The overgrowth of Candida yeast in the body and the toxins it emits are a major contributor to disruption of the nervous system and symptoms like trembling and fatigue.
Nutritional deficiencies or imbalances
The nervous system cannot function properly and the body cannot produce energy if it does not have sufficient levels of nutrients. Nutritional deficiencies are present in most of the population.
On the other hand, too much of a particular nutrient can be just as bad as not enough. For example, an excess of copper is associated with high levels of nervousness and internal tremors. Assessing your nutrient levels with an RBC mineral test can help you with this task.
Trembling and fatigue are very common symptoms of hypoglycemia. However, this is typically experienced in between meals. Eating typically alleviates these symptoms when connected to blood sugar.
In adrenal fatigue, the adrenal glands are no longer producing cortisol adequately. This results in many debilitating symptoms. Extreme fatigue is the primary symptom and it is commonly accompanied by shaking, trembling or internal tremors. You can assess the functioning of your adrenal glands with a cortisol saliva test.
Hypothyroidism is another common culprit in fatigue and may disrupt the nervous system as well.
Internal tremors could also be signs of Parkinson’s. However, keep in mind that Parkinson’s is a disorder that occurs because of dysfunction in the neurotransmitter, dopamine. Environmental toxins like heavy metal toxicity and pesticides are linked to Parkinson’s.
What to Do?
Regardless of which of the factors above may apply to your situation, eliminating the sugar, caffeine, junk food, complex carbohydrates and environmental toxins and increasing protein intake is likely to bring some improvement. Diet and a clean environment are the foundation for all healing paths.
You need to have some testing done that can identify the issues, mentioned above so the first step would be to approach your doctor and start the required tests and analysis in order to pinpoint the responsible problem source or sources, while being able to waive those which are irrelevant in your case.
Also, keep in mind that all the conditions listed above are often interconnected and occur simultaneously. For example, someone with Candida typically has disrupted neurotransmitters, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, pesticide toxicity, nutritional deficiency, hormone imbalance, and food sensitivities. So it takes a comprehensive approach to address all the roots.
It is easy to say “live with it, that is not life threatening”, but it is actually quite challenging to follow this advice. Some women report the shaking so strong that it is almost unbearable. Therefore, assuming that you have waived all the other possible triggers, your main strategy for dealing with the symptoms will be general addressing of the hormones fluctuation, which is causing many other health related issues at menopause as well.
Here are some of the user recommendations on what actually helped with this internal shaking:
* Lifestyle. Keep an established exercise routine, maintain a healthy weight, limit alcohol consumption to a reasonable amount, quite smoking, and implement adequate sleep and rest patterns in your life.
* ERT. It was reported that using progesterone cream and L-Theanine may be helpful. Some users reported that the tremors experience became kind of history, when they started, while others claim that it has significantly improved but still intermittently takes its toll.
* Coffee. Decreasing amount of caffeine consumption.
* Vitamins. Taking the following supplements: calcium, Vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, B12 and other vitamins.
* Herbs. As part of the holistic approach to menopause, some herbs have been reported of great relief for this symptom of the menopause: black cohosh, auyervedic herb Shatavari, and others.
* Anti-anxiety and anti-depressant meds.
Holistic Approach – Paida and Lajin
Paida and Lajin are Chinese words meaning hitting and stretching. In Chinese medicine, all human have 12 meridians which correspond to 12 different organs in our body. If there are blockages in any of them, the ‘chi’ (or energy) supplying these organs will be blocked and the organs cannot function properly. According to Chinese medicine theory, some illnesses are due to blockages of meridians and the only way to effectively cure them is to make sure the meridians are not blocked. In this way our organs can work properly and our body can fight the various illnesses and diseases.
The traditional Chinese ways to remove blockages in our meridians include Chi Gung, acupuncture and paida/lajin, and I think paida and lagin is probably the easiest that anyone can do safely at home.
First review the following two-parts video presentation from Youtube which will explain you the paida and lajin basics. It will take some time from you, but if you want to try managing this symptom “the green way”, you may get surprisingly good results.
Video 1 (50 minutes):
Video 2 (60 minutes):
Paida and lajin can be considered as a more well-known system Chi Gung. The only difference is that traditional Chi Kung uses the mind to direct the flow of ‘chi’ while paida and lajin use external forces to stimulate the flow of ‘chi’. The ultimate purpose of both is the same, to stimulate the ‘chi’ to flow through your meridians and to unblock any blockages in them.
Please note that you have to release the excess ‘chi’ after each session of paida or lajin. Otherwise uncontrolled ‘chi’ will keep flowing in your body and that could be uncomfortable, in acute cases you may feel your chest pressed and experience shortness of breath. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to release the excess ‘chi’ every time you finish the session.
Releasing the excess of ‘chi’ is relatively easy. Just stand in a relaxed position, with your hands (one palm touching the back side of the other hand) placed in front of your lower abdomen. Then in this standing position, visualize the ‘chi’ in your body flow through your body like water from your head, down to your chest, your abdomen, your leg, and flow through your feet to the earth below. This visualizing process may take 10 to 15 seconds. Repeat this 3 to 4 times then your excess ‘chi’ can be released.
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