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WorldMenopauseDay 18th October- RED ANTS - I was told I would be put on Multiple Sclerosis pathway!

by Jane Green

I am used to disbelief and rolling eyes but when I asked for help from the doctor that I was suffering from red ants crawling under my skin on arms, back and neck, the eye rolling disbelief was very evident. They were so real and very unpleasant. The doctor was going to put me on the Multiple Sclerosis pathway but in the end I asked about the menopause as I was 57. She said okay I could try HRT. Result- Ants were gone. It was called formication parenthesis and can happen during the menopause.

I had probably fell apart before but not realised the increased attacks of allergies were related to menopause like MCAS, small fibre neuropathy pain increase, joint pain and poor sleep. The 'red ants' were a notable symptom and does happen to some people. I had a few years earlier at age been told that my subluxations, sprains on my ankle and fibular head joint pain (which is misaligned) were probably just aches and pain from the menopause when I was not even perimenopausal as the specialist had said we all get 'aches and pains at our age'. Dislocations, subluxations and sprains are not just 'aches and pains' that the general population get but it is our normal.

Working and menopause:

During the years before I had tried to continue to work but physically fell apart.

Here is a link to the menopause guidance if you are working.

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Sarah Marcello
Sarah Marcello

My goodness, I can totally relate. The number of times I have had the GP "eye roll" is beyond a number - the most recent was after a clinically mild anaphalaxic, where I was told "it might be a bit of an intolerance!" I was told to take an antihistime and go home. I had a bit of an uncharacteristic meltdown and I left the GP's office that day in a lot of distress, emotional and physical, but I did eventually end up with a blood test form to test for allergies to soya and fruits.

It transpires that the IgE levels were through the roof. I have had hayfever since I can remember, the 'red ants' for at least…



I can relate Jane as I have had horrible skin sensations for quite some time . I have also been communicating to the GP about tingling in my arms and hands and pins and needles and it was no real concern for some GPs (when I was starting to worry that it was MS symptoms after experiencing these unpleasant skin symptoms and muscle issues for considerable time ). There were no links made to the menopause either even though I have been menopausal last 2 years. I have also suffered with allergies all my life and my skin is extremely sensitive to temperature and changes in my environment and what I put on and in my body and usually flar…

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