Facebook Pixel

Comment Reply

(reply to beauty209)

Hi, Beauty209, and welcome to EmpowHer! Thank you for your question.

I assume that by linking your question to this thread you are thinking it's linked to your perimenopause? Is that right? Have you had other symptoms, like irregular periods, hot flashes or night sweats? Moodiness or weight gain?

Or are these your only issues at the moment?

For others who are reading, formification is the sort-of "pins and needles" feeling that you get on your skin sometimes; some say it feels like insects crawling on your skin. Is this all over your body, Beauty? Or just on your legs?

If it's just on your legs, please ask your doctor whether you might have Restless Legs Syndrome. Insomnia can also be a symptom of this (in addition to perimenopause). Here are the RLS organization's description of the symptoms:

"Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological condition that is characterized by the irresistible urge to move the legs. While the name may sound funny, it is a very real disorder. In order for you to be officially diagnosed with RLS, you must meet the criteria described in the four bullets below:

You have a strong urge to move your legs which you may not be able to resist. The need to move is often accompanied by uncomfortable sensations. Some words used to describe these sensations include: creeping, itching, pulling, creepy-crawly, tugging, or gnawing.
"Your RLS symptoms start or become worse when you are resting. The longer you are resting, the greater the chance the symptoms will occur and the more severe they are likely to be.
"Your RLS symptoms get better when you move your legs. The relief can be complete or only partial but generally starts very soon after starting an activity. Relief persists as long as the motor activity continues.
""Your RLS symptoms are worse in the evening especially when you are lying down. Activities that bother you at night do not bother you during the day.
"RLS can also cause difficulty in falling or staying asleep which can be one of the chief complaints of the syndrome. A substantial number of people who have RLS also have periodic limb movements of sleep (PLMS). These are jerks that occur every 20 to 30 seconds on and off throughout the night. This can cause partial awakenings that disrupt sleep. Sleep deprivation can seriously impact your work, relationships, and health."


Is this similar to what you are describing, Julie?

Here's the Mayo Clinic's page on this, and there are blue links down the left side that link to symptoms, causes, tests and diagnosis, and treatment:


Please let us know if this sounds relevant to you, or if I'm barking up the entirely wrong tree (in which case I'll go in another direction!)

October 23, 2009 - 9:37am


Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy