Can Menopause Cause Joint Pain? (Menopausal Arthritis)

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Menopausal Arthritis is very real.

Joint pain caused by inflammation of joints affects a lot of people as they age. Along with that, it is also known to be a common issue among menopausal women. As a matter of fact, everyday pain and swelling around joints are the most common symptoms of menopausal joint pain. These kinds of aches are worsened in the morning time when you wake up.

Basically, the pain felt in joints is not directly related with a menopause and its symptoms may cross paths with other diseases. For example decreased estrogen levels may or may not be the cause, even though reduction of estrogen vitally affects your bones.

The confusion also arises because women are often said to experience joint pain with increasing age. There are symptoms of joint pain and menopause that overlap with each other. These symptoms include depression, lack of concentration, night sweating and flashes of heat.

This condition in which menopause can cause joint pain in women is called “menopausal arthritis”. Body joints, mainly those with high levels of friction, such as ankles, hips and knees are affected by this form of arthritis the most. Wrists, fingers and hands can also suffer, and athletic females or sports women have it particularly though because cardio exercise of any kind can trigger these pains.

Here’s an excellent video explaining the link between menopause and joint pains:

Avoid Joint Pain During Menopause

Maintaining a healthy body weight can help a lot with your joint issues in this case. Losing weight for over weight people should be the first preference for getting rid of menopausal arthritis. The more you’ll weigh the more pressure will be applied on all joints. To increase your body’s mobility and decrease excessive stress on joints, start losing weight immediately. Below are a few other practices that shall aid in reducing menopausal arthritis pains.

  • Cut down activities from your routine that trigger joint pain.
  • Whenever you feel joint pain, immediately utilize a hot water bottle or an ice bag to ease the pain.
  • Keep your body flexible by doing simple yoga moves every day.
  • Keep painkillers as your last resort.

Best Treatment for Menopausal Arthritis

The most recommended treatment for menopausal joint pain is HRT (Hormone replacement therapy). This would work in cases where menopause is accompanied by hormonal imbalance. Symptoms include vaginal dryness and severe mood swings. We advise that you contact your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

Meanwhile, we hope this post was informative to you about menopause and joint pain issues. If you have any feedback or experiences of your own, please feel free to comment below and let us know.

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Amelia Hadd has written 6 articles

Having grown up in Blackfen, Amelia was unsure about moving to the Middle East but ended up taking a job with a multi-national health and fitness company where she now advises clients about lifestyle changes and dietary plans.

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