JOINT ACHES AND PAINS
Backs, knees and hips are most affected, followed by hands, fingers, wrists, shoulders and even your jaw! For some women, these will be no more than minor twinges, but for others it can cause chronic, debilitating pain.
R.E.M reckon “Everybody Hurts” but menopausal joint pain means it’s pretty much everything!
Wear and tear as we get older can certainly be part of the story, but our hormones also play a major role. While the relationship between joints and oestrogen is still somewhat unclear, it’s thought that oestrogen maintains joint and bone health and dampens inflammation down. Depleting oestrogen levels from peri-menopause onwards may give way to gradual aches and pains, or sudden flare ups.
And the good news is….
For many women, once hormones are balanced - if this is the main cause - joint pain will go.
The best ways to ease menopause joint aches and pains
Short-term use of over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory tablets may help. More effective in the long term is improving your self-care and making lifestyle changes could have a greater impact on joint pain management in menopause.