The journey through menopause comes with a host of changes, and for many women, muscle aches and pains become an unexpected companion. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the nuances of menopause-related muscle discomfort, offering insights, differentiating factors, and empowering solutions tailored to your unique health needs.
If you’re grappling with persistent muscle soreness, it might be another symptom of the menopause transition. Distinguishing between typical muscle pain and potential arthritis can be challenging but crucial for seeking the right guidance.
During menopause, women are more susceptible to conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. These conditions necessitate medical attention and thorough investigations for a proper diagnosis.
Estrogen, a key player in menopausal changes, significantly influences muscles, cartilage, joint health, and bone replacement. Exploring hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can provide relief by addressing these areas effectively.
Additionally, external factors like poor posture and stress can contribute to muscle tension and pain, adding complexity to the menopausal journey.
Musculoskeletal pain, especially joint aches, is a common experience during menopause, affecting more than 70% of women in midlife. These aches can manifest at any stage, including the perimenopause phase.
If you suspect menopause-related muscle discomfort, it’s essential to consult your provider for a thorough evaluation. However, several lifestyle adjustments and treatments can alleviate symptoms:
Jenna Perkins is a board certified Women’s Health and Gender Related Nurse Practitioner with extensive knowledge and experience in Urogynecology, Pelvic Pain, Sexual Health, and complex Gynecology. She is founder of DiscovHER Health, Northern Virginia’s premier destination for women’s healthcare and expertly curated products.
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