A woman’s bone structure is different from a man’s, and her metabolism is largely dependent on her female sex hormones. With the arrival of menopause, around the age of 50, women stop producing estrogen, hormones important in the formation and maintenance of bones, and fulfilling a preventive role against joint diseases.
muscle pain in menopause
On the other hand, muscle pain is produced by the decrease in muscle mass that increases after the age of 50. This leads to a loss of strength and an increased risk of fractures and injuries. This mass loss, mainly due to age, is directly related to the onset of menopause and the decrease in estrogen production.
From 45-50, 75% of women suffer discomfort related to menopause, which involves the cessation of ovarian function and the transition to a non-reproductive system. In addition to the aforementioned, muscle and joint pain, mood swings, sleep disturbances, weight gain, irritability, hot flashes, temperature changes, fatigue, migraines, etc., are frequent… All annoying physical and emotional symptoms can condition the daily life of many women.
We must also be attentive to the appearance of osteoporosis, a condition due to the loss of bone resistance due to decreased density. This can be detected by bone densitometry, a painless test that does not require more than ten minutes. Detecting it early is important because osteoporosis has no symptoms until a fracture is suffered.
Joint wear can lead to another common degenerative disease, such as osteoarthritis. The wear of the articular cartilage and the bone below it characterizes this pathology. When this cartilage is injured, it produces pain, stiffness, and functional disability. Fundamentally it affects the shoulder, knee, fingers, hip, and big toe. In Spain, 10% of the population suffers from it.
On the other hand, we also have rheumatoid arthritis, which is the most common of arthritis, being a chronic inflammatory disorder. It occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks body tissues. It affects the lining of the joints, and its highest incidence occurs during menopause. It is evidenced by morning pain, numbness in the hands, painful swelling, and stiffness. It is an aggressive disease that affects the joints quickly, so its early diagnosis is crucial.
Is there any treatment for menopause?
There is currently no treatment for joint or muscle pain associated with menopause. But, there is a series of measures that can be effective in alleviating the symptoms:
- Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) consists of counteracting the loss of hormones with drugs to reduce the associated discomfort.
- Use of analgesics or anti-inflammatories. We, how could it be otherwise, recommend using RS7 Capsules or RS7 Fisio Forte Cream, as they are two state-of-the-art products with the complete formula on the market and are completely natural. However, as we always do, in case of doubt, we advise you to consult your doctor or pharmacist.
- Reduce repetitive efforts (for example, lifting weights) or lower their intensity.
- Work the flexibility of the joints to reduce pain. Practicing disciplines such as yoga, swimming, or pilates is recommended; they help strengthen muscles and joints without suffering great impact or pressure.
- Avoid being overweight to reduce pressure on lower joints and back. We are lucky to have the Mediterranean Diet, which is synonymous with a healthy life and is recognized worldwide.
- Taking a calcium and magnesium Amino Fuel supplement may also help maintain strong bones.
- Avoid wearing high heels.
- In some cases, using a cane may be recommended to reduce the weight the lower joints must bear.
- Avoid a sedentary lifestyle. We must move and moderate physical exercise at least three times a week.
- Fight against stress and anxiety. We can learn very powerful tools, such as mindfulness, meditation, or guided muscle relaxation. In addition, we must find time to relax and dedicate ourselves to caring for ourselves. A relaxing bath, turning off the phone, a massage, a walk in the countryside, or barefoot on the beach can work miracles and make us feel much better.
- The most important thing is to keep a positive attitude, as it is usually the best natural pain reliever possible. Feel good about yourself and be patient. Love yourself!
Women during their menopause should be alert to the appearance of joint and muscle aches and pains to consult a doctor as soon as possible. An early diagnosis is important in many cases.