Menopause and Peri menopause can bring with it joint pain. The changes in hormonal levels which occur during the onset and duration of menopause can have an effect on bone health.
Many factors can contribute to joint pain, but the reduction of oestrogen seems to be a major contributor to joint pain. Oestrogen is important in that it keeps joint inflammation at bay. One important benefit of oestrogen is that it regulates the level of fluid. Getting the balance right is very important. The time preceding menopause, which is known as peri - menopause, sees a slow but sure decline in the levels of progesterone and oestrogen.
Certain joints experience more wear and tear especially around the hips and knees. Some women report that the aches and pains seem to happen more so in the mornings and reduce during the day.
Other factors such as wear and tear, obesity, stress, loss of muscle, inactivity, injury and certain diseases contribute to joint pain. Dehydration and an increase in the levels of uric acid may cause inflammation.
Remedies for joint pain include a healthy diet. Fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, nuts and dried fruit which contain magnesium are beneficial. Calcium which can be taken as a supplement is helpful and is aided in absorption by a sufficient intake of magnesium. You can take supplements of magnesium and calcium. Low impact exercise such as swimming, Pilates or yoga can help. Avoiding high impact exercise such as jogging on hard surfaces can make a difference in reducing the incidence of joint pain.
If, however, hormonal imbalance is the major cause then hormone supplementation may be the better way forward.
If you are experiencing the above symptom please do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 883 405 to book a free consultation and discuss this with one of our doctors.