Menopause and Arthritis connection

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What is the connection?

Typically, women start menopause between 45-55 years of age. Menopause causes the levels of estrogen hormone to reduce causing adverse effects on bones and joints. Joint pain is one of the more common menopause symptoms and it can be unexpected. Due to the pain and in some cases stiffness, it can reduce mobility and flexibility.

Additionally thinning of bones, also called ‘Osteporosis’ is a common cause of weakness of bones leading to fractures especially in menopausal women.

What are Estrogens ?

Estrogens are a group of hormones that play an important role in the normal sexual and
reproductive development in women.
In addition, estrogen affects the reproductive tract, the urinary tract, the heart and blood vessels,
bones, breasts, skin, hair, mucous membranes, pelvic muscles, and the brain. Many organ systems,
including the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems, and the brain are affected by estrogen.

Why now?

Menopause by its very nature is confusing when it comes to the timing of other age onset conditions. We may think that Arthritis appearing with menopause is just the start of the normal aging process, and it is, but they are linked.
As the levels of estrogen reduce in the body, one of the side affects can be what’s known as Menopause induced arthritis.

Overlapping symptoms

It can be hard to determine a flare up of inflammatory arthritis versus menopause-induced arthritis. Overlapping symptoms can be particularly confusing when the onset of inflammatory arthritis often occurs during menopause.

Aside from being similar, the symptoms of menopause can make the symptoms of existing inflammatory arthritis worse. Menopause can disrupt sleep, which can worsen fatigue and increase vulnerability to pain. Changing hormones can increase anxiety and depression, which are challenges already faced by many women living with inflammatory arthritis.

What can we do ?

Maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise and having a balanced diet is helpful to keep symptoms under control. Here are some ideas to help:

  • Reducing the pressure and repetitive strain on the joints is important, avoid jogging on hard surfaces to protect your joints. 
  • Yoga and swimming are beneficial for strengthening your muscles and joints without exerting too much pressure or load on the joints. At the same time though, keeping them flexible will reduce joint pain.
  • Reducing stress levels can help as sometimes this makes the point pain worse. Pain and stiffness can also feel worse if you feel anxious or depressed.
  • Getting enough quality sleep. Pain often feels worse when you’re tired or if you suffer from insomnia. A good night’s sleep is therefore important
  • Improving your body strength and posture to help reduce muscle and joint pain and improve flexibility and suppleness. Pilates and yoga are both good ways of doing this
  • Fruits and vegetables are packed with essential nutrients and antioxidants. They can help reduce joint inflammation.
  • Inclusion of nuts, wholegrains, and dried fruits into your diet with help supply calcium and magnesium which are essential for strong and healthy bones.
  • Taking oral supplements can also help. Vitamin B3, Omega fatty acid and fish oil supplements can often be recommended

So what next ?

Menopausal symptoms often last anywhere between 2-5 years. Your joint pain however maybe not be Menopausal related. So it may continue and if so you should keep up with appropriate natural ways to reduce the inflammation and seek advice from a Health professional.

Sources:

https://www.livehealthily.com/menopause/menopause-joint-pain

  • Fiona Watt: Hand osteoarthritis, menopause and menopausal hormone therapy; Mauritas 83 (2016) 13-18.
  • Wluka AE, Cicittini FM, Spector TD: Menopause, estrogens and arthritis; Mauritas 35 (2000) 183-199.
  • Von Mulhen D, Morton D, von Mulhan CA, Barrett-Connor E: Postmenopausal estrogen and increased risk of clinical osteoarthritis at the hip, hand and knee in older women; Journal of Women’s health and gender based medicine, 2002:.11:6, 511-518.

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Important notice: Be sure to talk to your healthcare professional if your symptoms are severe or last more than two weeks. 

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