How Does Menopause Influence Joint Pain?

Christina Dodd 

Post-menopause women complain of joint pain. Menopause joint pain can be frustrating and debilitating. These include back pain, stiffness in joints, pain in shoulders, hips, hands, fingers, elbows, etc.

At this stage, there arises a question in minds of women that how does menopause influence joint pain? So let us have a brief study of how is menopause related to joint pain as we know that by understanding the problem we are already half way to its solution.

Joint pain affects people as they get older and is common among menopausal women. Aches and stiffness accompanied by swelling around the joint and sometimes heart are typical symptoms of menopausal joint pain. These can be worse in the morning, improving as the day continues.Joints that experience high impacts such as the hips and knees tend to be most affected by this so called ‘menopausal arthritis.’

Menopause Influence Joint Pain

Some of this is attributable to age and osteoarthritis, which results in everyday wear and tear of our joints.

Two common causes of menopause joint pain, or menopausal arthritis, are thyroid issues and food allergies or sensitiveness.

However, joint pain is also caused by the declining estrogen levels.

Estrogen is a female hormone that plays a crucial role in a women’s health.During premenopause at times, she may suffer from estrogen dominance but as she proceeds towards menopause, her estrogen levels diminish substantially. Dehydration can also cause joint pain because of a build up of uric acid which can cause inflammation in the joints. Oestrogen is also important for regulating fluid levels in the body and with falling levels of the hormone, the body is unable to retain water efficiently.

There are several types of joint pain in the human body. Some of the joints most commonly associated are ball and socket joints, condyloid joints, gliding joints, hinge joints, pivot joints and saddle joints. Influencing the neck, shoulder, jaw and elbow joint pain some women also find their wrists and fingers becoming painful.

Bone loss can also occur in menopausal women. This may result in porous bone disease causing joint pain. Bone loss escalates as estrogen level drops. Menopausal women also tend to lose cartilage between the joints, which can lead to loss of flexibility. This can affect movement and can be very painful.

Osteoarthritis of the fingers is one type of osteoarthritis that seems to have some hereditary characteristics; that is it runs in families. More women than men have it, and they develop it especially after menopause.

Research has proved than more than 50 percent of women aged typically between 45 to 55 years face this problem. So now as we have understood the causes it will help women and doctors avoid unnecessary investigations and lead to easier management and resolution of their symptoms. But not to be disheartened there are a lot of remedies like a healthy lifestyle, herbal medicines and many more which will help us to deal with this problem with great simplicity.