When it comes to menopause, all women know that they’ll have to go through a lot. With all the signs and symptoms of menopause, from night sweats all the road to those awful hot flashes, menopause can really take its toll on a woman’s body. Another sign of menopause is the terrible joint pain. Menopause and joint pain go together like peanut butter and jelly, it is natural when you sit down and reflect on all a woman’s body has to go through during all the stages of menopause.
When it comes right down to it, joint pain when a woman is going through menopause is going to happen, no matter which way you flip the coin. One of the main causes that there is so much joint pain when you’re going through menopause is because of the insomnia. A lot of women experience insomnia during all of the phase of the menopause and when your body doesn’t have time to recuperate itself it can completely throw your body out of whack. A foggy mind, memory loss and joint pain are all signs of insomnia and can definitely take a lot out of a woman.
Another sign or symptom of menopause is fatigue and absolute exhaustion; these too can cause your joints and muscles to hurt. When you’re sleepy, your body is sleepy too and when you don’t get adequate sleep at night, your muscles don’t have the time to recharge themselves, therefore resulting in muscle and joint pains. This is of course, all due to the imbalance of hormones in your body. It comes from your lack of estrogen, for when you’re going through menopause; your body is stopping its generation of a very important hormone, estrogen.
It’s scary. Very scary. Trying to get up out of a chair, or off the bed, and you can’t quite make it. Your arms or your legs are missing that last little ‘oomph’ that will put you on your feet and up on the walker. You have to sit back down, gather your strength, and go for it again. It scares me, because I know that some day, sooner or later, I may not be able to make that second try. …
Another common cause of muscle pain or soreness stems from immobility of a muscle. Although on its own the muscle not hurt if you suddenly over exert a highly underused muscle you’ll feel pain. This is attributed to your body reacting to the weakness of the muscle by cramping it up, or immobilizing it. As you can imagine this spirals into a continuous problem as your muscle is now immobilized again leaving it set up to become sore next time you attempt to use it. The best way to cope with this is to slowly work up strength in an immobilized muscle.
These are far and away the most common reasons that muscles become sore. Now that you see the causes of sore muscles hopefully you’ll be in a position to prevent it from taking place in the first place. If the muscle pain persists a physician or a chiropractor, as well as a fitness expert, will be in a position to recommend some great exercises or techniques to help reduce your muscle soreness.
There are some things you can perform to help your body out though! You don’t always have to live with the terrible joint and muscle pains you experience when going through menopause. A simple blood test from your doctor can show you what vitamins you may be low on and will need to start upping the levels on. Potassium is either of the vitamins that once the levels are low, can cause joint pains, so make sure you’re consuming a lot of potassium to help alleviate that joint pain. Another thing that may help you with all these aches and pains is to speak to your doctor about them.
Lastly, staying active and keeping up a good exercise regime will really assist with your joint and muscle pains. You don’t however, need to go to the gym every single day, a walk around the block or maybe a swim will do absolute wonders for your body and will assist with each and every joint and muscle you possess. You will need to bear in mind though, the first few weeks you start working out, it may seem like it isn’t working for your muscles and joints will be very sore. This won’t last a long time, it just takes some time for your body to get used to working out regularly.