Feeling some discomfort during menopause? You are not alone. Many women experience muscle and joint pains during this time. It can be hard to tell if it’s just a part of menopause or if it’s related to arthritis. If you have concerns, it’s important to seek advice.

Symptoms of Menopausal Joint Pain

During menopause, joint pain is often strongest in the morning and gets better as you move around during the day. Many women feel pain in their back, neck, jaw, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and fingers.

Along with the pain, you might also feel stiff, notice swelling, or even experience shooting pain down your back, arms, or legs. Some women say it feels like a burning sensation, especially after exercising.

How to Treat Joint Pain During Menopause

Achy fingers, tight hips, or sore knees during menopause can be bothersome. The following are simple things you can do to help yourself.

  • Visit Your Doctor
    Seeing your regular doctor or gynecologist is a smart move if you have joint pain. They can check your hormone levels and come up with a plan to help you manage your menopause symptoms.
  • Stay Active
    Moving your body regularly is a good way to strengthen and flex your joints. Swimming, tai chi, and yoga are gentle exercises for older people. Avoid activities that make your joints work too hard, like running.
    Being active can also help you keep your weight in check, which can lessen the strain on your joints. Exercise helps you feel more energetic and keeps your joints flexible. It can also improve your mood, lower your risk of heart disease, and help you sleep better.
  • Relaxation
    When stressed, your body releases cortisol, which can worsen joint inflammation. Simple relaxation techniques and staying active can help lower stress and cortisol levels.
  • Eat Healthy
    Certain foods can cause chronic inflammation, like those high in carbs and sugars and low in omega-3 fatty acids. Instead of white bread and rice, try whole-grain options like wheat bread and oatmeal.
    Include seafood like tuna and salmon, and eat leafy greens like kale and spinach. Some fruits like blackberries, blueberries, and cherries have natural anti-inflammatory properties. You can also add omega-3 and vitamin D supplements for extra benefits.
  • Over-the-Counter Medications
    Hyaluronic acid might help your joints move more smoothly, and ibuprofen can help with everyday aches and pains.
  • Simple Pain Relievers
  • Gels with anti-inflammatory ingredients
  • Anti-inflammatory Pills (Note: It’s best to talk to a pharmacist first, especially if you have health issues that could make these pills risky.)
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
    HRT can help with the aches and pains caused by menopause by bringing hormone levels back to normal. It might also be helpful for arthritis. It can alleviate menopause symptoms and increase your energy levels.

Ending Note

Experiencing menopause joint pain is a part of aging. However, If the joint that hurts suddenly changes, like it gets swollen, red, or feels warm, or if the pain is really bad or you can’t use it anymore, the situation can be alarming.

Visit Dr. Hunaid Dollar at the Internal Medicine Diagnostic Center for a thorough diagnosis and appropriate treatment of any underlying health issues. Our board-certified internal medicine expert has extensive experience in handling numerous cases. Call us at (281) 252-8600 for an appointment.

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