Can Menopause Cause Arthritis and Chronic Pain?
If you’re going through menopause, chances are that you’ve noticed pain in various areas of your body, that you never had before. Menopause is one of the biggest changes in a woman’s life and can be overwhelming with questions and concerns about your overall health.
Facing both menopause and arthritis as you age seems daunting. But, if you understand how these two conditions work together and separately, you can be prepared to take charge of your health.
The link between menopause and arthritis begins at the heart of the two conditions. Menopause and osteoarthritis (OA) both appear later in life. And both menopause and osteoarthritis, which is the most common type of arthritis, may be connected to the varying levels of estrogen. When menopause begins, estrogen levels begin to decline. Putting women at a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis.
How to Manage the Symptoms of Both Menopause and Arthritis
Whether you’re currently living with arthritis or are concerned about developing the condition after menopause begins, there’s one important detail to remember. You’ll need to treat the symptoms of both to live your best life.
Arthritis of any kind can bring joint pain and inflammation. Add menopause into the mix the combined symptoms can be confusing, difficult to manage, and emotionally draining.
In order to manage these combined symptoms you may need to adjust your arthritis treatments or medications if your symptoms worsen. You may also need additional therapies, medications, or treatments to manage the symptoms of menopause.
No matter how you and your doctor decide to manage and treat the symptoms of menopause, arthritis, or both conditions simultaneously, it’s a good idea to have a plan. We can help. Call or Text us at 856.690.1616 to schedule a consultation with one of our Joint Specialists. We will address your most pressing joint pain symptoms and together develop a treatment plan to get you back to living your best life.