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Bone Pain and Menopause

bone pain and menopause

Bone Pain and Menopause :

Question: “My Whole Body Hurts.” Just found your wonderful website. As I looked through it, I didn't find anything on bone pain during the transition and I wonder if other women have the same issue. Some days, depending on where I am on my cycle (still have a period 1 day a month), my whole body hurts. All of it...bones too. I do a lot of yoga, eat very well and take lots of supplements and it's still happening. Wondering if I need to look at bioidentical hormones to help with this?

Answer: Thank you very much for your question on bone pain and menopause. First of all, I want to commend you for making the necessary lifestyle changes such as yoga, a nutritional diet and supplements. You didn’t say which supplements, but I’ll trust you know what you’re doing and/or you are speaking with a naturopath. Even though you’re doing everything right, you still have pain in your whole body, even your bones. There are a number of possible reasons for this and what I am about to tell you is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or scare you. However, should you have any of the conditions listed, early treatment is crucial.

For any type of unexplained bone pain you need to see your doctor to rule out other conditions that may have nothing to do with perimenopause. If your symptoms are accompanied by a fever or unexplained weight loss it is vital that you see a doctor immediately. Menopause doesn’t cause these conditions. Because we are in perimenopause we sometimes give the blame for all of our symptoms to our hormonal imbalances. This may or may not be the cause. Do hormone imbalances cause diffuse body pain? Absolutely. It is common to experience fibromyalgia and menopause. But so do a number of other conditions. Before you treat the symptom, you must know the cause.

Other possible causes for bone and/or muscle pain

  • Cancer
  • Changes in your normal blood supply
  • Infections
  • Blood diseases
  • Osteoporosis
  • Injuries, past or present
  • Inactivity
  • Fatigue
  • Tension
  • Overuse
  • Hormone imbalances-maybe due to perimenopause

Your doctor may perform some tests :

  1. Medical history
  2. Blood tests
  3. Bone x-rays
  4. Ct or MRI scan
  5. Hormone level studies
  6. Urine tests
  7. Pituitary and adrenal gland function studies

Your doctor will suggest a treatment based on the findings of these tests.

Are bioidentical hormones right for bone pain and menopause?

Now, to answer your question about bioidentical hormones: I will refer to the opinions of The International Menopause Society because it is made up of brilliant Obstetricians and Gynecologists.The International Menopause Society states there is lack of evidence that the benefits and risks of bioidentical hormones are any different than conventional hormone treatments.

If you look closely at the positive reports and who is promoting bioidentical hormones you might just find some people who are making a lot of money.If you are in a lot of pain and your doctor has determined that it is indeed related to hormone imbalances, you will need to discuss the bioidentical hormone option with your doctor. We are all unique and our tolerances and risks and benefits are different.But if it were me, and I were experiencing a normal perimenopause with annoying but tolerable symptoms and not surgically induced or premature menopause, I would run- not walk- away from all hormone therapy.

Conclusion on bone pain and menopause So, what can you do to decrease your body pain (fibromyalgia, bone pain, muscle pain, joint pain) if it isn't related to any of the conditions noted above and it is indeed related to your perimenopausal state? You can tweak your natural remedies by possibly considering adding acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic treatments, emotional support, herbal remedies, meditation, cardiovascular workouts, and light weight training. I know you eat well, but for more recipe ideas to help balance your hormones go to my Diet for Menopause.

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