A woman may experience hand and knee joint pain for the first time when she enters into perimenopause and then proceeds into full menopause. On the other hand, the aches and pains that she normally experienced may get worse during this period of her life.
Arthralgia is the medical term for joint pain, according to 34-menopause-symptoms.com. Many women notice that the joints in their hands and knees get stiffer as they get older.
Oestrogen is a hormone that provides anti-inflammatory effects. However, when a woman reaches menopause her oestrogen levels significantly decrease and can no longer provide protection for the joints.
Eat foods that contain natural anti-inflammatory properties, such as fruit and vegetables. Also eat foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids or take a supplement. This will help fight joint inflammation and pain.
If a menopausal woman is stressed, she will produce too much cortisol, which is a stress hormone. This will exacerbate inflammation and make her hurt.
If you and your doctor have determined that the aching joints in your hands, knees and elsewhere are the result of fluctuating and then diminished hormones, you may want to try phytotherapy.
Phytotherapy consists of using plants and herbs for healing purposes. According to WomenToWomen.com, phytotherapy can prevent health problems as well as treat them.
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