Joint pain and (morning) stiffness – or arthralgia – – a lot of women in the development have to do with this. There are even estimates that it accounts for about 50% of all women in the menopause. Especially pain around the small joints as the hands and fingers is a common complaint. But also pain, stiffness, and swelling in or around the knee and hip joints are not uncommon. These common complaints can make your daily activities more difficult and hurt your quality of life. Discover below about the symptoms and causes of joint pain transition and how to fight your pain complaints.
Symptoms joint pain transition
Maybe you recognize it. You have trouble getting out of bed in the morning. Your body feels stiff and stiff. It often takes you some time before you say ‘in the legs.’ Or maybe it is painful and strenuous to make precise movements. It is also not uncommon for you to sleep harder because of pain or occasionally wake up at night because you experience joint complaints. For example, if you are going to be involved in your sleep.
Do you recognize this? Maybe a little consolation, but you are not the only one with those complaints. Strong women struggle with joint pain transition. Joints that feel painful, stiff and swollen are often the fingers, hands, and wrists plus shoulders². But knees, hips, ankles and upper legs can also cause pain. Furthermore, the symptoms can sometimes also be accompanied by fever, redness, and heat in the joints.
Cause joint pain transition
Joint complaints occur in both men and women. Age can cause this, wear, overload and overweight. But also several rheumatic diseases including osteoarthritis (joint wear) can be the cause. However, are you a woman and between the ages of 45 and 55? Then the transition can be the culprit of your painful and stiff joints.
Are you wondering why? The hormonal fluctuations can make you more susceptible to joint complaints or joint pain transition. The suspicion is that the descending estrogen levels are the culprit.
Because the hormone estrogen ensures the build-up of collagen typically. This is a glue-forming protein in the connective tissue that keeps your skin elastic, but also provides that your muscles, tendons, cartilage, ligaments and mucous membranes remain smooth. Do your estrogen levels then fall under the influence of menopause? Then, among other things, your mucous membranes become less moist and also the build-up and breakdown of your cartilage changes. This protective layer becomes permanently thinner, as a result of which joints rub against one another during loading and precise movements. Consequence? Irritations and that can cause inflammation which leads to a change in a characteristic shape. This allows you to experience pain when you move and are therefore limited in your actions.
Also, osteoporosis can also stimulate your joint pain transition. After all, due to the dramatic decrease in the amount of estrogen, your bone density decreases. That makes your bones more brittle and can, among other things, cause your dorsal vertebrae to collapse, causing you to experience pain.