There is little evidence that menopause causes joint pain and fatigue. However, these symptoms could be a result of the aging process or of another underlying medical condition such as fibromyalgia.
Research shows that hydrotherapy is one of the best treatments to reduce the inflammation caused by arthritis, one of the main sources of joint pain. Hydrotherapy involves doing exercises in a pool with warm water. It is important to opt for low-impact exercises such as yoga or swimming, since kick boxing or sprinting can be hard on the joints and muscles. Regular exercise can also help fight fatigue.
There is not a lot of evidence that acupuncture can help reduce fatigue or joint pain. However, many people find that acupuncture and similar treatments help them to relax. This can help them to reduce some of their symptoms, and many people who suffer from fibromyalgia have especially found this to be true. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicinal practice where thin needles are inserted into different pressure points in the body in order to relieve aches and pains. Similar techniques that can help improve relaxation are aromatherapy and meditation.
Hydration and a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet and staying hydrated can help you be healthier overall. A healthy diet full of food that keeps you full and gives you energy can help you to stay alert during the day. High energy foods include complex carbohydrates, foods rich in B vitamins, nuts, and fruits and vegetables. It can also be helpful to eat smaller meals throughout the day, instead of just a couple of big meals. Dehydration can make you drowsy, so ensuring you get enough to drink each day will improve symptoms of fatigue.
Massaging painful joints is a good way to pinpoint problems in specific joints. It is important to go to a trusted masseuse who understands how to treat joint pain and the condition that is causing your joint pain. A masseuse who does not understand what they are doing can make things worse.
See a Doctor
It is important to see a doctor if you are suffering from joint pain and fatigue. Joint pain is usually caused by an underlying condition, so being able to diagnose and treat that condition can decrease pain. A doctor may also be able to diagnose fibromyalgia, a condition that has joint pain and fatigue as two main symptoms. Doctors can also offer prescription medication, which is often effective when treating these conditions.
Women going through menopause may experience joint pain and fatigue, however it can be unclear what is exactly causing these symptoms. By seeing a doctor, you will be able to better understand the cause of your symptoms and how they can best be treated.
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