Arthritis Symptoms Linked to Decrease in Estrogen
Of the many symptoms of aging, joint pain can be one of the worst. Joint pain, especially related to rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, is significantly more common in women than in men, but it can be quite debilitating for both.
If you have joint pain or arthritis, you are likely acutely aware of how difficult once-easy activities have now become, especially if you were active as a younger adult. Did you used to dance, perhaps? Or garden? Even taking the shopping bags in from the store or kneeling down to play with your children or grandchildren might require an unusual amount of painful effort. Sure, you can take some pain relievers and try to fight through the remaining pain and stiffness, but it isn’t the same. So many of the pleasures of life have been stolen simply by virtue of growing older.
Fortunately, it may not have to remain this way. Researchers have provided a more definitive look into the effects of estrogen on post-menopausal women suffering from arthritis symptoms and joint pain. A study conducted by the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute analyzed more than 10,000 post-menopausal women, most of whom reported joint pain and almost half of whom reported joint swelling.
The women were divided into two groups. The test group received estrogen, while the control group received a placebo. The study found that after a year, a significant number of women in the test group were experiencing less severe symptoms compared to the women in the control group. After two years, the symptoms in women who were receiving estrogen diminished even further.
Treatment for Joint Pain
Restoring hormone balance through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can bring symptom relief during menopause, as well as easing the transition into your golden years. Research has found that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is the safest and most effective treatment option for menopausal and post-menopausal symptoms.
A comprehensive treatment plan, like the ones offered by the practitioners of the BodyLogicMD network, will include solutions for symptom management, as well as target the root cause of health conditions. Advanced testing combined with a comprehensive lifestyle analysis is the best way to identify the source of distress in the body.
Physicians within the BodyLogicMD network can guide you toward solutions that will best treat your specific condition and symptoms. If you want the most knowledgeable and individualized treatment, contact a BodyLogicMD physician today.