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Could my joint pain be caused by my lack of estrogen?

By Anonymous August 17, 2014 - 11:44pm
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June 2012, at the age of 32, I had a Total Hysterectomy with Bilateral Salpingo-oopherectomy due to stage 4 endometriosis. I was initially put on a patch to manage my hormones, or lack there of, but within a few shirt months my endo began to grow back. After playing with the dosage and changing my meds a few times, I decided to get off of everything, cold turkey. Overall, that was not a difficult. I haven't had horrible hit flashes, but what I have been dealing with is horribly achy joints. They are swollen and quite tender. I assume it's due to my lack of estrogen. I just really don't want to be on it. I have. Family history of cancer and with my experience with endo, I'd rather not go that route. I'm hoping to get some advice as to best manage my menopause naturally and yet protect my bones. Please advise.


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Hello Melissa,

I welcome you to the EmpowHER community. I can appreciate your concerns regarding hormone therapy.

Estrogen has an anti-inflammatory effect in our bodies. When estrogen levels start decreasing, women could feel the effects in their joints.

One possible way to reduce the inflammation responsible for your achy joints is to try an anti-inflammatory diet. Please check with your physician first.

Andrew Weill, M.D. is noted for his anti-inflammatory diet. Along with influencing inflammation, this diet will provide steady energy and ample vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids dietary fiber, and protective phytonutrients.


August 18, 2014 - 8:57am
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