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Does the all-over muscle and joint pain associated with menopause ever go away- and the depression that comes with it?

By Anonymous June 29, 2015 - 8:06am
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More than one year ago, I experienced simultaneous depression, anxiety, with hormone levels going down due to menopause. My expensive, concierge doctor MISDIAGNOSED me with low thyroid and 5 days of thyroid pills sent me into over active thyroid and I lost more than 10 pounds rapidly, going down to 98. This was all muscle that was lost, my skin hung from my frame. It has taken me a year to get some of the weight back on. I do not like how menopause is considered "normal" as nothing about this has been normal for me. Everything hurts, food is my enemy as I am now diagnosed as gluten-intolerant on top of this. I'm on BHRT, but that only goes so far. I am tired of my whole body hurting.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for reaching out to us with your health issues.

Full body muscle and joint pain is not a typical symptom associated with menopause.

I can appreciate how you must be feeling. Consider finding a new primary care physician.

Do you experience the pain constantly or intermittently? Is it worse in the morning or in the evening? What triggers or worsens the pain?

An autoimmune disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia or Lyme's disease are all possible conditions that might be the cause of the full body muscle and joint pain.

A definitive diagnosis can be made with blood tests including complete blood count and erythrocyte sedimentation rate.


June 29, 2015 - 8:35am
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