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Feeling sore all over can just be hormonal.

Pain in your muscles and joints is surprisingly common with perimenopause and menopause. In addition to general aches and pains you may experience an aggravation of osteoarthritis, back pain, migraines, old injuries and even fibromyalgia. It feels a bit like getting bowled over by the flu.


It is not well understood why females get these symptoms however it might be due to the loss of the anti-inflammatory effects of both progesterone and oestrogen. Certainly a lack of sleep and altered mood around this time can aggravate your aches and pains.

The regular treatments for your aches and pains of course still apply, such as medication, having physical therapies and staying active. 

Some other strategies for your menopausal aches and pains

  • stay physically active – regular yoga or outdoor exercise such as walking

  • try to get enough sleep

  • magnesium supplements

  • anti-inflammatory supplements such as omega 3 and tumeric

  • menopausal hormone therapy.

Restless legs syndrome

This is an unusual condition where you become aware of odd sensations in your legs and a strong desire to keep fidgeting. It is worth checking you are not deficient in iron or vitamin D, as these can be implicated. Magnesium and melatonin at night might also help the symptoms of restless legs.

This information is for general educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please see your health professional for advice that is personalised to you.
Key take aways

Keep active despite your aches and pains

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