Menopause muscle pain can be a sign of hormonal imbalance and is also part of the natural aging process.
A woman's body goes through many changes around menopause because of the dramatic decline in estrogen production beginning in Perimenopause.
We all get aches and pains from time to time, however, we usually know the cause: heavy lifting, too much gardening, over exercising etc. Women approaching menopause report that they experience, pain, sore muscles that strain easily or find that they are holding tension in the muscles throughout the day, for no apparent reason.
Muscles, tendons and bones all have estrogen receptors and these parts of the body can suffer and become weaker from a lack of estrogen resulting in daily pain.
Menopause muscle pain is closely related to stress and anxiety.
Muscle pain tension is the feeling that muscles are always tight or strained, sometimes to the point of frequent pain or even persistent and ongoing pain. The pain or cramps can be in any of the body's muscles.
As menopause nears, a woman's body reacts in many ways. The main female hormones, estrogen and progesterone begin to fluctuate erratically as they prepare to settle into low levels for the remainder of your life.
Both estrogen and progesterone play a part in causing menopause muscle pain.
Estrogen applies a suppressing affect on the stress hormone cortisol. When estrogen is too low, levels of cortisol rise raising blood pressure and blood sugar. High levels of cortisol against low levels of estrogen leads to chronic muscle tension, fatigue, weakness and muscle spasms.
Progesterone has a calming effect on the body and mind. When levels of progesterone begin to decline prior to menopause, muscles have a tendency to become tense.
Imbalances in testosterone can also contribute to muscle problems during menopause, as women find it more difficult to sustain muscle strength and tone.
During menopause your body lays down an extra layer of fat around the middle "apple shape". As a result of this weight gain some women may experience greater muscle strain.