If you’re going through menopause, have you notices that along with the hot flashes, night sweats, and mood changes, you also feel more pain?
It’s not just your imagination. A new study has found that women with menopause symptoms are nearly twice as likely to have chronic pain diagnoses, such as fibromyalgia, migraine, and back pain.
“Chronic pain is a huge issue across the United States, but not a lot of attention is paid to the fact that it’s particularly acute for women in midlife,” says a clinical research psychologist with the San Francisco VA Medical Centre.
Four tips to manage chronic pain in menopause
1. Practice relaxation techniques: Try yoga and mindfulness meditation
2. Stay active: “Even on the days you have pain, set minimal goals for activity, like walking 3,000 steps each day. If you sit on the couch you become deconditioned and the pain gets worse.”
3. Say no sometimes: Stress increases your perception of pain. It’s OK to say no to attending this event or that extra project if it will add unnecessary stress.
4. Protect your sleep: Lack of sleep makes the pain seem worse, and research has found that making sleep a priority leads to longer and better sleep even for those with chronic pain. Limit caffeine and alcohol consumption in the evening, turn off those glowing screens and keep the bedroom cool and dark.
Source: KK Publishers