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Headaches and Migraines

Menopause and Headaches, Migraines, or Other Painful Symptoms

Menopause and headaches or migraines, joint pain, leg soreness, itchy skin and breast tenderness are a few of the aches and pains that you might experience. Getting older can come with its share of these problems and blaming estrogen decline is an easy thing to do. Neglecting your body will only add to the stress and anxiety you might already be feeling. Listen to your body when it says it needs a little extra attention.

Perimenopausal women are more vulnerable to migraines especially if you suffered from headaches during your periods. There is a definite difference between menopause and headaches or migraines. A migraine includes light sensitivity, pounding, nausea, vomiting, muscle tension and spots in your vision. Migraines can be very debilitating. Menopause and headaches will cause hurt and discomfort, but don’t necessarily stop you from going about your business.

Joint pain and leg soreness are two other common complaints during menopause. You’re not falling apart. Your body just wants to get your attention. Weight gain during menopause, an old injury, or maybe even arthritis could be to blame. Talk to your doctor about what’s bothering you and see if there is something you could be doing for relief.

If you experienced breast tenderness during your periods, there is a chance they can feel tender again during menopause. Unbalanced levels of estrogen can cause pain, soreness, discomfort and swelling of the breasts. Some women take comfort by wearing a bra, even to bed. Soy, apples, citrus fruits, alfalfa, cherries, potatoes, and yams are said to promote estrogen levels. Consider including them in your diet.