Can Warmth be good for joints and the nervous system

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By Christina

It finally happened. 

I woke up with my knees and elbows hurting. You know that deep kind of ache that seems to get worse as the day goes on. It’s the kind of nervous and joint pain I normally get after a good workout, but this was different somehow. 

So, as any level headed person would do I headed to the Google cave and began researching common causes for pain with the nervous system and joint pain. Though knowing I needed to proceed with caution, I threw the dice and randomly looked for what was going on with my joints. 

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My first go led me to an article from Creaky Joints (dot) org, heat tends to be more beneficial for the types of everyday joint pain such as stiffness that is normally associated with arthritis. 

Could arthritis be the reason for my joint pain? I wondered as I continued to click through the symptoms, but alas there was only discomfort and aches.. 

Perhaps I’ve reached that age where the weather is beginning to cause joint pain. You’ve probably heard your grandmother or aunt say, “My knees hurt, rain is coming.” 

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    So, I did more digging. That was when I realized it was probably due to low estrogen. According to Women’s Health, the muscles in your knees work differently at different points in your menstrual cycle.  The changes in muscle function can destabilize your joints and cause serious pain. 

    In fact, in a study conducted by Everyday Health, women typically feel more pain intensively, more often, and in more parts of the body than men, says Tarves Tucker, MD, a pain specialist and director of the Pain Clinic at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, in Lexington. 

    It is believed that female hormones are the reason why women’s high vulnerability to pain such as joint pain before and during their menstrual cycles. 

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    This has to do with estrogen levels plummeting right before menstruation begins and rising again after it’s over. 

    “Estrogen is believed to be protective against pain,’” Says Dr. Tucker.” it peaks during pregnancy, probably to protect women from the pain of childbirth.  And around perimenopause, estrogen levels dip. 

     

    Ah, eureka. This made sense according to my menstruation calendar. Which of course I use religiously. So I began to look for remedies. That was when I discovered that women respond to medication differently from men due to our fluctuating hormone levels. The hormones can reduce the amount of medicine circulating in the bloodstream, which means that women may need more than the standard does. Add the fact that female digestive systems are clower, causing certain medications like pain relievers to take longer to pass through the digestive tract. 

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      Now, I am not sure about you but I am not into taking more meds than I need to. So of course I looked into vitamins and supplements. 

      Although, there was something niggling at the back of my brain. 

      Estrogen. 

      I remembered from my physiology class something negative about estrogen and progesterone. But what did I remember? 

       

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      I’m the coffee-addicted creative behind Christina Q. Writes. As a full-time writer and lover of history, I share insights into my crazy wonderful life.  Christina Q. Writes is where I share tips and advice to help you live simply and in the moment, and do it your way. Don’t be afraid to laugh at my mistakes!