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Is it normal to have knee pain in a peri menopausal woman?

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Posted on Wed, 26 Mar 2014
Question: Hi! I have been experiencing behind the knee ache/pain for the last couple of months, it keeps me awake at night!!! I now have hip pain and lower back niggles (all on the right side). I have put on weight (15kilo) in the last 2 years (Thankyou peri menopause), so any ailments I have, I tend to blame my weight gain. This, however is being very persistent and as I have got back onto an exercise regime (3 x week weights, boxing, cardio) I'm worried if I don't attend to this, I'll damage something and won't be able to exercise AND never lose this weight. Thanks for your time, XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Rakesh Madhyastha (35 minutes later)
Brief Answer: Osteoarthritis Detailed Answer: Hello Thanks for the query I am assuming that the pain is behind both your knees since you havent mentioned any side. Pain behind both the knees in a peri menopausal woman is most often due to osteoarthitis. It is due to wear and tear with age and also more now because a metabolic changes that take place due to menopause. Here are my suggestions 1. Approach an orthopedician for x ray anterior-posterior and lateral view of the knee, MRI is preferable to rule out cartilage injury 2. Apply knee brace to reduce pain 3. Avoid strenous exercises, especially weight lifting 4. Painkillers like aceclofenac and tramadol are ideal for you 5. I usually start low dose calcium supplements in peri menopausal women 6. Meet a gynaecologist for estrogen replacement therapy I hope I was of help, if you have any further queries please get back to me I wish you good health Regards
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Is it normal to have knee pain in a peri menopausal woman?

Brief Answer: Osteoarthritis Detailed Answer: Hello Thanks for the query I am assuming that the pain is behind both your knees since you havent mentioned any side. Pain behind both the knees in a peri menopausal woman is most often due to osteoarthitis. It is due to wear and tear with age and also more now because a metabolic changes that take place due to menopause. Here are my suggestions 1. Approach an orthopedician for x ray anterior-posterior and lateral view of the knee, MRI is preferable to rule out cartilage injury 2. Apply knee brace to reduce pain 3. Avoid strenous exercises, especially weight lifting 4. Painkillers like aceclofenac and tramadol are ideal for you 5. I usually start low dose calcium supplements in peri menopausal women 6. Meet a gynaecologist for estrogen replacement therapy I hope I was of help, if you have any further queries please get back to me I wish you good health Regards