I'm pretty sure I am 5-6 months into menopause. For the past 2-3 months, no matter what length of a run I do, or how easy or hard, on hills or the flats, I always have a LOT of pain and tightness in my hips, knees and ankles for days afterward.
I have a desk job where I sit for 2-3 hours at a time (this place is a bit restrictive with its employees), and when I get up, I hobble for the first few steps. I'm also really sore getting up in the morning. After I get moving I can walk okay, although my joints still feel a little tight. I roll and stretch and while it helps some, it's not helping as much as it has in the past. When I run I have no pain; it's just after sitting or being immobile for an hour or more.
Today I went to the gym and did some stretching, light weights, and swam about 1/2 mile instead of running because tomorrow I want to see if I feel as sore from that activity as I do from running.
I have 2 questions:
1. Has anyone here who has been through menopause experienced this? If so, what did you do to get through it? If you don't want to respond on the message board, please Sparkmail me directly.
2. I plan to see a doctor to the bottom of the problem but I'm not sure which specialty I should see - family practice, sports doctor (usually an ortho but I saw one doctor listing himself as both sports medicine and family practice), an ortho or my gynocologist? Each doctor will approach the problem from their own speciality, but I think I need a more holistic approach. Any suggestions? I kind of hesitate with the combo sports medicine/family practice doctor because they are men, and I never know if they really understand women's issues.
"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom