Menopause Diaries | Your What Hurts?

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I’ll turn 56 next week and I find myself a bit mystified at where the years have gone. Wasn’t it just yesterday I was hanging out with friends at school?

I’m proud to be embracing both my age and imperfections. I’m not the kind of girl who ages in reverse, I’ve earned every wrinkle and grey hair through living a life filled with both good and bad times, struggles and triumphs.

Today, I’m going to share some of the fabulous (#sarcasm) new changes that have crept into my life like some sort of aging ninja. From the arthritis that throbs in my thumbs, to hearing and hair loss, age spots galore and of course, menopause, let’s discuss.

I dusted off my investigate reporter hat and did a little digging to find out some of the causes and cures for my growing list of ailments.

Arthritis

The nobs growing and throbbing on my thumbs came as no surprise. Grandma used to call it “Arthur” and her fingers eventually bent and twisted as Arthur ravaged her hands.

Arthritis is a common condition for midlife’s, with some data saying that by the age of 65, it might affect 49.7 percent of all adults! Ok, so I’m getting a head start with Arthur.

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Natural Cures
According to the Arthritis Foundation, “soaking in warm water is one of the oldest forms of alternative therapy, and there‚Äôs good reason why this practice has stood the test of time”.

Adding Epsom Salt to your bath infuses your body with magnesium sulfate, and naturally eases aches and pains.

My husband and I both swear by Blue Emu, a miracle cream that helps alleviate pain and doesn’t stink.

Hair Loss

Although I have been blessed with thick hair, I find it is now receding at the temples. How do you like my combover?

As it turns out, menopause actually increases hair loss. There are several shampoos that can help with this common problem that affects both men and women.

new hair growth

Menopause

Oh menopause, sometimes you amaze me with your creativity. From hot flashes, to insomnia, tears and ahh, hem, dryness, you do make aging a roller coaster of delight (insert eye roll here).

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I have found this natural hormone cream to be effective in reducing the effects of my hot flashes. It also helps me to sleep a bit better.

natural hormone replacement cream

Here’s an informative article by Prevention on naturals ways to deal with menopause.

Age Spots

On to those pesky age spots that seem to multiply while I sleep. I take responsibility for my part in my Dalmatian-like age spot takeover. I grew up on the coast of sunny California and baked myself at the beach, my skin slathered in Bain de Soleil Orange Gel (can you believe they still make it after all these years?). Oh how I loved the smell and feel of that suntan encouraging gel.

Well now age spots are not only an issue on my face and hands, I just noticed them on my legs too.

So what are age spots? Simply put, they are the result of melanin set to turbo speed. As we age, the sun damage that’s accumulated on the skin starts to show it’s spots, if you will.

Fortunately, the beauty industry is all over this common problem, offering age spot products for hands, body and face alike.

Hands

Face

Hearing Loss

Now this one surprised me. My hubby and kids think I need a seeing ear dog because I am constantly asking them to repeat themselves or turn up the television. We have a friend who lost most of his hearing serving his country. Instead of say, “Huh?” he says, “your what hurts?” when he misses a conversation. Think I’ll try that from now on.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “About 25 percent of people in the United States between the ages of 55 and 64 have some degree of hearing loss.” Well count me in the over-achiever category!

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So all in all, I feel extremely blessed and I’ll be embracing 56 with a giant slice of cake, and many hopes and dreams for an amazing new year.
Here’s to loving ourselves just the way we are, my friends!

What’s your most aggravating age related development? We’d love to hear from you in the Comment Section below.

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Until next time darlings, live, love and laugh!

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10 Comments on 5 Age-Related Problems Women Face + Survival Tips

  1. Victoria
    January 26, 2018 at 12:12 pm (3 months ago)

    At 67 I think the loss of muscle mass is the hardest to deal with. I have never been a big exerciser but now it just seems to be a waste of time.

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    • Jonet
      January 27, 2018 at 10:19 am (3 months ago)

      I understand exactly what you mean, Victoria. I’ve neglected my body and avoided exercising and have lost so much of my muscle tone. But I also believe it’s never too late to begin again, slowly. I remember a lady who had a tv show for years where she taught even people in wheelchairs how to exercise from a seated position. I’m starting this week, my first goal is a mere 5 minutes of some sort of cardio. I’ll build up from there. Want to join me? Five minutes, we can do it! Xo Jonet

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  2. Nancy Baten
    January 26, 2018 at 8:42 am (3 months ago)

    Mm,I think I can t complain that hard! The only issue I have are these hot flashes! Pfffff

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    • Jonet
      January 26, 2018 at 9:01 am (3 months ago)

      I think most of us join you in the adventures of hot flashes. It’s good to know we aren’t alone as our bodies change. Thanks for your comment, Nancy! Xo Jonet

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  3. Gail
    January 26, 2018 at 2:47 am (3 months ago)

    Great post Jonet. I love the way you tackle the issues hardly anyone talks about with humor and solutions.

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    • Jonet
      January 26, 2018 at 7:36 am (3 months ago)

      Thank you Gail, the struggles are real, but we have to laugh about it, right? I appreciate your kind and supportive comments. You are a doll. Xo Jonet

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  4. CHERYL A GALOWITCH
    January 25, 2018 at 7:38 pm (3 months ago)

    I, too, will be 56 this year and am looking forward to what’s ahead. I wish you a very happy, cool, 55th year on this great planet.

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    • Jonet
      January 26, 2018 at 7:35 am (3 months ago)

      Hi Cheryl, here’s to turning 56 with joy sprinkled with attitude. Happy birthday to you too, in advance! Welcome to the tribe, so happy to have you here. Xo Jonet

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  5. Neti
    January 25, 2018 at 7:04 pm (3 months ago)

    I love this post! I had my 66th last year and my hair is gone with the wind(not the fabulous). All of my Mom’s five sisters lost their hair before they turned 75 and my younger sister is already showing signs now too. So it was going to happen. But, because of the age spots I have to wear concealer to get gussied up. Other than that I am proud to be my age and still write a blog.

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    • Jonet
      January 26, 2018 at 7:33 am (3 months ago)

      Thank you for sharing your own journey, Neti. My receding hair line will eventually do the same, as both my Grandma and Mom have very thin hair. As you said, it’s going to happen. Concealer is one of my BFF’s so I’m right there with you! Thanks so much for your insightful comment. Xo Jonet

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