Menopause Diaries | Your What Hurts?
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.
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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According to the Arthritis Foundation, “soaking in warm water is one of the oldest forms of alternative therapy, and there’s 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.
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.
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).
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.
Here’s an informative article by Prevention on naturals ways to deal with menopause.
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.
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!
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.