Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
There are multiple studies that demonstrate that a lack of Estrogen and Testosterone can cause pain. The loss of Estrogen in women can have a harmful effect on their joints and muscles that can result in pain. Similarly, men are faced with the same when their Testosterone drops below a certain level.
In fact, both men and women need a certain amount of Testosterone in their systems in order to feel well. Testosterone can have a profound effect on our muscles and joints. During puberty, testosterone levels rise in young men and women and it instructs these cells to build up and to strengthen our tissues. This results in more muscle mass, increased energy and vitality.
Without these higher levels, the cells lose the stimulus to continue keeping these tissues strong and viable. Sarcopenia, which is the loss of muscle mass and strength can have many adverse effects. Without Testosterone, both men and women will experience weakened muscles, bone loss, and over time can become frail. Frailty increases the chances of falling, which may result in trauma to the head and severe fractures of bones. These injuries can lead to disability and even death.
Pain occurs from the loss of direction from these hormones, which are lacking in later life. Loss of strength puts undue stress on the joints because the muscles are not functioning normally. Weakened muscles don’t hold our joints in proper alignment and the joints become stressed causing degeneration of the joint surfaces which result in osteoarthritis and pain. Also, the joints themselves degrade form the loss of hormones, which sets them up for degradation.
Replacing the sex hormones, Estrogen in women and Testosterone in both men and women can slow and sometimes even stop this process from continuing. In many cases if caught early you can reverse damage to the joints by repairing and strengthening the tissues around it.
Fibromyalgia and chronic pain issues can also be improved in many instances with hormone replacement. I have had several patients come into my office complaining of these types of problems along with fatigue and depression. Depression is a common result of pain, and it can have an escalating effect on the amounts of pain that patients experience. This can result in a vicious cycle that can lead to decreased socialization and a feeling of hopelessness.
Replacement of these missing hormones is famous for restoring energy and feelings of well being which can help to stop this frustrating cycle of events. It is also known that Testosterone replacement by itself can restore patients’ feelings of self-confidence and the ability to again look forward to living their lives.
Through several mechanisms of action, hormone replacement therapy can help patients with different types of pain get better. It can slow down, stop and even reverse many of these degenerative changes that are routinely accepted as normal. With the information now available through many anti aging studies, “normal aging” will soon become a thing of the past. With the technology we now have, it is possible for anyone to live a longer and healthier life. A healthy body and brain throughout life is now not only possible but is more probable as physicians become trained in these regenerative techniques.