Menopause Back Pain
Many doctors consider menopause a disease instead of a normal physiologic state. Because of this attitude, women are often subjected to drug therapies that may cause dangerous side effects. As Robert Mendelsohn, M.D. has stated: Since medical treatment for hot flashes (for) over five decades has proven to be more dangerous than the disease (what disease?), and since the latest non-hormonal treatment are no less frightening than their predecessors, my best advice to women with hot flashes is to stay away from the doctor. Talk to plenty of other women. Read books on the subject by women who are not doctors. If you must go to a doctor, remember that you are receiving experimental drugs whose side effects become more visible year after year.
The female sexual organs-the ovaries, oviducts (tubes), uterus, cervix, vagina, glands and related structures-all need a healthy nerve supply from the spine to function properly.
“The Hysterectomy Hoax”
Hysterectomy, the amputation of the uterus, which may also include the removal of both tubes and both ovaries, is done to over 600,000 American women a year. Many are performed on women under 30. “These operations are almost always unnecessary,” says Nora W. Coffey, president of the HERS (Hysterectomy Education Resources and Services) Foundation. The pelvic and hip bones gradually widen; within the first year after a hysterectomy; women wear one or two sizes larger in pants and skirts as a result of the pelvic bones moving and broadening… this changes the alignment of the entire skeleton, often resulting in lower back, hip, and knee pain.
As Stanley West, M.D. has written in The Hysterectomy Hoax: “More than 90 percent of all hysterectomies are unnecessary. Worse, the surgery can have long-lasting physical, emotional, and sexual consequences that may undermine your health and well-being.” Doctors are not taught the true damage hysterectomy can cause: “I was taught that castration (removal of ovaries) does not affect a woman’s sexuality, but women tell quite another story”
Hysterectomised women experience a profound loss of stamina, libido (sex drive) and sexual response, urinary incontinence, bowel problems, diminished blood flow resulting in icy feet and toes, diminished tactile sensation from the waist down, bone and joint pain, memory loss, depression and many other problems. Too few doctors warn their patients about these too-common side effects. As Ms. Coffer states:
The HERS Foundation has referred sixteen thousand women to gynecologists who specialize in the conditions for which they had been told they needed hysterectomy. As a result, 98% of those women were told they did not need hysterectomy. They were treated either medically or by reconstructive surgery, and quite often no treatment was needed.
The Dark Ages?
Hysterectomy may be necessary in cases of severe infection of the reproductive organs, necrotic (dead) tissue in the uterus and cancer that will not respond to more conservative care but most women who are told they need a hysterectomy may not. By the time a woman reaches age 65 the chances are 50 percent that she will have had one of these operations. “Hysterectomy should have been abandoned in the Dark Ages,” says Ms. Coffey
Dangers of Drugs for menopause back pain Treatment
• Estrogen therapy – its ability to minimize some menopausal symptoms is overshadowed by a spike in insulin levels and a much higher risk of breast cancer. ” Taking menopause hormones for five years DOUBLES the risk for breast cancer…the federal study…reveals the most dramatic evidence yet of the dangers of these still-popular pills.” Futhermore Dr. Claudine Isaacsstates: “It’s an excellent message for women: You can still diminish risk (by quitting), even if you’ve been on hormones for a long time,”
• Premarin – results to higher risk for heart disease.
• Provera – blood clotting issues are just one of its dangerous side effects.
How to Relieve menopause back pain Naturally
• Decaf Green Tea is high in polyphenols and antioxidants which help detoxify chemicals that worsen menopausal symptoms. Decaf Green Tea has been shown to help prevent breast cancer and offers HRT-like benefits without side effects. I recommend buying the loose leaf green tea and mix it with peppermint, chamomile or any of your other favorite teas.
• Healthy phytoestrogens found in macca, licorice and alfalfa sprouts greatly help with menopause. These plant based estrogen help balance your day to day estrogen levels. Try them in a smoothie before the onset of menopause to minimize or prevent the symptoms from arriving.
• Omega-3s are essential to help reduce inflammation in your body and aid in the healing process. Chia seeds, wild cold water fish (like salmon and halibut) and krill oils are rich in omega-3 fats.
• Control your glucose and insulin levels. Eliminate all grains, processed foods, refined sugars, alcohols and focus your fruit intake on berries and granny smith apples. Try going gluten, grain, pasta and the like free for 1 month and see the difference it makes!
• Magneisum and vitamin B rich foods like kale, spinach, avocados, halibut, dark chocolate and lentils have been shown to help reduce menstrual irregularities by enhancing nerve conducting to the reproductive organs as well as buffering your mood.
• Try a liver and gall bladder cleanse to help your body Detox. The liver is where extra estrogen is detoxified from the body. Most people have excess foreign estrogen in their body from plastics and processed foods. This detox helps prime your liver for hormone balance.
• We deliberately avoided non-fermented soy from this list, like soymilk and tofu because they can be harmful to your hormonal health.
• Black cohosh to control hot flashes
• Organic foods
• Regular High Intensity exercise – do this four times
• Daily dose of vitamin D3 4000-6000IUs
• Chiropractic Care
Studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments help balance the autonomic nerves which help relax the body allowing for better sleep, clearer thoughts and better overall vitality. (1, 2)
Specifically, irregularities in the upper neck and mid to lower back areas have been linked to reproductive organ issues and pelvic pain and chiropractic adjustments have been shown to help. (1, 2)
Anything you can do to remove interference from these nerves will greatly enhance your body’s ability to heal itself. Chiropractic adjustments have also been shown to lower elevated levels of the stress hormone Cortisol and other inflammatory hormones, helping to balance hormones without the dangerous effects of medications like HRT. (1, 2)
1. Stude D.E. The management of symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1991 (Mar);14 (3):209-216
2. Walsh et al. The Efficacy of Chiropractic Therapy on Premenstrual Syndrome: A case Series Study Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 24 Number 4 December 1994: 122-126