For many women, turning 40 has its positives , but it’s also a time when they start experiences changes in their bodies, including new aches and pains. Sometimes these changes and new ailments are so subtle, they go overlooked or simply dismissed.
While doctors agree most body changes are nothing to worry about. But some do signal a bigger problem that should require medical attention.
Here are 3 symptoms women over 40 shouldn’t ignore.
1. Belly bloat
Feeling full in the belly. There’s a good chance you had too many carbs. But a bloated abdomen could signal constipation, irritable bowl syndrome (IBS), too much belly fat, or some sort of diet intolerance.
But don’t self-diagnose, especially if your belly woes are affecting your quality of life or if you are just simply concerned.
When to act: If you’re experiencing abdominal or pelvic discomfort, persistent bloating or stomach pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, changes in bowel movements and fatigue and back pain.
2. Jaw pain
If jaw pain is the only symptom you’re experiencing, it may be because of a gum or tooth infection or a condition called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. Or it could be caused by moving your jaw awkwardly or teeth clenching or grinding.
If the pain lingers for more than a few days or becomes worse, contact Pasadena Pain Management for an immediate attention.
3. Daily fatigue
Adults ages 26 to 54 need an average of seven to nine hours of sleep a night, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Many Americans don’t get enough rest, but women seem to have more difficulty falling asleep and then staying asleep.
We can blame some of the fractured sleep on our hormones. Prior to perimenopause and menopause, higher levels of estrogen and progesterone are protective and help maintain this upper airway.
Obstructive sleep apnea, a more serious sleep problem, occurs when you experience interrupted breathing during sleep due to a closing of the upper airway.
When left untreated, sleep apnea may cause high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, depression, car accidents and other problems.
Risk factors include a smaller jaw (common in women), the use of certain medications, obesity and even alcohol.
When to act: Although sleepless nights aren’t uncommon —especially if stress has piled on — talk to a TMJ specialist, like myself, if you’re concerned and especially if poor sleep lasts longer than a few weeks.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea and TMJ in Pasadena
Seeking professional treatment for ailments such as TMJ pain and sleep apnea is extremely important. If you are a woman over 40 who experiences these symptoms frequently or only occasionally, the time is NOW to start exploring your options for treatment. Start by researching drug-free options, like TruDenta pain relief treatment offered here at Pasadena Pain Management. We can help you identify the underlying cause of your discomfort and get you on the right treatment plan.
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