I have always suffered from Iron deficiency. So I was put on Iron supplements. Then the peri-menopause set in at around the same time my knees, hands and neck started to really play up. As my periods were unregular and the iron made me feel sick at times I gladly dropped to take them regularly.
Now the physio said it could be that my arteries are being restricted through the carpal tunnel I may have or are irritated by the nerve in the neck. I think my problem with my hands now may be due to lack of blood in my body.
When I have my periods (which are always very very heavy and painful) I lose a lot of blood. Now when I have the period my hands get even worse with the tingling/fire/numbness/ache/stiffness/swelling. So I am thinking the two may have a correlation.
Also can meds like Amitryptiline, Pregabalin, Opremazole, Ibuprofen and paracetamol make you anemic?
I try to take Iron but just the idea of taking it makes me feel sick. So I try to eat healthy food but its not working.
I am also losing some weight, which is good, but then I have complete sugar cravings and no willpower to stop. I have secret stashes in my van, next to the healthy food.