Many women experience joint and muscle pain and stiffness around the time of menopause, and in many cases this is pain that they haven’t experienced before. There are many causes of joint pain, and for mid-life women, hormones play a significant role. Estrogen helps to lower inflammation, so decreasing levels of estrogen during the menopausal transition are associated with increased levels of inflammation throughout your body. This inflammation can add to the existing pain caused by old joint and muscle injuries, wear and tear, and just plain aging or it can trigger pain in joints that haven’t hurt before. This is a type of neuropathic pain and can become chronic.