About 3 months ago, over a period of 2 weeks, the shape and size of my hands and forearms shrank noticeably. I am slim, have worked out all my life, am 56 years old and postmenopausal, about 2 and a half years.I have had all the miserable symptoms, ( nightsweats, hot flashes, thinning skin, itching, loss of sexdrive, mood swings and insomnia) and finally went on HRT a little over a month ago, but have not noticed an improvement as of yet. I was very concerned, thought I had a neuromuscular condition, so I had tests done by a specialist and found out, to my relief, but also puzzlement, that there was nothing wrong in that area. I have noticed the prominence of veins, and visibility of muscles, tendons etc as the shrinkage occurred. It continues- and worries me alot. I have been checked out by no fewer than 3 rheumatologists, (due to bloodwork that is highly positive for RA), but do not have clinical symptoms, so no dx of RA. But- my arms keep shrinking! I am ging to have toothpicks for arms if this does not stop. Can this all be related to post-menopause? Has this happened to anyone else? I'm a little freaked out- and would love to hear from anyone who is experiencing this- thanks!
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