Question for the Chicks- does your pain get worse at that time of the month?

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   Posted 9/13/2010 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay, this is a question for the women- does your arthritis pain get worse before or duing your period? My arthritis pain is mainly in my finger joints, and for the past 2 months, I have had an increase in pain for about a week before my period, and then during my period as well. So not only do I have to deal with moodiness, chocolate cravings, cramps in my abdomen & back, I have to deal with pain in my fingers! It is a major bummer!!
  I went through this several months ago- I had a cycle for a couple months in a row where I had more pain before & during my period, and then it stopped happening. The only thing I can think is that somehow it is related to the hormones.
  Does anyone else have this? Has anyone heard if there are any studies on this type of thisg/ (Hormones causing an increase in pain) Thanks!
Diagnoses: Depression/Anxiety, PTSD, Hypothyroidsim, High Blood Pressure, Fibromyalgia, Raynaud's, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Sjogren's
Meds: Celexa (once a day), Buspar (2x a day), Levoxyl (once a day), Metoprolol (once a day), Lyrica (3x a day), Plaquenil (2 times day), Clonazepam to help me sleep for the moment until I find something else.
Allergic to: Sulfa, Ceftin, Augmentin, and Synthroid (probably the filler).

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   Posted 9/13/2010 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Moggy914
I am  usually on the lupus thread but I like to read the posts on the RA site as well, because we are all dealing with autoimmune issues and it seems that they all interrelate in some way.  I was diagnosed with lupus in March of 2009 (I really think it is more RA though because I have very few lupus symptoms, but regardless they treat them in the same way).  Anyways, I was 49 at the time and was still on the birth control pill.  Every time I went off it to have my cycle, I would flare - some months worse than others.  It also seemed to exasberate my carpal tunnel syndrome.  Well, I talked to my rheumy about it and she definitely agrees that hormones and the fluctuation of them can contribute to the flares.  Well I then went to my ob/gyn in the fall and told her that I had missed 2 periods and told her of my diagnosis and she decided that I was perimenopausal, but that to keep me regulated better she put me on cenestin and prometrium.  I started it last September and it has been a huge blessing.   I take them daily, with the other meds prescribed, don't get a period and have noticed that my flares are not as intense.  I feel that when our body's chemistry is changing, that the disease also reacts.  I also seem to get the swelling in the hands for the most part and around the knees as well, but it doesn't seem to be as bad.  I was getting injections for the carpal tunnel in both wrists and fingers about every 3 months, but I haven't had to have once since April now and I think it has to do with the hormones finally being balanced.  Anyways, daily hormone therapy has helped me, but I don't know how old you are and it may not be an option for you, but it definitely played a part for me.  It's worth discussing with your rheumy.
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DX - Lupus and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
RX - plaquenil, prednisone, etolodac, lisiniprol, folic acid, cenestin and prometrium, darvocet and flexeril when needed and daily vitamins

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   Posted 9/14/2010 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
SouthernDiva, thanks for the reply. I had mild carpal tunnel a few years ago (actually I think it was a precursor to RA), and all my fibro & carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms seemed to go away while I was pregnant! (Mind you, I had other yucky symptoms like severe nausea & Vomiting!) I guess the only thing to do is to be aware of when my preiod os coming and try and make myself comfortable.
Diagnoses: Depression/Anxiety, PTSD, Hypothyroidsim, High Blood Pressure, Fibromyalgia, Raynaud's, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Sjogren's

Meds: Celexa (once a day), Buspar (2x a day), Levoxyl (once a day), Metoprolol (once a day), Lyrica (3x a day), Plaquenil (2 times day), Flexeril & Ambien CR at bedtime. Hydrocodone for pain.

Allergic to: Sulfa, Ceftin, Augmentin, Synthroid

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   Posted 9/14/2010 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
No- I don't find this to be true for me but I have seen a lot of other women ask this question and people respond that it does affect them. There must be something to it for some people.

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   Posted 9/27/2010 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
YES! It is AWFUL! Awake for days with awful pain and insomnia!
It seems to be related to how severe my PMS is that month. I started taking Evening Primrose to help w/PMS symptoms, and that did help I'm on a birth control pill that has elimintated that "time of month' altogether. It took about 6 months before the PMS subsided, but it has helped those pre-menstrual flares tremedously!
Good luck.

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   Posted 9/28/2010 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I am going to say - YES, I have noticed just last month that I flare up exactly before my period and it is funny because I wanted to ask the same question here :)))  Thanks!
So it looks like it is common and now I know I need to stay aware when these days are comming...
Well... every day I learn something new about RA... Thanks guys for sharing your experience.

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   Posted 9/28/2010 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
It started to become so common, there was no need for calendar marking...I knew, once I felt that way that 'my time' was coming within the next 3 days.

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   Posted 10/26/2010 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I definitely notice an increase in pain when it's getting to be that time for me. I notice it more about the week before, but I don't notice it as much during my period, mainly, I think, because I am taking ibuprofen regularly for the cramping and backache I get.
Thanks for asking the question....I was kind of wondering the same thing myself!

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   Posted 10/26/2010 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
When I first started taking methotrexate for reactive arthritis i thought it made my periods worse. I think because it affects your clotting. Seemed like the flow was heavier and there was more cramping. I have had "work done" to my innards so I had been used to light, very mild periods. But the last few times things seem kind of light again. I have only been taking this medicine for about four months, got my diagnosis a couple months before that.
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