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larkspur
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   Posted 8/22/2008 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Hi there Message Board
 
I am a new member and have a question. I have fibro and a beginning to be perimenopausal.
Are there others and do you have any special advice?
 
I am finding that the conditions of going through the "Change" are triggering quite a response and believe that the fibro is kicking up in a whole new way.
 
Any feedback would be great.
 
Thanks
 
larkspur

Fussy
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   Posted 8/22/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome larkspur. I too notice that my hormones really affect my fibro. Makes the pain much worse. Don't know why. This is a great thread and I look forward to any answers that offer advice too.
Candie


larkspur
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   Posted 8/22/2008 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Candie smilewinkgrin


kelly71
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   Posted 8/22/2008 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
lark,
 
First of all, welcome to the family.  I think you'll enjoy it here.  Anyway, I don't know if I'm perimenopausal, but I have noticed that I am way more painful around the time of my period.  For a while, I was crazy-just not a pleasant person to be around.  rolleyes   After getting my fibro dx, my GP increased my Zoloft dosage, and I must admit that it has helped with the craziness.  Unfortunately, I'm still really painful. sad
 
LOL-I don't know if anything I've said has helped, but as you get to know everyone here, you'll find yourself realizing just how much we all have in common.  Again, welcome to fibroland.  Please, enjoy the ride. wink
FINALLY dxd on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Chantix to try to quit smoking (started 08/20/08)
 
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
-Kelly Clarkson


Sherrine
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   Posted 8/22/2008 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome, Larkspur, to the fibromyalgia forum!  I'm glad you joined us!  I had a very easy time with menopause so I didn't really notice a difference with my fibro.  But, everyone is different and I'm sure others will be on in a little while that will be able to give you suggestions.  I just wanted to say "Hi" and I hope to hear more from you soon.
 
Sherrine
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larkspur
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   Posted 8/22/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Kelly and Sherrine.
I appreciate the welcome.
I am not having a very easy go at the moment but I am an optimist and hoping to get a handle on it.
I have just developed migraines and I am due to go in for a MRI on Monday. My Dr. thinks that it is due to hormonal changes but wants to be sure there is nothing else going on. I am nervous that they will find out there is nothing in my head but one peanut and some cobwebs.
Oh well...

larkspur

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   Posted 8/22/2008 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Lark, that's more than what they found in my head!  tongue
 
Sherrine
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


MT Lady
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   Posted 8/22/2008 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Larkspur!
I am new to this forum too, but not new to fibro...dx 20 years ago and I am 57, so yes, went through menopause with FM and for me, it was tough. Since my early 30's I had really bad PMS and now, looking back, I wonder how much FM had to do with it? I was put on Prozac, because my PMS was getting longer and longer, until it was two weeks out of the month! I found myself thinking "I can understand how some women shoot people." I knew I was in trouble then, and that is when I started Prozac. I helped me ALOT. Then going through menopause, the crazies were back! I ended up on HRT, but stayed on it for less than two years, more like 1-1/2 years and again, that really helped the menopause symptoms. Unfortunately, none of it helped my fibro symptoms. I have a real problem with energy, or lack of it. Over the years, I have tried so many things, including acupuncture, natural supplements, prescription meds and the bottom line, at least for me, seems to be I just have to watch how much I do. That is so hard for me, even 20years later. I LOVE to exercise and there are days when I'm out walking, and just can't help myself and go three miles and then I end up paying for it for the next three days. OOPS! sorry! I really went off the track here...having one of those days...been stormy here today and I'm feeling it.
Good luck and welcome again,
Miriam

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, microdiskectomy C5/C6, bulging disks L3/L4, compressed nerve L5/S1, disc compression L5/S1, IBS, hypothyroidism (now FINALLY well controlled) Also angioplasty, and angiogram, high bp, well controlled, high chol, now normal, well controlled

Medications: Hydrocodone, triamterene, cyclobenziprine, lorazapam, Synthroid, Cytomel, atenolol, fluoxetine (in the process of weaning off of it), Niaspan, crestor, ambien, plavix and protonix.

Supplements: Probiotic pearls, Olive Leaf Extract 18%, cranberry tablets, calcium, vit b complex, evening primrose oil, CoQ10, omega fish oil, vit C, ribose, L- carnitine, mega dose of vitamin D, once weekly


getting by
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   Posted 8/22/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Larkspur,

I would also like to welcome you to this forum. You will find that there are a lot of wonderful, kind and compassionate people here.

One thing I really liked in your second post was "but I find myself an optimist and hoping to get a handle on it". Those are words that we love to hear. If you can be optimistic about the whole fibro thing, you will find it easier to tolerate. Also humor helps. We try to put a little humor into our posts and threads. We all need to laugh and that is some of the best medicine.

Best wishes for a wonderful day

Hugs, Karen
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larkspur
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   Posted 8/22/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Miriam

Thank you so much for your reply. I know how that is. I really have to watch out how much I try to do.
Now that you are past menopause is it any better?

larkspur

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   Posted 8/22/2008 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Sherrine

I have found that if I hold my head to the left and jump up and down you can hear the peanut rattle around.

lark

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   Posted 8/22/2008 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen

Thanks for the hug. They are the best medicine of all.
"Thank you" to all of you who are making me feel so welcome.

larkspur

MT Lady
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   Posted 8/22/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I am much better...well, not the FM, but the "crazies"...hot flashes, night sweats, moodiness...all gone. I am in the process of weaning off the Prozac, which I've taken for almost 20 years. A little scary, but I'm determined to get off of it...take care,
Miriam

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, microdiskectomy C5/C6, bulging disks L3/L4, compressed nerve L5/S1, disc compression L5/S1, IBS, hypothyroidism (now FINALLY well controlled) Also angioplasty, and angiogram, high bp, well controlled, high chol, now normal, well controlled

Medications: Hydrocodone, triamterene, cyclobenziprine, lorazapam, Synthroid, Cytomel, atenolol, fluoxetine (in the process of weaning off of it), Niaspan, crestor, ambien, plavix and protonix.

Supplements: Probiotic pearls, Olive Leaf Extract 18%, cranberry tablets, calcium, vit b complex, evening primrose oil, CoQ10, omega fish oil, vit C, ribose, L- carnitine, mega dose of vitamin D, once weekly


larkspur
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   Posted 8/22/2008 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Miriam

Again, thanks for the help and the information.
I keep hoping that it will smooth out at some point.
I appreciate the encouragement.

larkspur :-)

mamanan
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   Posted 8/22/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Larkspur, and welcome! I don't think I'm going through the change yet, so not much help there. Although I am pms'ing right now, adn all I can say is good thing I don't have a gun. But I wanted to welcome you anyway :) You will love it here, I know I try to get my daily dose! You seem to have a really good outlook, and I'm sure that will help. Looking forward to getting to know you!
in the land of Limbo, taking OTC meds only.
Don't know what's wrong, can't fix it, doctors are so sloooow!!!


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   Posted 8/22/2008 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Larkspur.  I just wanted to welcome you to the forum and tell you that I've already gone through all of that and the thing that helped me most during those years were mega doses of vitamin E.  Now there's controversy about vitamin E being hard on your heart, but so far I haven't had any heart problems and it did help the cause.
 
God Bless!
Shannon
Of all the things that I have lost, I miss my mind the most!!!!


larkspur
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   Posted 8/22/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   

mamanan and Shanon

Thank you both for the welcome and the help. I look forward to getting to know you both too.

larkspur :-)


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   Posted 8/23/2008 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Larkspur and Welcome-

Mine was the menopause from "h_ _ _." I started menopause just before hitting 40 and I am 52 now. I battled 30 to 40 hot flashes a day for four years and I finally hit my bottom and gave in to HRT. It was like night and day after starting to take them. I know there is a lot of controversy re: this but it did change my quality of life for the better. This past winter we lowered the dose to almost nothing and I would like to be off them by next winter. For me the quality of life won out over the risks. I'm sure there will be more with their stories. GamJill


 
 
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larkspur
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   Posted 8/23/2008 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi GamJill

Thank you for your response.

I hear you. What a challange. All the hormone changes are causing flare up after flare up.

I am 52 now and am going to try to make it without the HRT.

I have endometriosis along with the fibromyalgia and am looking forward to making it through to the other side. No more endo pain!

I guess I will just hang on and make it to the other side. shocked

larkspur

 


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   Posted 8/23/2008 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Larkspur and welcome to our family. Since all this crap was dumped on me about the same time as peri-menopause I don't know what normal would have been. I know in my mid 30s to about 40 I couldn't stand to be around myself for a few days a month. smhair
 
I'm glad you joined and you will like it here.
 
luv and hugs
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larkspur
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   Posted 8/23/2008 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Marlee

Thank you for the warm welcome. It seems like I have found some great company.

I know that this is just what I needed. It's nice to be able to talk with others in the "Know".

Thanks for the info, I look forward to being involved.

larkspur smilewinkgrin


Fibromyalgia...endometriosis...migraine stew.. with a touch of dislexia on the side for fun. Woo hoo....makes my kooky head even kookier!


Irish Babe
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   Posted 8/23/2008 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Larkspur and many, many welcomes. Since I was 12 I prayed for menopause. Sort of joking, but not completely. I had a miserable time w/ periods and PMS. I finally had to have a hysterectomy 5 yrs. ago, but didn't go into menopause till exactly 1 yr later (kept my ovaries) I have terrible night sweats, moody, the whole thing. I can't take hormones due to breast cancer possiblities (my mother had it and it's a no no)

I try to keep busy, exercising and involved. It has helped to an extent. Just those blessed night sweats, oh, joy, oh, rapture!

Keep posting, this is such a good group. We can't make the Fibro go away, but we can all 'enjoy' it together. It does make it easier to deal with. Hope you have a good day.

God bless.  Alice


larkspur
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   Posted 8/24/2008 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Alice

Thanks so much for the welcome. It does seem like a really nice group.
It is so nice to be able to share your experience with others and not be looked at like you are really
"Out there".

Thanks again.

larkspur
Fibromyalgia...endometriosis...migraine stew.. with a touch of dislexia on the side for fun. Woo hoo....makes my kooky head even kookier!

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