Fibro and birth control?

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   Posted 10/15/2008 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

After almost 1.5 years of mystery symptoms of dizziness, muscle and tendon pain I have been told "off the record" that it's probably fibro. When I first started feeling bad (I went from perfectly fine to barely able to walk literally overnight) I tried getting off birth control after a few months to see what happened. I'm not sure if I started feeling slightly less dizzy because of that, or of it was coincidence, or if I was just imagining it? But I'm thinking it might be nice to get back on to the BCP's in the near future. I'm wondering, does anyone know if birth control interferes with fibro? I've gotten myself to a place where I can almost function like I used to and don't want to risk making myself worse again by taking pills (I actually have been feeling better after moving to a warmer climate and getting *off* all the painkillers, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, etc). On the other hand, I don't want to let fear guide all of my decisions and would feel more comfortable using a good reliable method of birth control....

Can anyone offer some advice or experience? Thanks!

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 10/15/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on birth control pills since I was 16...I am now 23. I need to get off them...BUT I am not trying to have a baby right now! I had my first symptoms of fibro before I went on I am not really sure...I do know that there are different types of BC, and the ones with higher estrogen did not work well with me at all. I am on a pretty low dose, and I don't think it has anything to do with my symptoms...but then again, I've been on it so long I don't really know. sorry I could not be of a little more help!

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 10/15/2008 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
i have never had any problem with birth control affecting my fibro i went off them for a year a while ago.. and now back on again i never noticed any difference....
butmake sure you talk to your doctor to make sure you get the right birth control for you

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/20/2008 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pantaleon,
I read your posting in the Lyme forum after randomly googling co-infection and crane beach.
I have exactly the same symptoms as yours and was leaving in Cambridge as well as went to Crane Beach before that!!!!!
I have been seeing a huge number of doctors who absolutely don't know what is going on.
Some of them tell me that it is psychological whereas I think I have been exposed to lots of diffcult situations and stress before without any health issue s I don't think it is psychological.

I started to get sick last year in the middle of October, about a month after trip to Crane Beach, at that time I was leaving in Cambridge, MA and was very healthy, never had any single health issue.
Then one day I became extremely tired and had heart palpitations along with joint pain and neck pain. It seemed to me that I had flu-like symptoms but then I never stopped experiencing joint and muscle pain, dizziness, confusion, muscle twitching and tilting, headaches.... It seems to go in cycles...
I have been tested for Lyme and it is negative.
I also took doxycycline which made things worse at the end of the treatment.
It has last for more than a year now and I was really wondering whether it was psychological or not.
After seeing your posting I just can't believe how similar your situation is.
Did you test for Lyme co-infections? Have you been bitten by a tick because I don't remember any, I only remember mosquitoes bites.
Have you been testes for Candida?
Sorry to ask you so many questions but it seems to me that maybe we could figure out something if we share our ideas on the disease andd how we could have gotten it.

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