How are your mestrual cycles?

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   Posted 2/1/2009 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I never had any issues with menstrual pain, cramps, fatigue etc. prior to my fibro. A week before my cycle I get bad pains in my lower abdomen, about 2 finger widths in from my hip bone. It lasts about 3-5 days. about 24 to 48 hours before my cycle starts I get fevers, exhaustion, my entire body aches terribly, and some times dizziness. When my cycle starts I will menstruate for 2 days, then it stops for an entire day, and then it starts again for about another 2 days. I complained all the time to my GYNO and asked it he thought it could be from my fibro and he said no. I kept complaining and had a laparoscopy ( where they use a scope through your bellybutton and at your pubic hair line to look inside your abdomen). After going through the laparoscopy my GYNO decided to tell me "hey it must be your fibro because I didn't find anything".

Does anyone else go through this or anything like this??

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   Posted 2/1/2009 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
my entire menstruating life has been a nightmare. Seriously. A nightmare. 3 months ago I had a laparoscopic hysterectomy.  I feel like a million bucks!!  No more periods. I kept my ovaries so that I still have my hormones.  But honestly, it was the best decision I ever made.  I wish I had done this 20 years ago!!
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   Posted 2/1/2009 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I had always had fairly painful periods but after having kids, they got better. Now that I have FM, not only is the actual period worse, but the PMS is a nightmare! Everyone knows when it's that time because I am cranky, mean, emotional, and worst of all it puts me into a flare every time. It starts with pain in my abdomen the week before, then the sides of my ribcage begin to hurt, my chin breaks out like I'm a teenager with acne problems, then I get a dull migraine that lasts until after the first day of my period if I'm lucky. I have also noticed more irregularities with my period. I never know when it's coming. This month, I was terrified that I might be pregnant because I couldn't remember when my last one was (darn the fog). That taught me a great lesson...write everything down in a place I look every day (otherwise I'll just forget where I wrote it).Overall, I am learning to take it easy when I feel it all coming on. I wish I had some better advise for you. But I am still looking for ways to deal with what FM does to my body.

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   Posted 2/1/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

Sorry to hear your periods are so bad. I also had regular periods all of my life up to getting fibro. It has now been more painful and also been VERY VERY irregular. This is one of the reason why i had a hard time diagnosed with fibro was because i had so many things going on at the same time including irregular periods. I would skip 2 complete months, then have a 4 or 5 day flow with a week or 2 inbetween, then repeat that cycle 5 times in a row. Then i skipped another month, then had a regular period, now im 2 weeks late and waiting to see what happens. My gyno suggested birth control but i read online that it can cause blood clots in your legs that may eventually lead to your lungs. And even if the risk is low, having pain in your chest and legs are we supposed to know if its the fibro or a blood clot?
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   Posted 2/2/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I have always had alot of issues cyst on ovaries Ect... I just turned 37 on saturday I only have one ovarie that works I go through horrible cramps and my last period lasted for 11 days My DR just says I am to young for this stuff and am startimg early menopause because my ovarie is working overtime to compensate for the one that has shut down. She has put me on seasonale.

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   Posted 2/3/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like we're all in the same boat. My periods have been ten times worse lately. The pain is so bad I was going to have a hysterectomy, but I just couldn't do it yet. If the bleeding gets bad then yes I'll do it. For the pain I take a vicodin and lay in bed.

I also had a lap done to see what was going on and they couldn't find anything. They are now saying it's just fibro or chronic pelvic pain.

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   Posted 2/4/2009 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I say, thank goodness for menopause. I know this does not help but I did find another reliever of the symptoms, nursing. As long as I was nursing I could ignore my periods. Maybe they can invent a pill that mimics nursing?

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