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EBullins
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   Posted 1/2/2010 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone,
I want to know if any of you are on HRT for peri/menopause and if it helps with Fibromyalgia or do most opt for anti depressant and or anti anxiety meds instead? Also, which anti depressant is best for the daytime? Thanks for any input!

Peace,
Elizabeth
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Nanners
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   Posted 1/2/2010 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a complete hysterectomy and take Estrace daily. I have not noticed any difference with my Fibro, although the hysterecomy and hormones have helped in other ways. Good luck!
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Marlee2
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   Posted 1/2/2010 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Everything hit me all at once during a very long stressful time in my life, anxiety, depression, peri-menopause and fatigue, needless to say I was a mess. My doc upped my amitriptyline to 100 mg a day, put me on xanax for the anxiety and panic attacks (caused by the situation I was going through) and tried to get me to take HRT but we have so much cancer in my family I opted not to take anything. The hormonal symptoms, I didn't think, was that bad compared to everything else I was going through. Guess I will never know if it would have helped or not since I'm through all that now. That was also the beginning of fibro but I didn't know it at the time.
 
I figured women have been going through menopause since the beginning of time without meds so I could do it too.
 
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Marlee
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vestabula
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   Posted 1/2/2010 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi...I am 63 years old and had a complete hysterectomy at 22.  Was on hormone shots for about a year then Premarin.  Doctors didn't know back in the 70's that less is more...so I was on a very high dosage that gave me killer vascular headaches.  Went off it...dx'd with fibro...went back on them for a few years and didn't notice a change in my pain and  I still got the headaches.  I am now on Estrace cream.  Really...haven't seen that it effects my fibro one way or another.  I tried Lexapro (SSRI) for two years and that was a nightmare...but I know these drugs do help others....just wasn't for me.

Donna


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: valium Advil


Alcie
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   Posted 1/2/2010 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi
I was on HRT for many years and didn't have too much trouble with my fibro. Then I got breast cancer. So I'm off the hormones. My fibro is worse, but I can't say it is due to stopping the HRT. I prefer the fibro to the cancer treatment!

I have at least some relief with gabapentin 100 mg TID, tramadol 50 mg as needed, preferable QD unless I'm having a flare, then up to QID. Tylenol and Advil don't do anything for me. I can't take any tranqs - give me feelings of suicide, which scares me!
Alcie
 
 


EBullins
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   Posted 1/2/2010 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for sharing your info. I really appreciate it. Hope all of you have a good day today!!!

Peace,
Elizabeth
~~~Know Peace Know Power~~~
 
***Let emotions subside then decide***


CathyA
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   Posted 1/2/2010 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I began going through perimenopause when I was about 47. It was the perimenopause from hell, and lasted at least 10 years. It seemed to meld with my fibromyalgia. In fact, there were times when I didn't know which was which, and times when I began to think that some of us develop FMS from losing our hormones.

I had a really bad uterine bleed about age 48 and was started on HRT then. The HRT made me crazier than usual, and I believe it also gave me GERD. For the GERD I was put on a medication that gave me daily migraines for a year and a half, then just a couple a week for several more years.
I guess what I'm saying is that its impossible to know what one should do! In retrospect, I would have just bitten the bullet and not taken the HRT because I think it caused problems that necessitated more meds, and those meds caused even more problems. But who knows for sure?
Also in retrospect, I realize that something about losing my hormones caused me to have panic attacks, sleep apnea, headaches, etc., etc, so I'm thinking that if I had taken the zoloft and the beta blocker and had been put on the CPAP that I am now using, life might have been much better regulated.
Unfortunately, its so individualized as to what will help and what will hurt. Its a trial and error period. Unfortunately, some drugs take several months before you know if they will work or not.
There are so many different antidepressants out there, and if one doesn't work, that doesn't mean another one won't. They can have lots of side-effects too, which is why I think people should start out on very low doses first.
Good luck to you! Perimenopause can be exceptionally challenging when you already have FMS.

Nana Monster
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   Posted 1/2/2010 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a hysterectomy when I was in my mid 30's and they put me on hormone patches. I didn't see
where it did anything but eat my skin so I stopped after the 2nd one. about 3 years later I read
in an aminal cruelty magazine what the hormones replacement are made of. Horse Urine!!! Boy
am I glad I didn't continue on them. I did use herbal replacements by NOW brand....both Hormone
Support and Menopause Support and they worked well without the side effects and bad ingredients of
regular replacements.
Nana Monster

Marlee2
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   Posted 1/2/2010 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Alcie, I'm so sorry about the breast cancer, I hope your okay now.
 
Donna, my doc rxd Estrace three months ago for dryness but I haven't even read the insert about it yet, does that go into your system like other hormones even though it is inserted???
 
I didn't have the heavy bleeding and the hot flashes were no worse than they are now that my doc says is coming from the hypothalamus, not hormones, but there were days when I didn't know how I was going to live with myself I was such a B. My oldest sister had really bad night sweats but I didn't have one.
 
I think it is a personal decision depending on how bad your symptoms are and how many family members have moved out cause of it. turn
 
luv and hugs
Marlee
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Fibro,Sjogrens, Anxiety, Gastroparesis, IBS, Gastritis, Allergies, High Blood Pressure, Low Blood Sodium, Osteoarthritis and Celiac
 
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vestabula
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   Posted 1/3/2010 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Marlee...the doctor gave me both Estace pills and the cream.  He said the cream does not go into the bloodstream like the pills do but the tube says in big print "May cause Headache".  Sooooo...if it stays 'down there' and doesn't go anywhere else, how come the headache...hmmm?  I had the pill prescription filled but have never taken one.  I decided I do NOT want to go through menapause again,  if for some reason, I were to stop taking them.  BTW...the stupid Estrace cream is $80 a tube  (which is about the size of my pointer finger) and if I used it like the directions say...it would be gone it a week.  That's $320 a month?  Ah, no.  It would be $129 without my perscription card.  I wonder how much Viagra is...LOL!  Probably ten bucks for a bottle of 60?

Huggies

Donna


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: valium Advil


Marlee2
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   Posted 1/3/2010 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Donna!!! Since I deal with horrible headaches everyday as it is I think I will pass on the Estrace and continue using the over the counter remedies. My Sjogren's is my biggest problem when it comes to that little problem anyway.
 
Viagra is about $5.00 a pill with ins co-pay LOL. turn
 
We got a print out in the mail the other day of what our meds cost without our $3.00 for generic and $9.00 for name brand meds and it was unbelievable.
 
luv and hugs
Marlee
 
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Fibro,Sjogrens, Anxiety, Gastroparesis, IBS, Gastritis, Allergies, High Blood Pressure, Low Blood Sodium, Osteoarthritis and Celiac
 
Amitriptyline, Celexa, Xanax, Synthroid, Zyrtec, Micardis, Spironalactone, Tylenol, Reglan, Lidoderm Patches, Carafate and Prilosec
 
Vit D/calcium


vestabula
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   Posted 1/3/2010 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank God for that co-pay, Marlee, otherwise it would cost you a small fortune to get those ribs broken!tongue

 

d


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: valium Advil


Sherrine
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   Posted 1/3/2010 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
That tube might be expensive, Donna, but it could come in handy some nights!  You don't have to say you have a headache.  Just point to the tube!  devil
 
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