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   Posted 8/30/2008 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
so.... if you were always regular and had normal periods.. when you started having more fibro symptoms.. did your periods start changing? and did you ever start being late?

just wondering..
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   Posted 8/30/2008 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   

Ingenua, I wouldn't know from 'normal' and 'regular'. I started at 12 and right off the bat it was heavy and irregular. I lost a lot of time from school due to that mess. My mother finally took my to gyn and I was put on BC pills to help regulate it. I had been having long periods 2x a month. The pills helped to limit the time but not the flow. I have had FMS all my life, so this was my story forever. It got worse after my second son was born and I had tubal ligation. I had such a bad time that I finally had a hysterectomy 5 yrs. ago. I have heard that FMS can cause it to be worse. Since I've always had FMS, I have never known a different way. Sorry that's the best I can tell from personal experience.

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   Posted 8/30/2008 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Another interesting question.  For the longest time, I have been like clockwork-knowing almost exactly when my period would start.  But, for the last 6 months, I've been irregular-even being a week early these last 2 months.  I am also more painful the week before and during my period.  Also, it has been lasting longer-like 7-8 days.  I had a pelvic ultrasound last year (LOVELY experience!) rolleyes , and everything was normal.  Besides having fibro, I'm also in lupus limbo, and I was/am worried that I'm bleeding too much.  Besides the heavy flow, I have petechiae on my legs and feet, but my bloodwork (CBC, platelets, PT) have been normal.  I also bruise really easily, but that's probably because I'm such a white girl.  LOL-I've been trying to stay out of the sun, so I'm really pale-almost clear, really! smilewinkgrin
Anyway, I've gotten off the point, which is typical of me.  Let me just answer your question.  Yes, my periods are different (early, heavier, longer, and more painful).  Sorry you had to get through my babble to get my answer.  But, babbling is what I do best! tongue
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   Posted 8/30/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   

I have had the same problem with periods, more frequent , and heavier. But I wonder if it is fibro or my age. I will be 50 in November and hopeing to get this change of life thing overwith. I have been perimenopausal for years. One year I didn't have a period for six months, (heaven), then I went three months, Now it seems like it is making up for that.

I hope that yours regulates itself soon and that they come less discomforting.

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   Posted 8/30/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Mine haven't changed, not that I've noticed anyway. Ask dh, and he might say I'm, ahem, not as pleasant? lol. I've alwasy been all over the place with mine, on time for a few, then early. Sometimes they hurt, sometimes not. I can never tell.
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   Posted 8/30/2008 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
mine seem to be a lot lighter now.. with longer spotting time .. and then just heavy for one day... it's really strange. and i've always been like clockwork.. if anything.. i might start spotting early.

but i'm late this month..
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   Posted 8/30/2008 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
My periods have always been heavy, frequent and with bad cramps. Except the two times I was pregnant. I had my tubes tied 22 years ago, but have always had bad cramps. I even got anemia from it. about 5 years ago the dr. FINALLY decided I should get Depo-provera shots and I haven't had any periods since. This is heavenly. Except I went off the shots last year to see if I was post-menopausal, which I wasn't and I bled so heavy and so fast I almost ended up in the ER, but I got in to the dr. and they gave me another shot. I doubt I'll quit till I'm 60 or so. Diane
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   Posted 8/30/2008 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been pregnant a lot lately, LOL. So I'm fortunate in that I have not had too many periods. After the birth of my children I would not get AF back till around the 6th month. This pregnancy I got my AF back at 6 months and then spotting 2 weeks later and then a full blown 6 day long AF. This was due to the fact that my baby was nite weaned (and the hormones that bring on your cycle are squelched by the nite nursing).
I noticed that I had terrible (uterine) cramps the week before my AF came. It was so unusual (tender to palpate) that I called my OB for an appt. I cancelled the appt. after it went away and I was unable to get childcare. I also get shooting pain around my cervix on ocasion. And I will go further to add that I also have had very odd "novacaine" like feeling while wiping in the bathroom?? I reported that one to my neuro because if worried me.

But yes, I definately feel more pain with my AF returning. And I have never had cycles that were 2 weeks apart. My cycles are usually 34 days long with a 6 day flow.

I suffered from bad AF cramps when I was a teenager and in my 20's and 30's. I started having kids at 34!

This is interesting. I wonder what the connection to fibro is? Perhaps it is the endochrine system going haywire?
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   Posted 8/30/2008 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
hmmm....my periods have always been awful....since they started mad

i will say that my periods sometimes dictate how my fibro will behave....a week or so before my period my fibro symptoms get much much worse.....i have often had aching radiating from my lower back thru my legs so badly that i could not walk......

i have a really strong feeling that FMS is greatly influenced by hormone...mostly because after i gave birth my symptoms became absolutely unbearable.......the older my baby gets, the more hope i have that i will feel okay again......

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   Posted 8/31/2008 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   
My periods have always been horrendous.  I'm having a hysterectomy at the beginning of Novemeber.  I"m DONE with this stupid uterus!!
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