My period and fibro

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 8/25/2009 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
I know it's been awhile.  I've been doing okay for the past couple months.  I'm not taking any meds for my fibro as I found that Lyrica was making me extremely dizzy.  I do have a couple new (to me) symptoms.  Restless leg syndrome.  Boy does it drive me crazy!  The other is IBS.  Usually more on the constipated side.
Now to my question.  When I flare I tend to flare when I start my period.  It's bad too.  I can hardly move.   It feels like the flue x's infinity.  Well I see my pcp this week for a pap and was thinking of asking for birth control.  The kind where you only get a period every 3 mths or so.  I'm thinking if there's no period there's no flare. 
I'm interested to hear what other's thoughts are!  It makes sense to me but I may not be thinking it all the way through.
:) Becky

:) Becky
Psuedotumer Cerebri Jan 08, Fibromyalgia May 09
Diamox, Metformin, Amaryl, Nexium, Lyrica, Darvocet

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   Posted 8/25/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I have no advice, I was never on birth control when I had FM. I suppose it makes sense. But I'm weary of those drugs. It can't be good for your body to mess with the hormones like that. Like I said, just my 2 cents, hopefully someone will come along who has tried it. And better info ;)
possible fibro and trigeminal neuralgia
taking 50 mgs amitriptyline, 500 mgs 2/day Naproxen

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   Posted 8/25/2009 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Becky
I recently had a flare that started just before my period. I don't know if that is a coincidence or if it was related. My period was heavier than usual, so I wondered if I was low on iron or something because of it.

I've recently been taking Savella. It's a new drug, and I didn't realize how much it was helping me until I forgot to take it one day. I still have flares, but the drug has really helped me on a daily basis. It does make my heart race a little, which totally freaks me out, but my doc says it's not enough to worry about.

Right now I'm in the middle of a flare. All I can say is: it sucks and I'm trying to deal with it.

Sorry to hear you're having a hard time. Hope you feel better soon.


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   Posted 8/25/2009 9:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I wish I had had the opportunity to have fewer periods. I was miserable for two weeks per month due to PMS and cramps. One thing birth control does is reduce the chances of a woman getting ovarian cancer.

It is up to you but I can understand why others feel differently.


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   Posted 8/26/2009 5:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi...I had a hystrectomy at 22 because of horrible, chronic painful, never ending  periods and ovarian cysts that would break and bleed.  I became anemic from the constant loss of blood.  There was no name for fibro back then, (I'm an old broad) but I am sure I had it then and this was just a symptom that no doctor could figure out.
If there had been something like Yaz back then, I am wondering if it wouldn't have helped me, as I am pretty sure a  lot of my pain was fibro flares.  You just have to weigh the risks against the benefits.  I think these television commercials scare us sometimes when they list about fifty serious side effects.
fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium

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   Posted 8/26/2009 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   


     I have noticed my pain level is much worse at my time of the month. I think it makes sense, because even those who do not suffer with pain disorderes have issues at that time. I guess for us it's just intensified. I used to be on birth control. I took it for about 8 years after the birth of my daughter. it did greatly reduce my pain during my period. The only reason I stopped taking it was because I was concerned with risk of heart disease with long term use. I have learned that when it is my time of the month I just take it extra easy and try not to kill anyone. wink

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