Lupus and early menopause?

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   Posted 7/2/2016 5:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey, I haven't posted in a while but I've been checking in from time to time. Hope everyone has been doing alright?

Well, it looks like I might be starting to experience early menopause or perimenopause maybe, like 20 years earlier than average. Menopause has not ever been a serious thought in my mind before. I was doing research on it and boom it pops up almost right away that lupus can be associated with early menopause? I'm struggling to find any info about how common is that, how young, and why/how does that progress? Can lupus attack ovaries?

The reason I'm trying to find more info is because the past few cycles have been strange. For the past 12 years it has been like clockwork. It arrives on the 28-29th day and lasts for 8, and it is not fun. But the last few started arriving near the 23rd day and lasting 4. For me, that is a significantly HUGE change, and nothing has changed in my daily life that might explain it. I have also been having hot flashes which I had dismissed as inconsequential. This has made me consider the possibility of 'the change' coming early and if so, that lupus is playing a hand in it...?
Diagnosed with SLE lupus October 2014.


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   Posted 7/2/2016 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hot flashes and night sweats are common symptoms of Lupus.

Lupus can attack ANYTHING, although I haven't encountered anyone who had early menopause because of it.

Are you on any medications that might effect your hormones? Such as prednisone? Changes in blood sugar, thyroid, etc. could affect your menstrual cycles. Any gains or losses in weight? Big increases or decreases in activity?

Don't know if you have a GYN, but I would suggest seeing a GYN or your general practitioner to have some hormone levels tested to see what's going on.

Let us know what you figure out.

[I did have menopause around 52-53, but didn't really think of it as early or as associated w/Lupus, but I guess it could have been either or both.]
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002
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   Posted 7/3/2016 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Becky20. I'm sorry that you're going thru menopause so early. I had a few hot flashes about age 41, but my periods were like clockwork. Then at age 42 my periods suddenly stopped and I haven't had one since. My lupus symptoms really became bad at age 42 and ever since I have what I call "the hot colds."

I am now 58 and sill get "the hot colds" a few time a week. For 15-30 minutes I'll be very hot wanting to shed my cloths, then I must bundle up immediately because I feel so cold. It's summer and I keep a small blanket on my bed which I throw off or pull up as needed. I don't know if this is related to my not having menopause, or if this is a lupus thing.

I kind of feel lucky that I didn't go thru menopause, but I'm very sorry that you are experiencing this as such a young age. When my "hot colds" were very bad, I slept with a "Chill-O" or put cold gel packs wrapped in towels under my pillow. I you aren't planning on having children, I hope your periods stop suddenly like mine did. Love, Butterflake
SLE '05, Sjogren's, Fibro, Raynaud's, major depressive disorder, CVID (Common Variable Immunodeficiency), Hypertension, Osteoporosis, CNS problems, GERD, angina, 1st stage kidney disease. Many meds: better living through chemistry

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   Posted 7/3/2016 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I am on a progesterone cream because of high estrogen (gyno wouldn't do blood tests to confirm it though). I'm looking for a new gyno because the old one has retired, hopefully I will find some answers/treatment options with a new one.

These flashes are lasting about 10-15minutes switching from freezing cold to ok to hot and back again. Maybe they are from lupus? I've been fairly steady while I've been on plaquenil, but the past month the joints and rash have been bothersome again. I figured everything just got a little bit out of whack yet again. I guess. But it's made me wonder. My next rheumy visit is at the end of July. As soon as the routine test results are in from his office, I will be scheduling the PCp visit and maybe then the gyno.
Diagnosed with SLE lupus October 2014. Taking plaquenil and OTC anti inflammatory.
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