Sunday, 24 May 2015

Fibromyalgia and Menopause



I will be 50 in December and I think I may be perimenopausal. 

I am all over the place with my monthlies and my head. 

What I didn't know was a lot of Fibromyalgia symptoms are the same as the symptoms of the Menopause hey who knew!

So recently I started to wean myself off my Amytriptiline as I was really scared of the onset of dementia. I did a post here.

What must of been happening was the doubling up of symptoms..........well I hope so anyway. I am now down to 1 tablet from 3 with the meds and I must say I feel a lot sharper than before. I even did the countdown numbers quicker than the contestants and had a few 7 letter words unheard of in recent months!

I was looking for relief of the menopause symptoms when I came across the ladycare magnet thing here.
They had this list :-

24 menopause symptoms

LadyCare has been shown to help relieve the following 24 symptoms of menopause:
  • Hot flushes
  • Heart palpitations (feeling your heart racing)
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Sudden tears
  • Loss of libido, sex drive
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of doom and dread
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful intercourse
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Urinary incontinence upon sneezing or laughing
  • Itchy, crawly skin
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Hair loss
  • Stomach problems: indigestion and gas
  • Painful and sore muscles, tendons and joints
  • Breast soreness, tenderness
  • Irregular vaginal bleeding
  • Disturbing lapses of memory
  • Increased muscle tension
  • Bladder infections
As you can see there are a lot that cross over so perhaps they were just making bad things worse. I will continue to wean myself off the meds and see how I go memory wise and I may even give the magnet a try for the rest.

Anyone else been through or going through this notice the same?

Thanks for reading (If you did):0)
Hugs
 xxxJoolsx

11 comments:

  1. My mom had a hard time with early menopause (she had a hysterectomy at 34 for endometriosis) because it mimicked a lot of her fibromyalgia symptoms.

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    1. Wow that is young. Did she find anything that helped her at all? I hope she is much better now, Thanks for reading and commenting :0) x

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  2. Yep! been there, done that... earlier than 50. Don't even want to think about it as it was so bad and magnified all my fibro symptoms and added a few more like the hot flushing.

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    1. Damn this site hasn't been sending me emails to say there is a comment and have missed some. Oh joy can't say I am looking forward to that but I so want to be done with periods. Thanks so much for reading and commenting :0) xxx

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  3. I thought I was heading in that direction too, maybe slightly early at 43 but I was having some tests and it seems not, even though the monthly have become less often and lighter... bodies can be just bizarre.

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    1. Arn't they though. I have my fingers crossed nothing for 315 days I am praying its all over. Funny how a lot of the symptoms overlap how are we ever to know what is going on lol. Thanks so much for reading and commenting it really maeans a lot :0) xxx

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  4. When I came across symptoms of menopause I wondered If I was just menopausal for 10 years, so much are the alike. ;-)

    Im 51 yo now and menstruation is still all over the place. Hate it.

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  5. Scarily alike isn’t it. It’s hard enough to get a diagnosis for Fibromyalgia without dealing with Menopause as well. So much easier for doctors to fob us off and it’s wrong. I think I have finally finished at 52 but don’t feel any better sadly. Hugs to you Ria xx

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  6. Yes it can be a double whammy. I had a hysterectomy at 44 due to endometriosis and on-going problems, which sent me into menopause. The worst menopausal symptom that really messes with my fibro is the insomnia. And after several years, I have finally found the right hormone therapy to help with many of those things.
    Good luck!

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    1. I'm glad you found something that helped. Thanks so much for reading and commenting :0) xx

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