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)


  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.

    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

  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.

    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.

    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

  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.

  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

  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!

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