Researchers looked at pain and non-pain sensitivity in post-menopausal women with and without fibromyalgia, using cold, heat, electrical, and mechanical stimulation. They found that:
- Those with fibromyalgia had greater overall pain sensitivity than healthy controls;
- Among fibromyalgia subjects, those with early-onset menopause had greater pain and non-pain sensitivity than those with late onset.
Early onset was considered at 49 years or younger, while late onset was at age 50 or older.
Researchers concluded that early menopause may be connected to pain hypersensitivity and could be related to aggravation of fibromyalgia symptoms.
See what other information we know about menopause and other women's health issues in fibromyalgia: Pregnancy, Menstruation & Menopause