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Adrienne Dellwo

Early Menopause & Fibromyalgia

By February 19, 2013

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Research Brief

New research adds to the body of evidence suggesting that early menopause is linked to fibromyalgia.

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

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Comments
February 20, 2013 at 8:28 am
(1) Jean says:

That’s very interesting. I started going through menopause at 38.

February 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm
(2) Nancy A. says:

My menopause came at a normal age (53) but my fibromyalgia symptoms of pain and fatigue definitely got worse post-menopause. I also suffered from really bad hot flashes the first few years after menopause. I’m almost age 60 now and still have some hot flashes. I’m on Social Security Disability these days for my fibromyalgia.

February 22, 2013 at 9:06 am
(3) Lynn says:

I contribute my onset of fibromyalgia with my hysterectomy–which I had at age 42. About six months after the surgery—I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue—and then, after three more months—came the aches and pain with fibromyalgia. I am SURE that they were related–as I had never been sickly in my entire life prior to hysterectomy. Many doctors have put me on bio-identical hormone replacement–and that just doesn’t do the trick to end the fibro symtoms. The damage has been done…maybe trauma to the body?

February 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm
(4) kaytee says:

Like Nancy, menopause for me came at a “normal” age (52), and during/afterwards my fibro became worse (it was then it was diagnosed “officially”). Sx like muscular and joint pains, migraines, sleep problems, very heavy/painful periods the last year or so before stopping. And good ol’ “fibro fog”, of course.

However, I did not have hot flashes– quite the opposite, in fact. I had “chill flashes”, and still do occasionally. I had started getting those in my late 20s, actually, but they became much worse, longer lasting and more often. Usually, it takes something like sitting in front of a fire, or a hot shower to make them go away– bundling up doesn’t do anything.

February 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm
(5) Joyce Z. says:

I had a hysterectomy at age 35 due to endometriosis. My FM started soon after that. My sleep disorder started the day of my surgery and has become quite severe. I am now 63.

February 22, 2013 at 7:55 pm
(6) Shannon says:

I have had endometriosis since I was 18 years old. I also have a retroverted uterus and experienced some minor dyspareunia probably because of it.

I find it incredibly interesting that Fibromyalgia is more prevalent in women AND that many of us have issues related to the female reproductive system, including menopause. I believe that I am pre-menopausal myself and often remarked about it to my doctor. There were simply too many other things to tackle before seeking information and treatment for being pre-menopausal, so we never did get to it.

I have just turned 43, was dx’d with Fibro and arthritis in 2010. My severe pain keeps me homebound, sometimes bedbound. I cannot walk for very long and am now seriously considering some help with a home care worker. I have some muscle deconditioning issues already. I am one of those in that long-process disability limbo: waiting to hear if I was approved or not.

So this new research is very interesting indeed. I wonder how much of our symptoms can be related menopause and/or some issue of the reproductive system/hormones, etc?

Definitely something to follow. Thanks for the information Adrian! As always, your articles are incredibly insightful and so very helpful for all of us suffering with Fibro. <3

February 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm
(7) C says:

Mine has been coming early for a while and it’s been nasty. However, it is hard at times to know what are the symptoms of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Fibromyalgia as opposed to the perri-menopause. Still all in all rather unpleasant.

February 22, 2013 at 8:19 pm
(8) C says:

Oh! I should also add my came early due in part to a misdiagnosis and certain medication that was given to me. I had a d and c and it helped a bit but…. This whole ordeal has been unpleasant.

February 22, 2013 at 9:40 pm
(9) M says:

…And for Those who are Male with Fibro?

February 22, 2013 at 9:48 pm
(10) Mary McKennell says:

Very interesting! First time I have seen this linked. I got pregnant for the first time at age 42-miscarried and then went straight into menopause. No one ever suggested my fibro was the reason behind this!

February 22, 2013 at 10:17 pm
(11) Shannon says:

lol! for those that are male with Fibro, it is probably not menopause related :D

February 23, 2013 at 12:04 am
(12) Raylee says:

I started an early menopause at age 41 and from then on i had gradual pain in my whole body but i wasn,t diagnosed with Fybromyalgia for another 9 years and i am now 69 and the symptons have become worse
The fatigue and pain is hard to live with.

February 23, 2013 at 12:46 am
(13) Julie says:

I had the same symptoms going through menopause as I do with fibro. They responded very well to HRT. I’m over 60 now and often wonder if oestrogen would work for me now. Has there been any research

February 23, 2013 at 4:13 am
(14) Cindy H says:

I find this very interesting as this basic idea has been in the back of my mind for sometime. I had a total hysterectomy a few months after turning fifty because of the periods from hell; heavy flow, severe back pain, being caused by fibrous tumors and endemetriosis. Right after the operation and for several weeks after I had little to no appetite. I craved hot chocolate and toast which is unusual. This is when Ensure protein drinks came to the rescue. After the hysterectomy my back pain did not go away and became worse along with pain in the rest of my body and muscle spasming a year afterwards. A year and a half after that I finally gained my diagnosis for FM. Six years before my hysterectomy I had been diagnosed with CFS though I had no particular testing done. Pain wasn’t an issue then as it would become later. I have often wondered if the hysterectomy was the final trauma to set fibro off or for things to proceed from CFS to FM. As for men having fibro this obviously doesn’t explain it for them. This will be interesting to follow in the future.

February 23, 2013 at 9:29 am
(15) bambi says:

I went through 2 bouts,of shingles,then gangrenous appendix,2 more operations and then fukk blown Menopause at 41. My GYN thought it was PCOS,then said it wasn’t,so he sent me to an endocrinologist who diagnosed me with hypothalmic amenorhea and told me my hormones were practically non existant. They put me on Activella and haven’t has a period 7 years. Now the hot flashes,night sweats are back. I’ve moved in with family as I was told I could not work. It took 5 different Doctors to determine (from sisability office).Now I’m goingnthrough menopause again even with the hormones. I even get break through blood. So confused. I am now homebound,pain has increased a lot. I have seen Rheumatologist,Phychiatrist as childhood long term sex abuse is also comone. They just don’t know try anything to ease pain,any treatment as everyone is different. I think it is a nuerology related. I have homecare PT for 12 weeks,have tried all meds narcotics don’t work for me. I take Ultram,Neurotin and soma a muscle relaxer. It different for everyone. There is a Dr. who believes it is neurological and lymphatic in nature. He is on you /tube and teaches at stanford.Try anything as I was told it can be progressive but you can maintain your level of function as it is now.Research it the more you know the better. The FDA is considering removing Lyrica and savella. good luck !!!!

February 23, 2013 at 10:48 am
(16) Kymberlee says:

Wow, reading some (most) of these post from these other women is amazing. I developed FM approx 2 yrs ago and soon after stopped having my period for a little over a yr, my MD told me I was menopausal. My period has now returned about a year now but I definitely notice the significant increase in pain and symptoms a week before my period all the way through to a week after. Sometimes those two weeks (after it finishes) are marvelous with little pain. Still have the fog and a few other things like the cold spells mentioned by Kaytee and also can only eat toast and coffee or hot chocolate like Cindy. And I mean that is the only thing i eat all day long, nothing else, can’t stand the smell or look of food, but I always suspected a strong connection between the hormones & FM in causing this neurological disorder. As for the men, I suspect they will find an imbalance of that same hormone in them causing their problems. I take methadone 5x a day and Valium and it has been the miracle worker for me that has allowed me some function in my life, prior to that I had tried all the other meds like Lyrica and cymbalta, narcotics, NSAIDS and nothing worked, I was totally bed bound. I have also recently figured out that the less sleep I get that night (not going to bed at all) the less pain I have the next day! weird but 100% true! I am unemployed and miserable in the way my life has so dramatically changed but I am living with less pain and that alone gave me the hope to keep living. The 500 other symptoms, I can bare. This FM has been a miserable nightmare and theft of my life and dreams. I also am awaiting for disability notice hoping something comes through soon as the bills are piling up :(

February 23, 2013 at 11:02 am
(17) Maria says:

I have CFIDS, not FM, but I will extrapolate this info about FM to CFIDS. I got CFIDS 6 years before I went into menopause (actually premenopausal symptoms start for many years before actual menopause) at 46. Within the same year my CFIDS did not get worse, but I developed Major Depression, Severe Anxiety and Panic Attacks for the first time in my life. It took years and a very patient and compassionate psychiatrist to help me get it all under control with a cocktail of medications. This was not a problem that therapists could have helped me with. Everything was the same; one day I was emotionally fine, and the next I had all these horrible extreme psychiatric symptoms. It has been one of the worst experiences of my life. I am sure CFIDS was a major part of this. Bio-identical hormones were not strong enough to help, for me; Prempro has actually helped with some of the depressive symptoms and the hot flashes. Ten years later I am still on antidepressants because I am not stable enough to stop.

February 23, 2013 at 11:25 am
(18) Maria says:

Thanks to Adrienne for investigating this. I think I aked her some time ago if she would consider this as a topic since I am so sure my menopause was affected so drastically by CFIDS (see other comment by me).
A couple of requests/suggestions: I have a difficult time reading as it is now, with all the brain fog, etc. Please, please if you make alot of typos, fix them so I can read what you want to say!! I know in this age of texting, e-mails, etc correct spelling seems to have fallen by the wayside, but at 56, I can’t get it if you don’t spell it! I would also say BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU TRY, don’t just try anything. I have spent alot of money and time on embarrassingly stupid treatments out of desperation; but I now think that once there are good treatments for these illnesses it will get around quickly and we will all know. Don’t give your money and energy to charlatans. Also, if you have a dx that you want to share, please tell us what it means! I don’t know for example what “dyspareunia” is. I just want to understand what you’re telling me. Thanks..

February 23, 2013 at 11:40 am
(19) Denise says:

Interesting. My story….I first had Fibro symptoms at 33. I stopped menstuating at 43 and today I am 53 and my Fibro is worse than ever. I don’t know what it means, but for those who have Fibro not knowing the answers comes as no surprise.

February 23, 2013 at 4:34 pm
(20) Anna Q says:

Very interesting!
(said in fake accent like the sargeant of “Hogan’s heroes” fame!)

~ I began onset of peri-menopausal symptoms – hot flashes, very irregular & difficult periods, moodiness & panic attacks – at age 38-39, soon after finishing nursing school. After about 7 or so years – under 50 – I was fully post-menopause
And if I push my memory (what memory?!) I do believe that is when I first did the “Doctor-hopping” trying to find out what the hell else was wrong with me!
That led to a tentative FMS diagnosis – so, I researched it, went to some lectures Dr Rob’t Bennet was giving up on “pill hill” in Portland OR (what locals call the hill top that’s home to many med centers including OHSU where he is/was). I decided I did not LIKE FMS, I did not HAVE FMS, and that would not be ME!
Yeh, right! FMS came anyhow, and I always wondered about any female hormonal link. My cognitive functions have been decreasing ever since; had to early retire as an R.N. & fight osteo arthritis as well. In fact, I go in for my left knee rplacement on Tu Feb 26 – had right one done last Aug. No change in FMS symptoms except perhaps difficulty titrating meds for real pain relief. Can’t do NSAIDS like Advil, etc due to stomach problems.
I’ll quit babbling now! Thanx again Adrienne for such good research you get for us all!

February 23, 2013 at 5:56 pm
(21) Jan says:

I’ve had Fibro since I was 23 but managed it well with pacing until I went through early natural menopause at 46. After that the increase in pain and other symptoms caused me to have to go out on medical leave at 51 and I was never able to return work outside the home.

February 23, 2013 at 7:19 pm
(22) Jillc62 says:

I’m not eager to find out what happens to me when I’m in menopause. I believe I’m nearly there, as I’m going on 8 months without a period or even spotting.

In some ways my pain can completely go away for a few weeks and then I’ll have weeks of terrible pain, worse than when I was having periods.

Hot flashes started in September and have been fairly regular but not anything horrible. I get very warm but I’m not drowning from sweat.

February 23, 2013 at 11:12 pm
(23) Teresa Atkinson says:

I am 63, and I can relate with everyone about the hystorectomy at age 47, Fibro, CFS, etc.. I had horrible menstral cycles as a teen ager, and unbalanced hormores. Low thyroid, ( started and stopped pills in my 20′s), Now I suffer with osteo arthritis on my neck, and all over my back. My question now is, should I start with physical therpy for all these issues? For over 20 years, I tried Chriopractors, and other available theripy. I feel I am worse due to these practices? Has anyone had luck with the physcial therapys? Today I take meds for menopause, and hypothyroidism, plus the Fibro meds, and high blood pressure. I too spend a lot of time at home, and in bed, especially when the weather is cold, or too hot. Tonight I am at a loss, and wonder if this is my life the rest of my life. thanks for all the inputs and this website, it helps to hear about others gals with the same issues. Terri

February 23, 2013 at 11:42 pm
(24) Sue says:

Went to early menopause at 38 in 1991. It came on fast with hot flashes that you could fry an egg on. I thought it was because I was still grieving the loss of my younger sister to cancer the year before. Went on synthetic hormones until 2003 when I switched over to natural hormones until 2010. I was diagnoised not only with Celiac Disease, but Fibromyalga, Spinal Stenosis, osteoarthritis, depression,and had a knee replacement in 2011. I have been in pain one way or another for the last 10 years. It SUCKS! I can tick off most of the symptoms of Fibromyalga as the years pass on. I turn 60 in April. What happens now? More of the same or worse. Where are the reasearchers now? Certainly this DIS-EASE rates more than a couple of paragraphs in a medical journal. People are suffering and dying here. Won’t someone LISTEN to what we have to say???????????????

February 24, 2013 at 1:27 am
(25) Carolyn says:

This is very interesting for sure. I have been saying for years now that hormones has had something to do with everything that has gone on with my health over the past 10 plus years. I started menopause in my mid 40′s and the emotional, mental strain that went on almost pushed me over the edge. When the hot flashes started they were horrible. I tried to go withrout hrt because of the danger but after two years I just couldn’t do it anymore. I ran around with my hair wet and as few clothes as possible even in the winter months when everyone else were wearing jackets. I would still suddenly break out in horrible sweats that were so embarrassing. Even with the hrt, I still had hot flashes somewhat but I could at least function. This went on for ten years. My fibro started in 1996 and lasted for about two years and went away. I thought I went into remission and was cured but when the menopausal years came, the fibro came back, I had to start taking anti depressants for Major Depression and I had terrible panic attacks and Anxiety Disorder. My life fell apart and I lost a really great career and my brand new house and all my “friends”. I can’t work anymore now because I never know when my fibro will take over and can’t really plan anything in life for that very same reason. I take methadone, like Kymberlee, for pain from my spine and Tramadol for break thru pain. I also take Baclofen for muscle spasms and topiramate (unlike gabapentine it doesn’t cause me to gain weight and it really helps). I also take requip for my Restless Leg Syndrome. I think that hormones play a part in this somehow too and I hope the research they are doing can find something to help. I am not giving up on getting better,

February 24, 2013 at 9:50 am
(26) jacci says:

I had early menopause. That is interesting.

February 24, 2013 at 8:45 pm
(27) Maria LC says:

this has been very interesting for me, i am 50 and have been having menopause for 2 years now. My pain has increased.
Thanks for the info.

February 25, 2013 at 5:21 am
(28) Mary says:

I had all the signs of early menopause when i was 37, Doctors didnt listen to me for years, i suffered so much in those few years, hot flushes every few minutes, was worse at night, my body ached, my family suffered, i suffered beyond words..In that time i was also diagonised with Fibro., which added more stress to my life..I was very out going person, loved life, i,m a totally wreck now..When i was 39 i took a viral infection in my brain, and ended up in hospital for a week, never recovered from that..I have found a link from that to the Fibro now, so interesting to see that link and have a Doctor a good doctor who is sympathetic..Like one of the other ladies in the posts here, I am also awaiting knee replacements, have arthritis, raynuads disease, and now i,m going through full blown Menoupause, and finually i,m getting a little relief with HRT..Its just so funny seen the links I have with alot others here…It is time that the medical world stood up and take notice of the suffering we are experiencing…Fibro isnt a made up illness its real and it bloody is destroying our lives..Please someone..HELP..

February 25, 2013 at 9:53 am
(29) Julie says:

I was diagnosed with CFS and Fibromyalgia at the age of 37. I am now 47 and I thought I was experiencing early menopause but my blood tests showed I was not. My symptoms were night sweats, hot flashes, very uncomfortable in hot or cold temps, etc. What has really helped me to alleviate most of my FM and CFS symptoms was adjusting my diet. I was reading about MSG and how many people it makes sick. I was desperate to feel better so I educated myself on the topic and I changed my diet so I would not consume any MSG. MSG is listed as many different things on food labels (research it). I have been following an MSG-free diet for over a month now and I feel so much better too! You are what you eat and when you eat mass chemicals day in and day out, the body is bound to react in a negative way. This poison certainly effects hormones in our bodies. Living MSG free can be overwhelming but I was desperate. I have learned how to cook from scratch and I certainly am no Julia Childs! I used to have frequent migraines but since changing my eating habits, I have not had ONE migraine. Just about all of my symptoms have disappeared. Coincidence? My body is telling me NO! I have come to realize that the medical community is not going to provide me the help I need and I live in Rochester MN – home of the famed Mayo Clinic. Not that they don’t want to, they just don’t know or have the answers as to what causes FM and CFS. I seriously think there is a link to MSG and these diseases as well as others. Just look at how many kids have food allergies, asthma and weight issues. Never used to be like that! MSG causes weight gain too! In the month I have been MSG free, I have lost 7 lbs. without trying. No exercise. No decreased eating. Just no MSG which leaves you with just God-given foods. Unless they are GMO (genetically modified) foods – I avoid those too and eat organic as much as I can.

I feel like I am slowly regaining my life! :)

March 1, 2013 at 6:48 pm
(30) AnotherName says:

Oh lordy, the last thing I wanted to read was that fibro symptoms became worse after menopause, ugh! I recently turned 50 and, so far, no signs of impending menopause (i’m more than happy to have it stay away for a few more years). Today, well actually these past couple of months, have been Fibro-rotten … unrelenting mental and physical fatigue, constantly feeling like I am ‘coming down with something’, and pain in places I have not had it before. I was diagnosed almost 10 years ago, have never had near this long of ‘crash’ before and I am beyond frustrated at struggling through each day and wondering when the ‘better me’ will resurface again. The thought that menopause may make these kinds of days (or months) a more common occurance is rather frightful and/or depressing! I hope to hear from anyone who did not find their symptoms worse after menopause to give me some hope :-) .

March 1, 2013 at 10:46 pm
(31) Sallibee says:

I had primary amenorrhea…never menstruated. By the time I was 30, I had some arthritis. By the time I was 40, I had severe osteoporosis. I had severe lack of estrogen that was not diagnosed till after 40.
I was diagnosed with primary Sjögren’s around 50 and my inflammatory arthritis progressed. Now I am in my 70′s and have Fibromyalgia plus Hashimoto’s and psoriasis.
I have never met anyone with primary amenorrhea…always felt like a freak, which I guess I am.
I have so much pain all over all the time! Just started Cymbalta and have hopes for it.
I am trying to hang in there, but I am mostly bedridden.
It helps to read the stories of others , and their hopes too!
Thank you all

March 2, 2013 at 10:05 pm
(32) Autumn says:

I have posted before. My fibro came with extreme stress. Everyone different with this diease. I wish on no one.
there are so many differnt opinions about fibro .
Herpes 8.. now herpes 1. I do wish they would decide. Having this since like 23.. I just hate , but ignore. I am on meds which I went to Nationals in bodybuilding in Dallas in 2002. I am on internet..did not win but done good for me.I do not sleep is what I have OC about forever. No sleep…feel like crap. I have taken guifensin, no pain killers.. an antiviral..he thinks virus..makes sense to me. It is just so expensive even with our insuance. I think God helps and what i did in 80′s is now redommened for fibro..cardio and resistant traing. I love your web site Adrienne .. this disease affects everyone differently. try to figure with dr is a good plan and excercise. Iknow when first started 5 lb weight Lordy.. now I do cardio and weights.
Now.. the yeast thing… I took diflucan for 30 days. It is not answer , but worked. Also , book named what to eat for your bloodtype… I followed like OCD and when ate things on list..Ihurt..my face swelled. It is theorey , but I beleve in. It is for auto -immune and allergies.

I tried natural stuff a long time ago..did not work.. I with dr I have to sleep. i itch at times for no reason and I get Ibs .. throat always hurts..pelvic pain..hair thinning..common for us. I just ignore and try to go on. If or I hope this helps. I am advocate for this cruel disease.

March 4, 2013 at 8:20 am
(33) JennyG says:

I had a complete hysterectomy at 30… due to endometriosis (and had adopted 3 babies by then). Have had many health troubles since, including thyroid problems, extreme fatigue, fibro, & rheumatoid arthritis.

March 8, 2013 at 7:52 pm
(34) SHIRLEY says:

After a sickly childhood, migraines started at age 10. Periods satrted at 14. First period I passed out with pain. From then on unbearable pain and heavy periods.
Hysterctomy at age 33. Ovarys left but went into menapause 6 months after. 6 horrendious years with no help. Then discovered only a slight trace of oestrogen. Implants for 7 years. They only lasted 3 months.
Many infections and low energy. Post natal depression after first child. Easy births with both children.
Working as auxiliary nurse injured back. FM kicked in big time. Tried for 6 years to get a DX. Had a breakdown. That was in 1985.
I now having managed ( got used to ) severe pain am much worse, mostly house bound, cant sit for long, so in bed most of the day.
In hindsight I have had FM most of my life.
I have researched whooping cough injection in 1947 which I had. Am certain this did a lot of damage I was very ill after the injection.
So hear I am at the age of 70, now with many other health probs. disabled.
I wouldnt wish this on anyone FM steals your life.

March 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm
(35) anne landells says:

I went through the menopause at 37 after a termination and I have always believed that both the trauma of the termination brought about the menopause and the fibromyalgia. I am now 58.

March 15, 2013 at 4:46 am
(36) acker says:

adrienne are you going okay? haven’t seen you on fb for a while

June 1, 2013 at 7:54 pm
(37) Angela KRUMINS says:

Anything to do with menopause, problems with periods, painful periods, abnormal bleeding should be checked out by a gyanocologist . Please do not presume it is all connected to yr fibro. I am 48 started having problems with my periods, I was referred to a gynaecologist . I had a vaginal scan, it show I had another pain condition called Adenomyosis. 2 fibroids pressing into my bladder, causing incontinece with my bladder, my ovaries where still active. But by having this vaginal scan it highlighted every thing that was wrong. None of it was in any way connected to my FMS. Which is really chronic. Ladies no matter how old you are or if you get hot and cold flashes or think you are menopausal please go and get confirmation that this is correct. I had marina Coil fitted 7weeks ago, I will not suffer any menopausal side effects. It sorted out my abnormal bleeding and my incontinence is improving as each day passes. Do not blame fibro for the cause of other thin

June 11, 2013 at 7:14 pm
(38) Suzette says:

I am 35 years old and I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about a year ago and I am now beginning to experience signs of early onset menopause. Any suggestions, supplements that can be taken, etc? I feel as if I am too young for this and it makes me sad. My mom went through horrible mood swings, anger, and depression…does that mean that I will experience the same and is there a way to control it? My kids are still young and I do not want to be irritable or cranky all of the time with them or my very supportive hubby.
Thanks!

June 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm
(39) Teena says:

I went through menopause at about 44 but it was due to a complete hysterectomy. Not sure how that effects my fibromyalgia.

August 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm
(40) Valarie says:

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August 24, 2013 at 9:18 am
(41) Teri says:

I went through menopause at 45 and have been diagnosed with fibro also. I am 46 now and also have what I am told is severe osteoarthritis not normally seen in someone my age. Has anyone else noticed this?

October 21, 2013 at 9:28 pm
(42) Leigh Sophia Phillips says:

I had my last period at 41. and was diagnosed with fb at the same time.

October 21, 2013 at 9:53 pm
(43) Christine says:

W my FM is going to flare up when my body undergoes that added stress.
I too have had the endomitriosis almost 20 yrs ago shortly after my FM diagnosis. At 49 in perimenopause and yes FM pain increasing. Up to now I believed all the articles that said FM didn’t progress and really isn’t rehabilitating . After reading so many comments on here today all I can say is thank you all for sharing and helping me to realize that it isn’t me just feeling sorry for myself and yes, my pain is more than just the normal aches and pains other people have. I dread next year when I have committed to having back fusion surgery for 3 bad discs in my lower back. I don’t even want to imagine

October 22, 2013 at 12:23 am
(44) Lani says:

Christine, I unknowingly broke the part off that holds 2 vertabre together at 19 during labor. That was 37 years ago. I couldn’t walk and had to learn to do it again. Over the years I would get “stuck” and not be able to move. I couldn’t understand why until 4 years ago when my “new” Doc took an x ray & sent me to a neurosurgeon. He could tell it had been that long by the wear and tear on those 2 vertabre. They were rounded on the ends and of course there was no pad left between them. The top half of my spine was resting on the front tip of the bottom half! He said it was a miracle I could even walk as flat as my sciatic nerves were flattened. He did the fusion and “hoisted” my spine back up where it was supposed to be. I would do it again in a heartbeat! I don’t know your situation. But for me ~ it was the best choice. Even though I can barely walk in the morning due to fibro, at least now I am upright! And after I could tell that the pain that was gone was different from the fibro pain. Have hope and courage, it could be a great improvement for you too!

I’ve had fibro since I was 20. Interestingly, it was a year after I gave birth and had started having hot flashes! My hormones were always off and I never could get pregnant again. Over the years the FM has gotten more severe and debilitating. I sure hope someone can help us, fibro steals parts of your life.

October 22, 2013 at 1:26 am
(45) Kim says:

This helps to some degree in better understanding this insidiously crippling “syndrome”. I was premenopausal in my mid-30`s, and completed menopause at 43. Shortly thereafter I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and it’s been downhill since.

October 22, 2013 at 5:11 am
(46) Roseanna says:

I suffered with severe Endometriosis for most of my young life and had a complete Oopherectomy at age 35 which produced radical and immediate Menopause ( and was then put on HRT for the next 11 years). One year later i was severely effected with full time pain.Initially diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis which i have in my system, i was then diagnosed with Fibromyalgia ( although it took severeal years to confirm this) then was found to have Osteoarthritis and suffered from Chronic pain and fatigue thereafter. I became severely depressed and suicidal and more recently have been diagnosed with C.O.P.D from Bronchiectasis.

February 17, 2014 at 11:43 pm
(47) Viena Orja says:

Thank you for sharing this article. This is a big help especially to my mother who is experiencing early menopausal.

March 15, 2014 at 12:17 am
(48) Adriano says:

Hello there, my girlfriend has a lot of the symptoms you guys are talking about, one of the things that have helped her out is the coffee enemas that The Gerson Therapy recommends and the juices, we are going to do the whole Therapy as it is and hopefully she can get rid off completely from the pain.

April 14, 2014 at 12:15 pm
(49) kendell says:

At 24 I had a endometriosis tumor on my.right ovary and had to have it removed. Soon after my doctor put me into early menopause. Within a few weeks I started getting very tired and joint pain. Finally had to withdraw from college…. many tests and doctors later I was diagnosed with fibro, now at 30 I am on disability unable to do much. My mom and I believe this is all connected. We’ve been wondering if I should get off hormones and let my body have a break. They keep me on hormones so I don’t have periods because of the endometriosis. I really have found a dr. I fell confident with…. still hopeful!

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