Does anyone that menstruates with fibromyalgia notice that their joint pain flares up certain times in your cycle? I’m having the hardest time sleeping right now because of the heat and pain in my knees, but my hips are also on fire and it makes it hard to lay down. Any advice?

Chronic Low Back Pain

Generalized pain

Fibromyalgia (FM)

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  • shamprock


    Yes! I have bursitis in my knees and hips... "Bursitis (bur-SY-tis) is a painful condition that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs — called bursae (bur-SEE) — that cushion the bones, tendons and muscles near your joints. Bursitis occurs when bursae become inflamed." - Mayo Clinic Anyway, any time I sleep on my side, I must have a pillow between my knees. I have a memory foam/gel topper for my memory foam mattress because my hips are so sensitive. Sleeping on my back also helps.

  • Kell


    I use to when I had mine. Mine stopped a year ago.

  • Blinky


    yeP. Have you tried tiger balm? It smells a little bit like an old man but for me it does wonders. It's basically like rubbing an ice pack onto your skin, it gives it that soothing cool. I also have one of those heating pad thingies that you plug in, so I can just lay in bed with it on top of me since he usually helps for the abdominal ones. Then again, they're the worst for me in my lower back and stomach area, so I'm not too sure if it would help for the hips.

    • Blinky


      since heat usually helps*

  • Violet_Beauregarde


    I flare during periods & ovulation. It sucks! I finally got on BC because I just can’t deal with everything that comes with a menstrual cycle. I was having excruciating ovulation pain on top of other things, so I got on BC even though I used to hate it. I recommend annovera for anyone that is wondering that is working well for me.

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  • SJP


    Ugh yes, and I have super heavy periods so the corrosponding blood loss causes me more inflammation.

  • nat23


    I would always flare badly during my periods. Lots of hot baths, extra pillows/support wherever I was, and resting as much as possible. Finding the right birth control to help regulate my period also helped some, but ultimately it wasn't enough. My hysterectomy was the best thing I ever did for my health- I went from bed rest ~5 days/week to a few days a week.

  • margaretscarry


    Ive been on depo for a while so i havent had them in a year but! Absolutely normal! It always made sense to me becuz with fibro any injury or pain can cause a flare. Like if i trip ir bump my shoulder into something the general pain can irritste my fibro esp in certain spots. So it totally makes sense that it would cause a domino egfect when ur uterus is literally shedding. If its too much for you talk to ur obgyn abt bc if ur comfortable with it. With some options you never get ur period. Regardless I hope ur well and hope u get it figured out.

  • MedicalAnomaly


    Yes!! Currently struggling with severe muscle pain from my menstrual cycle. It starts in my low back and feels like achy cramps all the way into my feet. I hope you feel better soon! 😥 ❤️

  • sneakylittlefox


    I flair during my period bad. My pelvic muscles and joints are so achy that I have to sit at times!

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