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MatchaBunn

744d

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?

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    • Ceramie

      349d

      My fibro is caused by hormone issues - my tendons relax too much at certain times of the month (ovulation and pre menstrual) and they are so floppy and slack that they can't physically take the strain of my bodyweight. The result is a lot of pain in my back, hips, knees, ankles and any other area which is under stress. If your joints click and crunch easily, then that's a good indication of the same. I find compression treatment invaluable plus I also have a superb physio who has been able to give me a really good insight into how posture and weight distribution affects things: ankle splints, physio tape, knee braces and/or a corset tight about the hips can make a huge difference in reducing pain and increasing mobility at those times. I also find a TENs machine great for lower back and hip pain. I also recently found out that the cause of all my hormone issues is the high pollution levels of the area I live in. It came as a shock to find out just how many common pollutants mimic and generate hormone activity in the human body.

    • Ceramie

      349d

      My fibro is caused by hormone issues - my tendons relax too much at certain times of the month (ovulation and pre menstrual) and they are so floppy and slack that they can't physically take the strain of my bodyweight. The result is a lot of pain in my back, hips, knees, ankles and any other area which is under stress. If your joints click and crunch easily, then that's a good indication of the same. I find compression treatment invaluable plus I also have a superb physio who has been able to give me a really good insight into how posture and weight distribution affects things: ankle splints, physio tape, knee braces and/or a corset tight about the hips can make a huge difference in reducing pain and increasing mobility at those times. I also find a TENs machine great for lower back and hip pain. I also recently found out that the cause of all my hormone issues is the high pollution levels of the area I live in. It came as a shock to find out just how many common pollutants mimic and generate hormone activity in the human body.

    • sneakylittlefox

      737d

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

    • MedicalAnomaly

      741d

      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! 😥 ❤️

    • margaretscarry

      742d

      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.

    • nat23

      742d

      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.

    • SJP

      742d

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

    • PondWater

      742d

      Yes!

    • Violet_Beauregarde

      743d

      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.

    • Blinky

      743d

      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

        743d

        @Blinky since heat usually helps*

    • Kell

      743d

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

    • shamprock

      743d

      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.

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