Women are 10 times more likely than men to get fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that causes fatigue and muscle and joint pain. And for some of these women, there’s one time each month when fibromyalgia symptoms and pain become worse — their period.
“Many women report an increase in fibromyalgia symptoms just prior to their periods and during menses,” says Sawsan As-Sanie, MD, MPH, assistant professor, department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “Overall pain and sensitivity change during the menstrual cycle.”
Fibromyalgia’s effects on the menstrual cycle are individual, and not all women have increased fibromyalgia pain or other symptoms. However, any symptom that is really bothersome to a fibromyalgia patient, explains Dr. As-Sanie may get worse during her menstrual period.
Symptoms most likely to flare up during your period include:
While fibromyalgia symptoms may worsen during your menstrual period, menstruation does not directly bring on a flare-up of fibromyalgia. There is also not just one cause. “Many underlying factors drive fibromyalgia symptoms, not just estrogen or progesterone but other hormonal variations in the brain,” says As-Sanie.
According to As-Sanie, many women whose fibromyalgia symptoms worsen during their menstrual periods experience a steadier pattern of fibromyalgia symptoms after menopause, though not necessarily a lessening of them. “Some women’s fibromyalgia actually gets worse during menopause, and for about half of all women with fibromyalgia, their fibromyalgia symptoms will stay the same,” says As-Sanie. “Overall, women’s fibromyalgia symptoms do not consistently get worse or better following menopause.”
To treat fibromyalgia symptoms during your menstrual period, As-Sanie suggests that you continue following your fibromyalgia treatment. She also recommends that you do not change or stop your fibromyalgia medication over the course of your menstrual cycle. “For fibromyalgia medications to work, they must be taken on a consistent basis,” says As-Sanie.
Fibromyalgia medication and treatments that can help include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen, exercise, and cognitive behavior therapy, says As-Sanie. These may help women whose fibromyalgia worsens before or during their periods.
It is also important to avoid stressful situations during menstruation since stress can increase pain and other fibromyalgia symptoms. Meditation, breathing exercises, and other relaxation techniques may help you get your stress level under control.
If your fibromyalgia symptoms worsen during your period, talk to your doctor about treatment options. Because fibromyalgia symptoms vary among women, a personalized approach to treating your symptoms may be just what the doctor ordered.
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