Going through menopause with fibromyalgia makes this transitional period in a woman’s life even more difficult.
Doctors and researchers should pay more attention to this combination, as most fibromyalgia patients are women. From the studies that have been done, it is obvious that going through menopause makes fibromyalgia symptoms worse.
The drop in estrogen that occurs from menopause—at least a 40% drop—can negatively affect mood and sleep patterns. Muscle aches also occur with menopause, so that means that for fibromyalgia patients already experiencing these issues, they will be magnified through menopause as well as after menopause.
If approaching the age of menopause with fibromyalgia, ask your doctor what sort of preventative measures might work to help offset the symptoms and help make the lasting changes more manageable.
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