have this posted on the Fibro thread as well, really trying to find some clairity
I have had FM for about 20 years although only diagnosed about 7 years ago, for the most part I am still able to function on a daily basis. Was lucky to figure out my triggor point was stress, mostly successful in keeping my stress level low but unfortunatly not all the time.
Lately I have found that my symptoms are increasing with other difficulties occuring as well.
Sleep is becoming less and less, constant feeling of bloating and gas pain, my arthitis is flairing up on more of a regular basis. Hot flashes to the point I feel like I am going to pass out. For the most part I can deal with the physical symptoms except the lack of sleep as it brings on the rest stronger then normal.
My main issue is now I'm going through crying jags. I have never been an overly emotional person, always believed that crying over something took away from the time that you could be working to correct it. The last time I really cried was close to 14 years ago when I lost my mother. About two months ago I started feeling lost all the time and would start crying over the smallest things. Could be watching a comedy and just start crying for no reason.
Have mentioned to my doctor a few months ago that I felt I was heading into early menopause but he totally disagreed with me. Although he's not a believer in FM either. The hard part is to have a family doctor where I am is a rare occurance as doctors are in short supply.
Has anyone else gone through this? Is it just part of the FM increasing with age?
Hi Trish M!
Is FM Fibromyalgia? My understanding is that's a disease with pain all over the body, is that correct?
Anyway, as far as the crying, I totally relate with you Trish. In fact, I'll ask if a movie is sad before I watch it, lol. I avoid all sad things because I cry like a baby... lol. BUT, on the other hand, it is healthy to cry. And it's totally okay to cry! Crying actually is healing, releasing held in tensions, so that we may finally get relief from those and see a fresh start. I have seen the "light at the end of the tunnel" so-to-speak, only after crying over a painful issue. The meno crying spells are different than that however, as you well know. And like I said, I avoid things that trigger me in this case (even wrong-thinking that can lead to crying).
As far as your hot flashes, etc., I don't know if you're taking anything for relief but I strongly recommend it. If you already are, then what you're using isn't working for you, simply. And not every symptom we experience is linked to a disease. Although it's good to see our doctor's regularly to make sure we're okay, the changing body of us peri/meno women, along with it's aches & pains, doesn't make a disease (only a process). It's hard, I know! Hang in there & make changes where you can. Best wishes for you, ~Karen
Sounds like perimenopause to me, how old are you? Some of the gals on this board in their late 30's early 40's are also going through peri early. Doesn't sound like you have a doctor that is right on board with you, can you see someone else who might be able to help a little more?