Wondering if anyone hurts all over in the morning when they wake up? I hurt so much I can hardly get out of bed, once up and moving its better, but as I lay in bed its hard to believe I can hurt so much, my fingers ache, my back, pain all in my legs to my feet. I try to remember what it was like before all this and can't as its been years like this, I'm only in my 50's and have always been so active and still am, but this is so awful, everyday, its not fibromyalgia its all menopause. I stopped my periods 14 years ago and still have many menopause problems. Just needed to talk and ask this question. Thanks.
I also am in my 50's and I am not sure if it's all menopause, unfortunately I think old age is starting to creep up on us. I also awake feeling crappy, but yet try to keep up on my activities. A friend of mine suggested I see a chiropractor thinking that something may be out of whack but I haven't done it yet. Perhaps it may help.
Thank you so much for posting this. I am having the same problems in the morning. My feet hurt so much, I don't want to walk of them, my hands feel puffy and stiff, I am bent over all the way to the bathroom, which is the only reason I even get up.
I did not know what to attribute this to, so you attaching this to menopause makes a lot of sense to me, and makes me feel better, knowing you feel the same way.
I am soon to be 50, still bleeding, but with severe endometrisosis, so everything is so confusing as to what caused what. I spent the first 6 months of this year on a medically induced menopause, a treatment tried for the endo. As soon as the 6 months passed, the periods returned, but more painful, more loss of blood, and for 10-15 days, rather than the 3 day periods from before.
Somewhere in there came the morning body pain you speak of. It is a relief to find that any of my symptoms are just a normal part of menopause, rather than symptoms of more disease.
I would be glad to offer you any support I can, I am here most everyday. I know that this is a really great board, full of kind and understanding women. We have even found humor in all of this at times, because this is one of those things we have to do. How we choose to face it can make all the difference in the world, and having the support of others is so helpful.
I haven't had a period since April (I'm 51) and the past month have been waking with my neck/upper back so sore and stiff that I have to turn over on my side to sit up becuase I can't lift my head up and sit up if I'm on my back! My elbows also hurt real bad and my fingers in the morning are so stiff I can hardly manuever the remote control to check out the weather channel! And now my feet hurt like heck!! And all this happend quite suddenly! I shuffle into the bathroom in the morning like an old lady (becuase my feet hurt, my ankles hurt, my upper back is stiff....) when just 2 months ago I'd bound out of bed like a cat.
And I've been reading other things about joint and muscle pain from menopause. I can't believe it's old age, you don't get hit overnight with old age - it has to be menopause.
I Had those problems also .I firmly believe it is a lack of hormones..In the beginning i decided not to use hormones ..but could not deal with all the joint pain and menopausal symtums ..I have looked at the pros and cons of taking them and then decided that its the quality of life that really matters for me..to feel good and to be able to do the things I did when I was younger ..I have been on HRT for at least 15 years and am now 65 years old and as long as I can I wish to remain on them in a low dose..still have my uterus so take progesterone also..but it is a personal decision that one makes for themselves ..as everyone is different..
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My lastest ache is pain in my calves, a sort of tightness and i have no idea if its related to menopause or not. It can be worse when i just wake up and you know how you like to 'stretch yourself, the ache in my calves is awful. its not only in the mornings tho it can be anytime and fine some days. Also, often when i wake my fingers can be stiffish for a few minutes and then they are ok. I have so many aches at times - can be stiff also if sitting for a while, that actually is not so bad at the moment. The scariest symptom i have from time to time is I THINK IT IS ANXIETY - sometimes when drifting off to sleep i get this jolt or zap and really frightens me - it only last a second or 2 but omg its horrible. Also, i think its more or less the same thing that happens sometimes when you are maybe for example just on computer or watching tv and out of the blue this jolt/zap throught you and it can leave you weak and frightend. Sometimes you might feel ok pretty soon and more times you might feel horrible for a few days even. Does that ever happen you? Also, can be lighthead and off balance. I could go on and on and like you it must be going on 13/14yrs. Am 52 now and no period in a year and half. Hope we start feeling better soon.
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Yes, the anxiety is the worst. The jolts or zaps that you described happen to me also. It started about a year ago and was really bad for a few months. It seem like just when you are about to drift off to sleep, zap they hit you. I had one so bad, it almost knocked me out of bed!!! They have let up some now, I don't know why but am glad they did. This meno stuff is crazy. But just wanted to let you know you're not alone with the "zaps".
Yes wow, it is the same for me and for the past year I have had myself with every possible disease known to man kind!!!. Just overnight, woke up and bing, sore feet, sore, legs, stiff and sore back, pain from lower to upper back, on and off, stomach one day OK, the next not so great....BM's some days fine, others not so....gas, you name it...I keep a bottle of seltzer with me all the time. The pain can get really bad and when I drink the seltzer water, I burb and the pain leaves...so who the heck knows. But the stiffness and ankle / foot / toes numbness, pain is something that is driving me crazy Can't walk for very long distance at all any more. I want to exercise, but it hurts to much to do it....anyway, just wanted to share.....I think we will all be OK. Let's just get over this...
Hi everyone, I'm 55 and still get a period, though they are not regular. I have the same pains you are all referring to. My Dr. did blood tests and my Rheumatoid factor is elevated as is my ESR. Possible Rhematoid Arthritis...I'm seeing a specialist later this Fall. You may want to get checked.
Hello all, this is my first post and I can't tell you how happy I am to have discovered the boards! I don't feel alone any longer, you all are feeling what I'm feeling. Its a kind of relief to share and hear other people's experiences.
I just wanted to talk about those zaps you guys are referring to. If they are like mine, and they sounds like it, they could be what are called myoclonic jerks sometimes referred to as "sleep starts" which are pretty normal, and often happen especially when you are falling asleep. You can read a little about it at http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/myoclonus/detail_myoclonus.htm or just search for myoclonus on whatever source you trust. My doctor told me it was not a cause of concern in my case, just part of the roller coaster we call menopause!
I hope this helps just a little. Sometimes having a name for something helps us come to terms with dealing with it. I look forward to sharing with all of you and learning from those of you who have gone through the ride before me. Best of health to all of you!
Glad you can find the information you need here. We are all going through the same thing and just knowing we are not alone with all of our symptoms helps alot.
Thanks for the info on the "zaps" they scared the heck out of me when it first started to happen, but I also found this board and realized I wasn't the only one it was happening to. This peri stuff is just crazy!!!