Hi Jitterbug ~
Yes, it's what happened to me and actually the way I found out I was in peri-menopause.
I had a period which gave such excruciating cramps which I never experienced before. My frist thought was endometriosis or fibroids.It wasn't. It was peri-menopause. All women's expereince with peri and actual menopause is different and the above post is correct in advising you to join us at the Menopause Board. It's a wealth of information and support.