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Old 05-24-2010, 10:02 AM   #1
Trish M
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Question FM and menopause

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?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated

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