Do the women with Rheumatoid Arthritis have more pain during their periods?

This is for the women in the group. Do you have more pain before you are about to get your period? I always seems to have more pain and stiffness then.

Dia Wilkins
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Yes me too.. I take meloxicom pain killer during period..

Suraya Hinton
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Very bad. I go into a flair the day before and then struggle for 2 days.

Rozelle Purcell
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My first period during RA. And new joints started hurting.

Sneha Kurtz
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Yes

Jennifer King
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I was wondering if anyone had worse cramp during a period and flare? I’m in a flare right now and my last period had me doubling over in pain when I’m not normally in that much pain.

Alli Guthrie
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I talked with my gynaecologist and she said that menstruation commonly causes RA symptoms to worsen and that it is not known why. She had me on medication to stop menstruation for three months to give me a break. Similarly, when I was having a lymph node biopsied the technician shared with me that even the small abrasions from shaving the bikini area and legs with a razor can cause temporary inflammation and cause a lymph node to temporary become enlarged in people with RA.

Inflammation is meant to be a temporary part of the process of healing. It was explained to me when I was having surgery that there would be a heightened three days of inflammation from the surgery as the body went into the process of repair, yet because of my Advanced RA I may experience an elongated immune response.

In this regard, one of my theories is that since the uterine lining is pulling away from the wall of the uterus that there is an increase of inflammation due to the body trying to heal itself. Yet, since with RA, or very Advanced RA like mine the immune system over responds to injury resulting in inflammation.

Jessica Skinner
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Totally!!
I hate it. My period makes my flair even more miserable and makes my acupuncture actually hurt.

Kris Lyons
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I was wondering that too, I was diagnosed with RA last Wednesday and I just got my period yesterday night and I’m feel super bad right now. I started taking CBD yesterday night thanks to the recommendations of the group but tbh I don’t feel much different I’m super new too all this does anyone know how long does CBD takes to help with the pain?

Etzanai Meredith
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CBD oil takes about 45 minutes to help with the pain. There are countless brands and qualities in addition to many dosage options. I take a 1500mg full spectrum hemp tincture. Works really really well.

Katherine İnman 3 years

Katherine İnman I appreciate the advice

Etzanai Meredith 3 years

I agree, so much agony and fatigue!

Renee Hines
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Yes and ovulation too. Bah! When does menopause start?

KC Bennett Koch
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From ovulation right to my period. Two weeks out of every month!

Sally Pickens 3 years

Yes same here. Did not notice until I started writing down my symptoms

Sarah Webber 3 years

Sally Pickens this past month I was wondering if men with RA have some sort of flare cycle, too. I may get and IUD if it stops flares.

KC Bennett Koch 3 years

KC Bennett Koch my gynaecologist recommended mirena. It might have worked but I didn't like the idea

Sally Pickens 3 years

Sally Pickens after years of infertility I don’t like the idea any form of BC - all about my body doing it what it’s supposed to do all by itself. Here’s hoping some increased movement and tighter reigns in my diet help these flares!

KC Bennett Koch 3 years

Yes I was really bad. Would cripple me for 2 days each time.. I have the best chiropractor in the world who has helped. Found out that it was related to my pituitary gland. Started getting acuscope and cranials and no longer have problems during them.

Sari Kimble
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When I was put on methotrexate my rheumatologist forced me to go on birth control so I got an iud and no more period. I feel like not just my RA but my fibro also flares at that time. Like i have the flu

Christine Beal
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Thank you all for your answers. I have spoken to my doctor and she said that it is hormonal that's why. But she also said that during menopause things become worse. It is actually during menopause she said that a lot of women find out they have ra because they get flare ups. I get it a week or 5 days before my period. Right now both wrists hurt and both feet... And knee a little. I hate this! I try to be positive... I have two kids that are 3. I was diagnosed 6 months after my husband and I adopted our kids.... This is so unfair I think at times. But then I really try to be positive. I try managing with meds and food. Yesterday I ate something o wasn't supposed to.... But I'm only human and I am visiting my parents with my kids for vacation so sometimes it is tough. Thank you all for your support. It really means a lot.

Dia Wilkins
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Patience and keep it up you can do this!! Sending hugs!!

Any Barry 3 years

My flares are caused by hormones. Nothing can be done about that and it means I'm out at least 2 weeks a month. Meh.

Sally Pickens
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My chiropractor has helped me emensely with my hormones and flares. It can be treated homeopathically.

Sari Kimble 3 years

Sari Kimble more details please! How?

Sally Pickens 3 years

He is also a Naturalpathic Dr. I started taking Macasure which is a natural supplement to help balance hormones. I am peri-menipausal so was all out of whack. I go for regular adjustments, and he tested my pituitary gland and found it was completely shut off from all the inflamation. I started going for acuscope and cranials and life is completely different now. I use to get massive migranes before every period because the inflamation was so bad. Would be stuck in bed for days and bleed like crazy when I was menstruating. Now my periods are normal no inflamation and have not been bed ridden for almost 6 months. Now whenever I feel an onset come on I just go see him. I have never taken any kind of meds, I have treated everything homeopathically.

Sari Kimble 3 years

sally , also research bio-identical progesterone cream, xenoestrogens, estrogen dominance and Dr John Lee. It's a life saver! Besides the hormone balance, it's anti inflammatory. Chiropractor or functional doc or compounding pharmacy can help. Get a saliva test to know hormone level. Use a product that is packaged in a metered pump so you always get exact 20mg dose

Molly Ramey 3 years

Research bio-identical progesterone cream, xenoestrogens, estrogen dominance and Dr John Lee. It's a life saver! Besides the hormone balance, it's anti inflammatory. Chiropractor or functional doc or compounding pharmacy can help. Get a saliva test to know hormone level. Use a product that is packaged in a metered pump so you always get exact 20mg dose. Work with functional or naturopath so you use cream at the correct times during monthly cycle. If still having periods you will not use it every day. If menopause, can use every day, with maybe a 5 or 6 day break during month. I will get doc added to files with my story and more info. Was going to write it before and forgot

Molly Ramey
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Definately much worse before periods... Put in a Mirena - no periods and no more added pain!

Paivi Ferris
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Always!

Shanan Light
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Yes!!

Jenna Jarvis
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Yes. That's how I know my monthly friend is going to start.

Ann Triplett
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Yes!!

Erin Cooke
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Oh yes!

MegnErik Cohen
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Yes I have more pain and fatigue

Brittanie Nadeau
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Yep!

Sara Ledbetter
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Yes! Much more pain around that time.

Christine Gary
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