Does anyone have more joint pain due to rheumatoid arthritis before their cycle starts?

Does anyone have more joint pain before their cycle starts? I swear mine is hormone related!

Melissa Hood
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Yes! It’s because of the hormone fluctuations. I usually feel worse 2-3 days before I start and feel better while on it, usually gone when I finish my cycle.

Clarissa Benson
C

This is interesting because I literally just went through a sleepless night of debilitating pain. Cried the whole night. Period hit today and BAM - feeling great.

Jorden Harvey
J

I have been having so much pain and swelling in my hands lately, got my period today and already it's alleviated. I really feel like this is the pattern!

Melissa Hood
M

And plaquenil doesn't help with that!

Melissa Hood
M

I'm definitely going to start paying attention to this pattern going forward!

Jorden Harvey
J

Yes

Lesley Wynn
L

I believe mine is also

Zauna Donahue
Z

yes

Jovana Hicks
J

Yes because hormones and immunity are closely linked

Jo Hall Staton
J

Always

Rozelle Purcell
R

Yes, I do but my pain will last 2 to 3 days while I'm on my period unfortunately. I also have sleepless nights like tonight.

Selena Chambers
S

Yes! Such a horrible thing to go thru.

Margaret Haley
M

Yep!

Susan Link
S

I asked my rheumatologist that question and he basically blew me off as a question. I have noticed this for years and you have now confirmed that it is affected by your menstrual cycle. I do however have a new rheumatologist since him. This is important !!! Find someone you can work with!!

Heather Lassiter
H

YES!!!

Sou Patterson
S

it is. I had my first intense flare right before menopause. It is def. Triggered by hormonal ups and downs.

Susan Norton
S

Yes!

Kristen Boudreaux
K

Yes. Every month a week or so before I'm due to start. Also my feet hurt at the same time.

June Reeder
J

My ankles were killing me this week too. No wonder!

Melissa Hood 3 years

How can doctors deny that there is a correlation? I've been meaning to do a lit review but haven't had time.

Melissa Hood
M

I made a video about it. May not be about hormones, but fluid retention which decreases circulation to joints.

Leondra Pratt
L

Yes, my dr “not my rheum” is trying me on a compounded Progesterone to see if it helps. I start it 14 days after my period and you take until your 2 days into your Period. Hoping it helps

Jennifer Burrell
J

Yes!!

Dina Woodard
D

Ugh YES!

Lindi Armstrong
L

Yes ive always suffered with heavy really heavy periods an ive always hated that time but by gosh i hate them a whole load more constant pain while trying to turn whilst sleeping leading to being woke by sharp pains in my spine I put mine down to my fibromyalgia

Daphne Carrillo
D

Wow I never thought about this
I'm having a different issue though... I was using cerazette pill until I was diagnosed, I stopped right away. This was 4 months ago and my periods are still not back.. And no way I'm pregnant. I have Methotrexate 20mg and prednisone 2.5, GP and rheumatologist say it's nothing and not related, but I start to worry a bit...

Cecile Cooper
C

I don't have periods any more but I read over and over that it is hormone related and women often go into remission while pregnant. I did get hypothyroidism at the same time as menopause.

Glenda Louis
G

Yes

Raeleene Salas
R

Yes and for the last 8 months or so I also get sinus migraines for about 2 days before my period. Right about when my RA also started. So I definitely think it’s all related.

Virginie Morgan
V

Yes, the swelling from water retention coupled with the swelling from inflammation, it’s more pressure on your joints. Plus the way you feel before your period added to the way you feel from the disease. It’s a double whammy.

Kym Rosenberg
K

Always!!!

Sharon Staples
S

I am experiencing menopause and was wondering if that is why I have been having so many flares.

Kristen Boudreaux
K

Yes, I always hurt more a few days before and several during cycle. Now in that first year without periods before official menopause and thankful I'm not having those extra pain days.

Lisa Denny
L

I do, but it's not too bad.

My hands hurt more when I have to write a lot, well my right one because I'm right handed.

Robin Coker
R

Yes!

Candice Ashley
C