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MS and my period

Posted Jan 27 2009 6:22pm 1 Comment
Today I did some research about how MS affects my menstrual cycle. Actually, it's the other way round. My period affects my symptoms. In my case it is Oh! so true.

Read about it here: MS and Menstruation.


How come the doctor and the MS society didn't tell me about this? Maybe because I'm an old lady and they think I've already gone through menopause ? No, that can't be right because they did do blood tests last year and the technician who discussed the results with me said my hormones were normal and I could still get pregnant. I broke up laughing . Pregnant at 53, can't even imagine it. And I'm still regular like a clock, no menopause for me yet.

So now I know why I feel so lousy just before my period Actually horrible is a better word .
I knew it, I knew. My period was making my MS symptoms worse. That's why my leg and neck hurt more this past week. That's why I was even more fatigued ( and that's lots) and my right eye was more blurry and I was dizzy. All that aggravates the mental stuff (memory, concentration) so no wonder I was such a space cadet at work.

Does it mean when I do finally get the big "pause" I'll feel better ?

Doesn't seem to be much discussion about it out there .
Lots of talk about sex , relationships , intimacy . Talk about all other body functions, but not much about menstruation . That surprises me since the majority who have MS are women .
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I too feel that my Neuro was wrong.  He said MS had nothing to do with my periods and visa versa.  I knew he was wrong but let it go.  My periods have always been normal flow, like clock work on showing up, and no cramps since I was a early teen. 

My periods starting getting to that hit and miss stage, the amount of flow is scary...I loose clots the size of golf balls, I have to change a super plus tampon every 15 mintues and usually wear two maxi's at a time.  I DO NOT leave the house at least the first 3 days of my period.  I am also extremely tired, shaky, and weak.  I'm sure some of it is from the lose of blood I experience.  I now am having severe pains in the left side (around my ovaries).  I finally went to a gyno a couple of weeks ago...they had an ultrasound and CT scan done on me.  It showed some blockage in the tube that takes blood to your ovaries (not the floppian--sp tube).  The gyno wanted to do a hysterectomy on me to ease my pain and discomfort.  Said it would be best...but the insurance company already doesn't like me because of my MS anyway...so they made her put me on birth control for 3-6 months to see if that helps...so far NOTHING!!!  I feel very odd about being on B.C. anyway...I had my last child in 2007 (emergency c-section) and I went ahead with a tubal ligation then.  Ha......

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