For the ladies who suffer from RA. Have you noticed an increase in flare activity right before or during your menstrual cycle? These flares have become debilitating and I'm wondering if there is anything I should ask my rheumy about. Any treatments, additional medications, etc.?
I have found that weight plays a huge part in this for me.. If I am 15 or more lbs over weight for my BMI.. My cycles are heavy, cramps are extreme and I flair horribly.. It becomes debilitating.. I now do my very best to eat clean and exercise daily to control these challenges.. Bad food is just not worth the pain..
Yes!! Definitely ask. Maybe it's something that needs to be looked into for you. Rheumys won't make connections unless we're honest about our health.
I would say yes. Auto-Immune is hormone related (depending on the person, I am sure) Quick story about me, my hormones and RA. I was a late bloomer and had endometriosis at a young age. The doctors did surgery and ended up removing my left ovary and removing the endo from other areas. 1 year later, the endo came back and the doctor put me on medically enduced menopause (it lasted 6 months) When my body started producing the hormones again naturally is when my RA symptoms began. I was formally diagnosed with at 32 (4 years after) At the age of 36 I chose to have a hysterectomy since the pain of the periods was intollerable. So yes, it definitely can be linked.
@A myRAteam Member - Each woman makes her own choice and I realize you didnt ask for advice, however if I could go back, I would not have chosen a hysterectomy at such a young age. It has changed a lot of things in my life including my mood, my skin, my libido...lets just say a lot of things. I am sure you are weighing all the options based on your situation. Good luck to you!
I get flares pretty often around my period, it's horrible. However, the strange thing is since starting my treatment my period pains have gotten better.
Yes, flares and anemia got so bad i couldn't work for days each month. I had a hysterectomy in June and feel great! I know there are many risk factors, and you have to do what is right for you. I had other issues besides the RA flares though, so for me it was not really an option anymore.
Good luck to you!