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Vitamin D, hormone therapy
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iliveinpain - August 10

Hi All,

Went to my gyne for routine blood work and while I was there I also discussed the problems with my fibro. The pain and fatigue have gotten so out of control lately. She claims that menopausal women (me) who have started on hormone replacement therapy have had relief with their fibro symptoms also. She can't explain it, but I was wondering if anyone has found this to be true. Also, I'm to take a prescription Vitamin D as my levels were extremely low, fish oils and DHEA supplements. Thoughts anyone?? Guess I'm just hoping for relief, as we all are...



bwelladjusted - August 14

I'm nowhere near menopause...I'm only I couldn't tell you much about the hormone replacement. But I asked my doctor for a vitamin D test a few months ago after doing some research about it, and I was severely deficient. I took 6,000-8,000 units of D a day and sat in the sun when I could, and my D levels came up to the optimal range in less than six weeks. I was disappointed that I didn't receive much noticable relief, but have heard other people who say that it did help them. I hope it does give you some relief! Best of luck!


vcasas - August 18

Wow. I also got my blood work back last week and found that I too have low vitamin D. Mine was a 25. She said it was common for people with fibromyalgia. I am now on Vitamin D3.

V. Casas


axxie - August 18

Hi iliveinpain

The one thing I can say is, yes menopausal women do get some relief from fibro pain when your hormones are optimal, but unfortunately many gyne forget that women should get a boost of testarone.
Unfortunately, physicians see more effects from testosterone deficiency as a woman approaches and enters menopause. The ovaries produce the majority of testosterone/estrogens. With the cessation of 80% of hormonal production, a peri- menopausal woman suffers from estrogen, progesterone and testosterone deficiency. The replacement of estrogen alone does not correct an absent sex drive, loss of muscle tone and general lack of mental get-up-and-go.

When you are talking about fibro all are pain is not all in the muscles, it still is far better to optimize and up higher testarone because it helps overal mental and physical health.

The laboratory tests for testosterone are not helpful, they are downright wrong to even look at that blood tests, and your gyne has to go with her gut feeling or with assistance from a women's clinic.

May I suggest you start talking with your gyne and see what she thinks about you receiving testosterone before embarking on a new hormone buffet.

Good luck from a 52 yr old female who has been menopausal since the age of 23.



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