Does menopause increase my risk of developing fibromyalgia?

Generally, menopause does not increase your risk for developing fibromyalgia. However, as you go through menopause, your estrogen levels begin to drop and may cause symptoms that are sometimes similar to those of fibromyalgia. If you begin to experience sleep disruption and daytime fatigue, then these symptoms could be attributed to either menopause or fibromyalgia.

You will have a clearer understanding of the issues if you and your doctor review all of your symptoms instead of focusing on a select few. For example, symptoms of menopause such as night sweats and hot flashes are normally not symptoms of fibromyalgia. Likewise, symptoms of fibromyalgia such as muscle pain and morning stiffness are normally not symptoms of menopause.

If you have new symptoms that affect your quality of life, talk to your doctor so that your symptoms can be accurately diagnosed. Only with an accurate diagnosis can you begin to treat the specific issues based on the specific condition.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
We can’t say that menopause causes fibromyalgia, but we can say that fibromyalgia is more common in women after menopause. The drop in estrogen production may affect your ability to get a good night’s sleep, as well as your sensitivity to pain. Sleep complaints are common after menopause, and almost universal in people with fibromyalgia. The good news is that focusing on getting better sleep can help improve your fibromyalgia symptoms.

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