Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS) Support Group

Premenstrual Stress Syndrome (PMS) is stress which is a physical symptom prior to the onset of menstruation. PMS is exceedingly common, occurring in 75% of women of reproductive age during their lifetime, characterized by symptoms of mood swings, depression, anxiety and irritability. It is often accompanied by physical symptoms such as bloating and cramping.

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Arthritis and PMS

Does anyone ever feel that their arthritis is worse during PMS? I get way more inflamed. I am finding that hot water showers really help. What works for you?

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I don't have arthritis, but I have TERRIBLE wrists (the bones mesh improperly due to multiple sprains). I'm a smaller sized person so the recommended dose of motrin is 400 mg. During my period if I take that my cramps stop, but not my wrist pain, if I take 600 mg [a whole extra pill] my wrists feel fine. It thins out your blood making your period go away faster and having the blood flow faster which relieves tension and inflammation.
and yes showers are wonderful as are heating pad and hot tubs:]
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Thanks for your response on arthritis and pms! I didn't realize that motrin did that. I will have to give it a try./
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I hve noticed it makes my JRA worse. I think the JRA makes the PMS worse as well. I use a tea that my herb shop makes. it helps but The pms is still bad, and so is the pain frm JRA.