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#1 Lulu

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 06:53 AM

Along with CREST and Sjogren's I've been told that I'm peri-menopausal.

I've been told this can complicate things. Any information or experiences about this would be appreciated.

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 11:13 AM

Lulu,
I was peri-menopausal when I contracted scleroderma, but how it "complicated" things, I couldn't tell you. I do know that the hot flashes were plentiful, but with Raynaud's I really didn't mind them except at night. We do have a short section on early menopause and autoimmunty. One of the articles in this section from Life123 states that autoimmunity can push women into an early menopause.

My uneducated guess would be that peri-menopausal has its own symptoms, so add those on top of CREST and Sjogren's and you have a full basket of things to deal with. I would discuss your concerns with your rhemuatologist.
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#3 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 12:31 PM

Hi Lulu,

I did a quick web search on menopause and autoimmune disease and most of the articles dealt with autoimmune disease as a possible cause of premature menopause (Janey gave you a link for the ISN page on that). I think if the combination of being peri-menopausal and having an autoimmune disease cause significant problems, then I'd have found articles mentioning it. Of course, I'm more of an amateur researcher than anything. As always, when in doubt, ask your doctor. :)

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#4 Lulu

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 12:40 PM

Thank you both for the response.

I will ask my doctor to clarify what she meant.