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Hello. With all my previous symptoms (headaches and migraines, swelling in abdominal area, swelling of my whole body, fatigue all day long, no energy, back pain, pain between shoulder blades, body stiffness, irritability, depression, anxiety, fast weight gain), I have also been experiencing nausea, especially in the mornings and afternoons and shooting pains in my breasts for about two to three weeks now.

I don't think this is because I might be pregnant as I just got my period.

My periods are also irregular, sometimes I will have a very heavy flow and sometimes not so heavy and my periods are not always exactly 28 days.

What could be wrong?



Dear Drienie,

In order to produce a period, your body makes hormones, like estrogen and progesterone.

These hormones are kept in the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and ovaries inside your body.

In order to trigger ovulation and menstruation, these parts of the body need to send signals to one another.
Sometimes, these signals get crossed or skipped, causing irregular periods.

A number of patients have told us they associate the development of fibromyalgia with the beginning of irregular menstrual periods.

Research thus far has not proven a connection between the two.

It is well known that most chronic illnesses can cause irregular menses. The portions of the nervous system that control menstruation are very sensitive to any slight changes in the body, such as those that occur with conditions like fibromyalgia.

The symptoms of PCOS, Polycystic ovary syndrome include:

Irregular or no menstrual periods
Excess hair growth
Weight gain
Oily skin
Skin discolorations
High cholesterol levels
Elevated blood pressure
Abnormal hair growth

Any of the above symptoms and signs may be absent in PCOS, with the exception of irregular or no menstrual periods. All women with PCOS have irregular or no menstrual periods.


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