An article entitled “Coping With Fibromyalgia During Pregnancy” recently published in US News and World Report Health provides greater insight into what fibromyalgia patients experience during pregnancy. According to the article, the condition, characterized by widespread pain, tender points on the body, extreme fatigue, memory and concentration problems, headaches, and temperature and touch sensitivity, effects seven times more women than men. Dr. Daniel Clauw, a professor of anesthesiology, rheumatology and psychiatry at the University of Michigan, explains that fibromyalgia is thought to be a condition of the central nervous system where greater sensitivity occurs on the pain-processing system. He further explains that individuals with fibromyalgia “feel more things in their body as painful that other people [who] have a lower volume-control setting would not feel as pain. A paper cut could feel like a deeper slash; a walk might leave legs as heavy as post-marathon; a twisted ankle could feel broken.”
What does that mean for women diagnosed with fibromyalgia who want to become pregnant? While research is greatly lacking on this topic, the author of the article, Anna Medaris Miller, explains that pregnant women with fibromyalgia experience their symptoms at a heightened level and that many medications used to treat the condition have not proven to be safe to use during pregnancy. What’s interesting is some women report improvement in their symptoms during pregnancy. However, after pregnancy or breast feeding, symptoms returned full-force. This curious finding leads Clauw to suspect that the hormone oxytocin or hormonal changes, in general, may play a role in alleviating pain. Obviously, this opens up the opportunity for much more fruitful research into this area. I highly recommend reading this great article. I have attached the link below.
Tell me what you think? Did your symptoms improve or worsen during pregnancy?