Fibromyalgia is a difficult condition to live with. It can be made even more challenging when you complicate it with Premenstrual Dysphoric Syndrome.
The occurrence of Premenstrual Dysphoric Syndrome in fibromyalgia patients is not uncommon. While only 3% to 8% of women suffer from PMDD, the chances are much greater if you are already a fibromyalgia sufferer.
What Is Premenstrual Dysphoric Syndrome?
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is basically a more severe type of Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It includes many of the same symptoms. However, PMDD tends to be much more problematic.
Women who suffer from PMDD may find it hard to function. The pain may even make it difficult to handle work and home life responsibilities. There is no known cause of PMDD. However, doctors believe that it may be connected to hormonal changes. Genetics may be another risk factor.
So how do you know if you suffer from PMDD and not PMS? The symptoms of PMDD tend to present themselves one to two weeks before your period.