Morning all! I have a question for anyone afflicted by both RA and monthly hormone cycles (periods, rag week, menses or menstruation, trying to hit all those key words).
It seems pretty well accepted that 'that time of the month' also brings more disease activity or pain. I'm currently not taking hormonal birth control, and I was wondering if anyone had tried balancing these monthly spikes by using the Pill or similar? It's been a while since my last pamphlet about how the cycles work - would it increase activity all month, or level it out to be more consistent, or is it just as much of a crapshoot as everything else to do with RA? Is it actually the hormones causing the problem, or is it just the added stress, low mood and increased body temperature mucking things up?