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Prolonged Heavy Periods, White Tongue, Joint Pain

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  • Posted By: Miranda27
  • March 28, 2009
  • 09:59 PM

I've been having issues since about October. Here's my history: In October I had a very heavy period, heavier than it's ever been, but it lasted approximately the usual number of days. November's period was regular, but the two weeks before the period began, I had severe joint pain in my ankles, knees and wrists. The joint pain went away within a couple of days of the period starting and has not returned. December's period was fine and I didn't have any other problems until late January into February. My period began and it just wouldn't stop. I believe it stopped for about a week once and a couple of days another time. And the period was very clotted much of the time. I had no other menstrual symptoms with the bleeding, no cramps or anything like that. In fact, it made me wonder if this was actually a period or some other type of bleeding. I noticed my tongue was white for the first time almost two weeks ago. That same day I happened to take a B complex supplement (I normally only take a multi-vitamin and extra vitamin c) and the period practically stopped. I continued to take the B complex supplement and incorporated foods that were high in B vitamins into my diet and within about 4 days, the period was completely gone. Generally, I do have some fatigue and while the bleeding was at its worst, I was so tired I didn't have the energy for much of anything. My energy level seems to have improved a bit but I was never an energetic person to begin with. In 2005 I lost a bunch of weight through diet and exercise and didn't see any increase in my energy level.

It seems like a coincidence that B Vitamins or a lack of them would have an effect on my period. Could it be that just by increasing B Vitamins in my diet that I might have solved my problem? When I think about it, in November and December I was eating more foods with B vitamins thanks to the holidays and the periods themselves were normal. Or could there be other reasons for these symptoms? Thanks for any help.

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