Post # 1
Well, the good news is it’s early, which means I will likely be past the awful first 3 days by wedding day. Bad news, the crapmps are SO SO bad, I can hardly sit up.
I am heading to the doctor tonight after work, but wondered what the Bee’s take for their nasty cramps?
I do Midol, Tylenol or Advil, they are not really working anymore. I slept with 2 hot water bottles, didn’t really help.
I used to get wicked bad cramps when I was younger, until I started BC. But as I am almost 33, and Fiance and I *might* start TTC in the next 6-8 months, I don’t want to go back on BC for such a short time.
Post # 3
How often are you taking the pills? My doctor said that you take take up to 4 pills at a time with Advil every 4 hours to equal a prescription dose. You might want to ask your doctor about that.
Post # 4
This will sound odd, and a bit “crunchy”, but when I started doing yoga my PMS symptoms improved. Actually, my entire mood improved. I felt more balanced, and just better in general.
I also trained for and ran a marathon… which made my periods shorter and lighter. I don’t necessarily suggest doing that, since pretty much everything else on my body hurt… soooo… don’t do that!
Post # 5
Aleve, or naproxen sodium, works pretty well for me. What works best for me is exercise! I know, you totally don’t feel like you can get up and move around so much, but it really helps. Maybe you can just kinda shake and dance a little bit? Get your heart rate up some?
Post # 6
@Take The Reins: Naproxen (sp?). I used to have a script for it, then I discovered you can get it OTC in the US. Not sure if you can get it in Canada OTC or not. They’re these wonderful little blue pills. It’s a muscle relaxant. I had wicked cramps before I started on BC.
Post # 7
I get bad ones too (now that I’m off BC – which of course helped a ton), so I present three generations of non-drug remedies (I hate relying on drugs):
Grandma always said hot is bad for cramps because it rushes the blood flow to the area – try an ice pack to cool things down and see if that helps slow things down? (it works for me)
Mom always swore serious exercise helps – but sometimes I think that was just bbecause she was trying to get me to the gym.
My #1 remedy is to lie down and unclench. Sitting at a desk or on the couch just makes it worse. Lying down and stretching out my back has a tendancy to help.
Post # 8
A warm rice pack helps me the most, they’re really easy to make. You can even just fill up a sock with some rice if you’re in a pinch!
Post # 9
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I usually take the midol during the day, about every 4-6 hours, because of the caffine I can’t take them after 3 pm. Advil I would do 2 extra strength every 4 hours or so, sometimes I will do Advil then 2 hours later 2 tylenol. That works some but often my tummy gets upset if I do that too often.
@DaneLady: I’ve done some yoga, not recently but in the past. It did help a lot with other things. At the moment I can’t find a studio near me that offers a beginner class at a time that I can make. I do have a DVD though, I should try that tonight.
@LiliKitty: I do find once I’m active it feels a bit better, but getting there is so painful lol! And I work at a desk mostly, so I sit a lot, which sucks.
Post # 10
@Take The Reins: I hear that whole desk jockey thing. If there’s no anyone around to see, you can always try bopping around in your chair? I do it all the time even though everyone can see me. I think they’re just use to me being weird.
Post # 11
@sara_tiara: I think we need a prescription for it here, at least we used to! I will ask the doc tonight though!
@iRun2004: I agree, I hate using drugs. Unfortunately, I just can’t find enough relief for the daytime without them. I try to not use them at home or on weekends, and I agree, lying down is a good thing! Never tried Ice though, always used heat. WIll give it a shot tonight!
@batwoman: I have a bean bag thingy that I often use, I like it because it’s softer and more comfortable to lie on than a hot water bottle. My only issue, they smell funny when heated and it makes me a bit nauseous, especially if I’m already queasy.
Post # 12
ADVIL MIGRAINE LIQUID-GELS. Changed my life. Seriously amazing OTC pills. Not sure if they are available in Canada…
Post # 13
Naproxen sodium is available in Canada both as Aleve and as its generic name. In prescription form you get 500mg and in OTC it is 200 mg so I will sometimes take three pills – more than you are supposed to but it does help my pain which is what I care about T that point.
My great aunt is an oncologist and she says part of pain Management is not letting it get so bad in the first place, you need fewer drugs that way. When do you take your drugs, when your first symptoms hit or when the pain is bad enough?
Post # 14
I had my doctor call me in a prescription strength pain reliever for menstrual cramps. They worked wonders. I could finally funtion while on my period like normal women do. I mean they were amazing! Your doctor can defintely call you something in that will significantly alleviate the pain. I would ask him/her about it. Good luck!
Post # 15
@babeba: Well for me it’s all kindof part and parcel. I start getting the brutal cramps the minute it starts, and I’m not so good at figureing out when it will start. I take meds the minute I actually start, but the cramping often starts at teh same time, and there isn’t a gradual build up of pain/cramps. Days one and two are the absolute worst, 3 is nott oo bad and by day 4 I’m totally fine. I’ve never tried Aleve. WIll see what the doc says, might be a good OTC option for me!
@sarahcool: Yes! I have not ever taken them for my cramps, but Fiance gets migraines and swears by them.
@LiliKitty: Lol. Luckily I can get up and walk around, and I only have one co-worker in my side of the building so I can hide easily enough. Today I will be moving around a bit stockig the warehouse, so that should help!
Post # 16
ibuprofen has always worked the best for me. or tylenol with codeine, if i happen to have any. but usually ibuprofen works, along with some exercise if i feel up to it. for a while there i wasn’t getting cramps, i was just extremely nauseous for the first 1-3 days and it was awful. i never thought i’d wish for cramps again, because at least i can take drugs for them!