(Closed) CRAMPS – what to do?!

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Be careful with Naproxen – you can only take 3 tablets in 24 hours.

You can take as many as 6 Ibuprofin tablets at once, but there is a good chance you will feel sick to your stomach afterwards because that’s a heavy dose.  With Ibuprofin and Naproxen, you must have food in your stomach.

You can also alternate between Tylenol and Ibuprofin every 2 hours.  

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

BC pretty much eliminated my cramps. I was also taking the dollar general “pms” formula, lol. A heating pad works, too.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I take Aleve too. I also drink a lot of water and when I’m home, a heating pad helps.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

This makes me sound like a junkie, but I don’t care…when my cramps are so awful that I feel like I’m being snapped in half, which is the first 48 hours of every period…I take prescription strength ibuprofen and drink a bottle of wine.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

The only thing that works for me is a heating pad… but of course, that only works when I’m at home 🙁

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

BC worked for me, but it’s not for everybody. I can only suggest getting a little bit of food in you (I had horrendous cramps to where I could not walk, so I stuck with little bits of crackers, or tiny bits of soup) and take something with caffeine in it. Heating pads were always my saving grace — I cranked that thing up to 11 and savord the sweet nerve ending searing heat.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

BC, heating pads, hot baths, green tea, watching my salt intake; in combo with serious doses of Advil (I know, I know) have helped me over the years.

One other trick (if you’re at home or can lock yourself away at work) is laying on your back on the floor and pulling your kees up to your chest and laying there like that for as long as it takes. Something about the position helps to release those crampies!

I HATE when people say to “work out”…clearly they’ve never had cramps THIS BAD.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

@howtobeawife:  I cry, curl in a ball, throw up, get migraines. fun.

Sometimes I’ll take sllep aides bt I generally dont like medicine unless i’m getting surgery/got surgery. I tough it out. And am miserable. like today. I cried into my kitten several times.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@phillybride61513:  I have had cramps that bad and working out does work.

It increases your blood oxygen level, and that in turn relieves cramps (Cramps are caused by lack of blood flow. Better blood flow = relieving of cramps.)

I’m not going to say it is easy to work out when you have crippling cramps. What I used to do is walk on a treadmill. Set it to as slow as possible and hang onto the railings (I was always hunched over) but it does work. It slowly gets easier as your cramps start to subside.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

@roweboat:  I tried BC but it made me nuts. Like pms all month long. What kind do you use?

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@subtlebee:  BC is not a “one size fits all” My first birth control was Ortho Tri Cyclin. It gave me massive bruises all over my body. It literally looked like I was a domestic violence victim. They would vary from cup bottom size to dinner plate size, all over my body. When I went to my OBGYN, He refused to change the prescription because I “must have a blood clotting issue” despite the fact that I did not bruise easily before taking the medicine.

I am now on the generic form of Lo’Ovral, and someone would need to pry this BC from my cold, dead hands to get me to stop using it. It’s cleared up my face, shortened my periods (A week down to three days), completely eliminated my cramps, PMS, moodswings *and* has reduced my flow from “Holy shit Niagra falls” to “A spring trickle.”

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