Does anyone else take prescription painkillers for their cramps?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

A while back I got shingles (which I thought only old people get but apparently not!) and they are so painful that my Dr actually prescribed me hydrocodone. I have also had seriously bad cramps in the past to the point that I have just had to stay in bed for a couple days. I haven’t ever been confirmed to have endometriosys but my mom and grandmother both had it so I know it is from that… Anyway, once the shigles were gone I still had a TON left over and now I use that for my cramps and it helps a TON! Don’t know if you can get that from your Dr but it can’t hurt to ask!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

1. I’ve tried four different BCs and none of them take away my cramps.

2. I’ve been taking cataflam and it doesn’t do a thing.

and your gynecologist sounds like a jerk. there are plenty of pain killers. I would also suggest being checked for endometriosis as the PP said, it’s notorious for really, really killer cramps. An internal ultrasound can check for it.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I used to miss work/school the first day or two because of cramps that literally made me puke to get some relief, until my regular doctor prescribed Naproxen. I took it for a couple years beofre realizing that Aleve is Naproxen. Now I take Aleve the first couple of days. I take more than the recommended amount (2 pills instead of 1), but not more than what my doctor had prescribed before. Tylenol, Advil, and any other OTC medicine has done nothing for me. Try Aleve if you haven’t already!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@georgiagirl:me too. naproxen/aleve changed my life.

then loestrin did (birthcontrol with a super short period and iron pills instead of placebo).

 

seriously, the bc was both more effective and cheaper than the painkillers–plus it lowers the chance of certain cancers. i considered it a win/win.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

OMG i didnt know that cramps could be so severe! ive never really experienced horrible menstrual cramps, but my periods used to be extremely long (7days) until i had mirena (iud) inserted (my period lasts 1 day now and is so light). the commercial just came on and i heard it say that it drastically reduces cramping ::shrugs:: maybe you could ask your dr if its true… good luck!

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@ellabee: I’m glad to hear someone else has had a similar experience. Naproxen has definitely changed my life.

@veganglam: I have decided BC is not for me as well, so I was glad to find something else that worked and was affordable. If you have a gerneral practitioner, ask for a different opionion. There are many choices out there besides BC.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m on loestrin too… The 2nd day of my period is STILL horrible even with birth control. I don’t take RX though, I usually take advil.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have taken prescription naproxen with good luck as well.  At 18 I finally decided to go to an OB/GYN because of the debilitating pain and heavy bleeding I was experiencing.  The doctor prescribed birth control (which I was really nervous to take).  It took a few different ones to find the right combination product, but it has been so much better.  I actually am dreading going off it when we are ready to TTC because it’s so much better than before.  If you’re comfortable sharing, what’s the name of the product your doctor has been prescribing in the past?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I used to take T3s with codeine(I know, not good) for mine back in the day — I would pass out & possibly vomit from the sheer pain without.

After I had a kid they got somewhat better, not that I am suggesting you do that though. I still often use my fall back (Motrin gels–which I use to off-set migraines before they go full blown) during really bad cycles.

Check with your gyno to make sure there is no underlying health issue. Tons of my gfs were certain that i had endometriosis (sp?)(because I said it hurt so effing bad) but i didn’t, so yeah, it never hurts to have a professional opinion..

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

when I had periods (before BC) I used to take 600 MG motrins (RX variety) and they worked ok but they were still pretty bad.

I would say without any medicine, things like baths, heat compresses and staying active can help get rid of some of the cramps. 

I’d also see another doctor who is more sensitive to how horrible they can be and how they can be a sympton of another issue as well.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

i doubt you’re going to want to go this route, especially if you want children, but I also had debilitating cramps…I had huge fibroids, and because I didn’t care about preserving the uterus, I had a hysterectomy.  I still get some PMS symptoms, but no more bleeding or cramps (obviously).  It has raised the quality of my life more than I can say.

I was taking oxycodone for my cramps though.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I have terrible cramps from endo. I used to take off work for them because like you said, they are incredibly debilitating.

I take a prescription form of ibuprofen and take Seasonique. Seasonique makes my periods a little better, but more importantly, I have fewer.

The key to taking a pain killer for me is starting it a few days before the period starts. It doesn’t do anything for me if I take it after the fact.

Edit: I wanted to add one more possible option. I had a gyne in high school prescribe Celebrex to me. It’s for arthritis I think, but it’s a heavy duty anti-inflammatory.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Mine were really bad and I used Aleeve prescription before I used birth control, which changed my life. I recommended it to my sis and it helped her too. For us, all the women on our mom’s side of the family have horrible cramps where they can’t do anything. I’ve worked on visualizing the pain as a black goo which I force to ooze out of my body. It sounds weird, but I imagine it while I’m laying in the tub and it helps. It’s taken years to get it to do anything.

The only benefit I can give you is labor and delivery is NOTHING compared to cramps. I mean, it does get pretty bad, but it goes away. The whole time I was in labor I thought “my mom was right, our cramps are nothing compared to labor.” If my circumstance had been different, I could’ve gone natural the whole way because labor is waves of pain and not the constant, overriding pain like cramps.

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