Post # 1
okay, so until a little over 2 years ago I was on BC (various types, pills and then nuva) for about 12 years. I had been put on them at 16 because of my insane insane cramping – like cannot function, turning pasty & pale, everyone at the doctors office thinks I’m about to faint.
I went off because I occasionally get migraines with an aura which puts me in a higher stroke category and we decided it wasn’t worth the extra risk at the doctors advice. I was really worried the cramping would come back in full force. Thankfully, it didn’t. Until now.
It seems like it’s every other or every third month, my period goes haywire. Typically, I spot for a day, then nothing, then a heavy day, then I spot, then another heavy day and it’s done. This month – Friday – spotting, Saturday nothing, Sunday heavy, monday nothing, yesterday spotting – today HOLY MOTHER I cannot deal at all I’m in so much pain I want to go home but my all male bosses will not get it. I just want to writhe in pain at my desk this is excruciating.
Am I totally alone? Anyone have advice? I have no idea what’s going on – I tried to start charting to see if I can get a clue but my sleep is so erratic and I don’t always wake at the same time (and I’m not willing to set a 4am alarm to take my temperature).
Post # 3
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That sounds a lot like endometriosis. You should look into it. My doctor blew my pain off for years. My periods are often super heavy/spot/super heavy/spot with huge clots and I have severe period pain (one of the biggest symptoms, especially if it begins when you are young or it’s so bad you miss work or other daily activities). I also began getting migraines with auras on BC, women whith Endo are more likely to get migraines. Another symptom is pain when you have have to go the bathroom. I was lucky enough to have pain all month long- yea, but that’s why I finally got my doctor to take me seriuosly after so many years. Birth control is also used as a treatment for Endo, so it may explain why your pain disappeared when you were on BC. I hope you don’t have it, but thought I’d pass along my insight:(
Post # 4
@Aqualov: That thought has crossed my mind – I don’t have a family doctor right now, I should probably get on that. I am trying so hard to stay at work right now, I don’t want to eat, I feel sick, I’m forcing lunch down hoping it will help. My office thinks that I take too many sick days – or they did, and I didn’t take any for 11 months. I just took one 3 weeks ago and I’ve already missed part of a day this week for a Dentist appointment. It’s not this crazy painful every month, but it’s probably every 3rd month that I just want to cry. It’s pretty constant but there are waves where it will be way more intense – I know the doctor that originally put me on BC said that what I was describing sounded like labour contractions.
He said I had dismenorrhea which everyone else since has just said ‘oh you get cramps’. Clearly that’s not the case here. I’ve been looking on my lunch break and apparently Dismenorrhea is associated with Endo as well…I guess I should find a doctor…
Post # 5
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@MsGinkgo: Yah, dysmenorrhea basically means not normal cramps but “HOLY MOTHER I cannot deal at all I’m in so much pain I want to go home but my all male bosses will not get it. I just want to writhe in pain at my desk this is excruciating” cramps. My period cramps come in waves like that too. They’re always there, but I have spurts that feel like terrible muscle contractions in my lower abdomen that make me keel over and just hunch in pain until they pass. I find that ibuprofren and heating pads help.
If the pain is affecting your work that badly you probably should find a doctor soon. Especially if you want to TTC eventually. Endo can become bad enough that it can ruin your reproductive organs. However, severity of pain has no correllation with the severity of Endo. You can have no pain and severe Endo and excruciating pain and only slight Endo.
I can tell you that when my pain became intolerable (I couldn’t walk at any time during the month without terrible pain) my doctor reccommended a laproscopic surgery to diagnose and remove any Endo they found. Laproscopy is the only way to truly diagnose Endo unfortunately. Sounds scary, but it really wasn’t that bad. I had it on Thursday morning and was back to work on Monday. I was 90% within a week and 100% within 2. But best of all, after the surgery my pain was gone!! The pain has been slowly re-ocurring since I’ve been off the pill to TTC, but the surgery really helped. I hope you feel better soon. If you do find out that it’s Endo and want to chat please feel free to PM me anytime:)