Post # 1
The first two days I get the horrible stomach and back cramps. I hate taking pills but last night I had to pop a motrin pm. Other than that, I just stay in bed laying on my back. I’m now at work, dying from these cramps, no pills.
What’s your home remedy or what do you do when you have severe cramp pains?
Post # 3
I’m saving this post because I get really bad ones too 🙁 I pop a couple Advils but sometimes it feels like they don’t even take the edge off. I try light exercise and drinking tea but nothing seems to work.
I hope you feel better soon!
Post # 4
Heating pad. I keep one at home, one in the car, and one at work and rely on them heavily around that time of the month.
Post # 5
@KateByDesign: What kind of heating pad? I bought the ones from the mall, the center little stands. you warm them up in the microwave, but the heat doesnt last too long. I hate getting up every little while to re warm. lol
Post # 6
There are the Thermacare ones that stay warm for a pretty good amount of time. I also use Icy Hot, but to me, Icy Hot solves a lot of my problems.
Post # 7
I used to have the same issue, heavy flow and horrid crams for the 1st two days. I consulted with my doctor and she suggested getting on the BC pill. I started taking that 3 months ago and my periods have been a breeze ever since.
Post # 8
Midol and Thermacare Menstral heating pads http://www.thermacare.com/menstrual-heatwraps
I love the thermacare b/c I can wear them and it’s not noticeable!
Post # 10
I get the most awful cramps on the first day of my period every couple of months. I honestly feel like someone is stabbing my in the stomach over and over. I throw up and can’t stop moving from the pain. I can’t imagine child birth being much worse. My remedy? Take some kind of sleepy medicine and pass the f*** out. It’s always better when I wake up.
Post # 9
Thankfully my BC diminishes most of the bad cramping, but I do get back aches and mild cramping sometimes. I usually try an ice pack on my back and lots of advil. I also bug my FI for a back rub when it’s really bad 🙂
Post # 11
I suffered prescription pain med-worthy cramps on the first day of every period for years (and I pretty much never take even OTC pain meds for anything else ever) …until I finally stumbled upon magnesium!
Also, anti-inflammatories (e.g. Aspirin) help too. Tylenol is not anti-inflammatory and for me it does not make any difference at all… throwing a Tylenol at that pain would be like trying to mend a broken dam with a band-aid. But for me, the lifesaver was magnesium supplements.
Post # 12
@echolove: ginger soup. ginger warms your body up from the inside, which is very good for women, and relieves the cramps. in my culture, it is believed that women shouldn’t drink cold things – like ice water.
Post # 13
I used to have terrible ones before I went on the pill. Sometimes I had to stay home from school and sometimes I would even puke. When I went on the pill it was like magic!
I know that exercise helps a lot of people, but not me (and I am a runner). The day before and the first day or two I prefer to do something less strenuous like elliptical or going for a walk. I also use an electric heating pad- something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Sunbeam-756-500-Heating-Pad-UltraHeatTechnology/dp/B00006IV4N/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1355330244&sr=8-2&keywords=electric+heating+pad
If they are debilitating, see your doctor because you could have endometriosis. If you are willing to do so, try going on the pill because I guarantee it will help. You might have to try a couple to find the right one. I started on Ortho Tri-Cyclen lo (very low dose, no side effects for me) and that worked great. I wanted to try an extended cycle pill so I took Seasonique for a year. I liked only having my period 4 times a year but I had bad cramps with that one so it wasn’t worth it. I switched back to OTC-lo and I’ve been taking it in a way that I get my period every 10 weeks (let me know if anyone wants details on how to do this).
Post # 14
The pill is the only reason I can function at that time of the month!!
Post # 15
Heating pads seem to make it worse for me.. I usually wake up with period cramps the morning im getting my period. I take an advil and go back to sleep. Thankfully when I wake up they are all gone and I take another advil just in case.
Post # 16
Those pads for knee/back pain work great. Stick ’em to your abdomen (They make some specifically for cramps, and they work wonders (So do the back pain ones).
I pop some tylenol and drink a coke to get the juices flowing. When I get home, heating pad and hot showers.
Maybe you can talk to a doc? My cramps 100% went away on birth control.
Edit: My cramps were crippling. There were some days that I could not function. I’d be too busy suffering and vomiting due to the pain. I lost a lot of school as a kid because I couldn’t get out of bed.