(Closed) Awful period cramps, anyone else have these?

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
663 posts
Busy bee

This happens to me every month. Never had them bad till I hit my last 2 years in high school. Now I make sure I take advil right when the cramps start or else I’ll be out for the whole day with the same symptoms you experienced. I also take a hot shower and drink camomile tea which helps. 🙂 I’ve been to the doctors to see what was up and she said based on my ultrasounds and such, it’s just that I get bad cramps lol. Next steps if advil doesn’t work is to go on the pill. 

Post # 3
2348 posts
Buzzing bee

Me too. I actually throw up the first two days of my period most months. Like you I didn’t have this happen as a teenager. Ages 13-20 I basically had no cramps and then bam! Out of nowhere bad cramps and nauseau plus that whole hot/cold feverish thing. For me it’s only really bad the first 3 days. 

Post # 4
950 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Mine got bad at 16. It’s usual for me to faint/go lightheaded, throw up and literally cry and scream in pain. Some months are worse than others and some better. Warm baths, hot packs and painkillers get me through it. It’s generally the first 1-2 days then i’m fine. It sucks though, especially on work days gah!

Post # 5
9098 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Mine were bad right from the beginning. I got my period at 9. I was often sent home from school because I’d be vomiting and unable to function.

Birth control was the only thing that helped me.

Post # 6
638 posts
Busy bee

I started my period at 11 and bad cramps started at 15. Midol really helps, so does water and a hot shower. I used to go home from school because it was so bad. Felt like throwing up every time. I started birth control and eventually I’ll only have an aching pain, that I easily ignore.

Post # 7
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I never had a cramp in my life until I developed polycystic ovaries around my late 20s/early 30s. Now that was some serious pain, just like you describe.

Not to worry you, but have you been checked for ovarian cysts? If you don’t want kids just yet, I found that birth control worked very well for me in solving the problem.

Post # 8
446 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Firehouse Restaurant

Im 27 and i had no cramps at all until 25 or so. I felt this terrible pain and it wound up that it wasnt cramps at all but endometriosis. It was awful. I have the iud so the pain doesnt come anymore but ya i used to feel like i was going to pass out. Heck i did one time. Hopefully its just really bad cramps but if it doesnt go away with medicine maybe look into it more.

Post # 9
590 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I have endometriosis which has caused me to have extremely painful periods my entire life. What you are describing is typical for me, which is why prior to getting pregnant, my doctor put me on extended birth control meaning I would go 3 months taking my pills non-stop so I only had 4 periods a year.

However, I would be a little concerned that this came out of no where for you, so just to be safe I’d book an appointment with your doctor, just to get everything checked out. Lots of people will tell you they have horrible periods and its completely normal for them but if you’ve had normal cycles your whole life and now suddenly have unbearable pain I would want to double check to make sure there isn’t some underlying issue causing it. Better safe than sorry! 

Post # 10
644 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: A restaurant on the beach

I started having bad cramps in my late teens accompanied by amazingly strong headaches. Then I got an IUD and the cramps became excruciating. The most frustrating thing about them is the location. I get them in my stomach, back, and ocassionally they travel down to the soles of my feet. MY FEET?! Thank god for Midol. 

Post # 11
2543 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have endometriosis and go through this every month. I had normal periods from age 11 to 20, then things changed suddenly. A very heavy period started while I was at work and I nearly passed out from the pain. I threw up. I bled so heavily that I went straight to a doctor. They actually dismissed it as a normal heavy period (which I had never experienced in my life) and wouldn’t discuss endometriosis with me. Two years later I had my appendix removed and was diagnosed by my surgeon. It was such a relief to have answers. I spent two years not knowing why I felt like I was literally going to die every month. 

Post # 12
3199 posts
Sugar bee

Mine are really bad too, especially because I have the copper IUD. Midol isn’t really anything special, so if you don’t want to pay the premium for something made ‘just for women’, just take acetometaphin and drink something with caffeine. I prefer green tea because it is good for you. Some types of Midol have diuretics in them, so coffee/tea will do the same thing. Also, drink lots of water and eat really clean since the bloating and constipation (that I find usually accopanies my periods and makes the cramping worse) is improved by being healthier all around. I also like my heating pad. 

Post # 13
1497 posts
Bumble bee

Normally my cramps aren’t that bad. I’ll have one day of constant discomfort but they aren’t bad. Every once in awhile though,  I get what you’re describing and they’re terrible. It doesn’t happen often though so hopefully that was the case for you! 

Post # 14
780 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I had really bad cramps from the start and it would last the whole 5 to 7 days. I’d bleed alot too, and passed a lot of bloodcloths. Drinking cinnamon tea would help with the cloths (and the pain). The heating pad and hot bads helped a lot too in combination with pain meds.

Post # 15
3050 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

In the past, I used to have bad cramping on my heaviest days. So first two days maybe. They were bad and they really sucked but I was able to go about my day. I have a pretty high pain tolerance though.

Over 7 months ago, I got the paragard iud. It’s known to make your periods longer and cramping worse. However, I really wanted hormone free and no daily upkeep. I don’t regret it but…it has made my period an extra two days longer and the cramps are really bad. I can still get myself in to work but it’s a countdown for when I can get home.

I usually take a lot of hot baths with lavender epsom salt to relax which helps me for while I’m in the tub. The heating pad helps more than not using one at all. Otherwise, a lot of times I have to literally pace around the house waiting for the cramping to dull down. Sometimes it’s to the point where I swear to my Fiance that contractions must feel somewhat close to it.

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