(Closed) Can we PLEASE talk period cramps?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I used to be bed-ridden with cramps.  Until I tried Aleve, now I am good to go.  So, that is my only life-changing tip.

Post # 4
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Honey bee

I get horrific cramps on the first day too. The kind that stops you in your tracks and make you keel over. Taking Advil the day before the cramps start is supposed to help. I’ve also been meaning to try Aleve. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Before BC mine was a lot like yours (not pushing BC of course), homemade heat packs, stretching, and 3-4 ibuprofen at a time was the best I found. I hated started stretching but once going it felt a lot better (especially ones that focused on abdominal muscles, even going into bridge helped because of what was being stretched).

Have you tried putting the pills in applesauce or something to get them down easier?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose: omg I have the worst cramps too.. basically everything you’ve described, I’ve even thrown up before because of my period.. I take midol extra strength which helps I also heard that you should start taking some form of ibuprofen 2 days before period comes and that’ll help.. but I hate pills too so I always forget to..

I was on birth control pills for a year and that really helped my cramps! I am seriously thinking of getting back on them because they helped so much and now that I’ve been off of them my cramps are coming back worse and worse.. so if you would be open to trying birth control?? and that’s the same thing my doctor said was that the pills were the only thing she could think of that would help me!

also drinks lots of water, bananas have potassium which help with cramps (i’ve tried it and it helps a little), avoid caffeine– it makes cramps worse, and drink milk.

those are all the tips I have.. hope  you feel better!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I swear by Excedrin Back and Body.  I get awful cramps and it’s the only thing that ever makes them feel better!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have bad first day cramps every so often. I’m sorry yours are so awful! I use a heating pad and take midol. Honestly, I know it doesn’t feel like it but moving around a lot helps mine ease up a bit. I wish I had more tips!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I actually have a gyno appointment tomorrow regarding this (and a boatload of other issues)…will let you know what the doctor says!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I used to bed ridden and get migraines and the whole thing. As I’ve gotten older its gotten a little bit better but not much. I usually go a natural way and do acupuncture and a MUST for me is Clary sage oil infused around the house and on my wrists and behind ears.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose: and @pandaboo: All of my co-workers think I’m pregnant because I left the staff Christmas party due to period vomiting.  Nope, no baby, just a cruel joke from Mother Nature!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I empathize.  Usually the week leading up to my period is killer diarrhea.  Then I get very very painful back menstrual cramps, like lower back searing pain.  In fact, I started my period at work on Friday and I was like “OMG, HOW COULD THIS BE SO PAINFUL!?”  My solution: Naproxen Sodium…I think aleve is the common name for it.  I take those and yeah..  I’ve had several doctors tell me I’m “allowed” to take more than the recommended dosages for advil and aleve, but not for tylenol.

 Edit: I should add that I don’t vomit, but I get super nauseous around my period.  And what’s weird is my boobs are big leading up to it but about 24 hours into my period, they get smaller which is so weird to me.  I should also add that I have the shitty luck of having my period longer than 7 days on average.  Yeah, it sucks like a mofo.  Basically my flow isn’t heavy except for maybe one day and the rest of it is light usually.  Sigh, the joys of being a female.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

@peaches13: lol too funny but don’t you hate it?? πŸ™ sometimes i’ll vomit in the mornings I get my period and I swear sometimes my parents think I’m pregnant until I announce I’m on my period !

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I used to have them horribly also, until I got on BCP- that’s actually the only reason I’m even using BC, haha. And now I’m on Seasonique and only get 4 a year πŸ™‚ But obviously that’s not an option for you.

Before BCP, I got a prescription dosage of Naproxen from my doctor, which helped some. Midol is good, but doesn’t usually touch the first day, only the pre-cramps and the second or third day and after (mine usually were heavy for 3 days-ish, lsated a week total). The day of I was literally out of commission, I’d miss school and work because I’d be in so much pain, and I vomitted too sometimes. I found that laying on my left side was the best position. I used a heating pad a lot. And I just slept a lot.

I’m not looking forward to TTC in the future for exactly this reason πŸ™

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