(Closed) Have you found anything that helps with cramps?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Have you been checked for endometriosis?  That might be the cause of your painful periods.  I can’t be off BC, but I switched to Mirena since it is the lowest dose I could find and it really helps.

I also use heating pads and was taking Evening Primrose oil when it was worse.  It is supposed to balance your hormones a bit.

Post # 5
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

those heating pad things that you can put in your underwear and wear around (they are disposable) help, as does a lot of advil

I’m the same way as you, I’m looking forward to menopause after 33 years of this!!

Post # 6
993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

have you tried yoga? there are some specific poses that can help ease cramping, i find being active helps alot, and laying with my feet up against the wall for hours at a time lol…

orgasm helps relax things on the inside too, sorry if thats blunt

Post # 7
9089 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Birth control was my only cure.

Before then, I’d take OTC pain medication (Excedrine, Aleve, Advil, Tylenol, whatever I had) and I’d drink lots of coke to get the caffeine going. Then, I’d lie in the fetal position with a heating pad. Sleep definitely helps, and I’d always wake up pain free, but the cramps would come back.

I know you said you’ve had trouble with BC in the past, but maybe it’s something to look into again. I had huge troubles with OrthoTricyclin and I am on Lo’Ovral which I ADORE. 0 moodswings, 0 cramps. 3 day periods so light I can use a liner.

Best wishes to you… I send my deepest sympathies, I had the worst periods (cramps that would make me vomit & unable to stand) and periods so heavy I’d have to stay home from school. Hopefully you find something that works for you.


Edit: Working out helps. I don’t mean hit the gym, but walking WILL help. Cramps are caused by lack of oxygen to the muscles. Walking encourages fresh bloodflow and resupplies the oxygen. It is a pain in the ass to get the encouragement to do it, I know! BUT, it will work. I used to walk on a treadmill on the absolute slowest speed.

Post # 9
9089 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Miss Country Chick:  Back rubs are pretty amazing. If you can, I used to lie at the bottom of our shower (It was a bathtub/shower) and direct the stream directly onto my abdomen. The heat helped with the cramps, and the feeling of the individual droplets on my skin tricked my brain into concentrating on a different sensation and not the pain.

Post # 10
2226 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I take neproxin or a robax when I get cramps and cuddle in the warmest sweats I own. They go away pretty quick after that.


Post # 11
3355 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Ginger soup, and don’t drink so many cold drinks.

Post # 12
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Very long and hot showers. Naproxin. Heating pad or water bottle.

Oh, and chocolate!

Post # 14
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Miss Country Chick:  Naproxen is prescription-strength Aleve.  It is amazing.  I take it for my cramps (I have endometriosis).  If you can’t get Naproxen, take Aleve instead.  Midol does absolutely nothing for me. Ibuprofin also can work if you take like 600 mg.

Anyway: heating pad, hot tea (chamomile is my favorite), blanket on the tummy.

Walking around helps too if you can bring yourself to do it.

Post # 15
8036 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Miss Country Chick:  I take a lot of Advil (ibuprofen)… I find that it works better than other brands and generic formulas.

Post # 16
58 posts
Worker bee

@Miss Country Chick:  I used to have those double-over type cramps, but I’ve found taking calcium-magnesium tablets with zinc really help.  I should take them daily, but 3-4 at the beginning of my cycle knocks out cramps for the rest of the week!  I hope this helps.


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