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

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 17
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Curling up in the fetal position!  Haha.  Heating pads work great too.

Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I swear by heating pads.  Funny because someone started a thread like this 2 days ago and I wrote a response.

Yesterday and I had the worst cramps OF MY LIFE.  And I had to go home from work.

Ugh.  They’re awful.

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Miss Country Chick: 

Naproxen, bc pills and make sure and take a good calcium magnesium supplement. Magnesium relaxes muscles. It helps me alot. 

Post # 20
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Bee Keeper

the only thing that works for me (besides Advil, which I avoid taking unless absolutely necessary) is castor oil packs. You put castor oil (which you can get at a health food store, or even Walgreens has a cheap, lower quality version) on a piece of cloth–saturate it–and then put plastic wrap over it and a heat pad on top of that. That’s the only that works for me short of drugs. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I second the magnesium recommendation.

I have a very similar problem and it can be so debilitating that it makes it hard to live life during my period.  I will say that BC can help, but hormonal BC is not the right choice for everyone, so here are my non-BC hints:

My best recommendations are Pamprin Multi-Symptom (I have tried every kind of Midol and Pamprin, and only this specific variation makes a difference for me), ginger herbal tea, remembering to take all my vitamins, non-constrictive sweats/yoga pants and a comfy flowy sweater, and a small pillow underneath the lower back.  I can usually avoid the fetal position, the nausea and the tears if I have all of those things, and can lay back in my recliner couch.

I hope you start to feel better soon!!!

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

@Miss Country Chick:  There isn’t really any cure except for medication I’m afraid. Anybody who talks about some fabulous holistic sunflower paste is lying (any effects of such a potion areprobably psychosomatic). If there was some lotion or tea or ehatever, everybody would know about it and it would be in ever chemist and supermarket. Exercise works for some people, but not for others. The type of excericse is important too, running or jogging helps quite a lot actually (yeah, i know). 

I would say that if you’re not in a place where you can get medication, walking around lessens the pain of the muscle contractions slightly. If all you want to do is lie on the couch and sleep Then I would reccommend paracodine, it’s the strongest pain killer you can get over the counter and it chemically blocks the pain. It does however, make you very drowsy and you’re only supposed to take it for three days at a time so it’s not good for a work day. It is a nighttime solution of your cramps keep you up. 

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m right there with ya!! I am also no longer on bc because it messed up my hormones Pretty bad. I have found that taking ibu 2 days before your period helps alittle. Also a heating pad works great too. I tried taking a hot bath when I was having severe cramps and it got much worse and I felt like I was going to faint.  I ended up on the bathroom floor on my hands and knees bc it made me so weak. 

 

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I take 800mg of Ibuprofin the minute I feel the dull ache of cramps starting (key is to keep those cramps calm before they turn gut wrenching), use a microwavable heat pad or water bottle, and wear loose fitting pajama pants/shirt. Also if they get REALLY bad, I’ve filled up my bath tub with hot water and a few lavendar crystals and let me tell you…immediate relief.

Post # 25
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Um. Sounds weird, but…. Masturbation. No joke.

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Acupuncture! I have PMDD and ridiculous cramps and acupuncture has helped allllllll of my symptoms. I feel like I’ve gotten 33% of my life back because I’m a person during pms and my period instead of a big, crabby, bloated mess of pain for ten days out of each month.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve started taking a supplement called “Vitex” every day, and it seems to REALLY help with cramps (and, not to be gross, but in the three months I’ve taken it, it has made my period lighter). I also take Evening Primrose during the first half of my cycle (up until ovulation). Over the past year or so, I had some new spotting the two weeks before my period, and that has stopped since taking the supplements too. I found both at GNC.  Other than that, heated pads and the fetal position seemed the only solace I’d find! 

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@allyfally:  Really? My gyno told me to avoid orgasms because they contract your uterus even more than it’s already being contracted which leads to stronger cramps. If that’s a solution that works I’m interested lol. 

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@KateByDesign:  +1 on the heating pads.

I’ve also had good luck with the bags of beans/rice that you heat up in the microwave that turn into a heating pad/pouch. Somehow, the combination of the weight of the filling and the heat works well for me.

I’ve also noticed that plain Advil works better than other medications for me. I take a higher dosage than what is on the bottle but my dosage has been approved by doctors (both my GP and ER).

Post # 30
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

BC pills were the only thing that truly worked for me. Before that, I would use a heating pad and curl up in the fetal position for hours just being miserable.

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Colonial Country Club, Ft. Myers, FL

I used to have terrible cramps, so bad I would vomit. Before I went on the pill, I would drink some chamomile tea (its a natural pain reliever and sleep aid) It will help relax you!

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