Post # 1
I am at work and Aunt Flo JUSSSST showed up. She was not expected for another couple of days. I am in the MOST INSANE pain right now. I can’t even go home right now… I live more than an hour away. I can’t drive like this. OMG! OMG!
I just had a small ‘Aleve’ about an hr ago and NOTHING has improved. What else can I do in the office to alleviate this? I can’t function AT ALL. I’m sitting TIGHTLY at my desk. (My work involves walking around a lot and NO WAY IN HELL that is happening today…) Fortunately cuz of Christmas, several departments are having their Christmas parties so no one is missing me much.
But ladies, I feel like I am DYING! What do you do to get rid of this pain adhoc? I have some green tea and I am drinking that. Already had two big cups. (NOT WORKING!!!) And other than that I got some ‘honey/ginger’ mix. I haven’t had it yet.
I can go around begging for more pain killers… Which ones work ‘best’ for you guys?!?!?!
Post # 3
Aleve works best for me. That an walking around. I know it feels better to curl up, but stretching out and moving always works for me a little bit.
So sorry you feel so bad 🙁
Post # 4
I find that hott comresses help me when I am cramping.
If you have a sandwich bag or plastic bag around, heat up some paper towels and use it as a compress.
Post # 5
Hardcore asprin regime and walking can help or fetal position can help. Seems like sitting up straight blows.
Can you leave work early to go home for a hot bath and some drugs etc etc?
Post # 6
@Sasha2011: Can you drive somewhere and get midol? That always helped me.
Post # 7
Ibuprofen. You should check with your doctor first, but I always got really bad cramps and my doctor recommended I take 800 mg (4 pills) to combat the pain.
Post # 8
@tranquility: Heat always makes me feel better. Good call on the homemade compress, never had thought of that!
Post # 9
Yeah can you step out for midol and a Coke? The caffeine overload always made me feel better.
Post # 10
Thanks so much ladies. LOVE the ‘hot compress’ idea. I do have a sandwich bag. I can pop some hot, hot papertowels and spend some quality time with that in the bathroom stall…
I JUST snagged an ibuprofen from someone who got their wisdom tooth taken out. It’s prescription strength. I just had a couple of extra strength acetamenophines tablets. So I will wait about a cpl hrs before popping the ibuprofen. The acetamenophines helped a LITTLE. (Praise the lord!!!)
I have never had such INTENSE pain before though. Maybe YEARS ago. What causes the difference in pains?
Post # 11
I got terrible terrible cramping every month before I went on birth control. Midol worked best in terms of pain meds (but it just kind of took the edge off). I second the PPs recommendations of a heating pad.
Post # 12
Small Aleve? No honey, take at least three of the big Aleve horsepills, preferrably gel caps. I agree with the hot compress. Can you step out, or send someone, to pick up some Thermacare heat patches at Walgreens or something? They work really well.
Post # 13
@Aure:Those patches are worth their weight in gold. And they hide well under clothes.
Post # 14
Our cycles are the same =| I got my visitor this morning, as well. But, I have found some great herbal products to help. I live on 800mg ibuprofen for the first three days. Along with that, I drink Yogi Women’s Moon Cycle tea 2 or 3 times a day. In the tea, I put two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and half a tincture full of lady’s mantle (it’s an herb I buy in liquid form). The acv helps to reduce the amount of your flow and shorten it, the lady’s mantle and the tea work to eliminate cramps and shorten flow, too. I know it seems complicated but it is SO worth it! The tea is at WalMart and the lady’s mantle is something I ordered from Amazon.
Post # 15
After many years of painful cramps the best advice is ibuprofen, heat and caffeine. It looks like many other have suggested it and you are working on that. I wish you the best of luck, sometimes cramps can be really bad. If at all possible take off work early and het home.
It is odd that you usually don’t have painful cramps like this, but if they continue on I would check with your doc, it could be a concern of something bigger or they can help find ways to make it better. I was prescribed a specefic pain pill to take that worked wonders. Although, I had them so bad I have (along with my doc) decided to eliminate my period all together. It will work for now, but down the road when I want to have children it won’t be an option.