(Closed) question for bees with terrible cramping

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Alleve. You can also get this by perscription.

Plus I take a natural remedy called Skullcap – maybe at your natural food store?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Before I was on birth control I used to get cramps so bad I would be bed ridden, feverish and faint (though I never actually fainted, I had to sit on the floor and put my head between my knees many times)… What I used to do to make the pain manageable was to take 4 ibuprofen every then take two more every two hours… It’s probably not recommended by a doctor, but it would dull the pain enough for me to function.  Luckily my cramps would only be that bad for the first 2-3 days, then I wouldn’t need to take anything.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I learned to stay away from things high in sodium and high in acid before my TOM. And would start taking Advil about a day prior every 4-6 hours to make sure I got through it. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@mattsgirl813:  Do you also have heavy periods?  Has your doctor mentioned endometriosis as a possible culprit?

I had terrible, terrible cramps and heavy AF before I went on BCP, but so did every other women in my family, so I always thought it was just normal.  When I went off BCP a few months ago, the pain returned and I started seeing a pelvic pain specialistic because I am TTC.  Turns out I have endo.  I don’t want to scare you and say this only because I hope it will incentivize to get tested earlier rather than later – I had surgery to treat the endo last month and my doctor discovered that the endo I suffered as a teen had done major damage to my reproductive system, only half of which was repairable.  I wish I had known that that type of cramping is NOT normal – I could have done much more to protect myself.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@mattsgirl813:  the key is to take them at the first sign of discomfort… I know I would always wait until it was full blown pain to take something (I hate taking pills/medicine) because I thought “well maybe it won’t be that bad this time”, but it always was and the meds took longer to work once the pain was already that bad.  Good luck, I totally feel for you.  And I’m not looking forward to getting of my birth control after the wedding, eek!!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

I’m on birth control (are you? that really helps…) and I always start taking Alleve (naproxen; generic is just fine) twice a day the day before my placebo pills and every day of them thereafter. It works to prevent cramping, and the pill helps as well.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I suffer from terrible period cramps. My doctor used to piss me off b/c all she ever suggested was BC pills. No judging to those on BC pills, but they are not an option for me. I am scared to death of them because my mom developed a pulmonary embilism (sp*) that coul dhave killed her that docs think were caused by BC pills. Finally, my doc prescribed mefanamic acid pills fo rme & they work like a charm. The trick is you have to take them once a day two days before your period. I no longer dread my period anymore!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Also, as PP’s have stated, if you take aleve or tylenol a day before, that works wonders too!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

@o0olibelulao0o:  I had the exact same issues, and was also told to take 4 ibuprofen at a time.

A big thing my doc also told me to stay away from was caffiene during the TOM. Exercise also helps to lessen the pain.

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@mattsgirl813:


You need to see your gynecologist ASAP. I was a lifelong horrible cramp-sufferer myself. (Since I was about 11 years old) I could not take enough drugs to relieve the pain. When I finally saw a gynecologist as an adult, I found out I had fibroids after a pelvic ultrasound. They run in the family so it was not a surprise. I didn’t have any of the grapefruit-sized fibroids you hear about but I had a lot of them.

Based on the doctors diagnosis, my options at the time were embolization, myomectomy (removal of fibroids), hysterectomy or just take the pill and hope it helps. Initially I looked into embolization but because of the location of one of the fibroids (outside the uterus), it was not possible. So I just sucked it up and did nothing for 2 years.

Finally, I had the worst period of my life. I was at work and had to leave. I kept vomiting all day, the pain was the most excruciating I had ever experienced and nothing would relieve it. I had had enough. The symptoms lasted about 5 days. Since I was unmarried and did not want children, I opted for the most drastic option-a hysterectomy. It was the best decision I have ever made. The surgery was quick. Only the uterus was removed. Recovery wasn’t bad. I still have perfectly functioning ovaries so no early menopause issues and I have been pain free for almost 4 years.

Obviously your situation may be nothing like mine (I was 31 at the time), if you feel that these cramps are effecting your quality of life you will have to be your own advocate to find out the best solution. There are many options out there (even more now) but you can’t do anything until you have tests done to figure out the cause of your severe cramps.

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