(Closed) What do you do for awful awful cramps?

posted 10 years ago in Wellness
Post # 32
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Busy bee

I use those one-use heating pads that stick to your panties- I use extra high granny panties for such an occasion. They are in the muscle-ache/back pain section at the pharmacy.

Post # 33
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683 posts
Busy bee

I use those one-use heating pads that stick to your panties- I use extra high granny panties for such an occasion. They are in the muscle-ache/back pain section at the pharmacy.

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Honestly, nothing worked that well for me until I went on the pill. It amazes me how debilitating it was. A heating pad and popping Ibuprofen like candy helped some.

Post # 35
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve dealt with cramps since I was a teenager and took Iburprofen like a champ each time my monthly bill arrived.  Unfortunately, over the years, the medicine has torn up my stomach.  Now when I take Ibuprofen I get searing stomach pains on top of my cramps.  Sometimes it’s worth it as the stomach pain seems to be a bit more tolerable than the pelvic cramps that rip through my body.  However, last month that all changed when I STARTED MY PERIOD EARLY ON MY HONEYMOON, took a dose of Ibuprofen for my cramps, and then spent 2 days in such awful stomach pain, we thought we’d have to make a trip to the ER… DID I MENTION THAT THIS WAS ON OUR HONEYMOON??  So, I’ll need to tweak my monthly process in order to deal with the lady pain.  Usually it was to pop the standard 2 ibuprofen (never more than that initial dose due to the tummy pain) and then wait it out with my heating pad.  Now I’m unsure what to do…

Too Much Information alert- My doctor told me having an orgasm helps.  But please… when I’m crampy, the last thing on my mind is anything having to do with ‘down there’. 

Some of you mentioned Celebrex… does this really help?  I’ve tried Tylenol but of course that doesn’t touch the pain.  I’m needing to find something that won’t upset my stomach.  We’re definitely not wanting a repeat of last month (though I’m wondering if the post-wedding destress may have also had something to do with my sudden period onset and terrible reaction to the Ibuprofen). 

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

heating pad and ibuprofen!! and drink lots of water and take deep breaths!

Post # 37
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I don’t have that problem anymore! LOL! But smoking pot always worked for me. Way better than Motrin. Not that I am telling anyone else to do so!

Post # 38
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Before I started taking the pill I had horrible cramps!!! Also I am one of those lucky girls who has a tilted uterus, so I get the extreme joy of having cramps in my front and in my lower back.

What helped me was getting out of bed and walking around, or if I was up for it, go to the gym. It sounds crazy but working out will increse your bloodflow and it will help with your cramps. But if I still had mind numbing cramps I would drink some “sleepy time tea” pop some midol, eat some toast and take a long nap.

Post # 39
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I use my wheat bag (similar to the rice bags mentioned above but filled with wheat and lavender – smells delicious AND calming!) and usually pop a neurophen if it’s really awful. 

Oh, and I get DH to give me a shoulder massage/back rub – it just takes my mind off the pain. And it’s nice. Win-win 😉 

Post # 40
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

My cramps have always been horrible…throwing up, hot flashes, doubling over, dizziness!! I usually drink some hot tea. If you have a Whole Foods they have a tea called “Women’s Moon Cycle” made just for this and it helps! Also, take Naproxen ( I get the generic version from Wal-mart), put on heating pad, and try to go to sleep!! My Fiance also rubs my belly when I’m with him.

Post # 41
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Red wine always helps me.  It helps thin the blood and just all around make you feel better… sounds weird but doesnt hurt to try right?

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