Post # 1
I usually have a horrible first day – like go home sick kind of day – but last no more than 3 typically. About once a quarter they get so bad that they make me crazy nauseous and it’s hard to walk/carry a converstaion. I have a script for vicodin for those times. I haven’t really tried midol and have found that while hot pads are soothing, they never actually relieve my pain. Although for some reason my cat always lays right on my belly and purrs really hard – I think he knows when it’s happening – and that actually helps quite a bit.
What is your go to method?
Post # 3
I have started using those Therocare heat wrap things and they work for me. I also take a lot of hot baths and painkillers.
Post # 4
@MrsFuzzyFace: I am always creeped out to take a hot bath on my period. I have no idea why.
Post # 5
I have the exact same problem. Doesn’t last long, but the first day is enough for me to want to call it quits. I can never eat because I get so nauseous and then taking medecine doesn’t help either. So I just basically lay in bed all day drinking hot tea on my heating pad crying my little heart out 🙁 I’ve looked into the options of birth control but it doesn’t seem appealing to me (even though I know it might help)
Post # 6
Heating pads are my savior.
I recently bought “The Bean” from Brookstone, a cordless heating pad, that has been a LIFE savor. I am able to take it to the car and use it there in traffic. I can also use it at work without it looking way obvious that it’s shark week.
Post # 7
I go running!
Crazy but something about it helps.
And also I take asprins, do lamaze type breathing and eat crappy foods 🙂
Post # 8
I OD on some Ibuprofen & push myself to do some cardio which usually helps mine a lot.
Post # 9
@Eva Peron: I find that if I am consistently running that my overall menstrual experience is less impactful, that’s for sure. But I can’t even be bothered to put a bra on today let alone go run. I bow to thee!
Post # 10
I used to be able to tell the day before that I was due for a period by how my boobs hurt, and other signs, so the day of I’d just pop advil intermittently so it didn’t bother me. Otherwise, I’d be in a world of hurt with a heating pad.
I’ve recently been fitted with an IUD as my BC of choice, and at period time, it’s like being stabbed with tiny daggars, and advil won’t touch that pain. Now, I have to lay down and nurse myself until it subsides. Hot bath may help, but I have yet to try that.
Post # 11
I have severe dysmenorrhea. I have debilitating cramps on top of vomiting, diarrhea, crazy nausea and back pain for all 6 days of my HEAVY (at least 5 super tampons a day) period.
It sucks because it’s a large reason why I’m putting off getting a job. The dr. tells me at this point the only thing that will better this is pregnancy!
So I definitely feel your pain!
Post # 12
I have had the worst cramps & period ever since day one. BAD cramps, pucking, dehydration, ect. Two periods ago I got ibuprofen 400 (you can also get them in 800) & my periods have been AMAZING! Its really worth it!
I didn’t think it would work though because before I would take over the counter ibuprofen (like 4 at a time) with nothing. But these worked great for me! Everyone is different though, but I say its worth a try!
Post # 13
Icy hot over my abdomen and lots of stretching! No over the head or upside down yoga moves. More lower body and core stretches. It really works!
Post # 14
I use those mentholated patches, they’re called SalonPas? A roommate showed me them a couple of years ago, and they are a MIRACLE! Combined, of course, with heat pads, advil, and a good chick flick. 🙂
Post # 15
I have extremely bad cramps to the pointwhere’s I end up as a sobbing, puking mess on the floor. My doctor gave me Nucynta ER as a pain killer. I combine the Nucynta with handfuls of Aleve and heating pads. That gets through ugh the day, though I still feel them.
Post # 16
I also get bad first day cramps, as well as nausea, no appetite, weakness in my legs, and shakiness. I use heating pads and try to massage my abs and legs. I take about 600mg of ibuprofen as well. Nothing gets at them quickly enough, though. 🙁