Worst cramps EVER what can I do?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 17
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I used to get such bad cramps that I was in bed for two days.  I now take Naproxen (Aleve) and I don’t feel a thing.  It is like a miracle.

Post # 19
1088 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I always take 800 mg of Ibuprofen – Tylenol does notwork for me at all.

Post # 20
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Aleve works wonders, especially when combined with a heating pad and comfy pj’s. If you always have super bad cramps, I’d check with your doc. My cramps were excruciating, so the only things that helped were prescription strength painkillers and eventually using BCP to just skip periods all together. I know that’s not an option for everyone, though. Hope you are feeling better soon!!

Post # 21
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@PitBulLover: Yeah, that actually does work…


And stay away from caffeine! Always makes mine a ton worse.

Post # 22
312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I always take 1600 mg Ibuprofen once.  It usually takes care of the cramps (800mg doesn’t work as well).  I will then grab a heating pad or take a hot bath and some hot peppermint tea works well also.

Caffeine makes it work and usually yoga helps to relax the muscles when you stretch.

Post # 23
84 posts
Worker bee

Hot tea helps too. Herbal tea if you have it. Otherwise even plain hot water helps.

You can hold the mug close to your belly. 

Post # 24
37 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

@twentyeleven: My cramps are horrible as well, and i do the same as u and it hlps, especialy the bath

Post # 25
5978 posts
Bee Keeper

I know you’re over them now, but keep yourself on Advil throughout your period. My doctor used to prescribe me 400mg pills of Advil and told me to take 2 at once which is 800mg. So that’s still a safe dosage. Heating pads also work to temporarily relieve pain, and I second the bee who said to stay away from caffeine. It definitely worsens the severity of your cramps.

Post # 26
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

This is going to sound a bit “out there” but try eating carbs (jacket potato or something) and having an orgasm really helps (however it happens).

I’m not a big fan of taking pills, so I found a way around it

Post # 27
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

@ksx: I second the orgasm. I know it sounds odd and you’re probably not in the mood- but it totally works. I get cramps that hurt so bad I throw up.

Post # 27
1 posts

I have 2 areas of cramps. 1 that I can walk off any day of the week. And 2 (which are becoming more common) that I find myself laying flat on my back in bed and can barely breathe. I can’t move. It hurts so bad I can’t even cry. I would really highly recommend birth control. Also have an ultrasound of your uterus. That kind of cramping deserves medical attention. 

Post # 28
432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Lol, I have endometriosis and until I was 23 I thought cramps that woke me out of sleep were completely normal! Try buying naproxen in the future. I get prescription strength but they sell it over the counter now too. It is great stuff. 

Post # 29
3092 posts
Sugar bee

This is a 6 year old thread. I’m guessing the tylenol kicked in by now…

Post # 30
1 posts

I know this is old, but just writing in case people find this thread now like I did lol. I get cramps this bad every. single. period. I have since I was 12, so I consider myself a pro ha! You can ALWAYS take at least *4* ibuprofen (no less) which is 800mg every 4 hours. I actually take 4, and then 2 every 2 hours after that. Trust me, you will not OD or die. Doctors will tell you the same thing. If you only do it a couple days a month, you will be fine. Aleve is great for overnight, because it lasts longer than Advil. I take 3 Advil before bed, and *2* Aleve, and that’s the only way I won’t be woken up out of my sleep. Man, I’m jealous of all the people experiencing this pain for the first time! 

Also, yes, orgasms help, but only if you don’t have severe cramps or if the Advil is already started to kick in. My cramps are way too severe to rely on water bottles and orgasms alone. So don’t feel bad if you need some extra help from meds to get through your pain! And don’t hesitate to take Advil, even if you’ve just popped a couple Tylenol. Every hospital gives you 2-3x the regular dose of pain killers, so you aren’t going to die or have negative effects. Just save yourself and take the Advil! Bonus if it’s the sodium tablets as they go to work in minutes. Liqui Gels are 2nd best. Regular tablets will take at least an hour to kick in, so try to use the other two types if possible.<3

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