(Closed) Worst period cramps !!!

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
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Honey bee
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@echolove:  Get the ones that plug into the wall.  They sell them at every drug store and CVS.

I keep the Bean (brookstone) in my car since it’s wireless.  But every other one I have plugs into the wall.

Post # 18
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Busy bee
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Mine are awful awful awful.  The pill did help a little when I was on it.  I take A LOT of ibuprofen, like 8 every 4 hours.  And getting into a very hot bath is the only thing that will subside them.  Heating pads help some.  I also take some GasX to help with bloating and usually have to take Pepto to help with the nausea and upset stomach.

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@strawbs:  Are you Taiwanese? My Taiwanese friend told me that too. She said it’s especially not good to drink cold water when pregnant, but also not good in general, for women.

I wonder what the rationale about that is. I am all about doing what’s healthy but I love water and I drink fridge-cooled water like…constantly. I’m not one of those people who has trouble getting in their water intake, but it is cold. I don’t find lukewarm water nearly as refreshing, so I’d like to have some kind of quasi-scientific rationale (or at least something more than “I don’t know, but my grandma told me”) to stop refrigerating my water.

Post # 20
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@vermonster:  The elliptical is a much better idea than running for exercise before your period because they just released a study last month that revealed that women have twice the chance of knee injury in the week before their periods than at other times of the month. Something about our nerves sending much more signals during that time or something. So it seems low-impact excercise is key during PMS week.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
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I like the old fashioned hot water bottle. I have a fibroid and it makes my cramps excrutiating! I pop a few advil and fill the bottle with warm water and lay down for a bit.

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Sugar bee
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@joya_aspera:  no I’m not Taiwanese, but it’s a Chinese belief, which is what I am and what Taiwanese people are ๐Ÿ™‚

There’s no real scientific proof for it. Personally, anything that has been handed down the generations from one of the oldest civilizations in the world has to have some merit to it lol hence I don’t question it, but I do flout it sometimes ๐Ÿ˜› my mother told me that it’s not good for women to drink cold water because it does something to the body. It’s alwaysbetter to warm up your body internally. *shrug*

it’s not even a good idea to drink cold stuff or eat spicy stuff while menstruating. I dont’ know about the spicy stuff, but the cold stuff causes more blood to exit during the period. I find it shortens my period, so this is one I flout XD

ginger soup is delicious and definitely helps with cramps though ๐Ÿ˜€

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Helper bee
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@echolove: I have endometriosis so I’m pretty knowledgeable about this.  I take prescription Naproxen plus Tylenol for pain and promethazine for nausea, in addition to taking continuous birth control (which helps a lot but doesn’t prevent pain 100%).  But for non-prescription help, I recommend the following regimen:

Heat – Heating pad, blanket on your tummy.

Hot tea – I like chamomile best for this situation.

And, of course, Aleve.

Edit: Oh yeah, exercise and moving around does help.  Even if it’s just walking around your house or apartment.

Post # 25
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@strawbs:  Thanks for the reply! I agree about things being passed down for many generations… there is often a good reason for it. Just sometimes that was a very local reason and doesn’t apply anymore or elsewhere, and sometimes it actually wasn’t a good reason after all (like when people in the past tried to drink mercury, lead, or radium, for healing).

I feel that way about the Chinese herbalist. So many things in there, it always makes me so curious. I truly believe some of that stuff in there has to be really effective (better than pharmaceuticals), other stuff neutral, and other stuff might actually be poisonous. That’s why if I’m going to go with any traditional health stuff I want to get at least a quasi-scientific understanding of why it might be a good idea, you know?

And I love ginger-anything, especially when I don’t feel well, I agree it always makes me feel better!

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
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@joya_aspera:  fun fact: I’m Chinese but not from China, so this “warm up your bodies, women!” thing definitely not a localized belief ๐Ÿ™‚

I understand your quasi-scientific proof need, and I’m generally like that too, but having grown up taking nasty Chinese herbal powder in my mouth to cure an ulcer, and also the fact that one of my relatives runs a herbal store, I don’t question the Chinese herbal store ๐Ÿ˜›

Post # 27
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Worker bee

OH, I am so sorry ~ I feel for you!  I have endometriosis & IBS and that time of month is horrid, beyond awful for me.  I have been on Ponstel (the generic is mefenamic acid) which is an NSAID and it works ok, at least well enough so I am not bedridden.  I just switched, tho, to Celebrex, which my dr thinks will work better for the pain ~ he is an endo specialist I just started seeing so I hope he’s right.  It is also an NSAID but he said it will work better than Ponstel.  Ibuprofen just doesn’t cut it for me.  I also use a heating pad if I’m at home or the sticky hot pads (thermacare) if I have to work.  You can also try a hot water bottle or a rice sock (sock filled with rice, warmed in the microwave) ~ the warmth & weight really helps.  Hope you feel better!!

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
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@joya_aspera:  I always take extra strength motrin for my periods now, but they weren’t always bad. Tell me about this magnesium. How much? Every day or just around the time of your period? Why does it work? Is it necessarily the problem when you suffer from period cramps or might there be a different deficiency causing them?

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
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Can I second PPs and suggest, if you haven’t, see a doctor. Mine put me on loratidine 

Post # 30
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Honey Beekeeper
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I like Thermacare heating pads.  They last a really long time.

I also think you should get checked out by a doctor.  I have endometriosis and that was causing a lot of my period pains.  It is reduced now that I have had surgery.

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