What do you do/eat to reduce the PMS pain?

@mermaidivy (15415)
United States
September 9, 2009 12:05pm CST
My period is supposed to come very soon, around mid Sep, but the pain has started already... I was feeling really painful and sick a while ago, I took some advils, it calmed down a little bit. It is what I usually do to stop the pain - pain killers,although it is not good for us to rely on the pain killers, it is the fastest way to cure this problem; there was2 - 3 times that it didn't even help, I almost went to the hospital... So girls, do you do anything to stop the PMS pain or just wait until it goes away?
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@nonersays (2759)
• United States
10 Sep 09
The only thing that ever helps me is soaking in a hot tub of water. Sadly I can't spend the entire time in the tub, nor can most people, so I guess thats only a short term help.
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@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
10 Sep 09
It helps for a short while, not for long term though.
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@thhoon72 (1010)
• Singapore
10 Sep 09
For me, I rely on painkiller, Panadol to help me with my PMS pain. Cos that is the fastest way to get over the unbearable pain. Take care =))
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@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
10 Sep 09
Pain killer is always the fastest way to get rid of the pain!
@TheAdvocate (2395)
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
I take mefenamic acid right before the pain starts, when I feel the throbbing starting in my abdomen. Advil helps but mefenamic acid has always done it for me. When the medication does not help, I put a hot water bottle in my tummy, and the pain will subside. It takes a while though, so be patient. When I was younger, I would get cramps that were so bad I was forced to skip classes (honest, I was not trying to cut classes). But when I grew older, the pain has lessened. Nowadays, I just tolerate the pain because I know that too much medication can be bad for me.
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@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
10 Sep 09
I use hot water bag too, it does help. Thanks for sharing :-)
@calai618 (1781)
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
i dont like taking pain killers cause i dont want to get used to taking them..i just try to relax or sleep so i dont feel the pain..drinking hot chocolate or milk also helps me :D
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@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
9 Sep 09
I'm dating a doctor so I was told to do some sit ups before I get my cycle. It works for me. I also try to eat healthier foods and avoid junk food as well. I do take pain killers when the pain becomes unbearable but as much as possible I try not to. Sounds like you have severe PMS. Try the sit up thing, it worked for me. I used to have the same problem - very painful PMS to the point where I dont get out of my house, I stay in my room curled up in a ball until the pain goes away.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
9 Sep 09
Eating less junk food helps? Really? I hate doing sit ups though... I will try. Thank you for sharing!
@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
10 Sep 09
hey:-) well, i cant say it'll work for everyone but its worth a shot, I mean the less junk food thing. hope that works. I know how bad it can be.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
10 Sep 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
• United States
9 Sep 09
I usually take midol for the pain and avoid sweets and cold drinks during my cycle. I also avoid cold air since it usually makes me cramp up worse. I try to eat a lot more vegetables and meat with iron in it. Taking iron vitamins helps me during my period. You might need to go to your doctor to get a prescription. My sister gets the cramps so bad that she is bed ridden sometimes, she has to take a prescription medicine for pain over the counter medicine doesn't work for her.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
9 Sep 09
I thought chocolate could help, have you tried before?
• United States
9 Sep 09
It depends on the cycle... sometimes chocolate doesn't upset my stomach and make me feel worse than I already do and other times the chocolate doesn't phase me. The majority of the time I can't eat any kind of sweets during because it upsets my stomach and makes me cramp worse.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
10 Sep 09
I don't eat chocolate anymore for my period though, I just eat straight the pain killers...
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
I've read from a couple of health magazines that exercise does help in reducing pain. I know that it sounds weird since all you'd want to do is stop moving, but blood circulates better if you exercise. Also, try to lay off on the salt! It adds up to the queasiness of PMS and lets you feel bloated all the more. Increase your fluid intake too, to keep you hydrated. And think happy thoughts :D I hope it helps :)
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
10 Sep 09
I think doing exercises before period would help.
• United States
10 Sep 09
hello there,hows it goin besides just ughhhhhh? lol..well i can tell you that Mido is the best medicine..its make specifically for PMS,and helps with bloating,cramps,cravings for me sometimes too and just all around everything that hurts,i deff recommned that,.and i also use a heating pad or hot water bottle and just curl up in teh fetal position for hours..hell even some days..i always crave choclate and fruit..all the time,i down manderine oranges and pineapples lol..there my favorite,they also have these wonderful heating things from "THERMACARE" they have these heating things that have these sticky things u put on the front of yor undies and the heat feel sooo gooodd!!! i wish ya lots of luck hun!!
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
10 Sep 09
Thanks for sharing!
• United States
9 Sep 09
Well, I have noticed I will take something for it. But I try not to. So, try walking. Walking, jogging, or running. Whichever you prefer. They say exercise will help calm them. I also eat fruit. Like bananas mainly. I have noticed those help me as well. They also say to stay away from soda, and caffeine. But I always drink Mountain Dew. It has never affected me. But like I said, eat some fruits. Maybe take a midol, and walk it off. Drink some water if you want to, or some tea. Green tea maybe? Lol. That's usually what I do. :D Hope I was some help.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
10 Sep 09
I think exercising before period helps, not during the time of the period though, I have done biking before while period time and I almost fainted.
• Philippines
9 Sep 09
To think positive is the best things to do as being in the bad moods affect the females hormones. Their is a need to take ibufrofen, midol or mefenamic acid 2 to 3 days before the red days comes. Also, like what I read in other discussion, eating bananas help..well, I'll try to if it's true it helps to lessen the pain and any annoying symptoms accompanied with PMS. having ggod exercises is also good to relax all the muscles in our body and meditation also helps even without pain reliever if one set to one's mind that pain could be control using mind control..
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
9 Sep 09
Thanks for sharing.
@rusty2rusty (6766)
• Defiance, Ohio
14 Sep 09
I know when my period is coming. I always start getting cramps in my back. Yeah, I am kinda weird that way. I don't get cramps in my stomach. Instead they are ll in my back. Even when I was in labor with each of my three kids, I had labor pains in my back instead of my stomach. Weird? Not sure. But I can feel my period coming about a week before hand as my back will start hurting. I have my period right now and it is a very painful one. I ttok some advil to help relieve some of the pressure from my back. I also use ice backs on my lower back to help with the pain. That seemso help. Or warm to hot showers with water flong on where the pain in my back is at.
@mrakobesie (1246)
• United States
11 Sep 09
I don't have severe pain anymore, but i do have mild pain on the first day of my period. I usually take kava kava and it seems to help. When my pain was more severe i used warm compresses as well. It seemed to feel better when i had something warm on my abdomen. Deep brething helps with mild pain. I often try to do something that would keep my mind of the pain, as long as i am busy, i don't feel pain as much. I also noticed that valerian root helped. I was under a lot of stress when i was in college, so i would take valerian root for stress and i noticed that my cramps weren't as bad if i took valerian root extract.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
10 Sep 09
Hot water bottles and heat pads on my back