That time of the month again....

@x_Jo_x (1042)
September 28, 2009 5:13am CST
Girls, When it gets to that time of the month, do you get period pain and all stressy? I usually get really bad pain, its so annoying! Ive got pain killers from the doctor but even they dont seem to work too well. The only thing so far that has worked a bit is the contraceptive pill, but i stopped taking that and now the pain is back. Is there any simpler ways you deal with the pain? Like anything i can do at home?
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@Capsicum (1444)
• United States
28 Sep 09
I have just recently, started taking over the counter stuff. I am pretty sure that my body is in transition. I am sure it is horrible in every way also. I get pain,bloating,cramping,horrible fatigue 2 weeks till end . A heating pad ,feels great for the pain and cramps.Plus drinking some soothing tea for your nerves. We must pamper ourselves at this time.
@x_Jo_x (1042)
29 Sep 09
Yes its a good excuse to pamper ourselves lol. I usually get very bad cramp and back pain and bloating! Its very annoying! The pain can get pretty bad aswell. I really want a heat pad now, lots have people have said they are good! Hot baths too, apparently very good! Thank you for your advice!
@Capsicum (1444)
• United States
29 Sep 09
It not good to take hot showers or baths when mensesing ,But before can be a great relief from every thing it brings.
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
28 Sep 09
The first two days of my period I pretty much have to take extra strength tylenol every 8 hrs. or so. I didn't have much trouble till I got older. My doctor discovered my uterus was tilted backwards very bad and said that is probably the reason. I've found that moderate exercise and drinking more water helps. I don't know if the water thing helps or if it was just a coincidence but when I was drinking more water the pain wasn't as bad.
@x_Jo_x (1042)
30 Sep 09
I generally do moderate exercise because i have to walk my dogs so i go on a walk with them just walking at a normal pace. Ive never heard of a uterus being tilted back before! How do they tell if thats the problem? Maybe i should go to my doctors and ask them to check! Ive been about the pain before but she just gave me the pain killers!
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
30 Sep 09
They discovered it when they were doing my Pap test. It must be pretty bad cause the first Nurse Practitioner couldn't get a test and she had me come back for the doctor to do it. She almost couldn't get one either.
@LaurenR (54)
• United States
28 Sep 09
I meditate and do yoga and it feels so much better, I barely have any pain at all, I just feel a little more cranky and emotional.
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@x_Jo_x (1042)
29 Sep 09
Aww you are lucky! Do you just not get pain at all? Or is it because you do the yoga? I know some women dont get any pain at all! I envy them
• United States
29 Sep 09
I get pain occasionally but not really. Personally I think it's because of the yoga and the meditation. It does wonders.
@magickat (382)
29 Sep 09
I get very tearful at that time of the month and sometimes cry at the most ridiculous things!! I do get bad stomach cramps but nowhere near as bad as I used to. Being on the pill has helped and i find ibuprofen the best painkiller to use. When i was younger the pain was so bad it used to make me throw up or sometimes even pass out. Some people find using a hot water bottle or heat patches helps with the pain. I found taking a multivitamin everyday improved things a bit too. There may be some more natural remedies you could try, such as evening primrose oil. Good luck!
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@x_Jo_x (1042)
30 Sep 09
Yeah being on the pill did help me too! But now im not on it anymore the pain has come straight back! I get very emotional too! Go from one extreme to the other! Some silly tv programmes where people fall out will make me cry hehe! or people around me will make me really angry, or i'll just feel sad for no good reason! I usually take ibruprofen if the pain isnt majorly bad! If its extremly painful i usually take the stuff the doctor gave me
@weasel81 (2501)
• Australia
29 Sep 09
i've got other problems in that area, and it made the pain really bad the only thing that ended up knocking the pain away was tramdeo (sorry can't spell it doctor percription and it was my partner who got it off his dad) nothing else would kick. then i also ended up knocked for 6 from it. solved the problem with the pill thou, it's done wonders. so now i'm not a grumpy during that time of month. i found keeping busy also made the pain seem to go cause you were concerntrating on something else. best of luck
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@x_Jo_x (1042)
30 Sep 09
Ahh thats good! Glad you managed to get the pills to sort it out! Yeah my mum always tells me "get on a do something and dont think about it", it does work if you cant forget about it, but sometimes the pain is so bad i can actually not do anything! Thank you for your help
@angelajoy (1839)
• Philippines
29 Sep 09
If you are experiencing this kind of pain during your monthly period, I suggest you go see a doctor. Two of my sisters experienced this as well, and it turned out that the cause of the pain was a cyst in their ovary. A doctor once told me the that it is healthy to experience mild pain during your monthly period, but too much pain or no pain is not. I'm not trying to scare you. I just want you to be aware of the possible dangers.
@x_Jo_x (1042)
30 Sep 09
Oh dear! Are your sisters ok now? What happened to them? I think i will go to see the doctor soon. Ive been thinking about going for a while about various different things so i will definatly mention that ive been having the bad pain again, see what she says! Thank you for your advice!
• United States
28 Sep 09
Meditation, yoga, and drinking lots of water are my methods for cutting back period pain. The yoga helps stretch my whole body out, and the meditation takes my mind off the pain. Staying hydrated makes everything easier, and makes any pain medication I do take work faster. You might also try a bath, if you have time. The warm water and stretching out instead of sitting upright can really cut down on the cramps.
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@x_Jo_x (1042)
30 Sep 09
Yeah ive been trying to drink plenty today to help! I will definatly try to drink plenty next month, way in advance and see if that helps with the pain! If i stretch out and lay flat it either really badly hurts, or it makes it feel better but then the second i make any sort of movement it really hurts again! So frustrating...
@LiveLove (445)
• United States
28 Sep 09
I don't take pain killers for any reason. Usually the first day is the hardest and I even miss class because of the pain and vomiting. After the first day I usually don't cramp anymore but I find tea helps a lot with cramps or any sort of heat being applied to the belly. I have been told that the cramps are because of blood clots and them being removed by the flow. There is also a yoga for menstral cramps but when the pains come I don't see how someone could get relaxed enough to even do the poses.
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@x_Jo_x (1042)
29 Sep 09
Yeah my mum told me a yoga move but i was in so much pain i couldnt even get into the position! I try to avoid taking painkillers if possible, i know my body will just get used to it eventually and wont help anymore! Thank you for your comment
28 Sep 09
Do you tend to follow a healthy diet? Do you exercise? If not try incorporating these into your lifestyle. Camomile tea is really good, if you a regular start drinking it more often about a week before your period, peppermint tea is also good. They both have a claming and relaxing effect and also help to deal with the other stuff like bloating, and other digestive issues that can come with that time of the month. Avoid the sugary, fatty and chocolate stuff that we crave before it - we crave it but it apparently does no good. Try to relax and avoid stress leading up tp that time of the month, try to enjoy yourself, get enough sleep and rest and relaxation.
@x_Jo_x (1042)
29 Sep 09
I dont follow a mega healthy lifestyle. I do eat fruit a veg, and i am trying to eat less sugary foods! I used to love chocolate but ive cut lots out my diet and im eating a lot less than i used to when i was younger! I have 2 dogs that i walk daily, so i get atleast 3 hours of exercise each day. Im not overweight or anything! I find that i suddenly get stressed and can feel myself getting angry and things, then I suddenly realise im due to start a period! I will try the tea though, i have heard that its very good for you! Thank you for your help!
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
28 Sep 09
I use Ibuprofin it works just fine. Also some tea is also quite nice and makes me feel a little better, but usually Ibuprofin does the trick, 2 of them, one does not do it so I take two. I had a really bad pain the other day, worse than I have had for a long time, I actually had to lay down. I took 2 Ibuprofin (Advil) and within in a half hour I was feeling much, much better and was able to get up and work again.
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@x_Jo_x (1042)
29 Sep 09
wow thats pretty good! I can take 2 paracetamol and 2 ibrupofen and it still doesnt help! Tea usually helps i think, or another hot drink. Hot baths i think help quite a bit. Maybe it just helps me relax and then im not feeling so tense. Thank you for your comment!
• United States
28 Sep 09
Same here! Sometimes its best if you take something for pain the first two days before your due to start. Make sure you are eating healthy and taking vitamins. Sometimes a heat pack works, a warm bath or extra sleep during this time.
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@x_Jo_x (1042)
29 Sep 09
Yeah i think thats the key (taking something a few days before) but i can have pain one day and think "Oh great, im going to be on my period soon" and then a week later i still havent yet! So its very difficult to predict! Im like a week late this time! So i would be taking paracetamol for a whole extra week that i didnt need to!
@SangsTurks (1447)
• India
28 Sep 09
Oh yes, i too get terrible cramps when i am down but i am not in the habit of taking medicines for it as the body gets accustomed to the medicine and later on stops reacting on the pain. All i do is, do a lot of heavy physical work so that the flow becomes easier and less of pain for me. Try it out, stop taking medicines and probably your body would be more responsive to the medicine the next time you take it.
@x_Jo_x (1042)
28 Sep 09
Yeah i try to resist taking them till i absolutly HAVE to. I End up just curled up in a ball on the floor in loads of pain and i physically can not do anything! Its terrible! Some times i get less pain that others and i can last without pain killers. I have 2 dogs so i still have to walk them, so i do get some exercise still. Nothing Heavy/too physical though. I'll have to try going out running or something!
@buggles64 (2715)
• United States
28 Sep 09
Funny question since I started my cycle yesterday...I go through so many different moods now that I am getting older and menopause is starting to set in. I use to be regular with no cramps, food cravings, etc...Now I get food cravings (mostly junk food and sugar) and I feel bloated and miserable. I also get some back pain. I just tough it out, because sooner or later, like five days it will be over with and I know what's causing the pain. I also like to lay on a heating pad, and that helps or even taking a nice warm bath. We woman are so lucky, eh?
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@x_Jo_x (1042)
28 Sep 09
Lol yes we are! We have it so bad sometimes!I try to resist taking them for as long as possible but it gets too much sometimes and i give in! The tablets i have im meant to take from the second i feel the slightest pain but theres no way im doing that. I could be taking them a week before i actually need them! Hot baths i like! I havent tried laying on a heating pad, i'll have to try that one! Thank you for your help!