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Old 04-09-2008, 08:21 PM   #1
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does anyone else have extreme cramps besides me?

Hi all

I know lots of people post about painful cramps but it seems a lot of women have an underlying condition, which I do not.

The best way I can describe the pain is untolerable, on a scale of 1-10 a 15, I have hot flashes, pain radiates to my thighs and lower back, I feel sick, nauseaus, cannot function, often call out of work, or go to work and end up in the break room in a fetal positon. The pain is a heavy, stabbing, squeezing and aching feelilng, really the word extreme pain describes it best. I have gone through this since my early 20s maybe younger, and I am in my mid 30s. Many people told me when I had kids it would improve, the only thing that improved was the 9 months of pregnancy where there was no periods!

does any one else suffer from this only to be told from doctors "its dysmennorea, take some advil. I do take advil, way higher than the recommended dose. I generally end up taking about 5000 mg of advil on that first day.

I know everyone tells me oh you shouldn't do that your liver, your stomach, ulcers, very bad. IT is the only thing that brings some relief. I have tried muscle relaxers, pain killers, prescription period pills such as ponstel, with no improvement. I have taken herbs, vitamins, changed diet, ate less salt, blah blah. no matter what i do no improvement.

The rest of the month is fine. normal no pain, slight cramping at ovulation nothing major. Then a week before period i begin to get horrible pms with moodiness, cramping, insomnia, etc. then develop anxiety as I know what is about to come, the pain and misery.

My question: Is there anyone out there who knows what I am talking about, who does not have an underlying disorder? Have you found anything that works or any reason behind the madness?

By day 2 I feel drained and sore from dealing with day one but in general much better and can function like a human being again. The rest of the week is what i would imagine a normal period to be like, some cramps, normal bleeding lasts about 6 or 7 days getting lighter every day.

Thanks for listening my husband thinks HE's been suffering since he has been through 15 years of periods with me ha ha
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:33 PM   #2
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Re: does anyone else have extreme cramps besides me?

While you mention no underlying disorder, have you ever had a laposcopy done to see what's in there?
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Old 04-09-2008, 11:27 PM   #3
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Re: does anyone else have extreme cramps besides me?

Hi,

First, I'm sorry you are experiencing so much pain. However, I do not believe that there is "no reason" for your pain. Pain is almost always a sign of something. I suggest you consult your gyno or even another doctor about this. It is unfair to you that you have to deal with the excruciating pain every month. I had severe cramping with no apparent reason but my doctor suspected a low levels of progesterone, she gave me some supplements and I feel SOOO much better now!

In the meantime, heat always brings me immediate relief while waiting for the advil to kick in...

Good Luck!

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Old 04-10-2008, 08:04 PM   #4
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Re: does anyone else have extreme cramps besides me?

I've heard that cramps and pain like that are usually due to endometriosis. I've always been told to start taking ibuprofin a day or two before you start your period and continue taking it until the end. That way you head off the pain before it even starts.

I used to get pain like that when I ovulated, not when on my period. Weird.

 
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Re: does anyone else have extreme cramps besides me?

That definitely does not sound like something you should have to deal with! Maybe you can talk to a DIFFERENT doctor about this if you haven't already. Some don't come up with the correct solution and it takes a few tries. I saw you mentioned many things you have tried, but have you tried birth control pills? Just wondering because many girls I know have taken them just for their periods, even if they weren't sexually active at the time. I took them for bad stomach aches that made me throw up during my periods and I know plenty of people that took them for cramps and said they helped quite a bit.

 
Old 04-11-2008, 07:33 AM   #6
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Re: does anyone else have extreme cramps besides me?

wow

I guess my question is getting answered, most other people don't have painful cramps like I do?

Thanks for replies. no laproscopy, but 2 C-sections where doc said everything in there looked normal. also asked 2 docs about the lap who said i was not a candidate and did not fit discription. I don't have irregular bleeding, painful sex, pain during the month, etc.


I found the hormone answer interesting, about the progesterone. I always feel like my hormones go crazy at period time anyway. will research that.

I do take ibuprofren as soon as I feel it coming on, sometimes the coming on bit can take a week.

as for birth control pills, i was on them many years ago and they did help regulate my period but never helped the cramps. also I have a blood clot in my leg and cannot take them now.

so here i am still wondering, what can I do? I have seen many doctors over the years, all around the country as I have moved a lot and no one has ever been able to give a good suggestion. currently i have no health insurance.

I am always given the same answer, dysmennorea, which by definition means, painful cramps.

Iswear if men had periods, they would have had answers long ago for all our the related pain and suffering LOL

oh yeah one interesting thing, when i was taking blood thinner for the blood clot i did notice a lessening of pain at cramp time. I now take aspirin for the clot, but that does not seem to have the same effect as heparin/coumadin did. I wonder if my blood is just clotty and causes uterus to push harder to get it out? however i have tested negative on many many clotting disorders and they feel the clot in my leg is a result of my first c-section surgery. though i do not necessarily agree.

thanks all
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Old 04-11-2008, 01:05 PM   #7
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Re: does anyone else have extreme cramps besides me?

I've had cramps so bad that I stopped dead in my tracks, doubled over, and thought I would die. They felt like a knife was suddenly stabbed into my gut. I know the pain you're talking about! Why not get some heavy duty painkillers that don't knock you out? Vicodin works great for me and doesn't make me sleepy or weirded out.

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Old 04-12-2008, 07:10 AM   #8
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HI again

Thats the crazy part, pain killers don't help! They make me sleepy and while I am lying tired and out of it and still in terrible pain! I have taken pain killers for other things such as root canal etc and it worked great. For some reason things that happen in that area (uterus) don't seem to react to pain killers. As an example, my second C-section i was put on a morphine pump after surgery, you can click it anytime you want it goes directly in through IV. Fr me it did not work! I was up all night crying in pain! They kept adjusting the machine, changed IV to a new location, etc. I don't think anyone believed me. Finally the next day we switched to percoset and after a few doses began to take the edge off. I don't get it? I used to think maybe I just had a low tolerance for pain, but not if the pain is in other parts. I am the kind of person that still goes to work even during the worst of illness or with an injury. Once I got my foot run over by a car and instead of going to the hospital I went to work. (And i was a waitress!) Finally they made me go when I was limping so bad and my foot was swollen. It reall didn't hurt that bad.

There is definetly something going on there and I just can't get to the bottom of it it is like this ongoing mystery in my life, and now I am about to start it any day and am beginning to feel nervous because i hope it comes during the weekend so my husband will be heere to help me with the baby. But on Tuesday I have to give a presentation and am terrified that will be day one!

Thanks again everyone, and I am still open to suggestions.
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Old 04-16-2008, 06:11 AM   #9
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Re: does anyone else have extreme cramps besides me?

Hello there,

I thought I was the only one with that kind of pain! I'm on my period now and my boss actually sent me home today as I was just sitting at my desk not being able to get on with my work. All I wanted to do was to sit and double over to see if the pain would go away. I am definitely going to see my general practitioner tomorrow and ask to be referred. I'm not sure how it works in the US, but here in the UK you can actually request that you are referred to a specialist who can give you the help that regular doctors can't give.
I feel exactly like you. I'm tired of taking pain killers that take 1 hour plus to kick in and the pill never really helped me. Maybe it is worth biting the bullet and saving up to see a specialist? Hope everything works out for you! Take care!

 
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