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Old 05-04-2007, 04:04 AM   #1
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Period pain - when to see a doctor?

I started my periods when I was 13 (I'm now 21) and over the last few years they have become heavier and much more painful. The first day or two is nearly always unbearable - resulting in me having to miss classes, feeling like I can hardly walk, almost doubled over in pain sometimes. Of course the feelings will pass after a while, but even when I "just" have cramps on their own, they are unbelievably painful, and mean that I often can't concentrate on other things.

Today I woke up with EXCRUCIATING cramps (probably the worse I've had so far) and felt like I was going to faint, shaky, could hardly bring myself to move. I took 2 ibuprofen (which usually works for me, after a while), had a shower (which took a painfully long time because I felt like I couldn't stand up) and then proceeded to throw up. I'm just wondering if it's worth seeing a doctor or not, as it's not like the pain lasts an abnormal amount of time, but it's just really intense and unbearable when it does come. I wouldn't say every single period is this bad, but the majority of them are, at the very least, highly painful, and the symptoms I get seem to be a lot worse than my mum's or my female friends'.

Thanks for any advice...

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Old 05-04-2007, 05:10 AM   #2
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Re: Period pain - when to see a doctor?

You may have a cyst or a fibroid. I'd definitely get it checked out by a gynecologist if I were you. Although it's common for some women to have really bad pain with their period, it's not supposed to cause you to throw up and stuff.

I think you should go to the doctor. You're lucky you can get by with 2 ibuprofen. I've been up to 6 at a time with no results! Unfortunately I have developed a tolerance to ibuprofen so I can't even take it anymore for headaches. My doctor switched me to a prescription brand naproxen (which is generic Aleve) at 550 mg. That seems to work a lot better for me.

And although I don't believe in using the pill at all for any reason, and I personally don't believe it has any effect, some women have gone on the pill to help with heavy bleeding and painful cramps. I was on the pill for over 15 years and it never helped me with that stuff. So I don't reccommend it. But I've read that some women allegedly received some benefit from it.

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