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- Sat Dec 01, 2007 9:06 pm
Hi, I am 24 years old. I am experiencing very painful periods. The cramps are so painful the first 1-2 days, that I have come close to passing out. I also feel like I have the flu, in such that I have aching muscles and joints. This subsides once my period is over. I also feel extremely fatigued. Sometimes I also feel constipated or get diarrhea. I have tried many over-the-counter pain medications, but they do not seem to help. I also get some stomach pain, which I originally thought was from taking pain medication (usually advil), but now I am not so sure. I always take it on a full stomach and do not take anymore than directed. I have not been to a doctor yet for this problem.
| Debbie Miller, RN
- Sun Dec 02, 2007 1:44 am
I can certainly relate to your misery over this. I'm sorry you have to suffer so much each month.
This is called dysmenorrhea. The good news is that in most women they improve as they get older and in many cases disappear after they have born children. When this disrupts your life for several days every month it is usually wise to have it evaluated to see if there is anything underlying the problem such as endometriosis, infection, cysts, etc. If they find some cause, then there could be effective treatment.
Sometimes taking a low dose oral contraceptive to prevent ovulation can help. Ibuprofen and related medications can help too (I know you have tried this). Using heat pads (the instant kind you buy for single use or electric or even microwave bags) can sometimes help to ease the pain. Soaking in a hot bath can also help. Exercise regularly and get plenty of rest so your body will be in its best condition for feeling well.
There are some alternative treatments some people find effective such as yoga, relaxation and accupuncture. But, as I said, you want to be sure there is not some underlying problem that needs medical attention so seeing a doctor would be worthwhile.
Good luck with this.