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Just Cramps? or cause for concern?

By September 8, 2012 - 1:26pm
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i am almost 18 and sinse i started my period at 13 I have always had cramps but a little rest or some ibuprofen always did the trick. About a year and a half ago they got significantly more painful but i wasn't too concerned, i figured it was normal. but about 8 months ago it got worse again. Now the pain is crippling, and with it comes nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, and vomiting. Once i even blacked out. This starts about 10 min after i start my period and lasts for the first day then tapers off over the next couple days. I have tried all of my old remedies, a hot bath, a heating pad, ibuprofen but nothing helps. I have found that if i take 3 ibuprofen right when my period starts sometimes i can get ahead of it but if i don't catch it in time there's no stopping it. My mom doesn't get cramps so she doesn't understand. Is this a normal part of womanhood? or could something else be going on?

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Hi AnnaTaty13, Your welcome for the advice. Have you thought of seeing a GYN for this? They might say or do something helpful.

Good Luck,

September 10, 2012 - 9:55am

I am the one that posted the first comment. After I posted the comment I decided to join the site. Melissa6666 I already knew everything you said. The problem is I can't take ibuprofen, because I have to take predisone. The doctor has me on predisone because I have severe eczema and if I take ibuprofen while on the predisone I am at a very high risk of a gi bleed. I have tried a warm compress many times but have found it never helps me at all. But thanks for the advice anyways.

September 9, 2012 - 7:19pm
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Hi I am 15 but i have had my period since I was 10. I get cramps about every other month that are so bad that I can not stand or do anything for the first 2-3 day, the rest of the months I have moderate cramps that can be treated with medicine or rest. So I know some what how you feel. I may be young but I do not believe that menstraution should be a taboo topic so, I have read everything I can find about periods and anything pertaining to them. Has anything changed in your life such as diet, environment, and no offense, but has your weight changed? Please reply and give me any info you think may be inportant. And again please don't think that since I am only 15 that i can't help.

September 8, 2012 - 4:18pm
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Hi Anonymous, During teenage many women do experience such severe cramps that's because the muscle in the stomach and vagina are contracting hard and they squeeze together which puts pressure on you causing you to have such cramps. As you get older the cramps gets less because hormone levels keep on changing. I would say take over counter motrin (ibuprofen) which is very helpful for such pain and keep warm compress on your stomach while laying down. If you sit a lot and feel such cramps you're putting pressure on your stomach which causes more pain try to relax it out lay down keep a warm compress and having motrin as needed will definitely help. One more thing during your period try to have like a cup of tea which is relaxing and helpful and also having plenty of juice such a orange juice or apple juice juices with vitamin C are good and helpful because it releases the muscles in the vagina and you feel less pain and going to the bathroom as often as you can is good to let everything out and you will feel a lot better this way as well. If you don't see any relief it's best to see a GYN and see what's going on.


September 8, 2012 - 10:33pm
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