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Why are my cramps so bad during irregular periods during perimenopause?

By Anonymous August 22, 2014 - 2:20am
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Hi. I am years old and in January I has a vaginal and abdominal ultrasound because of bleeding between periods. It was to rule out fibroids and I was told that based on other symptoms, I was in perimenopause. I will get a regular menstrual period and about a week to 2 weeks later begin to bleed again. It can last up to 2 weeks at times despite my being on birth control pills. The problem is the cramps have become unbearable. They are in my thighs, my legs, my entire back...it is horrific. My stomach bloats. I have taken Ibuprofen and Tylenol and both work for only a short time. I feel like I am in labor! Why is this happening?

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Hello Anonymous,

Thank you for reaching out to us with your concern about severe cramping that extends from your back to your legs.

Women in the early stages of perimenopause will start to notice cramping in their pelvic area around the ovulation, just before or after the menstrual periods.

Women with endometriosis or irritating bowl syndrome may have pain due to the inflammation and the developed scar tissue as the hormones will start declining. It is a common factor that the women with the muscles and the ligaments injured from the surgery, low back problems or the child birth may have compounded weakness and the problems in the bladder.

The pressure on the pelvic veins can create painful pelvic pain, leg pain and also varicose veins. Perimenopause is the time where the muscles need to be kept strong and should have good support while sitting and should avoid taking heavy objects.

Anonymous, this is general information. Consult your gynecologist because your pain is comparable to labor pains.


August 22, 2014 - 8:53am
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