What are some symptoms of severe menstrual pain?
Some symptoms of severe menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea ) include severe pelvic pain, in some instances so bad that patients have had to take medication to alleviate the pain; they could be literally curled up in a ball because it hurts so much.
For some patients the pain may last for an hour, for others it can last for days. Some women just before their period or the first day of their period, they may experience some lower back pain or aching in their pelvis- that's common. What we're going to address in today's episode is the women who experience such severe period pain that they have to lie down and take something to alleviate the pain.
What causes severe menstrual pain?
Typically severe menstrual cramping is caused by too much Prostaglandin. Essentially there is too much inflammation. That is why from a natural perspective something like Evening Primrose Oil seems to help. For some women it can be worse, they could have uterine fibroids or endometriosis. In terms of osteopathy, for women with severe menstrual pain, if it's not hormonally related, sometimes it can be from their own birth process or if they have had children, the position of the uterus may have caused some tightness of the ligaments or scarring around the uterus. There could be some mechanical reasons for their pain. In terms of posture, if women are sitting for long periods of time and not keeping any tone, then some of their abdominal contents may get sticky at the bottom, which causes congestion and pain.
What are some menstrual cramp remedies?
B Vitamins and Evening Primrose can be effective in some situations. There is also osteopathic visceral manipulation. This is where an osteopathic practitioner checks the abdomen or the pelvis and assesses the different organs, particularly the uterus, the ovaries and the small intestines. They will assess with they are mobile, if they are moving the way that they should be moving.