Patient Comments: Menstrual Cramps - Symptoms


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Comment from: Monique c, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

I'm 28 years old and for the last six years I've been having bad menstrual cycles. I always miss work and school. I have pelvic pain and numbness in my thighs always. I also pass clots and lots of them, all varying in size. It literally feels at times like I'm having contractions. I don't want to be on birth control and my doctors just say it's normal. I've been to gynecologists and have had ultrasounds done and they came back normal. But it doesn't feel normal.

Comment from: Delilah1986, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I'm 29 years old and have had my period since age 12. At first the pain was tolerable and would go away in a few hours. However as I got into my late teens the cramps began to get worse, my face would go pale, and sweating, I'd be up for minutes at a time in the middle of the night. Then when it got intense vomiting happened, afterwards I'd feel sore so to get better I'd take a liquid gel Advil, glass of ginger ale and put a wet towel across my stomach to soothe it. Also exercising seems to take the edge off of the cramps because now they're not quite as severe.

Comment from: jema, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

Every month I experience severe pain during menstruation to the extent that I collapse. After my menstruation the pain is still there and lasts for a week but not that painful.

Comment from: Debbi, Female (Patient) Published: June 17

My cramps are so severe for a couple days at onset of cycle. I have pain that radiates down my thighs. It is so severe I can't function and require prescribed medication to alleviate the pain. However, the pain medication is now causing such severe headaches. I hope to find a suitable medication to relieve and reduce my cramps. I have also had two ectopic pregnancies in both tubes and have had to have tubal removals on both sides.

Comment from: MS, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

My menstrual cramps always begin on the 1st day of my cycle and start out dull and then move quickly on to achy. It feels like having a muscle ache/cramp you'd get in your leg only right in your pelvic area. Sometimes my cramps are preceded by diarrhea, and that's when I definitely know the cramps are on their way. My cramps are pretty easy to ignore, I'm lucky to have them stay in the mild to moderate zone. Only once have they been severe to the point of me vomiting when I was a teen, and it's never happened since then.

Comment from: Lilian Archibong, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I always feel like vomiting, frequent stools, weakness, fever, dizziness, loss of appetite, and frequent urinating most times, when I am menstruating.

Comment from: demiladeayo, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I always feel bad when I start feeling that I am ovulating. Because, my cramps are always very bad. I don't feel relieved until I take ibuprofen. But now my doctor told me not to use any NSAIDs again because I'm now battling with gastric ulcer. My pains always walk through my lower abdomen, down to the back of my legs, then the lower part of my spinal cord.

Comment from: Kate, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

My period is something I dread each month. My flow is rather heavy, I get mild to severe stomach cramps, back aches, mild pain in my legs, bloating and chills or night sweats. It's no fun but it happens every month.

Comment from: no cure kate, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I have had severe cramps and bleeding since my very first cycle. When I was 20 I went to work one day in so much pain I took an ambulance to the clinic the next town over and was told I had a cyst that burst. This was not long after I had a miscarriage and D and C. I then went on Depo-Provera shots for many years. I recently went off it as it is not good for you and my boyfriend has a vasectomy. Now am back to square 1 with the pain, missing work, etc. I can't be on any other birth control because I smoke. The doctor didn't order any tests just said nothing I can do except take NSAIDS.

Comment from: Violetta, 35-44 (Patient) Published: June 12

For approximately five years I have been experiencing very severe menstrual cramps with heavy bleeding. There is no painkiller that helps. An even bigger problem is the overall tension in my body and the dizziness. After one to two days, I'm unable to function. I feel almost paralyzed. I have been checked for many possible diseases, without result. The only advice my gynecologist has is to get pregnant. However, my cousin has the same problem even after two kids. Enduring this torture every month is seriously decreasing my quality of life.


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Comment from: Beatlebabe25, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

Cramps are VERY severe, associated with nausea, diarrhea, headaches and lower back pain. Naproxen Sodium and lots of water tend to alleviate the pain. Symptoms usually last about 3 days with the severity decreasing every day. It's annoying but manageable and happens (luckily) only once a month so I haven't bothered telling my doc. She would probably just suggest Naproxin and water, anyways!

Comment from: pinky, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 28

I'm 19 years old and started having periods when I was 14 years old. I did not have any cramps until last year, when I felt cramping before my periods. They really hurt and were severe at times. I didn't know what the problem was, but never went to the doctor.

Comment from: nmarg, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I started my periods when I was 15 years old, but the first three years I had no pains. They started when I was in college. The doctors say it's an infection but I tested negative. Sometimes it's severe other months mild. I take strong painkillers but they sometimes fail. Now I don't know what to do any more. They dehydrate, make highly irritable, body swelling and general weakness.


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