Patient Comments: Menstrual Cramps - Effective Treatments

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Comment from: Jackie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 17

Taking 3 shots of whiskey in about 30 to 40 minutes does the trick for my menstrual cramps. Lasts about 5 hours and it is almost full relief of the pain. Just did this today and even 8 hours later, pain level is still manageable. No idea why but this is legitimately the only thing that helps. No amount of pills, heat, rest, or physical activity seems to help. Whiskey works for me.

Comment from: Jolie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

I have menstrual cramps due to the thick uterine lining at 15 mm. I got symptoms of continuous menstrual bleeding. The doctor prescribed medroxyprogesterone tablets to force uterine lining to shed. However, I hate the harmful side effects. I tried to search for alternative treatment. I decided on herbal medicine Fuyan pill instead. After taking herbal treatment, my menstrual period regulated itself back to normal cycle. Four months later, uterine endometrium reduced from 15 mm to 10 mm. During this time, I didn't take any spicy or greasy food, no coffee, no alcohol, but ate many vegetables and fruits. Now, I got rid of the bleeding and pain!

Comment from: Helper, Female (Patient) Published: August 01

Give your kids or even yourselves half teaspoon of moringa 3 times a week. Make it a daily habit. The menstrual cramps will not be severe. My kids have been using it and has helped them a great deal. It has calcium and magnesium.

Comment from: Anon, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

Bananas are my best friend to handle menstrual cramps. Eat 2 to 3 bananas a day starting a couple days before or even the first day of your period and cramping is dramatically reduced or even eliminated altogether. Bananas also help diarrhea! And if you need something more for pain, Aleve (naproxen sodium) is the best OTC relief I have found. My doctor had me taking 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening starting a day or two before my expected period. Works way better than Tylenol, ibuprofen, or even Midol! I used to miss school/work every month from cramps and diarrhea. Now my periods are pain free!

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I am 26, I have had my periods since I was 14 and my cramps are pretty bad. During the first 2 days of my period, my cramps are really intense and my whole lower back is stiff and painful. I take 2 Ibuprofens every 2 hours, which helps, but is frowned upon by my doctor, but I haven't found a good alternative; and if I take less it is just not bearable. When the pain medications fail me, I go home, take 2 hot water bottles and basically strap one to my abdomen and one on my lower back, (I use a blanket that I tie around my belly and my pajama pants to hold them in place) and then I try to sleep. If I can't fall asleep, I let hot water into my bathtub and some chamomile essence and sit in the bathtub, while I wipe away my sweat (cause the water is way too hot) with a cold washcloth. This is kind of messy to be honest, but instant pain relief for me.

Comment from: mridula, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

Menstrual cramp was a nightmare for me. I took lots of pills till I found the magnetic therapy. It provides lot of relief. Much better than alcohol or pain medications. Much less cost as well.

Comment from: MridulaD, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

Menstrual cramp was a nightmare for me. I took lots of pills till I found the magnetic therapy. It provides me a lot of relief. Much better than alcohol or pain medications. Much less cost as well.

Comment from: Chef Ceci, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I'm a chronic pain sufferer and my menstrual cramps rival my nerve pain. My cramps have been bad since I was 12 and I used to be on birth control but ever since my first visit to the gynecologist when I had a period that just wouldn't end I have stopped taking it. I take a low estrogen pill every day and stopping my period that way keeps me much healthier now.

Comment from: percy09, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I've had horrible cramps ever since my first period at 13. My symptoms included extreme pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and I was basically incapacitated for a whole day. When I was young I used to visualize myself walking through a field of flowers to take my mind off the pain. When I got older, I started taking ibuprofen, 600 mg every 4 to 6 hours as soon as I felt a twinge of cramps. I would wait 20 minutes and if the cramps worsened, I would take 2 shots of whiskey quickly. The ibuprofen followed by whiskey remedy worked 85 to 90 percent of the time. Of course I would have to go home from work sick before I could use this remedy, but it really works!

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Comment from: Callie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I've just about always had 'rolling on the floor crying, cursing at everything' menstrual cramps. I hate taking pills but have tried codeine mix pain killers and even Percocet. Neither did a thing. My relief now is Excedrin, calcium supplements, heating pad, and exercise. Sometimes I'll have some hot ginger tea, especially if I'm nauseous. I've found that since taking calcium supplement they have not been as excruciating, still bad though. Quitting smoking has seemed to help and although it makes me extremely crabby, limiting alcohol and coffee has helped as well. A few days before I start my period I seem to feel the need to be very active, I started my period today after hiking 2 days in a row which is not like me and my cramps are bearable today.

Comment from: MEL, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 15

Ever since the age of 16, I have had very severe cramps and back pain and am usually bed ridden the first two days of my pre-menstrual symptoms (PMS). I recently hired a personal trainer that I work out with once a week and I go to gym classes twice a week in addition to that. I just got my period and I have no symptoms! It's the work outs that I have been doing with my trainer. He really pushes me and I would never have exercised that hard on my own. Trust me I have tried absolutely everything and this was the only thing that really worked and was good for me!

Comment from: kn05, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

The first 2 days of my periods are extremely painful. I usually have to take regular doses of ibuprofen or some other NSAID every 4 to 6 hours, otherwise I start vomiting or feel super nauseated. The medication helps if taken on time, i.e., sometime before or immediately after my period starts. Engaging in activities like watching my favorite shows, reading a good book, browsing, playing board games or even hanging out with friends and loved ones helps me de-stress, hence relieving the pain. A hot shower or applying heat to my abdominal area helps. I also find drinking cocoa or just a having a bar of regular chocolate helps in managing the pain.

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

When I was a teenager up to my early 20s, I used to take 1 Midol in the morning and it was enough to stop the cramping. Now, I've stopped taking Midol and found that drinking lots of water and doing exercises that focus on my abdomen and pelvic area in between cycles really lessens the pain when my cycle starts. But sometimes when the pain is a little too much, I rest with a heating pad for a while.

Comment from: Kelly M., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I've had terrible cramps ever since I had my first period at 16. A couple of years ago I had a copper IUD placed (I've had pulmonary embolisms so copper IUD is my only option for birth control) and now the cramps are even worse. However, if I take ibuprofen before the pain gets really awful, it isn't as bad. I also use a heating pad or take a hot shower, which helps a lot.

Comment from: Namley, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 16

I have had most miserable cramps since the first period. Obscene amounts of ibuprofen coupled with Tylenol, heating pad and exercise gave some relief. Strangely enough I have noted that when on an antibiotic for frequent sinus infections, I have no cramps! Go figure! Also of note, if you read the fine print on allergy medications, they have a side effect of menstrual cramps.

Comment from: BionicEye, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I've had horrible menstrual cramps, pelvic and lower backache since I first got my period. The only thing that works is prescription mefenamic acid. One time, even that didn't work; I had to take a Percocet. It's driving me nuts as my doctors think I might have endometriosis. I'm also infertile. The pain has caused me to faint at least 5 times in an hour before. Not even hot water bottles help when it's that bad. I think I have a good pain tolerance. I broke my arm before, and that hurt more than the cramps.

Comment from: raekl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I have had horrible cramps since I got my period 18 years ago. I have tried them all - NSAIDS, heat, rest, exercise, birth control etc. Sometimes these remedies work but not often. A couple of years ago when I was in school for massage therapy, our hydrotherapy teacher suggested an ice pack to the abdomen for cramps. I thought it was kind of a crazy suggestion but it actually works for me. The reason ice helps is because the muscle is "spasming", so to speak. Also, it helps to decrease the flow of bleeding. If you think of normal first aid principles, you would apply ice to other spasming/bleeding/swollen areas to help reduce the symptoms of injury and pain.

Comment from: mo, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I've found that eating just half a banana before the menstrual cramps get really bad, usually when I first notice the bleeding, helps and I feel fine. And my cramps are usually very bad.

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Comment from: KittenUK, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I'm 20, I first had period when I was 12. For the last 5 to 6 years it has been a nightmare every month. Thank goodness I am in pain only the first day or two from the start of bleeding and it doesn't last the whole week. But lately I feel like the pain is getting stronger. I used to get painkillers as soon as the pain took over (I kept hoping I just won't be in pain in spite of it happening every single month), but now that doesn't really help. I think I will try to start drinking painkillers couple of days before the period and hope it will help. Because as you all know, that pain just makes you want to curl up somewhere, cry and sob until it's over and then sob some more.

Comment from: ricannblkhunie, 25-34 Female Published: September 11

I have been getting my period since the age of nine. I have had bad cramps since I started. I vomit up to 5 times a day. I can't eat so I just vomit stomach acids. Even when my period is over my stomach is still sore from all the pain. Motrin used to be my best friend and would take away my pain, but my body started rejecting it and now I have nothing. I go through the pain each month trying to find something to help but I have yet to find my magic remedy or pill. Using a heating pad sometimes helps but I have to be sweating from it in order for my body to completely relax to feel better. I miss days from work and no one seems to understand the pain is unbearable!

Comment from: kokomo19, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 11

I have gotten horrible cramps for the last 6-7 years or so. I get really sweaty, diarrhea nausea, they go down my legs, and I pretty much just lay or crouch in pain. I call in sick all the time because I can't get up. I've tried hot baths, showers, heating pads, every pain killer that is out there, and several prescription pain killers. Motrin 800 doesn't prevent the cramps, but it's the only one that has made them less severe for me. I've tried several birth control pills, which always help, but then the side effects I get from them are sometimes not any better than the cramps!

Comment from: stressisa4letterword, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I will take two ibuprofen (not Midol or Tylenol) when I first get the familiar symptoms just before my period (gassy, bloated, kind of a diarrhea-type feeling). If it's bad enough, I'll supplement it with one of those other over-the-counter PMS medications containing ibuprofen and an antihistamine instead of acetaminophen and caffeine, which is less effective and can make you agitated and restless. The medication needs to have some form of diuretic in it to reduce the bloated, gassiness feelings. I recommend that you wear comfortable pajamas, lie on your back with a pillow under your knees and one between your knees. Drink an herbal tea designed for PMS (you can find them at your local health food store). Place a heat pack on your uterus. Read a book, draw, watch TV, surf the Internet or sleep. Calming music, fresh clean sheets and the ambiance of a fan also help. Tell everyone not to disturb you for the next few hours.

Published: July 25

I have had success taking magnesium (you also need calcium to release the magnesium from your cells - but be careful not to take too much calcium or you'll use up all the magnesium). The pain gradually got less and after about three months I had almost no pain. Some people also recommend omega 3 (not 6).

Comment from: AshleyJ, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

I have very bad menstrual cramps, unbearable usually the first 2 days which includes vomiting, diarrhea, and sometimes even sharp pains. I have experienced this since I was 13 and I am now 20. Also I have difficulties swallowing pills, nothing I try helps with the pain!

Comment from: AceMatters, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

When I first started my period it wasn't so bad. But as I got up in high school my cramps were bad! Every month I had to miss my first 2 days of my period because the pain was so bad! I throw up, get headaches, and feel hot and till this day I still have it hard during my first 2 days, and I'm now 26. I have tried everything, I mean everything, and I can't find not one solution for my cramps.

Comment from: Amie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I drink a lot of water and I let my mind think that it's not really painful when I get menstrual cramps.

Comment from: Kris, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I fill up a water bottle with really hot water or have my dog lay across my abdomen where it hurts I also take 4-6 ibprofen all of it helps some Enough to make me not want to cry anymore.

Comment from: Divs, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

Placing heating pad on the abdomen and taking naps...drinking warm liquids hepls temporarily but amazingly.

Comment from: Gellie, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

When I had my first menstruation, I didn't feel anything. But as the months go by, pain on my belly and pelvis area shows up and it's getting worse every month. Now it's unbearable. I drink lots of water and take a hot bath – it helps relieve my pain. I also take a rest and when I wake up it's gone. But then I know there will be more pain.

Comment from: Turks, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I have found that getting my back adjusted by a chiropractor drastically reduces cramps. I am speaking from experience – I used to take 6-8 painkillers a day. Now I take none.

Comment from: bried90, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

I am a 22 year old woman. I've had my period since the age of 12. Today is the first time I have ever felt such extreme pain. I couldn't figure it out at first, but I realized it is cramps. I tried painkillers, a heating pad, hot shower, etc. I can't find anything to soothe this constant ache. I want to crouch and just cry.

Comment from: Google, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I am 30.I have menstrual cramps so bad since I was 12 years old. The pain was terrible I was in bed for four days. Then the doctor put me on a birth control shot called Depo-Provera. It stopped my period for four years. Then I went off of it and I have my period back again. The cramps are bad but not as bad now, but I flow hard and pass blood clots.

Comment from: Painful, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I have had my period since the age of 13. The day I started, I had cramps. I have tried using Advil, Motrin, Vicodin, heating pads, walking, and lying down. I still continue to have bad cramps, headaches, mood swings and heavy bleeding. My doctor has even tried many forms of birth control pills, but nothing seems to help the pain. I feel like the older that I get, the worse the pain gets.

Comment from: Porchia, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I am a 21-year-old young lady and have been getting cramps since my first period. I get migraines, which make me aware that I'm about to start, and the cramping lasts for three days. The only thing I find helpful is staying on top of it. It's not fun, but I take pills at least a day before my scheduled cycle and drink warm or hot drinks to soothe my muscles. I also use a heating pad and try to relax as much as possible.

Published: September 25

I'm currently in South Korea where drug usage is nonexistent. For my cramps, I usually use herbal meditation to calm me down, and relax my muscles. A heating pad, hot tea and a good book seems to do the trick.

Comment from: ginger, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I found that if I take Advil three to four days prior to my period that my periods are less painful. I also suffered from bad PMS, tender breast, sadness, anger, you name it. My vision was even off if you know what I mean. I started taking a multi vitamin with calcium and magnesium and within a couple of months I was no longer suffering from the PMS. I haven't had any symptoms for over a year now, so please start taking your vitamins. I take Advil before period and take 2 every 4 to 5 hours the first 2 days of my period to keep the pain tolerable. Not fun, but some relief.

Comment from: Shelbie, 13-18 Female Published: August 22

I am 15 years old, and I started my period when I was 9. I have severe cramps. I vomit, wake up in cold sweats in the middle of the night and can't fall back asleep. I am extremely irate with anyone who touches me, my upper legs hurt, my lower back and stomach cramp up. I have yet to find a sure way to help ease my pain. I've tried herbal teas, pain relievers, strong pain relievers, light exercise, heat packs, warm baths, hot showers, and even sleeping for long hours. Nothing seems to help.

Comment from: Lucy, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 22

During my period, I experience mild discomfort lasting for a few days before escalating to a high level. This intense pain lasts up to 12 hours. It tends to accompany nausea, elevated temperature and headaches, and can wake me from deep sleep and inhibit normal, everyday activity. A little careful massage can help. Constant heat (careful not to burn yourself – I did this once!) on the lower abdomen while lying down helps even more. If the pain is sufficiently intense, I take an over-the-counter ibuprofen combined with codeine – although I am always cautious with medication of this strength.

Published: July 15

The only way to ease my pain is to take extra-strength Midol and Advil and apply two heat bags, one to my lower abdomen and one to my lower back. I have severe cramps, and I also get nausea, but nothing seems to help that.

Published: July 08

Heating pads seem to be the only things that help me. Applying heat to my lower back helps my muscles relax. Once the pain subsides a bit, doing some light exercise also seems to help. My cramps also induce nausea though, and nothing seems to help that except curling up into a ball and waiting it out.

Published: June 30

I have severe cramps and Midol maximum strength is the only medicine strong enough to take away the pain. I also use a heating pad and lay either on my stomach or sit on my knees and curl into a ball. Concentrating on taking deep breaths during the worst pain sometimes helps too.

Published: June 30

I take mefanamic acid after many years of trying to find a remedy! My cramps are in the severe range of being sick, pains in legs and not knowing whether to stand up and walk or curl up and sleep! Mefenamic acid, a short nap when I get in from work (or mid afternoon if I am not in work) and a hot pack on my abdomen usually helps to ease the pain!

Published: June 25

I take ibuprofen and then put a warm rice bag on my stomach.

Comment from: wings, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I agree with the person who suggested Magnesium, except that I suggest Magnesium Citrate, which is absorbed better by the body. It is best if it is taken with calcium (or better yet -- calcium citrate.) I have had severe cramps for over 10 years, although they have gotten a little better with time. I also have found that eating Salmon and other forms of Omega 3 a few days before the period starts is helpful.

Comment from: Hanna, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

About every six months or so, I have very severe cramps that cause me to pass out, vomit, cry, and moan. I don't have any more energy for anything else. Every time, I almost go to the emergency room. The only thing that helps me is to take some very, very strong pain relievers that put me to sleep. My gyno hasn't given me any other recommendations, but she believes I have ovarian cysts.

Comment from: Dani34, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

I'm 18 years old, and I got my period when I was 10 years old. I experience bad cramps every month (gassiness, diarrhea, lower back pain, abdomen and upper leg pains). The pains are so severe that they wake me up in the middle of the night. I am unable to get comfortable. I have tried the heating pad, and it works the times when I am able to relax my muscles. Sometimes, I am in so much pain that I am constantly tightening my muscles and the heating pad does not have a chance to work. Taking three Advils instead of two has seemed to help a little bit, although I still get cramps, they are not as severe.

Comment from: Aurora, 25-34 Female Published: August 14

My period is of the nature that I have to sleep with a towel on my bed to prevent complete ruination of my sheets. However I find for the cramps that if I do (and this may sound silly) Greer Childers Body Flex which stretches the body and increases the oxygen to the blood that the cramps subside until I am done. A long, hot shower, Ibuprofen, heating pad, pillows and (most importantly) Chocolate are just what I need to help calm the cramps and nausea. Good luck ladies, it's nice to know that I am not alone in the painful period corner.

Published: July 28

I have used an electric heating pad which has soothed the pain.

Published: July 22

Every time I exercise about 2 weeks prior to actually getting my period, I get very bad cramps and if I exercise for more than 10 minutes, they get severe and don't stop till maybe 20-30 minutes after, sometimes more. Does that happen to any of you? I think I'm the only one this happens to.

Published: July 28

You are probably just ovulating- this happens midway through your cycle. When I ovulate, I tend to get pretty severe cramping on the side that the egg is coming from (so it alternates from month to month. I don't think it has anything to do with you exercizing. You should take some Aleve or something to minimize the pain.

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