Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I've been researching ways to lessen cramps during PMS (aka "dysmenorrhea") because I've always had extremely painful periods. A macrobiotic friend told me that eliminating milk can help. Has anyone else tried this? Did it work for you?
I did try eliminating dairy for a while, and I didn't have bad cramps that time around, but eventually I slid back into being a dairy-consumer because I've always loved dairy: milk, cheese, you name it. I've even been accused of being a "dairy-aholic" and I agree. That was definitely me.
But now I'm desperate for answers because I am not functional for about two days a month, and sometimes the pain even wakes me up in the middle of the night.
I've tried lots of things to ease the pain (heating pad, taking aleve the day before it starts, then taking aleve continuously throughout, epsom salt baths in very hot water, heating patches, massages, magnesium oil massage) but now I'm starting to think about ways to prevent the extreme pain altogether.
Suggestions I've read about on Sparkpeople and WebMD-type sites: eliminate sodium and sugar from your diet, eat more whole grains/whole fruits and veggies, take more B6/calcium/magnesium, take a multi-vitamin.
Sometimes people mention using herbs like St. John's Wort for PMS, but I don't take that because it has risks for people like me with bipolar disorder.
Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated, as I am desperate for some relief!