The Curse Times 10 - W3.D2

Monday, May 03, 2010

Whoever said exercise will reduce your cramps...I want to kill them. I am firm believer of not carrying a gun (I have my reasons), but if that person was standing on my lawn today I would need a good chunk of bail money because dude would be D-E-A-D, dead!

I have been cursed all my life with serious cramps. They usually fall on the 2nd day of my period and then the rest of the time its manageable, but that 2nd day is absolute hell. I feel sick to my stomach. I can't sleep. I scream out for help. Today is that day. And while I thought all this working out and eating healthy might work in my favor today, it simply did not. I woke up a few times last night in agony. At 5am I was in so much pain I could only sleep for about 5 minutes at a time, waking up now and again to cry out. Hubby brought me ibuprofen and hot tea (my usual cures), and still 2 hours later I was playing that same game of sleep-scream-sleep. I called off work.

About an hour or so later, I was back to least to manageable discomfort. I'm exhausted. I'm sore. I want to sleep but need to study for school. I still have classes tonight. I have a 30 minute walk and some strength training ahead of me. (Nope, not skipping it...I might be slow tonight but I will not ruin my streak when I'm already 10% done!)

I should be thankful because I realized with the lifestyle change happening mid-April, I missed a month for my period. Finally my body is getting back on track with itself. This should make me happy, but instead I feel like I'm being punished for having one blissful month without this pain.

If anyone has any home remedies, please shout 'em out. As for what I plan to do now? I'm calling the doctor this week to get an appointment so that I can discuss BC methods which seriously reduce or even end this one-day-a-month hell I find myself in again and again. I've got the rest of my life (somewhat) under control...I'm not about to let this take me down!

(On a positive note, I broke out the blender today and hubby and I had a yummy strawberry-banana smoothie! It was heaven and I feel much better now! *lol*)
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    I had awful cramps yesterday, too!! I can usually just deal with the pain, it doesn't really bother me (I had an ectopic pregnancy in 2006, and I wasn't treated til my entire tube was torn to shreds and I was bleeding to death-literally, because I had not considered the pain to be serious enough to worry haha, I gave it a 4 on the pain scale), but I too had to succumb to meds...and not just a little! I ended up knocked out on two ibuprofen that didn't work, and three Tylenol PM that DID haha.

    Glad you're feeling better! I had tea also...didn't work :-/ Here's to a better day to us!!
    4067 days ago
  • ALG5171
    THere's a spark article (I think in diet and nutirition) about this very topic and it's recommendations totally helped me with mine.
    4067 days ago
    Thanks everyone! Had another painful couple hours on my way to school and through the first class. After that the meds kicked in, the pain subsided and I actually walked a mile and a half tonight! Now to do my ST and finish up some homework. Planning on going to bed not too late tonight (early is too much to ask in the last week of school before finals...I'm just sayin'.)
    4068 days ago
  • DLEE27
    emoticon So sorry to hear that you're feeling so crummy. One thing that helped me when I had bad cramps was to lay on my back with my feet elevated. Like, I would lay on the living room floor with my legs on the couch. That and the heating pad combined usually helped. Boo. I hope you feel better soon! emoticon
    4068 days ago
    Hmmmm ... hot water bottle on the stomach?! Sorry I know that was a lame one but hey, every little helps! BC is the only non-lame thing that I can think of and even that you thought up all by yourself!!!!

    I'm amazed that you're continuing your streak good on you! Perhaps that feeling of accomplishment will get you through next months day 2?!?! Yep OK I'll just shut up now!!!!! Teehee!
    4068 days ago
    BC should help a lot. In the meantime, I think that hydration and ibuprofen is key. Glad to hear that you are keeping your exercise streak up.
    4068 days ago
    I sure hope you are doing better...I don't have any remedies for you, but thought I'd just share this little bit with you...I have polycystic ovarian disease...basically I have a lot of little cysts all over my ovaries which reeks havoc on your entire reproductive system...took me 10 years to have my first child! One of the perks, however, has always been that I don't have a TOM with out inducing one with I've only had one every 3 -4 months for as long as I can remember. Well, for the last probably 3 months now, I am now getting one EVERY month like clock work! UGH! This sucks! So, this wonderful healthy lifestyle change does bring us some not so welcome gifts sometimes, as well! I'm looking at it as it really is the healthier way...the less meds I have to take the better, right?!

    Well, good luck finding some remedies and also with your doc...I've heard birth control is awesome nowadays with all the options available!

    As always,
    Stay Strong!!
    4068 days ago
    I hear ya sister! I almost fell to my knees in the grocery store yesterday.
    I have one of those microwavable heat cushions filled with oats and who knows what else. I usually nuke it for a few minutes and place it over the offending area. Usually that, some midol and the fetal position is about all that makes me feel even a little bit better.

    Luckily for me, I'm on a birth control where I only get my period once every three months (also helps control symptoms of PCOS), so I don't have to deal with it as often, but when it comes it comes with a vengeance!

    Feel better and keep up the good work! emoticon
    4068 days ago
  • JAKI1027
    BC helps me a lot. I have horrible cramps for the first day of my period every month!!! its terrible, i cry a lot because of the massive pain. i lay in bed all day because i cant move. i used to call out of work once a month, they got really pissed about it, but i couldnt help it!

    then i got on BC and i still get cramps but NOTHING like that at all!!!! Im on ortho-cept, I actually just switched because my old BC (ortho tri cyclen lo) worked for about a year and a half and then my massive cramps came back!!! but everyone is different so go with what the doctor tells you, you're going to have to try different ones until you find the one that works for you. Give yourself at least 3 months on one type of pill before deciding it isnt for you. My mom says give it 6.

    When i switched birth controls my period got heavier and i thought it really wasn't helping after three months, but this is the fourth month on it and i just had a LOVELY period week haha. hardly any cramps. and they were definitely manageable!!!

    BC is the only thing that helps me.
    4068 days ago
  • KILA1228
    I hope you start to feel better! The things women have to suffer through!! LOL Have a great day!!!
    4068 days ago
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