My Painful "Monthly Challenge" - Input Please

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Every month since I was 12 years old, I've had to deal with a visit from "Aunt Flo", as it's been called. About 6 months after my menstrual cycles began, I started having really bad pain. Over the years, I've had to deal with this...no treatment, including surgery, has stopped it. Of course, the last resort its a hysterectomy emoticon, which I've been holding off on because I don't have children yet.

So...now that I've started my journey to a healthier Diva, every month I do really well until period time. The pain, fatigue and nausea make it hard/impossible for me to exercise. I also don't eat as much because of the nausea, and I have cravings for unhealthy foods (chocolate, salty stuff, etc.). I also have PMS for 3 to 7 days before my period, which can bring the same symptoms and hardships with it. That's about a third to almost half of the month. So after my period ends, I have usually gained a pound or two back.

Anybody have any input on what I can do to help me with this monthly hurdle, please feel feel free to comment or inbox me. Thanks!

Crampy but Still Smiling ~ Diva emoticon
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    I live on tylenol and ibuprofen during that time. I also take red raspberry suppplements for the week before and all through, and that seems to help some as well. I have a book titled 'Menstrual Cramps self help book' by Susan M Lark, MD. It's from 93, updated in 95, so you'd have to try to find it used. I haven't tried all the stuff in it, but it has a LOT of information. Hmm, I have a few other suggestions but I'll send you a mail.
    2829 days ago
    Midol and none of the other pain meds have worked for you? Have you tried warm compresses as well? Like Amanda, exercise usually eases the pain that have during that time. I'm not going to lie when it comes to food cravings if I don't get what I want then it haunts me like a ghost so I indulge in moderation. If you don't want any junk at all, then fruits with a spread like peanut butter or nutella are awesome. Maybe you can talk to your doctor about a physical therapist or someone who specializes in cases with women who have severe abdominal pain. They're out there; I've seen some on t.v. (now I wish I paid more attention to the names). Also, talk to your doctor about your diet during that time of the month. Maybe there are certain foods, which could make the nausea worse, that you could avoid and there are other foods that may be less irritating to ingest during that time. Lastly, you can ask about natural supplements that help with nausea and indigestion so then you won't have to limit your options too much.

    I hope you feel better. emoticon
    2831 days ago
    First of all don't get a hysterectomy unless you absolutely need one. That is the doctors cure for every woman problem known to man. As for the pain I'm not really sure what to tell you. For me exercising seems to stop the pain, but I know that it can sometimes be difficult getting to the gym when you feel this way. Maybe give it a go and see how you feel afterwards. Try not to eat that crap that you are craving and try replacing it with some sweet fruit like strawberries or raspberries. This may also help.
    I hope some of this helps!

    2831 days ago
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