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I'm suffering from really bad period pains! Any tips on how to obviate them?

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Question - (14 April 2008) 24 Answers - (Newest, 1 December 2010)
A female United Kingdom age 22-25, anonymous writes:

Hi, i'm suffering from really bad period pains! And when i'm in classes at school I don't know what to do because the pain becomes unbearable - and its not like I can just take a paracetemol because some teachers are quite strict about it! Paracetemol take ages to work on me anyway... Is there any ways that I can get rid of the pain whilst in class? My mate said to put a cushion on my stomach and hold it tightly... but i'm hardly gonna take one of them to school am I?

Anyone have any tips for me? x

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A female reader, coolcatgracie United Kingdom +, writes (1 December 2010):

Hiyaa, I know there have been a lot of answers, but just though I'd give a helping nudge. I honestly DREAD my period every month... it totally sucks. But I can say they best thing to do is get on Contraception! Not for sex... just to help. And tell you Doctor you want it for your periods aswell. In school when I came on my period... it is terrible, you can't get comfy, you want to be sick, you can't concentrate... try getting to a canteen, and get a hot drink... I suggest a hot water bottle against your lower back... I kid you not... works a treat! But in all serious... go to your doctor. They can help you SO much, they gave me tablets I take 3 times a day through out my Period and it worked :) and now I get the injection and I haven't bought tampons in years, because they have just STOPPED :) its great. Good luck sweetheart it will get better :) xxx

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (21 September 2010):

well i have the same problem with paracetamol so i tried feminax and it work wonders, whithin 5-10 minutes so this is a better option in pain relief.

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A female reader, xanthic United States +, writes (15 September 2010):

xanthic agony auntA hot bath and the use of a heating pad has always worked for me, though when you're not at home and don't have any of these things available it can be difficult to make the pain subside. Applying pressure to your stomach will definitely help, but not get rid of the pain completely.

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A female reader, loulou17 United Kingdom +, writes (15 September 2010):

I find 2 things work! Rub ur belly in a circular motion for about 10 minutes and the pain should dull down for a while or alternatively and better get some muscle rub.. Its onli 2.50-3.00 in most shops and works a miracle! Lasts agesss and you don't need to use much.. Just rub it in the areas where I hurts.. And it will start to warm up and relax ur muscles and stop the pain. In fact I'm on my way to work now with some in my bag! X

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (7 August 2010):

hi i m also 14 and in the stage of periods i can suddest u that dont take tablets for stoping ur periods bcoz it is very dangerous for u .take a cup of black tea when u feel pain and dont drink pepsi andcold water also avoid gassy vegetable and take a kuttion in ur tummy it feels good.wish u luck

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A female reader, Hayley 123 United Kingdom +, writes (29 July 2010):

I have the same problem my pain is so dreadful i can barley cope i get all sweety i am physically sick and my pain is just unbearable i cant eat and i suffer with head acs, but to be honest i have tried every thing from hot water bottles to falling a sleep i now take 4 tablets witch my doctor has provided me with Mefenamic Acid for the actual period, Motilium For the sickness Co-Codamol and Iburprofen for the pain but because my pain is so severe it doesn't get rid of it completely but it really helps and lets me get on with my day and just one other tip if you suffer with pains try to avoid using tampon's.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (28 April 2010):

I have exactly the same! i take buscapan which is actually for IBS but it really helps, they take about 10 minutes until the pain is completely gone. I was sent home today because my vision went blurry, i was sweating and throwing up so I know what its like :)

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (27 April 2009):

i suffer the same a good idea is to go on the pill i am going to my doctors tomorow hopefully and i am going to see if i can go on the pill to reduce the blood and the pain hopefully !

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (17 April 2009):

there the same problem with me, the teachers at my school dont do much to help me and i suffer really bad! , but then i tried somthing my older sister told me to do, its simple and easy .. put your head between your legs and take deep breaths. It really helps try this, i know you carnt really do this at school but you can ask to use the toliet or somthing, but thats just somwthing i suffer with too.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (12 April 2009):

i have the same problem,

paracetamol really does help, and i know the teachers are strict about it, but you could get your parents to write a note and say you are suffering frm bad headaches instead if you are embarrassed about it.

Its the only thing that helps me.

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A female reader, lpbarton United Kingdom +, writes (9 April 2009):

Hi, I feel very sorry for you as i have the sameproblem and a lot of these suggestions arent practical with school! Instead of a hot water which you cant exactly lug round with you try a heat pad which is about 1mm thick and no one see's it. If you drink coffee stay off it during and a couple of days before hand and its worth trying raspberry leaf tea capsules. This reduced the pain and how heavy they are without doing any damage! Good Luck tho as i know how awful it is!

Lsx

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A female reader, Guru1 Australia +, writes (15 April 2008):

Have you been to see a doctor to discuss. It's normal to have some pain but not a lot of pain. I had the same problem when I was your age but went undiagnosed for years. Turns out I had endometrisosis which is very treatable but causes incredible pain. I now take Naprogesic or Naprosan (an anti-inflammatory)which is specifically targetted to for period pain. You can buy it over the counter without prescription and you must take it at the first sign of blood or cramp for effectiveness. Hope this helps, all the best!

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A female reader, BigSis United Kingdom +, writes (15 April 2008):

BigSis agony auntIbuprophen is an anti-inflamatory, paracetamol is a pain relief. They can be taken together for effective relief, but personally I try very hard to avoid any pills if I can help it.

Like I said in my earlier post, natural remedies can be just as effective and much safer.

Why not go somewhere like Holland and Barratt or any health shop, or Boots, and speak to the pharmasists there, i'm sure they could recommend something for you, if you can't get to see your GP.

Here's another link to add to Tisha's one, for you:

http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/crampsmenstrual/a/cramps.htm

A Quote from it;

"Try taking a warm bath and using aromatherapy or using a heating pad on your lower abdomen or back. If you don't have a heating pad, a heating pad can be made by filling a sock with rice and heating it in the microwave.

Taking time for yourself, relaxing, and letting those around you know that you are not feeling yourself will help by reducing the stress of your everyday life that may contribute to your menstrual cramps."

BigSis xXx

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (14 April 2008):

I don't know what pactecemol is. I live in the US and here we have something called ibuprofen. Advil Liquid Gels are the BEST and they work really quickly. If you have those there, I highly recommend them!

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A reader, anonymous, writes (14 April 2008):

I have a suggestion, it could be looked upon as old fashioned though!.

I got told by my doctor that the contraceptive pill is a good moderator when it comes to heavy painful periods. It basically decreases the blood loss and the pain, ALOT!!!.

I would reccommend speaking to your doctor about it to see if it is a good idea. Your at the age of sexual activity too, so it might be nice for your parents to know that your covered there too!!.(thats if you decide to tell them, your able to go to the doctors on your own now)

Ok hope I have helped.

good luck

xx

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A female reader, i might be a girl but i can help United Kingdom +, writes (14 April 2008):

i might be a girl but i can help agony auntI know what you are going through i still suffer now again, its natural but i know very painful and than you get adults telling you stop being such a baby, my dad used to tell me off for taking so much tablets. Ther is a new tablet in my work its called feminax in pharmacys, its good for period pains, there are others like strong tablets but u need to double check which ones you can take especially if you suffer with asthma or diaabeties or anyother illness. When you are at home if you have a hot water bottle pour hot boiling water in to it and place it on your belly to ease you while you relax. Hot baths are good, take tablets just before you go to school, than four hours later which sohould be about lunch time take it again. DO NOT OVER DOSE PLEASE thank you.

good luck don't let this upset you to much and good luck in your school work. xxxxx

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A female reader, Tisha-1 United States + , writes (14 April 2008):

Tisha-1 agony auntSorry, I meant "relieve" not "relive!"

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A female reader, BigSis United Kingdom +, writes (14 April 2008):

BigSis agony auntA good old fashioned remedy, my mother swore by it and it really works.

Get some fresh leaves of mint, but if you can't get hold of any fresh, use a couple of tea~spoonfuls of dried mint ~ put it in a small saucepan, then pour about one and a half cups of cold water, slowly bring it to the boil, using a tea strainer pour the hot water in a cup. You can add a little sugar to taste, if you prefer.

It soothes away any griping pains, and stomach cramps. It's also ideal for tummy upsets, if you've been physically sick from booze or bad food.

I used to give it to my babies for gripe etc...now my daughter makes it for hers. It's 100% safe and it's natural....honestly it really works, trust me.

: )

Another thing to use which works wonders, is a lavendar~ wheat heat pack, warm it up for a couple of minutes in the microwave and lay it over your tummy. It has more or less the same effect as a hotwater bottle ~ only with the heat~pack, it moulds round your tum. Most chemists sell them so do Wilkinson's.

I hope this helps you. Take care.

BigSis xXx

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (14 April 2008):

Hi there; yes, I used to have the same problems, not only having painful periods but also very heavy and irregular. I went to the doctor and they recommended I start taking the pill; I haven't had any problems since. I would recommend trying that if it's an option- it definitely worked for me xx

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A female reader, Tisha-1 United States + , writes (14 April 2008):

Tisha-1 agony auntHi, I used to have bad period pains too. You have to stay ahead of the pain, take ibuprofen (advil) before you start your period, so that it has a chance to work before the cramps start.

Also exercise helps!

Here's a link which may give you some more information.

http://women.webmd.com/tc/relieving-menstrual-pain-topic-overview

It's such a nuisance, but if you are proactive, you can stop it before it starts, or at least help relive the worst of it.

Good luck!

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A female reader, mia_1936 United States +, writes (14 April 2008):

mia_1936 agony aunthey your friend may be right but you can take some aleve of pms pills or take a bottle of really hot water and lay on your stomach. that should ease the pain.

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A female reader, Yuna~ Canada +, writes (14 April 2008):

Yuna~ agony auntYou should talk to your doctor about it. One thing I found that reduced my period pain is when I was on birth control pills. Don't be afraid of the name birth control pills. Lots of people take it for other reasons than birth control. Maybe you can discuss with your doctor and see what she/he thinks. Hope that helps.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (14 April 2008):

hi i have been in your EXACT position, it affects me really bad too, sometimes im in actual agony for like 3 days! ive tried every single short term method there is, the only short term thing i recommend is ibuprofine-make sure you take two-take then to school and screw the teachers you cant work in excruciating agony do it when theyre not looking. As for long term solutions i find something that helps A LOT is to ensure you get a fulfilling breakfast, eat as much as you can till you feel full-overfull if possible, simple thing but for me, when im due, it is the BEST EVER thing, it dums the pain down dramatically for the WHOLE DAY. actually, other things you can do is to sit in a position leaning back slightly also relaxing and trying not to think about it does ease the pain a tiny bit. it's just my pain tends to be so side-splitting, even just thinking about people in the same agony unsettles me lol. all these things work for me, they might not for you but i SWEAR the full stomach thing helps-try it you cant go wrong!! xx

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A female reader, cheetahh United Kingdom +, writes (14 April 2008):

I KNOW EXACTLY what you are going through. I used to have this awful period pains...I mean: awful! I'd get diarrhea, fever, sweaty, i'd vomit...etc...horrible really! you should try ibuprofen instead of paracetamol. but if you want something that really helps you, you should go to a ginecologist. i want to one! and she adviced me to start taking contraceptive pills (i didn't take it for contraception but because the hormones in it make you have less pain). i really got much better!

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