How do you deal with cramps?

Hentialover Hentialover
Most of us go through this, and every now and again it acts up super bad. So, what do you try when you hurt to much?
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Zombirella Zombirella
Two Maximum strength Pamprin or Midol. If I can, try a nap and hope the pills take the pain away by the time I wake up!
05/25/2013
eri86 eri86
I pop some ibuprofen. Thankfully my cramps only last a day or so and aren't all that bad.
05/25/2013
kendra30752 kendra30752
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Originally posted by Hentialover
Most of us go through this, and every now and again it acts up super bad. So, what do you try when you hurt to much?
Honestly, with whatever method means relief. I have intense cramps that I can't even breathe through, so by the time I've experienced them several times in a day, I'll be doing whatever necessary to get relief. The intensity of mine are due to endometriosis, and lately, I've been able to get it under control really well -- to where when they do strike, they only last for less than a whole minute and are spaced out. I'll have to grab onto something nearby too. I've went down before with those suckers, so I try to make sure I have some way of holding up when it strikes. For some reason, they're sudden & automatically makes me go for the ground. Anyways, some "interferences" have caused it to come back and be a more regular problem for me when I'd worked hard to get it to a controllable level. The good thing is, they are spaced out, so I have time to get somewhere comfortable & find something for relief.

I was taking pain medication and anxiety meds for it, but found almost complete relief with natural remedies (aloe vera = life saver!), but everytime I go to a doctor or dentist, they manage to send me right back into the pits (either with their vaccines I refuse multiple times or a year-long course of non-stop antiobiotics.) So I am now trying to control the problem for the second time since I found relief, which was only one year ago!

Anyways, now, I automatically eat aloe vera once I feel the pain. It usually soothes things quickly, and sometimes, I will even be able to carry on my day afterward. Other times, pain meds are necessary or else I'm a wreck.

Herbal teas like Oolong and Rooibos have been somewhat helpful to me too. Let's see, wheatgrass is helpful for some people. I can't tell if it really affects mine personally though. It does help with the fatigue if you eat it/take it regularly. I also try to keep my energy levels up as much as possible when my menstrual comes, so wheatgrass, lots of oil-pulling (with either EVO or virgin sunflower oil) and drink a load of water. Sounds like these things would not be helpful, but they have been amazing for me. The oil-pulling is a life saver for my health in general & I'll do it a few days in a row when necessary such as when I can tell I'm in some kind of freak toxic overload or having crappy period symptoms and I'll feel like a new person.

Personally, nothing OTC has ever helped in the slightest for me. I do take BC Powders for the week long migraine right before my cycle happens. They help magnificently, but I really hate when it gets to the point to where I have to resort to the pain meds & BC, but I've finally came to this conclusion: I can sit here and live my life in pain, hardly able to move and not having fun or acheiving anything, or I can take that blasted BC or medication and get on with my life. That's just what it came down to for me, on some days & I do what I feel necessary to get by without suffering to an ridiculous level & I feel pretty lucky that I can even get relief because there are some who don't get that luxury, even with medication.

Anyways, I hope you find something that helps give you some relief. Have you ever noticed a decrease in pain/symptoms when you've eaten garlic? Garlic cloves can be really helpful for tons of things, and I eat it often just for the benefits. Seems like when I've done all this healthy stuff -- drank the loads of water, drank the seabuckthorn extract and oil, and wheatgrass and whatever else, then when it does come time for a flare up, it's not near as bad & I feel like I get through the cycle with little problems. Just keeping with it can be hard!
05/25/2013
butts butts
Raspberry leaf tea. Testosterone therapy eventually will stop my cycle (thank GOD) but in the mean time, it's awful! Raspberry leaf tea doesn't mess with your hormones and it's super soothing for your lower muscles, I'd highly recommend it.
05/25/2013
Woman China Woman China
Yoga, exercise and a healthy diet seems to have reduced my periods to basically nothing, with virtually no cramping any more.
05/25/2013
ChloStick ChloStick
When I feel less then stellar, I eat fresh fruit. I especially love mangos. Fresh food, and tea in general helps. And if that doesn't work, I find that greasy burgers are under rated.
05/25/2013
Angel Baby Angel Baby
I have BAD cramps and heavy flow. I love a heating pad! A beer works wonders too. Sometimes I feel that Tylenol only slightly numbs the pain though. Honestly a little bit of liquor or a beer go a long way. I know I sound horrid but gosh my cramps are so bad.
05/25/2013
Angel Baby Angel Baby
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Originally posted by kendra30752
Honestly, with whatever method means relief. I have intense cramps that I can't even breathe through, so by the time I've experienced them several times in a day, I'll be doing whatever necessary to get relief. The intensity of mine are ... More
I've never heard of eating aloe for cramps. In what form are you taking it? Dried and powdered in caplets or what? I'm curious.
05/25/2013
snowminx snowminx
Suffer lol

Umm I take pills and hope I don't throw them up. It usually takes around an hour and a half for it finally to go away. I'm hoping that by taking the pill my periods will get better.
05/25/2013
ChaiMocha ChaiMocha
When they're really bad, I take some aleve, turn off the lights, curl up into a ball on my bed and listen to an audiobook or movie that I've already seen a million times but still love. Eating Pineapple always makes me feel better as well, both for cramps and for really bad headaches.
05/25/2013
GingerSpice GingerSpice
heating pad helps me and chocolate...lol, well maybe not really, but chocolate is always good...
05/25/2013
mdnght mdnght
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Originally posted by Hentialover
Most of us go through this, and every now and again it acts up super bad. So, what do you try when you hurt to much?
Pain killers, lots of water (since it's supposed to help), and chocolate.
05/25/2013
Gamerchick69 Gamerchick69
pills
05/26/2013
KinkyKatieJames KinkyKatieJames
Exercise mostly. Lots of stretching helps me. I have endometriosis though, so often there is nothing that helps. I end up curling into a ball and trying to sleep through most of the week.
05/27/2013
Intrepid Niddering Intrepid Niddering
Aleve. I should actually change to something else soon, probably. I used to take ibuprofen, but that stopped working, so I switched to acetaminophen, then that stopped working, so I moved to whatever Aleve is, but that's starting to lose its effectiveness.

If I take the painkillers before the cramps start, then I can usually avoid feeling them. If the cramps have already started even the slightest bit, if I take pills right then, I'm going to feel them getting worse regardless for the next four to six hours.

Unfortunately, recently, if I take Aleve before the pain has started, I'm find for the next eight hours, take my second pill, then for the next four to six hours, I have increasing pain from the cramps breaking through, then two to four hours after that, they start to slowly decrease.

If I don't take -anything- I have a tendency to pass out because of the pain.
05/27/2013
oneeyedoctopus oneeyedoctopus
I get lower back pain. I stretch out my back, try to get more sleep, and take some ibuprofen.
05/29/2013
TiffanyW TiffanyW
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Originally posted by Hentialover
Most of us go through this, and every now and again it acts up super bad. So, what do you try when you hurt to much?
I drink Rose Bud tea. And heating pads are amazing!
05/29/2013
gwenevieve gwenevieve
massage, heating, and marijuana.
no pills for me, thanks
05/29/2013
bog bog
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Originally posted by butts
Raspberry leaf tea. Testosterone therapy eventually will stop my cycle (thank GOD) but in the mean time, it's awful! Raspberry leaf tea doesn't mess with your hormones and it's super soothing for your lower muscles, I'd highly recommend it.
I drink raspberry leaf tea, too!
05/30/2013
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by Hentialover
Most of us go through this, and every now and again it acts up super bad. So, what do you try when you hurt to much?
Pamprin...double the recommended dose.
06/06/2013
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