for women only (and OB nurses?)

  1. Ok, I just wanted to ask all the women of the board: what do you do to alleviate cramps? How effective is it? When do you know when the pain is abnormal enough to see a doc about it?
    My gynecologist has given me meds for the pain in the past, but nothing that really helps. I think I'm going to see a new doc because he really isn't helping me at all.
    I would consider a hyst at this point, and I'm only 26 so I can't imagine anyone in their right mind would do it for me.
    So far today I have: taken a warm bath, taken 1600 mg of ibuprofen, used a heating pad, vomited (which I do *every* month because of the pain), even the 'M' word (that helps... as does sex.... same concept)... and now I'm still in pain, shaky, icky... and I have a class to go to and work tonight.
    Any brilliant ideas?
  2. 51 Comments

  3. by   sunnygirl272
    new doctor, sweets!!!
    this does not sound normal to me,....and it sounds lik eyou are doing all the possible self-help things....
  4. by   sunnygirl272
    does the heat help at all? if it does, those thermacare things rock...they make one for "This Problem" .
  5. by   delirium
    My sisters don't have it this bad. On my recent cancer scan, though, there was nothing abnormal about my reproductive organs and I think that's why the doc isn't pressed about it.

    I've always thought that men can be good gynecologists despite the fact that, well, they are men. But now I'm beginning to change my mind because I know for sure this doctor has never experienced the sort of pain that I am in every month, or he wouldn't dismiss it so easily.

    I am so freakin' miserable. And the rest of the weeks of the month I spend dreading the next one.
  6. by   delirium
    Originally posted by sunnygirl272
    does the heat help at all? if it does, those thermacare things rock...they make one for "This Problem" .
    You know what? I don't know if it does or not, its just something I've always done because its "supposed" to help.

    The bath doesn't help, but I do it everytime because I think I'll feel better. I never do. I'm kind of stupid in that regard, I guess. This time I had the heating pad and a cold washcloth on my forehead because I felt so hot and I was afraid I'd vomit again.

    I can't really go back to bed for an appreciable length of time because I have a class to go to later.
  7. by   sunnygirl272
    well,, seems lik eif the heating pad did help, you would notice...right?
  8. by   NS_RN
    ummmm...whats the "M" word...I'm stumped!LOL
  9. by   delirium
    I'd have to experiment.

    I am usually so desperate to get rid of the pain that I do all the interventions at once, so I'm not sure if its the meds, the heat, etc. that is making it better or a combination.

    To truly find out, I'd have to use one independent variable at a time, and that would mean I'd be in pain longer.
  10. by   delirium
    Originally posted by NS_RN
    ummmm...whats the "M" word...I'm stumped!LOL
    LOL. That's so as not to offend the easily offended on this bb.

    "M" is for masturbation
  11. by   canoehead
    If I start Motrin or ASA the day before around the clock it decreases the pain by about 50%...but I don't suffer as much as you do. Hope it helps.
  12. by   sunnygirl272
  13. by   Lausana
    Have a baby. Was throwing up, curled up in a ball, sweating/freezing, out of commission for at least a day each time pre-baby. I was never so happy to have a cramp free period afterwards...always thought it was a myth, but I count myself lucky! <going to duck and run from flying objects!>

    My friend loves those thermacare things, but they only help so much. What about birth control-could the pill be a possibility, I'm thinking I've read before that that can help

    Good luck sweetie :kiss
  14. by   delirium
    Thanks, Mel. I've actually been treated in the ER for this (if I am somewhere away from a heating pad/hot bath/lots of meds when the pain starts, I'm pretty much SOL and will end up vomiting and being miserable), and they didn't do anything but a pelvic (large clots), an STD screen (negative), an HCG level (bet you can't guess the results of that), and give me some Ultram. I usually end up dehydrated... the time in the ER my bp was really low.

    I've had really poor follow up. I've gone to see the doc and it is repeatedly dismissed. Talking about it now, I realize how much I need to see a different doctor.