Patient Comments: Menstrual Cramps - Experiences

How often do you experience menstrual cramps?

Comment from: CoachClaudia, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

I have experienced severe menstrual cramps since my first period. After the birth of my daughter in 2001 the pain was bearable and required very minimal pain relief. In 2005 I had my son and all was well for 3 years. The pain is back with a vengeance and since 2011 I am suffering from severe cramps, leg pain, backache that my family is now in tears when they see my curled up. I have tried all the NSAIDs, tylenol, Pamprin, Advil you name them. I've had to call out from work on the 3rd and final days of my period. The last day is the worst!! Sitting over a hot water with a heated pad gives a little relief. HELP. Calling my gyno today, this is it. I am 35 and I've been struggling since 13.

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Comment from: pret, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

I have been getting severe menstrual cramps from the beginning. Someone told me it reduces after the delivery, but now I have a 16 months baby and I still experience severe pain, this time I tried taking motrin 400mg and a glass of lime juice. I felt much better.

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Comment from: Unknown, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 07

I'm 26 and started menstruating at 14. I experience menstrual cramps on monthly basis. These cramps started at 19 and during my cycle I experience severe pains on the abdomen, lower back ache for 5days. I feel nausea & loss of appetite especially on the 1st day. Heavy bleeding such that I've to change after every 2 hours for the 1st 3 days, then light bleeding the last 2days. I also experience pms 3days prior to my monthly period. What are the best pain relievers, I usually use diclofenac but it does not help.

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Comment from: Kara, Female Published: January 31

I'm 15 and I have just started having continuous cramps for 8 days straight every period for about 5 months now. I've tried many different pain killers, even over the counter and my best relief is sitting in the shower letting the warm pressured water hit my bladder area. I wish there were more long lasting solutions.

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Comment from: Deidre, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

Regularly, usually every months but the pain varies. Some months it is very light, other months it is SO painful that the pain goes into my lower back - much like labor pains! The only thing that helps me is a very strong dose of Jamaica Ginger. I will be 51 and STILL get my periods! Sigh, enough already!!

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Comment from: Betharu, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 11

I am 44. I had severe cramps on the first day of my period into my mid-20's. This has subsided. Now, I just have very bad back pain - which I don't even attempt to alleviate with medication as 4 Advil don't even touch the symptoms. But now, I have cramps around Day 3-4 of my period. Just lovely! I am ready to be rid of this monthly thing!

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Comment from: Cheryl, 25-34 Female Published: September 27

I am 26 and I feel the pain has worsened with age. One month it's sort of tolerable, the other month, it's painful. I never thought I would have to skip work & the very thought of doing so makes me feel handicapped 2 days a week. For the first time it has freaked me out. I suffer from PMS as well. I try to kill the pain with panadol or some prescription from the chemist. I am still trying to figure out what's best for me, and I just hope that it reduces with age.

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Comment from: granny#1, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

I am 40 years old and never experienced cramps until I got my tubes tied at the age of 27.Now I have severe cramps every month that are debilitating. I can't get out of bed for 2 days the pain is so bad. Usually I don't cramp until the bleeding has already started, midol use to be my best friend now that doesn't seem to work. I've talked to many doctors I even had that ablation that slowed the bleeding to almost nothing but has done nothing for the cramps.

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