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Message Board > Miscellaneous > What to do with cramps ? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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What to do with cramps ?
13 yo in tears every month.
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Date: 10/17/05 9:50 AM

Once again dd is home today. I am making a dr. appt for her. She has cramps so bad on the first day of her period that she is in tears. We have tried the Motrin, Midol etc. and they do not help.
Some months are better than others. This is a bad one. She has been in the tub and has the heating pad. Fortunately, all will be well by tonight. I have run out of suggestions since neither myself or the older dd has this problem.

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Date: 10/17/05 10:12 AM

Poor dear. I, too, was like your daughter as a teenager. For some reason, rotating between ice, in the form of frozen peas or some other bagged veggie, and heat worked the best. That and dosing the midol as frequently as suggested to keep the pain at bay. I did grow out of it by high school.

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Date: 10/17/05 10:19 AM

Alice, I can surely relate to your cry for help. I have three DD's and all of them have had seriously bad periods. I didn't even know what cramps felt like until I had my first child, so I don't know why their periods are so bad.
The two older girls now have babies, so their cramps are not nearly as severe now. My youngest DD is will be 18 next month and finally, after three and 1/2 years of endouring horrible cramps (caused vomitting every month and lost school days as well) and heavy clotting (sorry to be grafic) I finally heeded our GYN's advice and put her on birth control pills. She went on them for 6 months to regulate and to see if they helped (tremendous help), then we discontinued them (it was to be short term at first) to see if she could get along without them. The horrible periods returned and she is now back on them. For her, they make her monthly periods tollerable. I know your DD is much younger, and my Dr. wanted to put her on them at about 14 I think, which my husband and I were not ready to do. But, looking back, I realize now that it would have been very helpful to her. Of course, your Dr. would be the one to talk to about it and they may have other, natural methods that will help her, too. I do remember giving my DD hot tea, heating pad, and Alieve at the very first sign of cramping, but that just barely took the edge off for her. Good luck with your DD and I sure hope she feels better soon.

Edited to add: I really like your family photo. Where was it taken?
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Date: 10/17/05 10:19 AM

I also feel for her.
I would get her checked out by a gyn to rule out anything physical if you already haven't.
How is her diet and does she get any exercise. I would cut out the soda (caffiene) if she consumes it and make sure she gets enough calcium and a good MVI daily , increase activity and drink lots of water.

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Date: 10/17/05 10:20 AM

I have had pretty bad cramps from the time I started. I have found that if I take 3 or 4 ibuprofen right at the onset it helps. The heating pad does wonders as well. Also I tend to get really nauseous and sick feeling with cold chills and sweats etc and I found that taking some immetrol(sp) for the upset stomach helps. I have felt this way for 15 years now. My mom said she felt the same way until she had children. I am hoping that will be the same. I took birth control pills for a couple of years after college which did help some but the side effects from the homones were too much so I am back to cramps once a month. I have missed days from school and work over the years because of it. I hope this will help her out some. It doesn't get rid of all my pain but it does help to make it manageable for me. Some months are worse than others though and I just try to tough it out best I can. Sometimes I think I would love to go and have all of it removed to make it go away , but I have never actually followed through with that since the pain only lasts 4 or 5 hours at most and then I start thinking straight again.

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Date: 10/17/05 10:22 AM

I would definitely take your dd to the gyn. I am sure that the doctor can help her. There are meds. available to help with severe pain. When I was in my early twenties I suffered with painful cramping too. Poor girl.

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Date: 10/17/05 10:25 AM

Here is what has worked for me over the years:

1. Less meat in diet overall and avoid red meat as much as possible before the onset of the period. Prostaglandins in red meat exacerbate cramps.
2. Chinese herb called tong quei, dong quai, or however you spell it. There is a brand of vitamins for women sold at general nutrition centers that also contains it, I believe. I am not in general a big believer in herbal cures, but I have done this one and it worked.
3. Avoid caffeine during onset and exercise helps too.

I had miserable cramps as a young girl, but now it's practically a non-event. Best of luck to you and your daughter. Being a woman shouldn't have to hurt that much.

Wow! Five answers in ten minutes. You can tell everyone is feeling her pain. I wanted to edit to add that it takes a couple of cycles for my suggestions to work.

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Date: 10/17/05 10:39 AM

We have a dr. appt. for tomorrow afternoon. I know it will be too late to help today but hopefully we can get some help for next month.
Many times when it has started at school she has just toughed it out and told the teachers that she had a stomach ache when they asked why she was crying. Until recently, I did not know that this happened EVERY month. Only 1 time in 2 years has anyone from her schools ever called me.
Last year I mentioned going to the doctor and she must have been scared by that because I heard no complaints for a long time. I assumed that it had gotten better since she wasn't saying anything about it. She thought she just had to live with it. Also think there was some embarrassment since she started so young.

The doctor's office told me that they will only examine what is absolutely necessary. They don't want to put a 13 yo through a pelvic exam. This visit, other than a standard physical, most likely we will just be talking. Now that knows that, she is not so nervous about going. Plus she is fed up enough with this that she wants to do something about it.

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Date: 10/17/05 10:42 AM

Your description brings back a flood of awful memories for me. I lost a week out of every month for *years* to immobilizing cramps and the classic period-related intestinal distress. My mother and I tried everything to no avail.

The pill changed all of that for me.

I still resent not being offered that option sooner. Just think of all the unnecessary pain and precious teenage time lost.

I have since switched to the progestin-only pills and find they still keep the monthly pain at bay.

I wish your daughter the best. What she's going through is a real drag.

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Date: 10/17/05 10:42 AM

I too have horrible cramps and have had for 20 years.

Be careful with the Ipoprophen(sp). Too much can cause ulcers. I was given it when it was a perscription drug and took it by the bucketful (not literally) when the cramps would start. Now I have to deal with ulcers.

Birthcontrol pills do help, but there are side effects to deal with.

I love the ThermalCare heat wraps for menstrrual cramp relief. There is another brand out there but these are the best. They are not cheap ($6-$8) but the put the heat right where it is needed and let you move around (unlike the heating pad). WIth these I am able to go to work.

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