It's a Girl Thing

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by ma2alex, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. ma2alex

    ma2alex New Member

    Okay, guys, I warned you first by the title, if you keep reading it is at your own risk. I have a couple of questions. I am wondering how many woman experienced an increase in cramping and menstral pain with their diagnosis. If you did, have you found anything that helps? I know that I have endometriosis, but recently my cramps have become unbearable. I was wondering if anyone has any good suggestions. I am nursing, so that does limit my possibilities.
    Alos, just curious, does anyone else get extreme pain with ovulation? This has been new for me just since my son was born, and it is just weird.
    Thanks,
    Dawn
  2. halo52208

    halo52208 New Member

    I didn't know about my fms when I was having problems. I too had endometrioses, runs in my moms side of the family. Finally had my uterus out from so much pain, even though they had the endom. cleaned out.

    About a year later my ovaries started hurting to the point I could tell you when my egg came out of the ovary. So I ended up having those out also. They found nothing and said the ovaries were fine. Now I know why they hurt so bad even though they didn't see anything.

    Have you tried a heating pad when your cramping? Or even a hot bath if your home.

    Hope this helps, maybe someone else will have a better idea. It's hard since your nursing.

    Good Luck
    Halo
  3. rachel432

    rachel432 New Member

    i don't have endometriosis and yet every month i get cramps so bad i feel like my uterus is trying to escape through my abdomin. i'm not sure why this happens other then it's also a muscle and this dd seems like it is filled with whole body muscle cramps. i usually take 800mg of ibuprophen and a heating pad and if that doesn't work i resort to vicodin. what seems to work well is those sticky heating pads you can buy @ drug store and wear under your clothes. they last for about 8 hour and that way you can go to work and not be plugged into the wall with a heating pad. it's worth a try.
    rachel
  4. dragon06

    dragon06 New Member

    My solution has been to go on the Depr Provera form of birth control. It's an injection you get every 3 months. In 90% of women it stops your period completely. No period, no pain.
  5. fibrohugslife

    fibrohugslife New Member

    I have been tested out for that and everything always comes back normal. I got on the pill and that really took the edge off the pain and cramps massively. So the pill have been helping a lot. I was going to try to try depo but after some warnings went out about it, I decided the pill was best for me with my condition.

    However the Depo may be great for you.

    Many hugs,
    Nicole
  6. ma2alex

    ma2alex New Member

  7. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    I don't have endometriosis, but to answer your second question, I always got more pain during ovulation than when I actually had my period. I'd get pain to the point that it was difficult to walk; one time while at work, a co-worker asked me why I was limping? And it was just the typical ovulation pain....from my ovary all the way down my leg.

    I actually appreciated it, though, when my hubby & I wanted to get pregnant. That was easy, of course----I totally knew I was ovulating because of the pain---we conceived the first month we tried, as I knew we would.

    Ibuprofen always helped me with this pain, don't know if that's OK while nursing. They call this Middleschmerz, by the way, I think that's just German for "in the middle" (of the month) or something like that.

    Good luck, hope this gets better for you....

    Hugs,
    Pam
  8. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    I noticed while scrolling through the current posts that there are several on Endometriosis right now. So check them out, maybe there's some help for you with that.
  9. Scapper

    Scapper New Member

    I take 800mg motrin but since you're nursing, I don't know if this would be an option for you.

    Someone else mentioned above about flax seed oil or evening primrose. That may help you out and would be safe with nursing. It's worth a try.

    If I think of anything else, I'll post back.

    scapper
  10. intensemom

    intensemom New Member

    I started having horrific periods after my last child was born(7 yrs. ago). About the same time I got this DD.

    I finally found a fairly permanent solution. Endometrial Ablation(aka. Novasure). This is an outpatient procedure where you go in and the doctor inserts an expanding wand into your uterus(more like a magic wand) and it sends electrical current through your endometrium. The end result is and endometrium that no longer functions. But no more babies either. It does not change your hormones.

    I have been through one cycle and had no cramping! Just a little spotting and a little PMS!

    That's all I have to offer; because nothing else worked for me.

    Tracy
  11. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    ...that Tracy refered to. A piece of cake, ended my periods even though I hadn't gone through menopause at the time. No more periods, cramps or pain with ovulation.

    However, you must be sure you are done with child-rearing. Dawn, you may not want to take this permanent step yet...

    Hugs,
    Pam
  12. ma2alex

    ma2alex New Member

    The "novasure" sounds like a great thing, but I am definitely not done having babies yet. But I will keep it in mind when I am!
    -Dawn
  13. gymmbabe

    gymmbabe New Member

    Ask your doctor about Lupron shots. Before my hysterectomy, I did 6 months of shots and it helped ALOT. It puts your body in temporary menopause. I was able to live an almost normal life for 6 months.

    Dawn
  14. pinsnneed1es

    pinsnneed1es New Member

    which doesn't happen hardly any more due to two children, one after the other, I use anything that would commandly cure migrains while nursing.
  15. Peacelearning

    Peacelearning New Member

    At the hospital, the OB-GYN's give this dose to new nursing mothers who experience "after" pains especially after 2nd and 3rd babies. I am not a doc, I can't advise medication, but I can tell you what is "okay'd" re: lactation specialists.

    On another angle... pain.

    Sometimes when the body is already dealing with pain and fatigue, it "feels" other pains more intense. In other words, the brain gets tapped out, so the focus moves to another sorce of pain and it is computed as [possibly] more severe in another place.

    I am reminded of the time I went to the doctor for severe lower back pain. (could hardly walk) I was given an IM injection of anti-inflammatory med and my mind tuned completely off the back pain and focused on the injection. I said, "My back feels better already." Well, this was impossible -- but my brain could no longer handle the back pain and so when something else came along (even to a lesser degree of pain) I felt it MORE than the pain of my back. Oh, the body wonderful!

    Anyway, all this to say, your brain may be tired of "feeling" pain with FMS. So, during menstration, your brain says, "Hey! There's something new to focus on."

    On aside, as early as the 1970's it was "good nursing" to spank a baby before giving the wee one an injection. It was believed that this was an act of compassion -- that the pain of the spank would "over-ride" the pain of the injection. We don't do this anymore! (Medicine is ever-changing) But I mention this because even then, how the brain processes pain was understood as conditional and could be manipulated.

  16. dleaning

    dleaning New Member

    Hi Dawn,

    Yes I have noticed that I get cramps when ovulating, which I never noticed before, and cramps too. Also, my breasts hurt when I am ovulating too!

    You are not alone!

    Dawn