I was dignosed about 2 months ago after just one severe cycle of pain. I've had several cycles since then. The last one started 2 days ago, the night after I excersied for 40 minutes (moderately walking on treadmill and crosstrainer) and just before my period started. Could either or both have been the trigger? My exercise was only moderate and I hadn't exercised in about a week. The menstrual cycle seems like the most likely trigger. It started as really bad cramps that just got worse and worse until it completely engulfed the lower half of my body. The pain was similar to being in labor and I was unable to sleep that night or even just lay there. Laying there just hurt too badly. After a hot bath and a vicadin I was able to get a few hours of sleep. I seem to get worse at night. Perhaps it's just that there is less else to concentrate on or because I am moving less. I have no idea how to look at this or how to approach it. I'm looking for a great doctor in the Chicago area and would like to participate in reserch if that's possible. I heard about something very interesting at Rush-Presbyterian. A Any suggestions, thoughts? How do I convince a doctor to give me vicadin for this? I treat it like gold when I have access to it. I just can't get it from the doctors. Bextra is fine to take the edge off, but when it gets intolerable to the point the I am crying, Bextra doesn't do it. Anyone in the Chicago area here? Thank you!