Originally Posted by ~LS~
Hope tomorrow is a better day for you!
My main beef with this aunty is that she makes my disease symptoms worse, a
lot worse, and I can't take any pain meds, so I just grind my teeth and try to
not cry a river. Hubby knows to let me be, because I can get a little grumpy.
So you are definitely not suffering alone my dear. Try to rest and keep warm.
Yes! I hate the period and IC combo! Mine always flares up around that time.
Just wanted to join the 13,000 posts and period club, haha. I too suffer from hellish, excruciating cramps monthly. Can't go to work, can't do anything but moan and cry and feel sorry for myself. There are a few hours every month where I wish that I would pass out so I wouldn't have to deal with the pain anymore. I had surgery last year because my gyno was positive I had endometriosis, but there was no sign of it. They tried putting me on a bc pill that would stop periods altogether, and I got my period anyway and it was just as bad. Finally they convinced me to try an IUD and I purchased it and had the appointment ready but chickened out after reading things online about them in combination with having IC. My gyno basically said an IUD would be the last thing I could try, and that's no longer an option because my husband and I would now welcome a pregnancy.
Anyway, I am not listening to the "IUD is the last resort" talk!! I started charting my temperatures to track my cycle, and I encourage anyone that's having severe menstrual issues and not on birth control to do it too! It's not only helpful for women trying to get pregnant. There could be something going on that your doc hasn't tested for and charting your temps can give you hints. I bought the book "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" and it explains everything in detail, but if anyone wants to get started, I don't mind explaining the basics to you. For example, my temperatures are indicating that I might have an issue with low progesterone and that can CAUSE strong menstrual cramping! I'm waiting a few months before I see my doctor about it, but they can test your progesterone levels, and charting my temperatures will tell me when the right time of my cycle to do that is.
I learned this month that a diet that's low in magnesium can lead to cramps. I'm going to try eating a crap load of cashews next time. I feel terrible that so many of us go through this every month. Imagine what women did before drugs and heating pads! A co-worker said that her cramps were worse than when she gave birth to her sons.