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Alternative therapies for period pain

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Ok, since i started at age 12, i've had crippling period pain every month. I've been to the doctor, and have been given scans, hormone tests, painkillers, you name it, and it's still really bad. i'm on the pill and only have one every three months, and all that seems to have done is make it worse, and it's really starting to get to me as i've just spent all day unable to move, lying on my bed. The only reason i've been able to get to the computer to post this is that i took some very strong painkillers that the doctor gave me that have the fun side effect of making me feel very dizzy.
I was wondering if anyone knew any homeopathic remedies or anything like that that might help? I've begun dreading them coming <IMG SRC="frown.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    wouldnt it be great to donate your ovaries!!!!!!!!!!!!
    lol sorry something just to cheer u up a bit!!! <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I try to sleep mine off as much as possible...even in school....sneakily! have you tried the old ones, such as a hot water bottle, a warm bath and sometimes even doing excercise helps.

    Let me know how you get on <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
    <IMG SRC="frown.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> feels your pain and empathises <IMG SRC="frown.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

    [ 23-04-2002: Message edited by: Knee High Stripy Socks ]
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Punk, have you just seen your GP about this because it might be good to see a specialist about your period pains because I'm sure at least 2 of the treatments you said should have worked by now. Did they ever say you may have had endometriosis or something? If I were you I would try to get a second opinion. <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yeah, i have seen my GP and she's referred me to a gynaecologist, but her answer was for me to have an exploratory op, and i don't really want to resort to that if there are any other options i can try first.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I can understand your reluctance about having the operation, but this seems to affect your life quite badly, even if it's only every 3 months. Might be worth considering.

    Have you tried acupuncture? Homeopathy? Both worth a try.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    thanks everyone, i'm seeing my GP on the 9th of may, and i'll ask her to refer me back to the gynaecologist and i'll talk to her about the op. GRRRR <IMG SRC="mad.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> why do we have to go through things like this?!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I had the same problem. Had the exploratory op & found I had endometriosis. Have a look at www.endo.org.uk for more info. In answer to your question, yes there is are herbal helps available. Agnus Castus and milk thistle are meant to be good. Also something called 'Menastil', have a search on the internet for it. I got some the other day, will try it when the next dreaded period arrives! Take care x
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    im glad someone else said endometriosis, as thats what i was thinking, yet didnt want to scare. i hope thats not what it is though.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Glad you are getting it sorted out punk, hope everything goes well! <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks everyone! The endometriosis thing is what i was thinking too, but i'm just hoping it wasn't. Oh well, off i toddle to the doctors (again. I have a better relationship with my doctor than i do my dad)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by punkinlondon:
    <STRONG>endometriosis</STRONG>

    what exactly is it? ive never heard of it before?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Schnap me Baby:
    <STRONG>

    what exactly is it? ive never heard of it before?</STRONG>

    Endometriosis is when the lining of the womb (which is shed when you have a period) gets out and attaches itself to other organs and stuff in your pelvic area. As these 'bits' of womb lining are still controlled by the hormones that make you have a period, they bleed when you have a period. This can cause severe pain and sometimes can lead to infertility probs. Sorry, don't mean to scare, just wanted to explain because 2 million women in the UK have endometriosis yet so many people have never heard of it. Go to the UK Endo Society website for more info. www.endo.org.uk
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by punkinlondon:
    <STRONG>why do we have to go through things like this?!</STRONG>

    Can we blame that stupid Eve woman? <IMG SRC="tongue.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

    Hope the op goes well if you decide to have it. Good luck <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by barbie:
    <STRONG>

    Endometriosis is when the lining of the womb (which is shed when you have a period) gets out and attaches itself to other organs and stuff in your pelvic area. As these 'bits' of womb lining are still controlled by the hormones that make you have a period, they bleed when you have a period. This can cause severe pain and sometimes can lead to infertility probs. Sorry, don't mean to scare, just wanted to explain because 2 million women in the UK have endometriosis yet so many people have never heard of it. Go to the UK Endo Society website for more info. www.endo.org.uk</STRONG>

    ouch! <IMG SRC="eek.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

    thanx <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I have had the same thing happen to me I have found being in the bathtub in warm water to sooth the pain.It may take alot of these baths but it does work to sooth the pain away.Also I have heard this pain is just like having contractions when you are getting ready to deliver a baby.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by whitetiger72:
    <STRONG>Also I have heard this pain is just like having contractions when you are getting ready to deliver a baby.</STRONG>

    never ever do i want a baby then!!! lol
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    *hugs* good luck duckie, god that sounds painful, poor you, i have never heard of it before, well good luck and let me know how things go,
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Maybe use a massage machine gently go over the areas that are hurting.Make sure the next time before you start the next time to do alot of exercising to get the blood flowing correctly.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    they had these really cool things in Superdrug a while back, dont know if tey still have them. I think they were made by Lilets.

    It was like this pad full of liquid stuff and you stuck it to yourself (not as bad as it sounds) and it would heat itself up while it was in contact with your skin and be all soothing. The beauty of it was that it was quite thin so you could wear it and go around like normal. Although i wouldnt recommend it with low slung trousers!

    Well, hope that helps anyway

    <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks everyone, i'm seeing my doctor this week, so i'll chat to her about it... i'll let you know how it goes!
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