Periodical Pain

You know, I’ve been trying to figure out what P.M.S. is ever since I was an adolescent. I was warned by every female adult in my life that I would hit a certain age, my body would go through changes, and I would have mood swings and emotional “issues” every month. That’s not what happened. I have no clue that my period is approaching other than the fact that it has been a month since my last period. I suppose I have a few mood swings after the thing starts, but that’s probably due to the pain. I’ve had people tell me to “suck it up and deal with it” before, but when I am in my own home, on my on turf, I feel that it is my right to complain.

Personally, I have a rather high tolerance for pain. I’ve had three children with very little complaint. I asked for an epidural with the first, but it was too late by the time I got around to that request, so I had the baby drug free and without an episiotomy (yay for tearing, not). The other two birthing experiences were similar with even more mistakes and oversights on the part of the medical staff overseeing my case.

The point here is, my pain threshold is high enough for me to give birth three times without much aid from anyone or anything. The pain from my periods, however, can bring me to my knees and hinder my ability to function. It alters my mood and changes my behavior. There is no premenstrual syndrome involving hormones causing this change in me. None of the mood swings, irritability, frustration, or other behavioral issues occur until the pain hits…after the blood flows. After the first few days, the pain subsides enough to allow for normal function to return. If hormones are involved in this, they are only responding to the pain.

The worst part is, I’ve spoken to doctors and no one seems to care or even take me seriously. What has to happen before someone in the medical community will take you seriously enough to listen?

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5 thoughts on “Periodical Pain

  1. That sucks. :\
    One thing that comes to mind…do you eat a lot of soy? I’ve read that its estrogenlike compounds can mess with hormone cycles.
    If you want to try an herbal remedy, I’d suggest blue vervain (based only on reading; I haven’t tried this one).

    And possibly a new doctor. >_<

    • Actually I stay away from soy for just that reason. I haven’t heard of blue vervain, thank you for the suggestion. I’ll look it up. As far as a new doctor is concerned, I’m really starting to believe that it doesn’t matter. Until I come into a pot of gold, no doctor in this country will care about my well being…

      • I know the feeling.
        Have you tried a naturopath or an herbalist? This is definitely one of the voids in modern medicine that they popped up to fill.

      • Actually seeing a naturopath or an herbalist isn’t covered by insurance. Believe it or not, “home remedies” for menstrual relief include staying hydrated, using heat on the pain, eating healthily, and exercising. Pretty simple to follow, especially when I drink water, tea and coffee (in moderation), meaning no sodas, energy drinks or other unhealthy drinks that would take away from my hydration. We rarely even have unhealthy food items in the house. Since we rarely eat out, healthy eating is kind of a staple. I try my best to exercise through walking to the local mall and grocery store and so forth. I also go to the “par” course at the marina whenever I get the chance. Exercising can be a little difficult at the beginning of my periods. The pain can be so intense that all I feel like doing is curling up with the heating pad. Even eating is hard because the pain leads to nausea. Fortunately that only lasts for a day or two. After that the pain is there, but I can get up, exercise, eat–basically I can function normally with some pain in the background.

      • Yeah, usually not. (Naturopaths, sometimes; herbalists not.) But a lot of places either have a sliding scale (so people other than the uber-rich can afford it), or otherwise try to make it so that it doesn’t cost too much more than a copay. It does vary a lot, though. Might be worth checking.

        Yeah, those are all awesome things to do and all, but clearly it’s not enough. Hmm, even if you don’t eat unhealthy stuff, could you still be low on something you need? Iron, maybe? Magnesium?

        Actually, now that I’ve thought of it, magnesium deficiency is really common , and it’s linked to muscle cramps and tension, so you should definitely look into that one. My mom has a powdered supplement called Natural Calm that’s pretty amazing for stress and the like (though again, I haven’t tried it for cramps).

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