August 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm #11731
Any natural menstrual cramp remedies that you can take/do on-the-go, while active and away from home? As opposed to sitting in a hot bath, sitting with a hot water bottle, etc?
I tried some raspberry leaf tea with honey and it helped only very slightly.
This is nothing new — I’ve had cramps on Day 1 like this since I was about 19. The “old me” (ha ha) took 600mg ibuprofen on the clock for 24 hours, but I’ve been trying to hold out on that to be nicer to my stomach.
Yesterday, it was so bad I ended up missing a social event (kind of high-energy, an outdoor gathering in a sort of rugged location) because I was way too uncomfortable to make the hour-long trip there and then be stuck out away from things like couches, roofs, walls and bathtubs full of hot water.
PS — One benefit of feeding myself more & better was that I had EL ZILCHO PMS this month, for the first time EVER in my whole menstruating life. It’s also the first month I’ve gotten post-ovulation basal temps to 98.6. Maybe cramp relief is on the way, too … wouldn’t that be nice?August 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm #11735Hannah RansomModerator
I have an article I wrote that has a bunch of herbs listed. I only really had bad cramps back when I had an IUD and only have light cramps the 1st day of my period now (sometimes, sometimes not). I know it’s a big no-no for the refeeding people, but something that helps me is drinking a lot of water for a couple days before my period. Also try to get a good omega 3:6 balance (if you are eating low amounts of PUFAs you would likely be ok in this).
Your cramps may end up being relieved eventually anyway. It sounds like cramps tend to get more intense with the refeeding stuff, so that might be it for you.August 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm #11736
Thank you for that article! I think I may look into some herb stuff in time.
AS for the other stuff, I think I’ve nearly maxed it out, but maybe haven’t quite yet seen the benefits. For instance, I’ve been really PUFA and especially vegetable-oil avoidant for almost a year … for a while I took fish oil supplements, but have stopped that. My vitamins and minerals have been better than ever for at least a year, although I was seriously undereating for half of that year, which may have inhibited absorption. And I did happen to drink a lot of water, milk and juice last week, just because it was quite warm.
However, stress in general is something I can improve upon! There are quite a few long-term life stressors — mostly career and relationship related — that I can “stress-manage” but I would strongly prefer to be change in a substantial way, which takes time. Doing the metabolic recovery kind of made me newly aware of these dissatisfactions — before, my standards were lower and health preoccupations overshadowed them.
Anyway, I’m pretty impressed that eating well/high temps gave me a PMS-free month, so maybe I can look forward to even more benefits … otherwise, bring on the herbal concoctions. (j/k, I know that stuff is serious.)
The thing about periods is, as soon as the unpleasantness is over, I develop amnesia. “Oh, that won’t be happening again!” I think. ;)
thx again!August 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm #11797Hannah RansomModeratorAugust 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm #11818
Thanks! Needs some good leak protection for those, ha ha!October 13, 2013 at 7:04 pm #1313690skidParticipant
Mighty m, have you had any success with alleviating your cramps?December 13, 2013 at 8:27 pm #14252TournesolParticipant
So strange, I tend to forget as well how painful it can get….
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