July 23, 2013 at 8:41 am #9819
This is kind of long, because I’m annoyed and in need of venting, so there is a tl;dr at the end.
I had no period for most of two years (caused by restriction), no pains. I re-gained my period, no pain that time. I went on birth control pills for two years, and periods were painful but bearable with one painkiller. When I went off birth control pills two years ago, at first my period timing was messy – usually 7-10 weeks, and I did get cramps but they were bearable. At this time I wasn’t aware that I was still restricting, because I wasn’t being strict or “dieting”, but probably still was a bit (was also binging as a result).
Now, in the last year or so my periods have become more like every 4-7 weeks, which is probably a good sign (more regular!)…. but they are so painful on the first proper day (I say proper because I bleed very lightly for about 5-7 days before the “start” of my period), and sometimes the second day too. I can’t do anything in this time. No amount of painkillers help, I’m just camped out on the toilet with a heat patch and my laptop, tearing up from the pain. I’ve lost too many days at work thanks to this. There have been times where I seriously worried that the pain would make me pass out or vomit (luckily never happened). I’ve missed a holiday because I was in so much pain on the day of my flight that I couldn’t make it. I don’t know what to do anymore! How to deal with the pains?
tl;dr – Since no longer restricting, I have very very bad period pains that get in the way of life for 1-2 days. Not sure how to deal.July 23, 2013 at 8:44 am #9821
Just to add, on the first painful day I also get painful bowel movements that result in somewhat loose and sticky stool. Double whammy.July 23, 2013 at 8:50 am #9822Hannah RansomModerator
There was another thread in which Matt talked about how it often happens to women who re-feed, but it ends up going away. I don’t have experience with re-feeding, so I’m not much help.
If I were in your position, as hard as it is, I would try to wait it out and then go from there depending on if you see improvement or not.
http://180degreehealth.com/180forums/topic/suddenly-painful-periodsJuly 23, 2013 at 9:43 am #9829
I’ve been at the re-feed thing for 1 1/2 years now, and everything still sucks! BAH *grumble grumble*July 23, 2013 at 10:23 pm #9877Hannah RansomModerator
Hmm… I’ve never done any re-feeding, like I said, so I’m not expert, but if you have been doing well with everything (rest, sleep, etc.) after 1.5 years I would personally try tweaking stuff! That’s a long time of doing something perfectly to have something so messed up with your health.
Are you pretty intuitive about what you choose to eat, when you rest, etc. I can see re-feeding (again, no expert) as being a good thing for a while, just to get you off the diet track, but I’m personally a fan of mostly whole foods, mostly organic, intuitive eating, intuitive rest/exercise/drinking, and not bugging out if you make a “bad” choice.
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