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Anyone else get this? I've had 2 DC and since DC2 it's much worse - crampy with an aching back for at least a day. Is this normal or should I get it checked out? No other changes to my cycle or general health. Before DC I could always feel ovulation but it was never as bad as this, it's like period pain!
I get similar problems. For two wks before period, I get cramps so bad I can end up bent double. Sometimes I pass out because of the pain. I usually throw up at least once. Plus the bloating, the tummy upsets, etc. I have mood swings and awful cravings (to overeat). For the last two things I have found Starflower capsules helpful (3-5 a day for 2 wks).
I have tried so many different contraceptive pills and when taking them I usually end up having periods that last 3-4 weeks. Have not found any painkillers that help (actually, I remember turning to DH when I gave birth to DD and telling him that my labour cramps were on a level with my period cramps - and I was stupidly refusing all pain relief as recommended by some idiot at my antenatal classes).
I have total sympathy with piprabbit as I too feel awful for two weeks and then have more of the same with v.heavy blood. We're talking changing super plus tampons every 20-30mins for a day or two. The gynae's recommendation - have babies and see if it helps (it didn't work).
So I'm not alone! I feel ovulation on the right side usually. But this just feels like period pain all over. And I get a sore fanjo when I'm standing or walking. That's been an added bonus since having DCs
Any pain that is cyclical in nature and gets worse up to and including menses should be checked out further medically by a gynae. It could be that endometriosis is the underlying cause of all this (and I thought that particularly when I read KarenHL, piparabbit, clara35 and Empusa's messages).
kyacat I am so glad you mentioned the pain when walking or standing. I have been getting that since dc2! Used to think there was something really wrong down there but have worked it out that only get it mid cycle.
Attila - spot on, I was diagnosed with endo 4 years ago .
My GP dismissed my pains, told me it was because my hip joint needed replacing and when I mentioned I was concerned it may involve my ovaries gave me a rather pointless internal exam which was very . Still, got there in the end.
I had an couple of ultrasounds years ago to rule out endo as I went to the Dr about the ovulation pain. Everything was OK. It is definitely changed and worsened since DCs (and the passage of time!) so I guess checking it out is a good idea. clara35 I get that pain at ovulation and during my period. Sucks eh!
piprabbit is right - ultrasound is not accepted as a reliable tool for diagnosing endometriosis now. The lesions will not show up, certainly not in mild to moderate endo.
You need a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy really. Will any of these type symptoms it could be a number of things, you could just be unlucky and have bad periods, it could be PCOS, PCS, Endo, fibroids etc etc.
I can certainly attest to killedbill's first paragraph. I have had more internal ultrasounds than I care to mention and none of them picked up the endometriosis that was there. It is usually only diagnosed through a keyhole surgery op called a laparoscopy (that is how mine was found and it was extensive as well). The importance too of finding a good gynae with a specialist interest in endo cannot be underestimated.
Cyclical period pain has a cause - it is certainly in your interests to find out why that is happening. It is all too easy to be fobbed off and many GPs in my experience have been woefully ignorant when it comes to such gynae issues.
Piprabbit - sorry to read about your subsequent endo dx.
My new GP, when told about my period pain told me to take painkillers. When I pointed out I already take co-codomal every day for other problems, just told me to take more. She said it just sounded like normal period pain.
Yes anyone with problems should get them checked out - it is hard though, it takes on average 8 years for a woman to get an accurate diagnosis of Endometriosis and similar conditions.
Sadly though, even with a diagnosis there are not many treatment options (funny, because im sure if men had a similar condition they'd have found a cure by now!) the new "thing" at the moment is giving every woman with gynae problems the Merina coil.
Also some of the tissue can be lasered off, ive never had this but I am sure other ladies on here could tell you if this helped. Then you are looking at long term pain control, alternative therapies and lastly a hysterectomy.