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Scared the crap out of me last night- any experience?(6 Posts)
Ok, so I'm in my 30s. For the last 10years periods have been alright. Very light, a little pain and about 2weeks of pmt (emotional etc). However I also have had abnormal smears needing treatment and lots of miscarriages over the years (nothing found to be wrong).Last few months they have switched to a lot of tummy ache/upset in the middle of the night. Painkillers help. Like clockwork, 2am and the pain wakes me up. Next day period starts.
Last night it was horrific. I took my painkillers (2x paracetamol and ibuprofen) but for two hours I was in agony. Hot water bottle, head over the toilet feeling sick, crying. Painkillers seemed to do nothing. Genuinely was afraid at one point, had to wake dh up. Still period is very light.
The light period is throwing me a bit as a lot of period problems at my age seem to accompany heavy periods? If I'm honest I have always felt there has been something wrong but I had lots of tests for various reasons over the years and nothing was thrown up. I couldn't shake the feeling something was wrong last night so will see the doctor but I feel very down today. Cancer and gynae problems run in my family and I feel very overwhelmed (probably pmt)!
I know many women have it worse than me but it scared the crap out of me. Any experience?
Have you been investigated for endometriosis? I have it, but have never had particularly heavy periods?
No I haven't, I assumed that it would only cause heavy periods! I'm barely bleeding. Makes no sense to have such light bleeding yet so much pain. I'm so wiped out today
Maybe need stronger painkillers. I think this is one for the GP to sort out.
A common cause of painful periods is endometriosis; it can cause flow to be heavy, though not always (my periods used to be light on occasion as well though they were still painful even then).
Do not merely chuck pills at this; you need to determine why this is happening in the first place. You need to know what the cause is as well as treating the symptoms.
GP should really refer you to a gynae given as well your family history of gynaecological issues.
You're right, my mum had a hysterectomy in the 1980s due to horrific periods. I will head to the doctors and insist on a referral. I was just bloody grateful today wasn't a work day!
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