My periods have become more painful with age (now 49 years) and are heavy on days 1 and 2. I've tried Boots period pain relief and Feminax but they don't touch the pain.
Does anyone use painkillers with codeine and which would you recommend?
I'm aware that codeine is addictive, but would only be taking them for 1 or 2 days. I'm very wary of the side effect of constipation, as my IBS causes this anyway, but think it may be worth a try, as I am unable to work when the pain is so bad.
Go to your GP. I take mefanamic acid and transexamic acid for pain and the heaviness and paracetamol during the day. Once I've sat down of an evening and before bed I take co-codamol. Mine are 30/500 so quite strong. Because of having to drive and the job I do I don't take them during the day.
It's definitely worth having a chat as we shouldn't have to put up with being housebound!
I take 2 neurophen plus (ibuprofen and codeine) on the morning of the first day before the pain starts then 1 to keep it topped up every 4 hours. I then make sure I eat sensibly (low GI) and regularly and drink plenty during the day. That is what I learned when coping with bad periods in my late teens, and it still works for me.
Thanks. I have mefenamic (sp?) acid, the specialist prescribed it, but after reading up on it, it seems you need to take it before your period starts, but mine are irregular, so I never know when to take it. Also have read that it doesn't work for a lot of people, but has worrying side effects. Consequently I haven't tried it yet.
Just been to Boots and bought Nurofen Plus. Will try that next week when my period starts. How far in advance do you take them? My period is quite weird these days (sorry, tmi!), it sort of starts and stops a bit. I get a bit of bleeding, then it stops, but will probably start properly (with cramps) in the next couple of days. When would you start taking the Nurofen Plus?
I have tried taking ibuprofen and paracetamol alternate every four hours, but when the pain is really bad it doesn't touch it. I literally am doubled over with pain and can only bear it with a very hot hot water bottle curled up tight in bed - not ideal for work!
On a completely different note there are some simple yoga poses which are supposed to help with cramps. I can't begin to try to describe them and know you can't do them in an office setting but if you google you'll prob find them.