My period has always given me trouble, but recently I've kinda become a little concerned about certain things with it. I've had my period since I was 11 and normally it would come around the 13th of every month. Around July or so of last year it started coming a lot later (it came on the 25th once) until it settled on the 18th. Now, even though I've had my period for a while, I've heard it's normal for your cycle to switch dates sometimes, so I wasn't worried at first. Then the pain I'd normally get from cramps and pms started to get really bad on the first 2-3 days and then become nonexistent for the other 4-5 (my periods typically last 7-8 days). On top of that my pms symptoms started getting worse. Now I'm getting really bad vertigo, nausea, headaches, and random body pains in addition to the worsened cramps. I've never missed school/stayed home because of it but I did end up spending the last block of my school day in the nurse's office when I got it in January and I had to leave a sleepover early last month because I couldn't handle the pain and stuff without medication. I usually take Advil/ibuprofen to manage it all but recently I switched to Midol because the Advil wasn't helping as much anymore.
Is it normal for that to happen or is this something I should be concerned about?
(Also I figured I ask about this too since I've been thinking about it, but is it normal to have been getting (lighter) period-like cramps since you were a little kid? I used to get them all the time from around kindergarten on and they'd usually last for a few hours. They'd happen in the morning and often wake me up early. Since I didn't really know anything about my body when I was little, I just assumed I was getting stomach pains, but the pain would be in the same area my period cramps are now and none of the usual remedies my family would use for stomach aces would work to stop the pain (i.e. going to the bathroom, drinking more water, etc).)
Hopefully this doesn't sound too weird or anything
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