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Oh...My...(insert blasphemous word here)... I REALLY don't like the first day of my period. Like, I REALLY don't. The first day is really bad: my lower back aches like I'm 80 years old, I feel like I'm about to throw up, my tummy hurts really badly and my...*ahem* female parts (lol) seem to go into cramp...

HOW CAN I HELP THIS?!! Is there anything else that I can do other than lie in bed with a pillow pressed against my stomach and another one up against my back, groaning in time to my music? How has everyone ELSE managed to get away with hardly any pain?!

Speaking of which, my bed awaits... [Frown]

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Prevention often tends to work with cramps best, unfortunately. And often, so long as there aren't any other medical conditions at hand, some simple lifestyle changes can help prevent cramps pretty decently. So, depending on your lifestyle, you may be able to avoid pain to this degree pretty easily next time.

For now, you can take an anti-inflammatory -- ibuprofen or naprosyn -- use a hot water bottle, take a hot bath. A workout can also often help, as can stretching out, rather than curling up.

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Miz Scarlet is deffinately right in that you should try lifestyle changes to prevent the bad periods before they show up. To add to her list of things to do when they are there, however: I usually have periods just as you're describing, and I've found that if I catch it early (ie I notice I've started bleeding, but the pain hasn't fully set in yet), it helps to relax, do a couple of stretches, make myself a warm drink, and then sit down infront of the computer with a heating pad on my stomach and drink that drink while I read jokes. If I can get myself to laugh--like belly-aching, hysterical laughter--then it usually takes the edge off. You'd think it would hurt, because it involves so much muscle, but it actually feels really dern good. Each roll of laughter cuts into the pain like breath of fresh air.

As far as your privates feeling like someone is squeezing them with an eyelash curler... Please, if you figure out a solution to that one, LET. ME. KNOW. lol

Also, I'm sure someone will suggest talking with your doctor/GYN about this, incase there's some sort of medical problem behind this, but again, they might just recommend you try some lifestyle changes. For me, I didn't notice any changes for a few months after I started making some adjustments, but after a while--though it didn't take away the painful periods--it did take a little bit of the edge off and if nothing else just prevented the worst of it from carrying over into Day 2. Hopefully you'll have a little more success. ; )

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Sometimes I get nasty cramps if I'm dehydrated, or not eating well. If you know your period's coming (well, you should do this all the time, but it's no fun) avoid junk food and drink lots of water. Don't eat lots of salty stuff either, because sodium helps retain water and makes you feel bloated.
Once the crimson tidal wave has crashed, try exercising, or taking a bath.
If all else fails, go for the chocolate..... [Wink]

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Doing regular exercise definitely helps. I had serious, SERIOUS cramps before I took up sports seriously. After doing sports for a few months though, my cramps totally ceased. It was a very dramatic change.

I realise that not everyone has this at home, but what I do besides the hot water bottle and hot drink (herbal tea is good, it helps you relax as well) is that I have these massage pads that vibrate I can stick anywhere. I stick them onto my lower back and it helps. After a nap and sometimes painkillers I feel a lot better.

You can also talk a walk, read a book, watch a funny movie, whatever distracts you from the pain is also a good idea.

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I find that a hot water bottle works.
If your not busy and have about half hour to speare go get yourself a hot water bottle, go lie down on the bed and put it on your pain.
Its eases the pain off and if you read or watch a dvd or tv then you also take your mind of thinking about the pain i always do it and find it works x

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