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Which PMS symptoms do you get? Are your symptoms tolerable or really disruptive? How do you deal with PMS, and what, if anything, helps you the most?

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Posted by: 30 on Aug 18, 2008
Dealing wth Premenstrual Syndrome

What is worse...the remedy or the disease?

I first got my period at the age of nine and have never really been regular. Heavy periods, sporadic, etc. After having my first child things seemed to get, if anything, worse. My period lasts on average 7-10 days and i am "myself" from the minute it arrives (pretty much) until my first day of ovulation when my anxiety, breast soreness, sadness, HEAVY cramping and joint pain are at an all time high. After tracking my period here since february my dr determined my cycle to be too irregular and put me on the pill (mircette) to regulate my period as my cycle fluctuaded from 41 days to 28, back to 36, etc. I am really hopeful but since i started the pills (i am now on week 2) i feel as bad as i do during ovulation, only i feel this bad now ALL THE TIME! Can anyone relate? I want to become regular and hopefully have another child but this whole thing is pretty discouraging :(

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Posted by: LAH2009 on Aug 10, 2008
Dealing wth Premenstrual Syndrome

Natural Relief

i get cramps, migraines, fatigue, irritation, backache...aLL the symptoms n they are all major, far from tolerable!!! i've learned that motrin, midol, advil, bayer, etc does NOT work for me...i drink Cranberry juice {Ocean Spray's White Cran-Strawberry} aLL day and use my heating pad for about 20 minutes...aLL the symptoms disappear or become tolerable.

I am 20 years old and ever year the symptoms list grows larger n less tolerable but I think this is my solution, it has worked for 9 months now so i'm sticking to it!

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Posted by: Moji on Jul 3, 2008
Dealing wth Premenstrual Syndrome

Dealing with PMS

I get headaches,tiredness, bloating, moodiness, and sore BB's exactly 10 days before AF is due and the cramping does not start until 1-2 days before AF and then it stays until AF leaves. The day AF will arrive I get very dark circles around my eyes like someone punched me in the face and extremely tired. I read in some article that PMS is the body's version of being "p*d off" because its not pregnant. I thought that was funny.

I usually take midol and naps when my cramps get really bad.

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Posted by: MissLilli on Jun 18, 2008
Dealing wth Premenstrual Syndrome

PMS HELP HERE!!!

I have had intolerable PMS my whole adult life (last 10 years) and what I found helps with my cramping & bloating that makes my whole body feel like it is a solid bruise is to have a few tall glasses of milk throughout the 1st day or 2. cramping goes away almost immediately (even my midol takes longer to work)when I stay on the milk I lose the fatigue that comes along with the pain. Try it I swear by it unless of course ur lactose intolerant!

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Posted by: jennieking on Jun 12, 2008
Dealing wth Premenstrual Syndrome

My Rx

Well, for one thing, I make sure that I stay informed about my upcoming period. I drink extra h20 a few days before that time. On the first day, (which is generally the biggest killer for me) I, make sure to keep my temperature somewhat abnormally elevated (ie....spending time in the sun)it helps the circulation, and desolidifies the clotting effects. As someone who experiences extreme dysmenorrhea every few months, I also keep Pamprim multi-symptom around the house. It helps to have a great partner to help you deal with your symptoms....An empathetic friend, or lover can be very palliative during those hideous times of the month! As far as mood swings, just cry, or get angry, but only with things like the laundry, never with others...lol! Good luck Gals! luv jen

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Posted by: SaraPlate on May 9, 2008
Dealing wth Premenstrual Syndrome

Painkillers vs. Vitamins

I have very severe cramps, bloating, migraines, aches and pains all over, and break outs a week before. I normally deal with my issues with Motrin (works quick and long, does amazing things for bloating). My doctor prescribes me Vicodin for my migraines and well migraines and periods go hand in hand for me so I noticed that it made the cramps go away (but none of the other symptoms). I used to switch between the two all the time up until a few months ago when a guy friend of mine suggested vitamins. I've recently tried to not rely on my Vicodin so much for obvious reasons. I now take vitamin pills right before my periods starts or right after and the difference is freakishly amazing! Vitamin pills high in Vitamin B and Zinc work the best and also curb hunger and eliminates bloating, cramps, and most of the time acne. I highly recommend herbal treatment for cramps because too many chemicals in your body can hurt you more than it helps.

Also heating pads are wonderful for relieving back pain and mild cramps.

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