PAINFUL periods

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mumslife Tue 15-Mar-11 20:50:46

Hi Not sure if i am posting this in the correct place. My now 14 year old daughter started her periods a year ago and prettymuch from the word go they have been havy and she has been on her period for a good seven days and she usually goes about 25 days in between.

she currently has her period day 2 and I have spent all day in a and e with her due to her being in severe pain.

after many tests including bloods, urine, ulta scan etc etc they have come to the conclusion it is severe period pains and gave her 15 ml of morphine which didnt work but made her feel spaced out/ I gave her twp dpses of neurofen which didnt touch the pain.Then pain was so bad she was panting like she was in labour and practically hyperventilating due to the pain and she was feeling sick and dizzy.

they have now given me an ibroprofane based strong pain killer and another tablets to ease the cramping which then brings on the pain.

Has anyone else experienced anything like this either themself or their daughter.

I never knew period pains could be that bad???

to add nothing showed up on any of the tests and it is not appendicitus as already been there and had her appendix out.

I can only conclude it is what they say and period pains, but I truely have never experienced or witnessed the like of it before.

Anyone anything similar

virginiasmonalogue Sat 14-May-11 19:21:13

I can empathise with your daughter. From the age of 15 I had severe pain and passed heavy clots and thick blood for about 4 days then about 2 more days of lighter bleeding. On a few occasions I vomited through sheer pain and a couple of times passed out in the shopping centre when my unsympathetic mother forced me to leave the house.

The pains I felt were on a par to the start of full on labour.

The doctor gave me Mefanamic (sp?) acid which on the odd occasion helped, though if I didn't take it before the pain started, it had no effect.

At 18 I went on the pill Dianette... what a relief. It changed my life (and cleared my acne too!).

| hope you find something to ease your daughters suffering.

Mrsfluff Sat 14-May-11 21:49:26

You have my every sympathy Mumslife - my daughter is going through similar. Se started hers in September, 2 mths after her 10th birthday and from day 1 they have been regular, heavy and very painful. She has been sent home from school numerous times as she often feels sick, faint and dizzy. She has been on something to reduce the flow since Jan, but it's not made much difference. She's now been prescribed Mefanamic for the pain & flow. Dr has also asked to see her again after her next period, so seems to be taking it all seriously. I just hope things are sorted for September, as I don't want her to be suffering like this when she starts senior school.

Deaddei Sun 15-May-11 10:06:31

Interesting thread. DD who is 14, started last July and has had progressively heavier painful periods, and frequent.
She has OCD and it gets worse just before her period.
We are going to the dr this week having discussed the pill...dr feels it's the best move and will at least give her some quality of life.

foxinsocks Sun 15-May-11 10:35:44

It gave me back my life deadei. I am absolutely dreading going off it. I still remember the name of the doctor who put me on it - at the time, it felt like he had saved my life.

Deaddei Sun 15-May-11 17:08:20

I am on HRT which makes me human.

twistnshout72 Fri 17-Jun-11 02:20:41

I had very painful, heavy periods, right from the start (involving a couple of hours of vomiting in the nurse's office at school) and didn't see a doctor until I was around 14 (three years later). The GP was very unsympathetic (one later suggested I was exaggerating the pain to get the pill for contraceptive purposes) but I was prescribed Mefenamic acid and codeine to alternate. I found these relatively unhelpful, and the nausea, vomiting, dizziness and pain did not even dissipate mildly. When this started affecting my work at 15, and my sleep as I ended taking hot baths - the only thing that worked - in the early hours of the morning, I went back to the doctor and was put on the pill, Microgynon, which from discussing with friends, seems to be the most common first type. This really helped with the period pain, making it lighter and much less painful, which in turn helped with the other problems. I have since changed to Yasmin, which suits me better, but I have generally found the pill to be very effective for treating my very similar period pain and I'm not sure I could ever be persuaded off it!

mumslife Sat 18-Jun-11 22:07:37

hi all

just poping on to say not much has changed regarding my daughter and her periods. The thing that worksbest is heat and laying out flat, impossible if you are at school. She now wears heat pads to school which works out mega expensive and takes co - codamel when it is quite bad which takes the edge off the pain.
when it is at its worse days 1-4 of her period the chool regularly ring me to fetch her home as she is gasping with pain. In fact I speak regularly to the lady in the medical room!!!
I would say there is probably about three days out of her whole monthly cycle when she is reasonably well. the rest of the days she is either in pain (on those days she copes with the heatpad) or in extreme pain and she has to miss school.

She has her appointment with a gnaecologist in two weeks so will update then.
Sorry for all those of you who are suffering or your daughters are suffering - there is a name for it - DSYMENORRHEA - which I found out by googling. It can be primary ie no reason for it or secondary ie something is causing it like for example endementrosis

mumslife,

I winced when I read your recent post re your DD; the same happened to me as a teen. In my case the underlying cause of all these agonies was endometriosis. This is a very much underdiagnosed disease.

Can you not ask the GP to refer your DD to a gynae?. Your DD should not have to put up with this every time.

I would put money on it that her painful periods has a cause; one possible one here is indeed endometriosis.

Great news re your DD seeing a gynae in two weeks (missed that bit, sorry).

I would ask this person straight out whether he feels that endo is a possible cause for her agonies.

TheProvincialLady Tue 21-Jun-11 14:27:29

I am so full of sympathy for your DD. I suffered in exactly the same way but my mum was unable to empathise as she never suffered from painful periods and thought I was making a fuss about nothinghmm Now she is going through the menopause she is getting period pain and has apologised to me for not having ever really understood. Your DD is lucky to have you.

What is your DD's weight like? I suffered very badly until my weight finally reached 7.5 stones (I am 5'2") in my mid 30s, at which point my periods got a lot better. Several people have told me that there is a link between low weight/body fat and period troubles.

Some of the things that helped me through those times were very hot - almost scalding - baths with lavender essential oil in. And massages using lavender oil. There are several oils that are recommended for period pains but that is the one that helped me the most. The massage technique came from a book - I am happy to photcopy it for you if you would like to try it. DH used to do it for me and it made a big difference (on top of the painkillers etc). And finally, paying attention to diet - avoiding caffeine, especially around the time of my period, and eating and drinking hot things during my period instead of cold ones. I am not at all a woo person but these things genuinely helped me.

Childbirth has cured me and getting fatter praise the skies! It truly is a curse. I hope you get sensible answers soon.

dionkelly Thu 28-Feb-13 11:22:51

my daughter suffers really bad with period pain . I have taken her 2 my gp and she has put her on Mefenamic acid 250mg but the pain is still really bad she is 14 and started her periods when she was 12 .Each month the pain is getting worse . she has to have time off school each month but the teachers do not like this i dont know how to help her any more can any one help me please thankyou

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