midol/pamprin..does it work?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/23/2011 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Since my VBAC, i have had EXTREME periods. I am talking feeling like I have been kicked in the crotch, labor pain cramping, down my leg pains, back pain, and vaginal pain. It is just so bad that Advil barely touches it. I had my husband pick me up some Pamprin tonight...I have yet to take it cause it has caffeine. I will take it in the am. Does anyone have reviews on it?

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I would just rub it on my lower back and stomach. Plus a little on the back of me neck because I get neck pain during my period.

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I wouldn't bother taking it. The caffeine is in there to help with period related headaches, not back pain. It's not likely to make a difference. Your best bet is to up your advil dosage. I take 600 to 800 mg for my cramps (3 to 4 tablets), but I'm pretty tall (5'11"). If you are taking 1 pill right now, take 2, etc. You can also try to layer meds --- take advil at noon and then tylenol at 2 pm on your worst days. I have always had horrible pain related to endometriosis and that's what I have found works (particularly for that brutal radiating-down-the-legs pain). Obviously, I think it goes without saying that you should also check with your doctor to make sure nothing else is going on.

Mrs. - posted on 09/23/2011

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The first script I got for my endo period pain issues was actually for Naproxen, they now sell it over the counter in the states and Canada as Aleve. Pamprin and Midol never put a dent in it for me at all, but Aleve did..until it got worse...but that's another story.

Give it a try, it may work for you too.

If you haven't already though, make sure to have a chat with your gyno. Serious bleeding, cramping, etc, might mean you need a look see at the lady parts and an ongoing script for something during that time of the month to help you out.

JuLeah - posted on 09/23/2011

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Caffeine helps with pain, that is why it is in there.

Research varies on how effective the drug is.

I was told the following by both a natural path and a medical doctor:

PMS is not a natural condition. It is not something women just need to deal with.

It is, most often, a vitamin deficiency.

Often, women lack the 'B' vitamins

We eat a lot of sugar in this country, it is in salad dressing, catsup.... sugar leaches the 'B' vitamins (and others) from our bodies. Oddly, some multivitamins contain sugar which I just don't understand

Hormones we eat when we consume non organic meat add to the PMS symptoms too

I went to see a doctor because of the cramps I had; pain that knocked me to the floor, the mood swings, the headaches, the breakouts, extreme need for sleep .... All of it was too much to take.

Doc said: Organic meat, if I ate meat at all and NO sugar ever, never, ever ... many foods that contain the 'B' vitamins and a vitamin supplement was prescribed

No more PMS

Jessica - posted on 09/23/2011

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I tried pamprin, and I love it. After my first son, I had the same painful feelings as you, very comparable to endometriosis, if thats not what it is...Anyway, I have found that to be the only thing that actually gives me full relief! I tried midol before and think its as crappy as Tylenol (which doesnt do a thing for me but do damage to my liver or kidneys whatever it is...lol)

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Merry - posted on 09/25/2011

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Midol has worked well for me but my periods were always fairly mild I think. Never tried pamprin but I haven't had a period in so long I'm not really an expert :)

Elfrieda - posted on 09/25/2011

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How long has it been since you had your baby? For me, the first two or three periods after birth felt like I was in labour again! It was the WORST cramps I had ever had, with dizziness and bleeding like crazy and just feeling really weak.

But each cycle it hurt less and less, and now (about 10th cycle) it's back to what it was before my son was born.

Now I'm not saying don't check it out, I'm just saying that maybe it will get better for you. It's just a nasty surprise, because everyone says that cramps get better after you give birth. Well, it doesn't happen that way for everybody. I hope you feel better today.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/24/2011

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So I tried Pamprin today, got wicked dizzy. Won't be using that again. I have Naproxen, didn't even think about using that. Today was my last day if big pain, tomorrow I should be fine. Think I am gonna make an appointment with my obgyn. Maybe all my symptoms are trying to tell me something.

Erin - posted on 09/23/2011

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I would recommend the Naproxen (or Naprogesic as it is sold here). I used to get painful cramps but nothing as debilitating as you are describing, and I haven't had them for years.

Mersyndol is fabulous, but it will make you sleepy. It knocks me out for a long ass time, which was fine when I used to take it for migraines when I was young and single but obviously not when you are a busy mum! But you can get it as a day-strength here, so maybe look into that.

Jaime - posted on 09/23/2011

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Marina, I know you mentioned Pamprin and Midol, but I wanted to suggest Mersyndol...it's acetaminophen and codeine and my best friend's mom swears by them. She had severe cramping and very heavy periods that led to a hysterectomy, but the mersyndol helped much more than the other period pain meds. I hope you find something that works :)

Stifler's - posted on 09/23/2011

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We have Naprogesic in Aus wihch I think is naproxen and it works. I never used to take it though. I use deep heat on my whole abdomen too or a hot pack.

Firebird - posted on 09/23/2011

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I use tiger balm, heating and ice packs, hot showers or baths with lavender for relaxation, and I have an awesome aloe heat lotion. I also take more vitamins starting a few days before my cycle is due. I only take pills for my migraines. Over the counter meds, don't usually have a lot of caffeine in them, but it does help with effectiveness. It helps with the pain as well as speeding up the process of the medication getting through your system.

Brittany - posted on 09/23/2011

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Knock on wood I have never had a cramp from my cycle in my whole life.

I also have not had a cycle in a few years. I get very light cycles in between having my birth control replaced.

I have heard that Midol works the best.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/23/2011

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Thanks for the info JuLeah. Vegetarian, so no issue with the meat....lots of vitamins daily, and I take an iron supplement when I get my period (only then cause I am sensitive) and I get anemic really easy. I will look into the Vit b, cause honestly I don't know how much I get.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/23/2011

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Have you had endometreosis? Is that really the type of pain I described? I know my sister had it, and had the ablasion (however you spell it)...be we are not exactly on talking terms right now.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/23/2011

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I have so much pain everywhere though. I am gonna use a heating pad on my stomach once the kids are in bed. The advil has not really done anything this time around.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/23/2011

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Julianne, I have used tigers bomb for ankle sprains, and other topical pains. How would you use it for what I have described?

Carolee - posted on 09/23/2011

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It's always worth a try if you're in that much pain. I hope it works for you.

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I don't take pills so i couldn't tell you. I use tigers bomb. Its a topical treatment made of essential oils and herbs. I find it works great.

Firebird - posted on 09/23/2011

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Didn't work for me. But most over the counter meds don't. Everybody's different.

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