Remadies for Period Pain

Julia - posted on 10/06/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My daughter gets bad cramps but ibuprophen based pain killers make her REALLY depressed. Any suggestions?

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Katherine - posted on 10/08/2009

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Are you sure it's the ibuprofen causing depression?? My teen daughter had severe moodiness most of the month, especially associated with her period. My pediatrician said the pain killer for severe menstrual pain is Motrin, and Motrin only, not just any of the ibuprofens or naprosins. And the girl must start taking it right before her period starts if possible, and take it regularly around the clock throughout her period. And of course a hot bath or heating pad really does help.



But is there anything that can PREVENT severe menstrual pain and mood disorder?



My pediatrician and an older mom both said girls get relief from B vitamins. I went to Vita Cost. com and bought Doctor's Choice multi-vitamin for Female Teens, which I noted has a lot of B vitamins in it. We also supplemented with Niacin a few days before the period. (You need to get precise dosage from the internet because Niacin is toxic and can cause stomach pain and poisoning.)



B vitamins combined with the Motrin regimen did help my daughter's mood and pain, but truthfully, the easiest and more effective treatment was steroidal hormones, or birth control pills. I have strong moral and health objections to these, but I relented because the pediatrician said my daughter may not have to be on them more than 6 months to a year. She might not have to be on the pill indefinitely to treat her menstrual pain. We decided that her menstrual period was debilitating enough to endure the moral and physical risks of using birth control pills .



I chose the 28 day pills for my daughter instead of the new drugs that totally eliminate menstruation because I want her to look at menstruation as a natural occurence and get used to the rhythm of it. I want her to grow psychologically into womanhood and not regress to a child's state of amenorrhea. Now her periods are regular, light, pain-free, and her personality and moods are rational. She is able to participate in sports and not be absent from school....and best of all, she is not throwing plates at the family. HURRAY.



My objections to oral contraceptives are the risk of breast cancer (a teen's breast isn't finished developing until her first child is born); the moral temptation and the stigma of using a contraceptive (she has to report this every time she seeks medical care); permanent facial spotting, and possibly the effect on breast milk production. My dauther's pain and mood disorder were debilitating enough to take these risks.



I have hope the risks are minimal because I took the pill myself as a teen and young woman. I am grateful I had the pill to relieve my severe menstrual pain. I am now 50 and so far have never had breast cancer. I carried my first pregnancy to term and nursed the baby (which greatly reduces breast cancer risk).



The only adverse effect of the pill I might have experienced is decreased breast milk production. My non-pill friends have tons of milk. Don't know if there's a correlation, and we'll never know because it is politically incorrect to research adverse effects of contraceptives. However, the one true benefit of "the pill" is a cure for severe PMS, now being called PMDD.



I hope your daughter and my daughter are as lucky and healthy as I was, and especially that they will not have to take the pill as long as I did so that they will have even less risk to their health. I wish you the best of luck and all wisdom in getting help for this debilitating condition.

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Toni - posted on 11/13/2009

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I agree with Elizabeth, I was given Naproxen and it worked for me so I asked the doc, for prescriptions for my girls, I told her that I had given the girls some of mine and it seemed to help so she wrote them each a prescription, we also use the hot pads and cut back on the caffeine.

Elizabeth - posted on 11/12/2009

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Naproxen Sodium is really good for cramps, Iv have always had severe cramps. The doc put me on Naproxen when I was a child. Now I take over the counter Naproxen but the prescription does work better. The key is take them at the first sign she is starting her period and to make sure to take more before it wears off. A lot of times once the pain starts it is really hard to stop it. Prevention is the key with menstural cramps.

Krista - posted on 11/02/2009

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Tynenal arthritis is great and it sounds strange and its cheaper then all the stuff out there but it does say on the bottle for mentral cramps. Trust me all the girls thought I was strange then tried it and it works wonders. You will be surprised what else its good for. Hope that helps!

Kelly - posted on 10/29/2009

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I would see an OB/GYN. My daughter had such severe cramps that she wasn't herself. Sometimes with the breakthrough bleeding, she would have cramps when she wasn't actually having her period. I saw someone when I was young - I remember. The OB/GYN can go over options with you. My daughter didn't have to have a pelvic exam either, which I thought was a plus.

Dawn - posted on 10/10/2009

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Im guessing you are talking about cramps from having her period. If so believe me midol helps so much. Also have her put a heating pad on it helps. Sometimes if she can bear it going out for short walks help. The cramping partially comes from the blood clotting up inside and not passing through smoothly

Katherine - posted on 10/10/2009

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P.S. The Motrin dosage for painful periods is 800 mg (quite a bit more than the regular dosage.) You should consult your own pediatrician.

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Drink lots (around 2 to 3 qts) of water a day. Cut out caffeine. Also the water needs to be "clean" water, not city as it has fluoride and other poisons in it. It honestly can help with that and any other medical problems. A good book on the subject is "You Body's Many Cries For Water"

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Hi Julia,
I suffered sever cramps as a kid and still do to this day if I don't take care of myself. Have her limit her caffeine intake, eat healthy and exercise regularly. If she already does this try adding more calcium to her diet, calcium helps the muscles relax. As Sherry mentioned a heating pad works wonders, along with Midol (I think it's better than Pamprin, but that's my opinion). Warm tea seems to help too, if she doesn't like tea try hot chocolate. If nothing is helping bring it up to your family doctor, s/he can help figure something out.
Hope some of this helps.
~Blessed be~

Sherry - posted on 10/06/2009

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I did not know ibupropnen could cause depression. But, I am sure they made Midol or Pamprin, some type of over the counter medication for cramps with acidomiphen...I would look for one....When I was having that problem...I put a heating pad on my lower abdomen, and it would ease the pain....hope it helps...

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