12 yr old with monthly troubles

Jenn - posted on 01/05/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Thought I'd seek some advice from others. My almost 13 yr old daughter gets very sick every month when she gets her period. She's been getting it for almost 2 years now. Besides the norm of getting very emotional and very moody, she gets sick to her stomach to the point of throwing up sometimes. She takes midol to help but lately she said it doesn't seem to be working so well. I never had to deal with any of these issues so I can't really help her. She gets bad cramps as well. Is this normal at all? Does anyone else experience this with their monthly?

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Mary - posted on 01/09/2010

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Jean, my daughter was the same, and generally missed school one day per month due to the vomiting! I thought midol was the answer, but her dr said plain over the counter motrin was better than the 'special' product I thought would target the symptoms. That worked for her, and we were able to keep a bottle at school (forms filled out) so she didn't miss more time. She's 19 now, and still uses the motrin and occassionally a prescription med called anaprox - some months nothing needed at all. The doc told us it was very common - so talk to her doctor.

Crystal - posted on 01/05/2010

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Hi Jen, Your poor girl, she's had to deal with this from such a young age, my heart goes out to her.She's not alone, approximately 86% of women experience problems during this time. I have three daughters myself, my eldest is almost 14 and has had her period since she was 12. In September I discovered a new line of sanitary napkins that have changed our lives. I didn't know this before but most products on the market today are made from recycled pulp & paper products and industrial glues. They are linked to all kinds of problems from pms & cramps to yeast & bladder infections. The chemicals that are used to break down the recycled fibers are also linked to cervical cancer. This is terrifying to me. The new products are made from single use cotton and food grade materials, the glue is similar to chewing gum. They contain a negative ion strip in them that can help balance hormones, reduce stress, increase immunity, boost metabolism and kill bacteria and odor on contact, they are also the softest, most absorbent pads I have ever used. I had previously been a hard core tampon user because pads were so gross but I will never go back to them. My daughter & I wear the pantyliners everyday and I now have NO pms, NO cramps and my period is 5 days instead of 7. I'm so grateful to have found these as I know that my daughters will also use them and will have safe sanitary products & drug free alternatives at last! They are not available in stores, you can only buy them from a distributor. They come in a case of 19 packages (5 pks pantyliners,4 pks overnight, 10 pks of regular pads) Approximately a 6 month supply for one woman. The cost is $90US for the first case and all future cases $80US. I truly believe these products can change and potentially save lives and I'm on a mission to tell as many women as possible about them. Please, if you want to know more or would like to order some contact me anytime. cglarder@telus.net

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Louise - posted on 04/17/2010

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I started my periods at 11 and believe me they wer very painful in deed. Yoour poor daughter this is just not funny. Take her back to the doctors and ask for something stronger. Even consider putting her on a low dose pill which will help with stomach cramps and make the period less heavy. I really feel for her as I remember the days when I just could not get up for school or want to move as the pain was so bad. My mother thought I was putting it on and never took me to the doctors and I was miserable every month. There are so many products to try out there now so a trip to the doctors is required there is no need to suffer anymore. In fact it was not until I had my first child that my periods sorted themselves out. Give her a hug and tell her this can be fixed but she may need to try out a few pills until she finds the right one for her.

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I also have suffered with the most horrible periods. I missed days from school and work for over 30 years. I've tried the Anaporx, naproxin, Pamprin, Midol, Advil, birth control, and have 2 children. The doctor told me when I have a child it will make it better. The medication worked sometimes or for the short term. I was recently on Yaz and that was amazing until I got a blood clot. I don't recommend that. But it did lead to the best treatment I've ever had. I've been taking a pill called Menopret for a year and have had wonderful results. There is a milder form called Cyclopret for the treatment of PMS and PMDD. It's completely natural and Estrogen free! My neice is also in the same boat and I've suggested she start on Cyclopret as well.

Tami - posted on 02/07/2010

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I had the same problem for years. I cut out caffeinne and sugary drinks from my diet, and my period lightened, cramps lightened, and vomitting stopped. It wasn't overnight, but each month became easier. Caffeine is know to cause cramps to worsen.

Cristine - posted on 01/12/2010

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This is exactly what I went through when I was that age. You need to have a dr to check her for cysts. If they rupture it could be serious. Also ask the dr to check for endometriosis.

Michelle - posted on 01/12/2010

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I was the same way growing up! I remember having to stay home from school the first 2 days of my period because I was so fatigued and in so much pain. These are the things that helped for me: lots of rest, hot baths, a heating pad, and pamprin!

Sherry - posted on 01/12/2010

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It could be a sign of something such as Endometriosis. I went through this from age 14 to 28 when I had to have a total hysterectomy. That was drastic though. She should take an anti-inflammatory use a heating pad and definately see a doctor. good luck

Sarah - posted on 01/11/2010

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I have a friend with similar problems. She said that once she started taking gelatin capsules (they sell them with the vitamins at walmart). It got worlds better. I've been told that red rasberry tea is also helpful ( sold near the green tea). It also tastes REALLY good.

Crystal - posted on 01/10/2010

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Please just google "negative ions". They exist in nature, this is not some kind of scam. I believe in these products and have heard all kinds of testamonies. Reduction in cramps & pms, increased immunity, energy and hormonal balance, there are even reports of them helping with menopausal troubles like hot flashes, drug free. You are already buying sanitary products every month in any case. I really think you ought to give these a try and I'm willing to send you some samples for free. It's not just about $ for me, I really believe these products can help women. You can send me your address @ cglarder@telus.net if you would like samples. I'll pay the postage too. Sincerely, Crystal

Angie - posted on 01/10/2010

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Take her to the doctor and explain what is happening. Whatever you do, please don't let your doctor automatically put her on The Pill. My gyn says that doctors who are too lazy to find the true answer use The Pill as an answer to everything. I had to have a hysterectomy at 37 because I had horrible periods and in the 23 years of misery that I had, I found that naproxen sodium was the best answer for me. In addition to helping with pain, etc. it is a vasoconstrictor and made my flow much lighter. I liked that it lasted for 12 hours and didn't upset my stomach. I hope you find a good answer for her soon.

Tracey - posted on 01/10/2010

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Try vitamin B6, and those heat pads that you stick to your back for back ache, if she stuck them to her tummythey might work?

Jenn - posted on 01/10/2010

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Thank you both for the advice, I'll try the motrin with her next month and I guess it's time to also get her to a dr. I feel bad for her and want to try to help her any way I can.

Jacqueline - posted on 01/09/2010

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I have a male child so he doesn't experience this problem, however, when I was a teen I had severe menstrual cramps and my doctor prescribed a medication called Anaprox. My doctor said that the cramping was normal and just gave me meds. I will say that after having my son, the cramps became more tolerable.

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