My guts hate me. I hate them back. Help us get along?
April 5, 2011 10:37 AM Subscribe
I'm going to have health insurance in the near-ish future and I need to know what to ask a doctor so they take my debilitating menstrual cramps seriously. (not for the squeamish)
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (28 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Every period I've ever had has at least included one day (and usually three) of painful, stuck in bed, need to change a super tampon every 20 minutes to an hour, but it hurts so much to stand up that I'll just sit here and bleed into the toilet while I catch my breath, horror show. The cramping is not isolated to my pelvis, but includes my thighs and spreads into a burning in my mid/upper back, even when I've taken NSAIDS for three days prior to begining of my period.
Yesterday I engaged in a very moderate physical activity for an hour. Came home, got in bed, and have only gotten out to pee and tampon (damn you ob for taking away the ultra). My fiance has gone to work and left me a cup of water on the bedside table.
I take calcium, I do the oil, I eat less meat on the days leading up to my period, I've started running 45 minutes 3 days a week a few months ago.Prior to that I was biking ten miles a day and/or doing Bikram yoga. I drink plenty of water, and I eat lots of fruits and vegetables. I am not anemic, in fact I am able to give blood at any time (and I give platelets, which impresses the blood center workers every time.)
And I'm tired of doctors telling me, "well, that sucks" or "this is just the way your body deals with menstruating." I'm old enough now to know that these statements are true, but not the whole story.
More about me: I definitely want to become pregnant, so ablation is probably not the answer right yet, but I have heard of a condition where endometriosis is so severe the uterine lining spreads to other organs. I'd like to get checked for this, and otherwise receive some real answers about what I can do.
Bonus grossness - my period is always "chunky" with clots (I guess), some as big as an ob tampon. They adhere to the tampon and slide out when I remove it. Doctors have never cared to investigate this in the past, but my lady friends suggest this is not normal.
Again, I'm not anemic. And while I get that lots of people would love to have a day in bed, these are not the circumstances I would choose for a "respite."
I did try several birth control methods in my teens and early to mid twenties. Every pill we tried was a mess of terrible side effects (months of nausea and strange food aversions - I still can't eat some things because of the texture or smell that revolted me on the pills). Depo-provera is awesome, but after 7 years I cannot go on it again because of bone density problems. Because pregnancy in the next year or so is desirable, and because of the side effects, I'm ruling out hormonal birth control for now.
Which brings me back to my big question. What do you say to a doctor to get this issue taken seriously, and looked into?