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A 22-year-old female asked:

i am having horrible period cramps. i could literally crawl up in a ball. i just took an excedrin to see if it helps. i really feel horrible. help?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Dysmenorrhea: Painful menstrual cramps are unfortunaelty common, and you are not alone. If you get Painful cramps often with your periods, then see and talk to your Doctor as there are medications that can help, such as Anaprox (naproxen). If severe, the Doctor may need to do some testing as well. Best wishes.
Dr. Julan Crane
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Cramps, menstral: you can try ibuprofen, if you have no medical contraindication. Try taking 400 mg. Also, a heating pad on your abdomin. If these menstral cramps are out of the ordinary for you and dont improve please get examined.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Period pain: NSAID’s, SSRI’s, hormone meds, OTC meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise & acupuncture are excellent for dysmenorrhea. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol & salt. Get GYN eval to R/O underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or Black Cohosh with dr ok. Sipping Chamomile can dissipate pain.

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