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Can Fioricet Help Menstrual Cramps
Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more
Neurotransmitter imb: Bad menstrual cycles are caused by imbalance of neurotransmitters that also are neurohormonal balancing tools in the body. Visit www.Neurosciencemyths.Com for information about Amino Acid therapy to help you greatly. With balanced neurotransmitters, our patients hardly know they are having their periods. They are that comfortable after years of pain etc. ...Read more
Yes; other herbs too: Yes, marijuana can be very helpful for muscle spasms and menstrual cramps. Some strains are more effective than others. Many other herbs are also effective, including cramp bark (called that for good reason). Valerian, black cohosh, skullcap and dong quai. See http://www.Herbaled.Org/education/articles/menstrual.Html & http://www.Naturalnews.Com/022969_chinese_medicine_menstrual_pain.Html. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes - other options:: Nsaid’s, ssri’s, hormone meds, otc meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise ; acupuncture are excellent for pms / period. 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 ; green tea can dissipate pain. Ginger helps w nausea. ...Read more
Muscle Relaxers: You know you would think that muscle relaxers would work well for uterine cramps but in my experience they just don't do very much. I have had much better success with the NSAID's because they block prostaglandin which actually cause the cramping in the uterus. The one that my patients seem to have the most help with is naproxyn which is found in over the counter Aleve, (naproxen) 2 tablets twice a day. ...Read more
Help in what way?: There has been a study published showing the use of estradiol gel in participants when given as a patch approximately 10 days after ovulation and through the second day of menstruation. That study reported approximately 20% reduction in total headache days. In the same study it is noted that 5 days after stopping the patch there is an unexpected spike in severe headaches. I don't recommend it. ...Read more
Dysmenorrhea: Painful periods (dysmenorrhea) can be initially treated with over the counter medications like advil, motrin, midol and ibuprofen. The key is to start taking something for them as soon as they start and then take something every 6-8 hours until it ends. If you wait until severe, not much will help. Heat and getting on the birth control pill may also help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
IBUPROFEN; NAPROXEN: Otc (over-the counter) medications, such as Ibuprofen (advil, Motrin ib) or Naproxen sodium (aleve (naproxen) and others) are the best place to start and the most easily available. Ibuprofen is most effective when the starting dose is 2 tablets (400 mg). Do not exceed the packing maximium recommended dosages without consulting with your physician. See md if this does not help. ...Read more
Many options: There are many natural therapies for menstrual cramps. Try magnesium taurate, glycinate or malate 400-800 mg/day and/or hot baths with epsom salts. Herbs like cramp bark and chamomile help. Topical clary sage essential oil and castor oil compresses often help. Homeopathy and acupuncture can help. Prevent cramps with an anti--inflammatory diet rich in Omega 3 oils. See http://tinyurl.com/hqyzpzc ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Menstrual cramps: Try warm bath, heating pad, exercise ; acupuncture are excellent for pms / period. 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. Ginger helps w nausea. ...Read more
Menstrual cramps: Consider omega- 3 fatty acids or magnesium (supplementation or through diet) with dr ok. Discuss use of herbal like Black Cohosh with your dr. Sipping Chamomile & Green tea can dissipate pain. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol & salt. NSAID’s, warm bath, heating pad & acupuncture are excellent for dysmenorrhea. Get GYN eval – check Magnesium & iodine levels & to rule out underlying pathology. ...Read more
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