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What causes headaches fatigue and heavy menstrual flow? Also muscle aches during period?

What causes headaches fatigue and heavy menstrual flow? Also muscle aches during period?

PMS: Premenstrual symptoms often bring a set of psychological and physiologic changes to a woman's body. They often improve once the periods finished and often recur right before their periods. ...Read more

Menstrual (Definition)

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


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Migraine headache, muscle pain, joint pain and swelling, sudden and severe abdominal bloating, extreme fatigue? Please help :(

Migraine headache,  muscle pain, joint pain and swelling, sudden and severe abdominal bloating, extreme fatigue? Please help :(

Needs Evaluation: Asap! these multi-system complaints are quite concerning. An internist or rheumatologist would be most efficient. Expect to have blood tests, possibly some imaging studies. ...Read more

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What could severe lower abdominal and lower back pain with extreme mood changes and heavy bleeding during menstrual cycle be?

What could severe lower abdominal and lower back pain with extreme mood changes and heavy bleeding during menstrual cycle be?

Endometriosis? C MD: Dysmenorrhea (painful periods), dysfunctional uterine bleeding (abnormal bleeding during menses), dysphoric syndrome (severe mood changes); could be hormonal. Could be endometriosis (abnormal deposition of uterine tissue outside the inner lining of uterus; hormonally sensitive, painful. Could be uterine polyp, fibroid, or mass. If rectal bleed, then poss infl bowel, ca. See your doc. ...Read more

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I'm having dull headache and neck pain since many days.Could it be tension headache?

I'm having dull headache and neck pain since many days.Could it be tension headache?

Headache: Yes, tension headaches are typically "crushing" - like someone pushing on both sides of your head and the muscles in the neck can also be tense. If you have significant tension in the neck muscles, see if you can have someone try to gently massage these as that can often help the headache in general. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for debilitating period with very heavy flow, severe cramps and back pain, migraines and fatigue?

What's the best treatment for debilitating period with very heavy flow, severe cramps and back pain, migraines and fatigue?

Confer with Dr.: Non-steroidal medications like ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac can be quite effective in treating your symptoms. However, there is a risk that your crohn's might be reactivated or worsened. You really need to have a dr. Weigh the risks and benefits of that decision. You may also be experiencing other concurrent abdominal problems that are complicating your symptoms. ...Read more

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What. Causes. Abdominal cramping and back pain and spotting in between cycles?

What. Causes. Abdominal cramping and back pain and spotting in between cycles?

Check-up: Your question is too broad to answer in this short space. A lot of benign , and occasionally a malignant, condition can cause your symptoms. I can only suggest a thorough gynecologic evaluation and discussion with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause arm and leg pain? Similar to muscle pain and cramps

Muscle pain and: cramps can be due to low magnesium or the side-effect of statin medications. Please see your doc. After that you may want to supplement w/magnesium. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Severe cramping and vagina pain stabbing back pain. And severe headache and blood pressure going up and down. 33 weeks pregnant?

Severe cramping and vagina pain stabbing back pain. And severe headache and blood pressure going up and down.  33 weeks pregnant?

See Doctor now: If your OB can't be reached then you need to be seen in emergency department immediately. Pre-term labor and pre-eclampsia can threaten the pregnancy as well as your health. ...Read more

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What could cause: general aches and pains; mild to severe back stiffness and pain; muscle weakness; fatigue; sharp and cont.- occasional pain in head, lower abdomen, and hips; occasional shakiness; and excessive big, easily caused and long lasting(2 to 4w

These : These are very non-specific symptoms, and could mean a wide range of problems. General aches and pains could be secondary to viral illness, fatigue, stress/anxiety, musculoskeletal issues, etc. The shakiness could be due to low blood sugar, anxiety, chills secondary to infection process. The easy bruising could be due to a low plalelet count or other abnormality in blood count. The bottom line here is to have a complete medical evaluation by your primary care provider. Hopefully after a detailed history, physical, and testing, your doctor will have a diagnosis(es) and will be able to provide a treatment plan. Best of luck. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Do the symptoms of fibromyalgia include muscle cramps & spasms and/or shooting pain from nerves?

Do the symptoms of fibromyalgia include muscle cramps & spasms and/or shooting pain from nerves?

Could be: Fibromyalgia is very difficult to diagnose because there is no good test for it, and it can appear differently in different people. Muscle cramps, spasms, and shooting pains are possible but can also come from other things. ...Read more

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Serve abdomen and back cramps and abdominal soreness & intermittent stabbing pain near ribs. What can cause this? Also took aygestin (norethindrone) 10 before cycle.

Serve abdomen and back cramps and abdominal soreness & intermittent  stabbing pain near ribs. What can cause this? Also took aygestin (norethindrone) 10 before cycle.

Need to be seen: Many things on the list of what could cause your symptoms (intestine/stomach issues, gyn issues, muscle issues, infection..the list is long). You need to be seen by a doctor and evaluated ASAP. Best of luck with this. Dr R ...Read more

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I am experiencing excessive menstrual bleeding, excessive menstrual cramps, abdominal discomfort, shoulder pain and lightheadedness.

I am experiencing  excessive menstrual bleeding, excessive menstrual cramps, abdominal discomfort, shoulder pain and lightheadedness.

Heavy menses: Heavy menstrual bleeding is something that a complete history and physical exam with possible testing at the GYN MD's office requires to give you the best answer. ...Read more

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Can ibs feel like menstrual cramps, and lower back pain?

Can ibs feel like menstrual cramps, and lower back pain?

It could B but U-: -need a diagnosis from a specialist 2 B sure. If it's only when U have Ur periods, no. If always troublesome,& urgent need of a bathroom 4 bm's, many times a day, I would lean more toward IBS. ...Read more

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I am experiencing pelvic pain, excessive menstrual cramps and breast pain (quality: tenderness) .

I am experiencing  pelvic pain, excessive menstrual cramps and breast pain (quality: tenderness) .

Painful Menses: Dysmenorrhea Tx: 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. ...Read more

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Have pain in my shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees. Usually pain accompanied by severe headaches and muscle pains and spasms. What is pain and why?

Have pain in my shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees. Usually pain accompanied by severe headaches and muscle pains and spasms. What is pain and why?

Polyarthralgia: Polyarthralgia or pain in multiple joint could be seen in many rheumatological conditions. Headaches and muscle spasm may or may not be associated. You need to contact your physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. Possibilities may include lupus, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, lyme's disease, polymyalgia rheumatica. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Painful period with back and shoulder pain and diarrhea?

Painful period with back and shoulder pain and diarrhea?

Cannot diagnose: The symptoms you have provided may or may not be in sync with one another, and in addition would have to see you face to face and examine you in order to assess this. See your family doctor, and in addition, answers on healthtap aren't intended for individual treatment, prescription or diagnosis. ...Read more

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I am experiencing excessive menstrual cramps, fatigue and blood in toilet. The following also describe me: Pelvic pain and Lower abdominal pain. W...

I am experiencing  excessive menstrual cramps, fatigue and blood in toilet. The following also describe me: Pelvic pain and Lower abdominal pain. W...

Please go see a Dr. : If you are having heavy bleeding and fatigue I am worried that you are getting anemic. I would recommend going to see your obgyn or possibly the ER if you are light headed and dizzy ...Read more

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Headaches, sore stomach and aching bones? Can it be withdrawal from having no pain killers/codiene?

Headaches, sore stomach and aching bones? Can it be withdrawal from having no pain killers/codiene?

Sure, but: It could also be a long list of other things, many common. The severity and duration would matter. If it is w/drawal - try to bear it - it will be worth it. And you can get medical help for it too. Have an exam if these seem to be unrelated at all. It can be wise. ...Read more

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Im 16. What are some ways to releve severe neck and shoulder pain and tension. Its stiff too?

Im 16. What are some ways to releve severe neck and shoulder pain and tension. Its stiff too?

Exercise : Like yoga and pilates. Ice or heat. Stretches. Don't carry your backpack on one shoulder but evenly in both shoulders. Try to avoid looking down a lot. Watch slumping and try to walk and sit with good posture! ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Period Pain (Definition)

Period pain or menstrual cramps are often referred to as dysmenorrhea, while a more accurate translation would be menalgia. Dysmenorrhea is a more encompassing term that not only describes the painful cramping associated with menses, but means that 'something isn't right ...Read more


Dr. Navita Modi
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Menstrual Pain (Definition)

A painful cramping sensation in the lower abdomen occuring just before or during the menses. It can be associated with other symptoms including, but not limited to. Headache, ...Read more