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Dr. Kashif Abdullah
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Period Pain (Overview)

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 with the menstrual flow"


Dr. Kashif Abdullah
372 Doctors shared insights

Period Pain (Overview)

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 with the menstrual flow"


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Period pain (Tip)

Period pain: eat smaller meals but eat more often. ...See more

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Managing Menstrual Cramps (Checklist)

Track your periods
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Tell your gynecologist what works for your pain
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Try taking NSAIDs the day before your period starts, if you can take them
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Ask your gynecologist about using birth control pills to control menstrual cramps
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How would doctors recommend I treat period pain?

How would doctors recommend I treat period pain?

Natural approaches: Omega 3 fatty acid & magnesium supplementation can be beneficial. Avoid excessive sugar & low quality carbohydrate intake. Don’t add extra salt to your food & avoid processed foods containing extra salt. Reduce caffeine & alcohol use. Be physically active. Acupuncture/acupressure = effective. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications can help with pain as well as heat. Please d/w your dr/gyn. ...Read more

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Period pain (Tip)

Period pain for some athletes is more than just periodic pain, it's a disruption to avoid, to succeed. ...See more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use your pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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Best treatment for period pain?

Best treatment for period pain?

Pain: 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 can dissipate pain. Ginger helps w nausea. ...Read more

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Seriously bad period pain!? What is the treatment for that?

Get eval: 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 can dissipate pain. Ginger helps w nausea. ...Read more

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Period pain (Tip)

Period pain: yoga can help. Try the locust pose, head to knee pose, or the bridge pose. ...See more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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Consider seeing a physical therapist
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What is a natural way to cure period pain?

Natural options.: Try: omega- 3 fatty acids or magnesium (supplementation or through diet) with your doctor’s approval. If you desire non-med approaches you can discuss use of a traditional herbal like black cohosh with your doctor. Chamomile tea can be soothing. Sipping green tea can also dissipate pain. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, extra salt. Acupuncture is excellent for this purpose. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to get rid of period pain?

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 can dissipate pain. Ginger helps w nausea. ...Read more

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Living with Ongoing Pain (Checklist)

Go to a physician who is trained to treat chronic pain
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Continue to look for more therapies that might be right for you
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Make sure to keep moving, as pain will only get worse
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Consider counseling for coping strategies
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I'm home alone I ran out the special period pain tablets, how can I stop this painfulness?

Period Pain: 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 can dissipate pain. Ginger helps w nausea. ...Read more

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Period pain (Tip)

What is the leading cause for females missing school between teens to twenties? Period pain. ...See more

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Lose weight
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Reduce stress by moving gracefully with tai chi, yoga, or dance
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Increase flexibility with gentle exercises and/or physical therapy
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Gradually increase muscle tone and strength to support your back
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What's the best way to prevent period pain for next month?  

Birth control pills: For true prevention, the birth control pill (or patch, ring) are the best bet. Most women find they make their periods lighter and less painful. Another option is to take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication as early as possible for the first 24-48 hours of each menses. Examples are Ibuprofen 800mg every 8 hours or Aleve (naproxen) 2 pills every 8-12 hours. Taken early it works best. ...Read more

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How can I cure period pain?

How can I cure period pain?

Multiple ways tohelp: There are multiple ways to decrease period pain. Anti inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen or naprosyn are the most helpful at the moment. If your periods are bad, you might want a birth control formulation to control your periods, or even to start skipping periods. ...Read more

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Managing Chronic Pelvic Pain (Checklist)

See your doctor for an evaluation
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Have a pelvic exam
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Have an ultrasound
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What causes bad period pain?

Many things: There can be several causes of painful periods (dysmenorrhea). Some women have endometriosis, ovarian cysts, sensitivity to pain. You should see your physician to evaluate the source. Usually treated with pain medication or birth control pills. ...Read more

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How can I reduce period pain?

1-2 days before: Ibuprofen taken 1-2 days before menses is great in preventing and decreasing dysmenorrhea (menstral pain). Take 400 mg every 6 hours x 2 days and may continue 1-2 days of menses, if necessary. ...Read more

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Period pain (Tip)

Sometimes period pain triggers deeper issues. Stay aware and respectful of these feelings. ...See more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask an oncologist to refer you to a cancer pain specialist
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Ask a pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If you have pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If you have neuropathy, request a trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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Will period pain subdue with age?

Will period pain subdue with age?

Usually: Dysmenorrhea or painful periods usually wane as a woman matures or after pregnancies. ...Read more

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What can I do to ease period pain!?

Dysmenorrhea: 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 can dissipate pain. Ginger helps w nausea. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Painful Menstrual Bleeding (Definition)

Painful menstrual bleeding, also known as dysmenorrhea, is a symptom that can be caused by infection, increased levels of prostaglandins (in which case ibuprofen will help relieve the pain), or structural abnormalities with ...Read more