Does anyone get this sick during that time of the month?

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Posted: 10/6/2012 3:20:30 PM
15 yo dd doesn't get this bad every month but it seems like about 50%. She started today and is lying down with bad cramps and nausea. I feel terrible for her because other than advil, I don't know what to offer her. She hates throwing up (as I'm sure we all do) and is paranoid and I'm sure that isn't helping. Any other ideas?

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Posted: 10/6/2012 3:30:30 PM
Yes, my time of the month is often accompanied with nausea and diarrhea. Joy.

How about good ole comfort food? Mine is chai tea with milk and Chinese food. (Ironically the only things I wanted while having morning sickness too!). DD likes chai tea for cramps too. Maybe there's something in it that's soothing us that we don't recognize? What does your DD like on a cold day to be cozy? That's what I would want.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 3:32:11 PM
I did when I was a teen. Never threw up, but got nauseous a lot! Please have her see the gyn and perhaps put her on the pill. I was ruled by my cycle and looking back, it never should have been that way. Does she have a heating pad? That will help.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 3:41:52 PM
would the pill really help with it? I do have a heating pad so I'll plug that in for her. She's lying on the floor in her bedroom (her bed is the top bunk of a bunkbed and she's worried if she is suddenly sick she won't make it down in time) and she looks miserable. Luckily it usually only lasts a day or less but when you're sick like that, it seems like forever. She doesn't seem to want to eat anything or drink anything but water.

My sister used to get the same way but not as often.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 3:46:26 PM
Sounds exactly like me, except I managed to get out of high school without having those symptoms. One I was about 19 or 20 my periods would stop me dead in my tracks. I got myself on birth control and now I can actually feel like a normal person during that time of the month. It makes a huge difference.

A check up with the doctor couldn't hurt, you shouldn't be that miserable for that many days a year.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 3:47:01 PM
At age 12, starting with period number two... I have had horribly debilitating periods. I had to miss the first day -whether it was a school day, or fun trip, or whatever. I was in bed alternating between being hot and freezing, hurting from my belly button to my knees, very nauseous. I could barely stand up, my legs were so sore and wobbly.

The best thing that I found was by prescription then.. today it is sold as Aleve. A gazillion times more effect than any other OTC painkiller for me. And when I was about 19 I started taking the birth control pill, which helped a fair bit. What really helped was having a baby. During my childbearing years and until 45yo, I had a break from the horrible first day of each cycle.

I remember the one and only day we spent at Disneyland (I was with a friend and her parents!) I got my period and spent half of the day in the bathroom feeling sick and crying. HUGE dance recital on my 16th birthday - got my period. I thought I might faint, but because I was part of a large dance troupe... I went ahead and danced.

Good luck to your daughter! She is not alone.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 3:47:53 PM
Poor thing. When I get bad cramps, I use the Thermacare Menstrual Heat Wraps. Link They stick to your underpants and give a good amount of heat for up to 12 hours. I like them because you can move around and no one needs to know that you're not feeling well.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 3:49:29 PM
Take her to an OBGYN.

No one should have to suffer like that. Surely there is something a doc can do for her. Some young girls even use birth control pills to tame difficult periods.
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Posted: 10/6/2012 3:51:17 PM
I used to as a teenager. Horrible cramps, extreme nausea/vomiting, and more. I usually missed a day or so a month from school all through high school.

My parents wouldn't/didn't take me to the gyn, but I've heard other people had success with being put on the pill. I just suffered through until it started to get better as I got older, and it got much better after I had my kids (mid 20s).

Sorry I don't have more productive advice, but I feel for her-BTDT. I did use the heating pad all the time, but make sure it doesn't get too hot-I burned blisters on my back more than once back then trying to get some relief (I'm pretty sure heating pads these days don't get that hot anymore, though-the one we had when I was a teen was ancient even then.) I also didn't want much to eat or drink when I was that sick. If anything, some giner ale or sprite and crackers was usually all I could handle.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 4:14:16 PM
I was like that in high school ... horrific cramps, nausea and diarrhea, etc. It was miserable. My PCP ended up putting me on Vicoden because nothing else helped -- BC pills were never suggested, but might have been preferable to a narcotic.

Please take her symptoms seriously (as it sounds like you are) and check in with her MD. No girl should have to suffer like that.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 4:23:07 PM
Thanks everyone. She slept for a bit and then woke up and ate some plain rice and feels quite a bit better now. Since she was asleep I didn't give her the heating pad but told her she can use it now if needed. I also have some thermacare heat wraps. I'll give the dr a call and see what she thinks. She still sees a pediatrician and my GYN is a man so I may have to find a woman GYN for her.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 4:25:31 PM
I didn't start taking birth control unyil I was 31. If I had known how much easier it was going to make my periods, I would have begged for it as a teen.

I'm not saying its the only answer, but it's certainly an option to look into.

I feel for your DD.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 4:29:28 PM
The pill would probably help, yes. That is why I take it now. Without it, I can miss two days of work every month. Not good.

What you can do that may help is to have her take Motrin. It not only relieves the pain but slows the bleeding. I take 400 mg four times a day on the first two days. That is the prescription dosage, so you may want to check with her doctor about this. It has to be ibuprofen, not acetaminophen. But it really works for menstrual pain and misery.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 4:33:34 PM
My 22 year old dd has terrible symptoms during her periods- diarrhea, cramps, chills, nausea, etc. She also has factor v leiden (a genetic blood clotting disorder) so she can't take birth control pills.

Unfortunately, she hasn't found anything that helps and suffers through it. She won't miss work (CNA) or college (nursing) even though she feels miserable.

Sure wish there was something that could help those with such debilitating symptoms.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 4:50:30 PM
I had awful cramps too and still do. I have endometriosis and I am sure I have felt that pain from the beginning of my periods until now. I am sorry she is hurting. That pain is awful. Make sure she doesn't take too much advil or aleve because it caused me to get ulcers. But I took quite a bit on my period and after a car accident. Definitely get her to the doctor.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 4:59:35 PM
Yes. My poor daughter! She has severe pain and vomits every month first day and pain for days. So does her friend, strange. Our DO said go to the Vitamin Shoppe and get Wild Yam (tincture) perfectly natural and no side effects. It was the main ingredient of The Pill up until 1970! Miracle. Happy to pass it on. Run dont walk and get it! No joke. I suffer severe cramps as well and it helps within 5 mins. Sharp pain gone. Also while you're there get some Boiron Arnica Montana Pellets takes the menstrual pain right out. Good luck. I feel for her (and the rest of u! I know that pain well.)


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Posted: 10/6/2012 5:15:51 PM
I'm another vote for the pill. I didn't go on it until right before I got married. The difference it made was amazing. Wish I'd known that would be the case years earlier. It also made my cycles much lighter.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 5:22:32 PM
I went on the pill at 14. I went from horrible periods where I would spend day 1 in bed, curled up into a ball, when I wasn't in the bathroom throwing up, to quite manageable periods.

It made a huge difference.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 6:18:06 PM
Poor girl. I used to have a horrible time for the first couple of days of my period. I would have horrible cramps, diarhea and my flow was heavy with lots of clots. It was somewhat better when I was on birth control, but I had to stop BC because of migraines.

Before I had my hysterectomy I had such bad back pain during my period that I would sit at my desk in my classroom with a heating pad on my lower back.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:52:54 PM
My 16 yo DD has very similar issues. She started her periods at age 13 and since the 2nd cycle has had a miserable time--- severe cramps, nausea, diahr, dizziness, etc. She tried lots of things.

Her pediatrician and I both took it seriously and didn't want to immediately jump to using BC pills and tried a few other things first. She actually started taking a presciption med that is an anti-inflammatory that is typically used for arthritis and that helped a decent amount with some of the symptoms. (It was suggested by an OB/GYN nurse who is a friend and said they try that sometimes with girls with bad symtoms.) Then we decided to try BC pills about 6 months ago and that has really made the biggest difference. The fact that it regulates things for her-- cycles are predictable, not as heavy and she feels more human. Still takes something for pain but usually only for 1 day now instead of 4 days every month.

Btw -- the pediatrician has been receptive and wonderful and able to treat her successfully -- we have not taken her to GYN yet.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 9:18:49 PM
My 15 yo is dealing with this, too. She and I have been talking and I'm going to make an appt with a midwife. I would rather have her seen by a midwife who is known for spending up to 2 hours with a physical, going over labs, and going over nutrition, etc, than a male GYN (the only GYNs here are males) with a tight schedule.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 11:33:00 PM
I was absolutely miserable with my periods. I had to skip a day every month from school. It was a nightmare. BCP saved my life. Quite literally actually b/c I have cysts and endo. I actually feel human now. I drink Advil, but I can function well now. Not saying your DD has issues like I do, but I am saying that such misery is not normal. You need to talk to a GYN. She should not be suffering like that.


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Posted: 10/7/2012 11:58:12 AM
BCPs will help

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Posted: 10/7/2012 12:05:22 PM
Please take her to a Doctor.

I went to my mother's GYN at age 12. It was a guy. I definitely do NOT recommend a male - find a female if at all possible.

I started my period in 6th grade, had it for two weeks on, two weeks off. It was HORRIBLE. The cramps and sick feeling was unbearable. The BCP helped. It's the only thing that does.


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Posted: 10/7/2012 12:19:32 PM
yes, and it was horrible that along with the pain there was such heavy bleeding that it was difficult to go to school due to the fear that my protection would fail!

My sister and I both suffered with bad periods, so when my dd also had issues, I took her to the GYN. BCP was the best option and continues to work well to keep her periods regular and lighter.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 12:23:04 PM
I had terrible periods as a teen. I went on the pill at 17 for this reason and it changed everything. Please consider it for her.

For now, let her take motrin or advil and have her soak in a hot bath. That helped me immensely.

I hope she feels better soon.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 1:15:27 PM
In my 35+ years of having periods, I've had 6-8 that made me really sick, almost like hellacious food poisoning. Flash fever, cramps, nausea, and diarrhea. (ETA the chills) Also very heavy flow. The whole thing would last about 3 hours, then be gone.

If your DD is having a horrible time of it consistently, and I consider 50% of the time pretty consistent under these circumstances, then perhaps she, her doc, and you could discuss putting her on the pill. My college roommate was on the pill to even out her menstrual symptoms and it really helped her. The added benefit of regulating her periods was awesome and actually convinced me to try the it. Unfortunately, it gave me blood clots (we're talking late 70's here, and it was a much different Pill than what's used now) and I couldn't stay on it.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 1:27:25 PM
We just had our 16 year old DD at the doctor for this very thing. Such bad cramps that she was often throwing up from them.

Until we could get in for the appointment, the doctor suggested she start with Advil the day before, along with Gravol to help the nausea.

At the appointment, she was prescribed the birth control pill to help even out the hormones.

She's only been on them for a couple weeks, so we'll see what happens when her period rolls around!


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Posted: 10/8/2012 12:18:13 PM
It doesn't happen often anymore, but I used to have terrible nausea and diarrhea at that time of the month along with cramps bad enough at times that I couldn't stand. I started taking the pill before I was sexually active because of it. It made a huge difference. It was unbearable to me.

The Dr speculated that I had endometriosis but I was never formally diagnosed because it requires a surgical procedure to diagnose and since the pills worked, it didn't seem necessary.

It essentially went away after having my first child. Now it happens only occasionally and I don't take the pill at all.


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Posted: 10/8/2012 12:28:04 PM
Yes, take her to see your GYN. My DD at around 16 got physically ill every period. She passed out twice due to nausea and pain, fortunately in the school nurse's office. The GYN ran some tests and suggested birth control pills to regulate her hormones. Although I was a bit hesitant b/c they were bc pills and she was 16, they made SUCH A HUGE difference in her life. She now just has a little normal crampy, PMS type ills.



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Posted: 10/8/2012 12:39:30 PM
that is EXACTLY why I went on the pill when I was a teenager-- it will regulate her hormone levels and should help mitigate those symptoms.

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