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Thread: I May Have Cured My Period Cramps

  1. #1
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    Aug 2011

    I May Have Cured My Period Cramps

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    This is a very cool personal discovery and I just have to share. Last month I caught a seriously nasty cold and was hitting it with everything I, supplements, and OTC. I was dreading the thought that after 3 weeks of pure congested hell, my period was coming up to add to the grief. I get wicked cramps every month. I've already tried kelp, krill oil, etc. and nothing works. I waited and waited and the period came but the cramps never did, I couldn't believe it!

    so I retraced my steps to figure out exactly what I had done and concluded that it was either the mega doses of antihistimines or tylenol I was taking every day. Today, I read that both antihistimines and tylenol function by inhibiting the enzymes that the body uses to make prostaglandins. And as many who suffer with menstrual cramps know, they are caused by prostaglandins. Never made the connection until now.

    Anyway, experimenting this month by taking tylenol everyday the week before my period. Trying to block the prostaglandins before they are created. I may throw a few antihistimines in as well for good measure...wish me luck!

  2. #2
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    Nov 2010
    Taking tylenol for days is a terrible idea for your liver, though I'm sure the cramps are bad and you are grateful for any relief.There are other options that a function doc like chinese medicine or naturopathic medicine specialists that could help you without killing your organs.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2011
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    That's interesting. I usually take Advil during AF because she's unbearable otherwise. I guess it wouldn't hurt to take it preemptively; I'll give it a try next time around. Taking Natural Calm magnesium supplement helps me greatly, too. When I slack on it, I notice the difference immediately.
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  4. #4
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    Sep 2011
    Agreed about the Tylenol. Bless you that you may have found a way to ease the cramps, but beware of hepatoxicity.

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  5. #5
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    Feb 2010
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    I take an equivalent of Tylenol when the pains are bad, but I try and keep the dose to a minimum for reasons already mentioned. Have you experimented with getting the number of days down?

  6. #6
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    Nov 2011
    Hello Goldstar -
    Thanks for sharing your discovery! I can sympathize as I have suffered from severe cramping for all of my life. Hopefully your remedy does not cause other side effects. In case you are interested, I will share my find with you. About 3 months ago, I finally found something that took away all of my menstrual pain and moodiness - and it is from my ayurvedic doctor. I am new to ayurveda, and can say that I am hooked. Im so surprised by the positive changes in my body and health. My doctor has put me on a plan that works well. If you find there are side effects from your OTC's, you may want to check out a local ayurvedic doctor.

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    Sep 2010
    You need to add iodine to your system. Take 1-iodoral low dose pill each day. As detailed in the iodine book by Dr. Brownstein, females are all about Hormones, and hormones start with iodine & the thyroid gland. Iodine is even far more important to prevent NASTY female problems:

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  8. #8
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    Jun 2011
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    I started iodine last month (12.5 mg iodoral) and had no cramps but I also added 3,000 mg Vit. C, 200 Mg Magnesium, 200 mcg. Selenium, 1,000 mg Niacin and 400 mg Vitamin B2.

  9. #9
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    Jul 2011
    I would caution with excessive use of tylonel etc. The person who mentioned possible liver issues is correct. HOWEVER, I do know that prior to a procedure when there will be pain they tell you to med up. This is just an extreme case of that.

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    I used to have horrible week long PMS- crabby, B L O A Tof 8-10 lbs, sleeplessness, weakness, binges. Lo and behold, this morning, I noticed my period started. First time in a long time (years) I was caught off guard. No PMS. zero. zilch. Started Magnesium supps about a month ago.

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