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dysmenorrhea?


My sister really needs your help. its not pms but dysmenorrhea. She has this symptoms:

- Throwing up
- She feels weak
- Her Cramps are horrible!!!
- Whenever she sweats, she turns cold
- Fainting
- She goes to do #2 a lot and release gases.
- Hedaches before her period comes
- Pimples apear before her period
- Blood is not liquid and gets clogged
Any suggestions? Recomendations? Anything can help her.
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She needs to see an ob/gyn to help with her symptoms. Have your parents take her there as soon as possible.  (+ info)

Dysmenorrhea?


i am supposed to see an obgyn to check if i have it. what will she do i am very nervous.?!
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Dysmenorrhea - Menstrual cramps

If you're a woman, chances are you've dealt with menstrual cramps — even if you've never heard of "dysmenorrhea," the medical term for them. Menstrual cramps are dull or throbbing pains in the lower abdomen. Many women experience menstrual cramps just before and during their menstrual periods. For some women, the discomfort is merely annoying. For others, it can be severe enough to interfere with everyday activities for a few days every month.

Menstrual cramps are classified as primary dysmenorrhea or secondary dysmenorrhea. Primary dysmenorrhea involves no physical abnormality and usually begins six months to a year after you begin menstruating. Secondary dysmenorrhea involves an underlying physical cause, such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids.

If you have primary dysmenorrhea, there are some measures you can take to ease the discomfort. You can also be rest assured that cramps tend to decrease in intensity as you get older and often disappear after pregnancy. For secondary dysmenorrhea, managing your cramps involves treating the underlying cause.
Symptoms

Most women experience menstrual cramps at some time in their lives. Whether it's primary or secondary, dysmenorrhea can be severe enough to disrupt your day-to-day routine.

If you have primary dysmenorrhea, you most likely developed it within a year after you started menstruating. You may continue to have cramps through your 20s or until you have a baby. Then, for unknown reasons, they're likely to become less intense. With secondary dysmenorrhea, cramps may start or return later in life, but can begin anytime after you begin menstruating.

Signs and symptoms of dysmenorrhea may include:

* Dull or throbbing pain in your lower abdomen
* Pain that radiates to your lower back and thighs

Other signs and symptoms that can occur along with menstrual cramps include:

* Nausea and vomiting
* Loose stools
* Sweating
* Dizziness
Causes

During menstrual periods, your uterus contracts to help expel its lining. Prostaglandins, hormone-like substances involved in pain and inflammation, trigger the uterine muscle contractions. No one knows for sure, but many experts believe that prostaglandins are the direct cause of primary dysmenorrhea. Increased leukotriene levels — substances involved in inflammation — also may be a contributing factor.

A number of conditions can cause secondary dysmenorrhea. They include:

* Endometriosis. In this painful condition, the type of tissue that lines your uterus becomes implanted outside your uterus, most commonly on your fallopian tubes, ovaries or the tissue lining your pelvis.
* Adenomyosis. In this condition, the tissue that lines your uterus begins to grow within the muscular walls of the uterus.
* Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). This infection of the female reproductive organs is usually caused by sexually transmitted bacteria.
* Use of an intrauterine device (IUD). These small, plastic, T-shaped birth control devices are inserted into your uterus. They may cause increased cramping, particularly during the first few months after insertion.
* Uterine fibroids and uterine polyps. These noncancerous tumors and growths protrude from the lining of your uterus.

When to seek medical advice

If you've started menstruating within the past few years and are experiencing cramps, chances are your menstrual pain is primary dysmenorrhea and not a cause for concern. However, if menstrual cramps disrupt your life for several days a month or if you're older and just started experiencing severe menstrual cramps, see your doctor. If you have secondary dysmenorrhea, pinpointing the underlying cause is the first step to successful treatment.  (+ info)

I have primary Dysmenorrhea and nothing is seems to work?


Dysmenorrhea in other words is difficult and severe periods. My doctor put me on naporxen and it didn't help, I've tried chinese herbal remedies and that didn't help either. The only other option is birth control but I would like to have a child within the next couple of years so I really dont want to do the birthcontrol. Does any body know anything else that can be done?
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I would not suggest taking Birth Control pills because it can screw up your system even more. People says it helps...ya it helps while your on them but as soon a you get off depending how long you stay on BC for it can make your periods worse. I think it messes up your female reproductive system even more...as for the herbs that you took? what exactly were they that you took some herbs have blood thinners in them and you have to watch out for them, have you tried talking to a herbalist. remember some herbs take a while to kick in and start working wonders but they do work. I have been dealing with herbs for a long time that all i take. I have the exact opposite of you, I have ammenoreah and i havent had a period in over a year and when i do it is extemely light and brown, i take herbs for that and i can tell in differences  (+ info)

What are the diferences between dysmenorrhea and endometriosis?


how can i defferentiate the symptoms of these illness? my mom use to have dysmenorrhea then when she got old, she now has endometriosis. Am I capable of having one too cuz its starting to freak me out! like, how do i know if i have one w/o even going to the doctor and have it checked?
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Dysmenorrhea is a menstrual condition characterized by severe and frequent menstrual cramps and pain associated with menstruation. The following are the most common symptoms ofdysmenorrhea. However, each adolescent may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

cramping in the lower abdomen
pain in the lower abdomen
low back pain
pain radiating down the legs
nausea
vomiting
diarrhea
fatigue
weakness
fainting
headaches
The symptoms of dysmenorrhea may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (the endometrial stroma and glands, which should only be located inside the uterus) is found elsewhere in the body.

Endometriosis lesions can be found anywhere in the pelvic cavity: on the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, and on the pelvic sidewall. Other common sites include the uterosacral ligaments, the cul-de-sac, the Pouch of Douglas, and in the rectal-vaginal septum.

The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. The pain often correlates to the menstrual cycle, but a woman with endometriosis may also experience pain that doesn’t correlate to her cycle. For many women, the pain of endometriosis is so severe and debilitating that it impacts their lives in significant ways.  (+ info)

Can I get a medical marijuana prescription for dysmenorrhea?


My dysmenorrhea is bad (having to miss school and work), I've read in many sources that medical marijuana has been found to help with the symptoms and it has for me, but can I get a prescription for it?
Uhh there is here in California...
Uhh there is here in California...
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there is no such thing as a prescription for smoking weed. there is only a pill form that is rarely prescribed. good luck!!  (+ info)

What can I do about pain associated with Secondary dysmenorrhea?


Due to endometriosis, I have Secondary dysmenorrhea. I menstruate anywhere from 0-1 time every 1-2 years, but when I do, it's obviously an extreme situation. I've literally tried exercise, pain killers, heating pads, a hot bath...the list could go on. What can I do to lessen the pain, it's extremely severe?
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Oh I'm sorry hun! The only thing that I can think of is investing in a TENS machine. My friend has one & swears it helps. Hope you find some relief soon.xx  (+ info)

What are your remedies for Dysmenorrhea?


What are you remedies or things that you do to make you feel better when you have dysmenorrhea? :D
What are your best remedies. :D
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I curl up in bed for a short while and deep breathe. Then, I take Tylenol.  (+ info)

Did you get dysmenorrhea when you had your period after giving birth?


My lochia stopped one month ago and I assume my current bleeding is because of my monthly period. I used to get dysmenorrhea when I had my period before getting pregnant. For references, I gave birth Dec. 4 2008 and I am not breastfeeding.
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All women are different, but my first period after I gave birth 7 months ago was extra heavy and painful. It also lasted close to 10 days. I called my doctor to be sure it was normal and she confirmed that it was. Your body needs to get use to regular ovulation and menstruation after the 9 month gap, so it can take a toll on the body. I made sure to stay hydrated and I continued taking my pre-natal vitamin with Iron to help keep my levels up.  (+ info)

What is the mineral content of banana blossom that helps in relieving dysmenorrhea?


How does banana blossom relieve dysmenorrhea?What are ways in preparing the banana blossom in using as pain reliever for dysmenorrhea?
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I don't have an answer for that but a suggestion. Ever have
your thyroid levels checked by an endochronologist (sp?)?
At the very least, read up on thyroid levels and their relationship to dismenorrhea.  (+ info)

Is it normal that Dysmenorrhea/menstrual pains to be on and off before the actual period starts?


Is it normal that Dysmenorrhea/menstrual pains to be on and off before the actual period starts
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Yes, this is most likely due to ovulation and are the reason you have cramps before hand. That can be quite painful, as the egg is breaking through the ovary to go to the fallopian tube. I recommend taking over the counter meds like Advil or Pamprin. Avoid caffiene. Although OTC meds like Pamprin contain a small amount of caffiene, it is fine if you are trying to avoid it completely.  (+ info)

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