Originally Posted by akaisha
oh you're definitely not the only one.
and annie that is really good to hear! what have you been doing? i get some bad-for-me cramps on CD1 now. every cycle since coming off the pill, never used to get them before. we'll see if it stops, but i've been thinking about changing my diet or taking some supplements to help. they're only on CD1 and i only have to take about 2-3 extra strength advil to get rid of them for the day, but it's enough to make me double over in pain. i guess i'm just not used to it, being 22 and cramping for the first time ever. AF went from being 3-4 days on the pill to only 1-2 days now though, so i'm definitely not complaining.
I changed a couple of different things. The first thing is that I now take Zinc daily and about 6-7 days into my LP, I increase my Zinc to 90 mg per day. I found a Zinc tablet at Whole Foods that is really gentle on my stomach. I keep taking that dose until my AF lightens up then switch back to just 30 mg per day.
The second thing is my Dr prescribed Diclofenac which is a prescription NSAID. Ibuprofen is a weaker NSAID and all NSAIDs work to reduce the levels of prostaglandins in your body. Those are caused by inflammation so when you get AF, your uterine muscles are inflamed which release prostaglandins. The NSAID reduces the inflammation which is why ibuprofen and naproxin work for most women. For some women, like me, they can take high doses of ibuprofen and it doesn't reduce the cramping. I was to the point where I would have to take 600-800 mg of ibuprofen every 3 hrs or so for a 36-48 hr period. It was VERY rough on my stomach.
So now, once I get a temp drop or feel the cramps starting, I start on my diclofenac. I take that every 12 hrs until my flow lightens up. My Dr also gave me a prescription for a narcotic painkiller for when things get really bad. Two cycles ago, I was able to make it through without having to take it. This past cycle, I missed taking the diclofenac at the 12 hr window so I think that is why I had to break down and take one of the painkillers. Next AF, I am going to be super vigilant about taking the diclofenac every 12 hrs on the dot so the cramps don't have a chance to build up.
If that still doesn't work, I am going to do acupuncture. My insurance doesn't cover it and so it will be expensive but if the supplements aren't working, I need to try something else.