Cramps and how to kick them?

Owe I hate period cramps so I was wondering what tricks you all use when yours kick in?

At the moment my only secret weapons are chocolate, hot water bottles and cranberry juice!

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23 replies since 9th January 2011 • Last reply 9th January 2011

Avoid caffeine.
Mine used to be really bad, but then I started taking BC pills, and they're not nearly as bad.
But if they do get tough for me, I usually change into loose clothes and drink some chamomile tea.

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chamomile tea, not eating meat and striving to eat lots of veggies on those days has really helped me. stretching out.

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*Yoga.
*Evening Primrose Oil
*Lots of water!
*Limiting sugar, alcohol, salt, and caffeine helps me.
*Birth control if your up for it. Get the lowest dose you can.
*Heating pad and even kneading your belly gently help as well.

Since I went vegetarian I hardly ever have cramps.

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LOTS of water
No caffeine
heating pad
pain killers if needed, not the ones designed for periods since they do nothing for me
rest if you can

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Wow you've all opted for really healthy options. I don't eat meat anyway but will definitely try chamomile tea - is there any particular reason why that works so well?

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I get pains so bad i have been in the hospital with them! The only thing that has ever worked for me is Co-codamol and a hot water bottle.

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I'm a vegetarian and I still have super bad cramps. I have to take pain killers though like oxycodone and such. But I find heating pads comfort them to a point where I can at least stand them.

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My mom use to heat up a little towel in the microwave. It always made me feel better and in the warmer months I usually take my dog on a walk. Light exercise is supposed to help and I find that it usually does.

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I usually try lots of water and exercises or hot water bottles, if all that fails then I get out the painkillers Tongue

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My last one I took one ibuprofen in the morning and I didn't have one cramp. Happy

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Hm, I think I'll try to walk my dog too. Or my hamster, if he ever gets the concept of a leash ;) I'm determined! ha


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I got a Lunette menstrual cup and NEVER GET THEM!!! I think it's a worthy investment!

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I have a bag of lavender that I heat up in the microwave and use as a hot water bottle

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The heating pad is your friend! I even take a tube sock filled with rice to work (heat it in the micro).
My other stand by is work. The busier I am, the less I notice them. I manage a bed and breakfast, and try to make sure I do plenty of physical work on the crampy days as it really does help, though I don't always feel like it at first! :p
I've used a Diva cup (LOVE IT!) for years, and it hasn't helped with the cramps, but I have uterine cysts...
My husband and I went 75% raw a month ago, and I honestly had NO cramps this month. That tells me diet plays a MAJOR role.

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