SOME DAYS ARE A TOTAL WASTE OF MAKEUP!
We all know about pain killers, but here are some other ideas also:
A heating Pad has helped me tremendously, after about an hour, it really seems to do the trick. I alternate the placement of it from my pelvic area to my lower back.
For PREVENTION I cannot say enough about Natural Progesterone cream-took 80% of my cramps away years ago-it took about a month for it to start working for me. For me sometimes I have no cramps at all & other months when I miss doses, I do have cramps. As of 2005 with: the endo diet, non-toxic remedies, and supplements, I am 100% pain free(see those pages ok)
May sound weird, but I get my hand weights out & do tripep & bicep curls, this seems to take the pain way from the pelvis to the arms, helps a bit.
For many, many years the bathtub was my friend, we spent so much time together! Epson salts added to the hot bath relaxes & soothes, add a drop of Lavendar oil to relax. A friend just gave me an aromatherapy bath set, add herbs & bath oil- very soothing for the nerves.
This is amazing to me! I would be in bed miserable & the neighborhood needy abused(another story) kids would come by for comfort, food.....well somehow I would get out of bed & help them, forgetting all about myself & never felt any cramps/misery for myself in the midst of comforting them. Find someone else to help!
Strong Chamomile Tea-anti-inflammatory & calms the nerves.
Of course Prayer & listening to soothing spiritual music with the headphones.
I never wanted company at this time, but when someone did drop by (hopefully a close friend so you can veg out) it helped to take my mind off it a bit.
I have heard castor oil packs help (health food store) see endo-natural chat site.
In the car is the worst!!!!!!!!!!!a trip home from Vegas, a 4 hour trip I remember so well, focus*focus on an object on the dashboard.
My current Naturopath Dr. told me about the herb crampbark, which she says works very well.
Thermacare Heat Patches.
I HAVE HEARD ACCUPUNCTURE HAS HELPED MANY BUT THEY SAID THAT YOU NEED TO MAKE A COMMITMENT TO AT LEAST 10 SESSIONS.
If possible,try to consume yourself in a fun craft, do anything to get your mind off of them, although laying in bed is the only thing possible sometimes.
A Hot water bottle
ENDOMETRIOSIS - THE INVISIBLE PAIN
The pain associated with Endometriosis is the most difficult symptom to cope with for most women. For many, the pain they suffer interferes with every day life. It can be constant or it can be cyclical and coincide with a woman’s period.
Normal or Suspicious Pain!
The fact that society in general views pelvic pain as normal means that women themselves also believe that their pain is normal. This is why it takes so long for some women to realise that something is actually wrong. They may start to discuss and compare their menstrual pain with other women and gradually they realise that the amount of pain they feel is not normal.
So if you are a woman reading this with a suspicion that you may have Endometriosis because of the amount of pain you suffer with your periods, you are well advised to get this checked out.
Occasionally pain may also occur in other regions. Implants can also occur in the bladder (although rare) and cause pain and even bleeding during urination. Endometriosis can invade the intestine and cause painful bowel movements or diarrhea. Large cysts can rupture and cause very severe pain at any time in various locations.
Help with managing your pain
There are options available for the management of pain for women who have Endometriosis. These can include a variety of drug treatments as well as natural remedies, diet changes and supplements. Drug treatment is not the best option for pain relief because of the long term side-effects. The two pain relief drugs that are used most commonly for the pain of Endometriosis are:
There are many versions of these drugs which are available both by prescription and over the counter. Aspirin is a common NSAID; others include ibuprofen, naproxen, ketoprofen, all of which are sold under a trade name, so ask your pharmacist for advice. These drugs block the prostaglandins which are inflammatory factors strongly associated with Endometriosis and which increase uterine contractions and cause cramping and pain.
Please note: Drugs containing codeine should not generally be used for Endometriosis pain management. They can cause pelvic congestion and constipation, which could exacerbate symptoms.
Evening Primrose oil has had good results for many women both for Endometriosis and PMS. It contains a polyunsaturated fatty acid known as gamma linolenic acid, which seems to block the releases of cytokines and prostaglandins, substances that are manufactured by the endometrium and are involved in uterine muscle contraction and cramping. Foods that contain gamma linolenic acid are black currant oil and cold-water fish.
There are many changes you can make in your diet that will improve symptoms and in turn will improve the pain. This includes an array of supplements and herbs which will help to cleans your system, boost your immune system, increase your energy and improve your overall health.
Alternative Treatments for Pain
T.E.N.S for pain relief
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a drug-free method of pain relief that has been used to treat a wide variety of muscle and joint problems, as well as many other painful conditions. TENS uses electrical impulses to stimulate the nerve endings at or near the site of pain, diminishing the pain and replacing it with a tingling or massage-like sensation.
TENS can be used in a health-care setting, but most often people use it at home, by purchasing their own equipment. It is a safe, non invasive, drug-free medically proven method of pain management.
The symptoms of pain and its psychological effects can be helped by complementary approaches.
Menastil is topically-applied (applied to the skin), using a roll-on applicator. Many women have noted how fast and effective it is at relieving their pain and cramps. It is a homeopathic preparation and is available without prescription. The active ingredient is Calendula oil, which is effective as a topical analgesic and for pain relief.
Menastil works by inhibiting the pain signals as they travel from one nerve cell to another. The junction, where these nerve cells connect with each other, is called a synapse. When applied topically, at the location of the pain, Menastil causes the endings of the nerve cells to retreat from each other and retract towards the cell body. This results in a reduction of the intensity of these impulses travelling to the brain and therefore a lessening in the amount of discomfort that is being registered by the brain.
It helps the body to heal itself and working through the brain DLPA can also relieve some of the symptoms of other diseases. It is a powerful antidepressant and in clinical studies has been proven to be as effective as commonly prescribed antidepressant drugs - without the drugs’ side effects. DLPA can also relieve symptoms of PMS and has had great success with deal with the pain of Endometriosis.
MSM can help relieve pain in a variety of ways. It blocks pain messages that travel to the brain along nonmyelinated nerve fibre called C fibres. This results in relief of the deep aching pain that is characteristic of chronic conditions like Endometriosis.
But MSM alleviates pain in other ways as well. It reduces the swelling and heat associated with inflammation, which in turn, relieves pressure on surrounding nerves and other tissues. It also relieves muscle spasm.
MSM goes beyond mere pain relief to actually support healing of injured tissues by increasing blood flow. It also alters the cross-linkages of collagen, reducing scar tissue to promote range of motion and flexibility