I'm a 20 year old female, with terrible, terrible period pain. I'm almost positive that it's PMDD. About two weeks before hand I start getting sick. I wake up feeling nauseous. I get really emotional, I get headaches, I get a terrible back ache. About a week before, my breasts get so tender, I can't even lift my arms above my head. The first three or four days of my period, I get terrible cramps, so much pain I can't even move, I can't sleep, I can't eat. I have pain in my stomach, and a pulling pain in my thighs. It's awful, and it really disrupts my life for two to three weeks a month. I am miserable.
I went to the doctor last week, and he didn't seem concerned at all. He told me that my exam seemed just fine, and I just had pain. He said it like it was no big deal, I felt like he didn't take me seriously at all. My husband just tells me, "Oh, you just have a painful period, it's nothing serious." He said if the doctor said not to worry about it, don't worry about. But I can't help it. I feel like no one understands the way I feel, and no one takes me seriously. My mom deals with some pain with her period, but usually for her, taking a pill does help. I know she understands, but I also feel like, people maybe just think I exagerate. Taking any kind of painkiller does nothing for me. I've tried every over the counter pain pill. I've tried naproxen. I use muscle relief creams, or those patches, and I've used a heating pad. Nothing helps.
It's not only the physical pain and sick feeling, it's mental too. I feel so exhausted all of the time, and I have mood swings, I get so emotional, I sometimes feel like I just want to die. Literally one night, I think the only thing that stopped me was that I took out my phone and just stared at a picture of my grandma. I knew that hurting myself would hurt my family. Afterward, I almost felt insane. Why would I think a thing like that??? Under normal circumstances, I am not that way at all. It's like my thoughts all get clouded, I get depressed. I don't know how to fix it. The physical pain, I have no choice but to go through, and after it's over, I don't even remember how I possibly could have felt so bad, but the emotional, mental stuff, I remember, and think I'm crazy.
I don't know what to do. The doctor prescribed a mild, low dose birth control pill that I can start the Sunday after my next period. The doctor told me "Hopefully you'll feel better within three or four months" which for one thing, I thought was a rude thing to say, and for another, that isn't helpful. I know it will take time, but was there nothing he could do for the time being? And this isn't even a birth control pill prescribed for period pain. I don't anticipate it helping me at all. I'll try it though. Right now, it's a week before my period, and I feel awful. I have a headache, cramps, and have felt too sick to eat all day. I don't know what to do, and I hate having to deal with this. I want another doctor's opinion, but I have military insurance, and everyone has told me that I can't go to a doctor off base unless they directly refer me to one. Can anyone give me any advice? Please?
My only advice would be to take advice only from a qualified gynec. And that you should change your current doctor. I have a reference to an excellent gyn in the peninsula bay area - if you live around here in the bay area it will be worth your while to visit him. You are too young in my opinion to live through this pain cnsidering you are in your childbearing years. Let me know if you need his reference. He will surely help more than anyone else.