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    Hey,

    So I got my first period 7 years ago, for the first two years my periods were irregular and while I suffered pretty severe back pain (I would wear a heat pad under my school uniform and took prescribed pain relief) I never really had any other symptoms (which I am super grateful for). A

    After about two years of that my periods because pretty regular (in the 27-30 day range and always lasting 5 days) and I was basically symptom free, I would have the odd occasion where I would get mild cramps or acne but other than that smooth sailing. This lasted about a year.

    And then something changed. For the past four years I have had somewhat irregular periods (ranging from 25-37 days and lasting between 3-8 days), I get severe headaches for around three days before where I struggle to focus my eyes and rely on prescription pain relief. I have stomach cramps for about a week leading up to the start of my period and these continue for the first three days. But the most debilitating thing is that as soon as I start my period I start to feel intense nausea and I develop a cold sweat, this lasts the first two days. I usually end up throwing up 5 or 6 times and I find it really difficult to be awake for those first few days.

    I have seen my GP on multiple occasions over the past few years regarding this and I have tried numerous contraception options (pills of all kinds/implants etc) all of which have made it worse rather than better. I am reluctant to see my GP again because I feel like he thinks I am being a drama queen.

    I just wondered whether there was anyone else out there with similar symptoms and whether anyone had any advice for tackling this as it is becoming more and more of an obstacle in my life.
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    Can you see a different doctor at the practice? It has taken me five doctors to find one that has taken me seriously, and now that I have he's arranging tests for me.
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    Just keep going back to your GP. Have you been investigated for endometriosis?
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    Just keep going back to your GP. Have you been investigated for endometriosis?
    Hi,
    Yeah, I had tests done about three years ago and I was told then that It wasn't endometriosis. But that has always been my suspicion.
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    Hi,
    Yeah, I had tests done about three years ago and I was told then that It wasn't endometriosis. But that has always been my suspicion.
    Keep going back and pushing for more tests.
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    Hey, I would suggest you to change your GP if he carries on like that. It is not okay if he makes you feel like you're being dramatic. Period pain and problems can be really really exhausting for many women and it should be talked about more. You deserve to be taken seriously and I agree you should push for more tests.

    I don't have the exact same issues/symptoms as you and am not an expert so I'm not sure what advice to give. But I have personally found a few things help me while on the period, which is: Hot water bottle on abdomen, drinking enough water, peppermint tea with honey, apple puree, warm shower etc.
    I know these things don't get to the bottom of the pain though :/
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Hey,

    So I got my first period 7 years ago, for the first two years my periods were irregular and while I suffered pretty severe back pain (I would wear a heat pad under my school uniform and took prescribed pain relief) I never really had any other symptoms (which I am super grateful for). A

    After about two years of that my periods because pretty regular (in the 27-30 day range and always lasting 5 days) and I was basically symptom free, I would have the odd occasion where I would get mild cramps or acne but other than that smooth sailing. This lasted about a year.

    And then something changed. For the past four years I have had somewhat irregular periods (ranging from 25-37 days and lasting between 3-8 days), I get severe headaches for around three days before where I struggle to focus my eyes and rely on prescription pain relief. I have stomach cramps for about a week leading up to the start of my period and these continue for the first three days. But the most debilitating thing is that as soon as I start my period I start to feel intense nausea and I develop a cold sweat, this lasts the first two days. I usually end up throwing up 5 or 6 times and I find it really difficult to be awake for those first few days.

    I have seen my GP on multiple occasions over the past few years regarding this and I have tried numerous contraception options (pills of all kinds/implants etc) all of which have made it worse rather than better. I am reluctant to see my GP again because I feel like he thinks I am being a drama queen.

    I just wondered whether there was anyone else out there with similar symptoms and whether anyone had any advice for tackling this as it is becoming more and more of an obstacle in my life.
    Might be worth having another appt and asking if you can be referred to a specialist. Sounds like the normal GP stuff isn't really cutting it.
    If you are suffering it is not dramatic to see your GP. It can feel it because usually people don't need to keep seeing a GP, especially at a younger age, but that's what they're there for and you shouldn't have to just give up and accept something when there might be something that can be done.
    I've had to keep visiting my GP a bunch too and it has made me feel like a hypochondriac or like that's what my GP thinks about me, but it's been worth it to get some answers and a little relief.

    Good luck.
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