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Cramps are an inevitable part of almost every woman’s life. Each month, without fail, you feel your period before it begins. Cramps are usually felt in the abdomen or the lower back. They last anywhere from one to three days. For some women, cramps are merely a nuisance, something that is annoying but doesn’t affect your life. For other women, severe cramps send them to bed for a day or two each month. While you probably can’t totally rid your life of cramps, there are some things you can do to help ease the pain.
While you are having cramps:
Over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, usually help to lessen the pain.
Use a heating pad or a hot water bottle and apply heat directly to your abdomen or lower back.
Try different positions. You might find lying on your side with your knees bent helps relieve the pain or you might find another position feels better. Try sitting and lying down in different positions to find what works best for you.
Is your pain worse in the morning? At times, that pain at dawn is the worst pain of the day. We tend to be vulnerable this time of day because the muscles are stiff, the mind is not completely awake, the blood pressure is low, and the medications are losing their effectiveness. Breaking this daily pain cycle can be a matter of improving your sleep posture, changing your morning routine or changing your medications. Explore the ways to start your day with less pain.
Sleep Posture : Spending five, six or seven hours in a poor sleep posture is going to cause you to wake up in pain. Poor sleep postures can be fixed with a good mattress and some well placed pillows. Millions of people - including me - wake up in less pain by using the Tempur-Pedic mattresses and pillows . A body pillow is also worth trying because it can help you avoid sleeping in a twisted or rotated position. A pillow between the knees or a pillow at the small of your waist are also worth considering; eventually, yo...
Last week , I proposed that we conceptualize bipolar as a “cycling” illness where we transition through overlapping “phases” rather than as an “episodic” illness where we ping-pong back and forth between discrete symptomatic “states.”
In essence, we treat the cycle rather than the episode and its symptoms.
This is hardly a new idea, but it has yet to catch on in practice. In a comment, Tabby noted that her first doctor told her, “we have to treat the cycle, not the symptoms,” then he proceeded to load her up on meds.
It’s not my place here to second-guess how doctors treat their patients, but I am entitled to call out individuals on their egregious failure in logic. Tabby’s doctor, of course, only gave lip-service to the cycle. Then he proceeded to pharmaceutically carpet-bomb the two “poles” in bipolar at once.
This is the conventional wisdom that I have h...
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