Jump to content

Follow Us:  Twitter Facebook RSS Feed            




   arrowShare this page:
   

   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

 
Ads by Google:
Celiac.com Sponsor:                                    


Photo
- - - - -

Female Cramping...men Read At Your Own Risk :)


  • Please log in to reply

12 replies to this topic

#1 powerofpositivethinking

 
powerofpositivethinking

    Advanced Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 632 posts
 

Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:01 PM

ok so I am only two weeks into gluten free, but I've read some other threads regarding that female time of the month and am looking for some ideas regarding the resurfacing of my painful cramps.

 

background:  have been on the pill twice in my life.  Before the pill I had painful cramps, not knock yourself out holed up in bed kind of cramps, but getting woken up in the middle of the night kind of cramps and being able to function decently throughout the day on meds.  Between my two bouts on the pill, I went back to painful cramping, and ended up taking Yaz in October 2009.  Lost a good bit of weight through healthy eating and exercise on Yaz, got switched to the generic, switched back to Yaz because something didn't seem right, and then went off Yaz in December 2011.  that was the short version   ;)

 

I was always regular before the pill, but when I came off Yaz, I guess coupled with the fact I lost weight, I threw my body for a loop.  I went 5 months without a period and finally called my ob/gyn who prescribed a medicine that induced a period in May 2012.  Since then they have sloooowly been returning to normal, with the exception that I completely skipped a period in October.

 

anyway before my last period, while still on gluten, i noticed my breasts were super sore about a week leading up to it, this never happened before.  my current period, which is my first gluten free, I got the same soreness, but this time my cramps hurt like none other.  I was woken up by cramps in the middle of the night, and it has been such a long time since that has happened.  I think this has added to the fact that I feel exhausted right now.

 

After the way the birth control took my body on a roller coaster, I don't like to take anything unless I really need it.  I'm staying away from ibuprofen products because of GERD, so I settled on Pamprin, which is thankfully listed as gluten free on their website and uses acetaminophen.  I have to be able to go to work and function  ;)

 

how many had their periods be really painful for a time after going gluten-free, but then felt better?  Is my body trying to clean itself out?  please share :rolleyes:

 

 


  • 0

Diagnosed with celiac disease, but my fat malabsoption, EPI and Vitamin K deficiency have finally cleared themselves up do to the help from Creon!

Thankful for all the help I've received from members on this board!

Happy to have answers  :) 


Celiac.com Sponsor:

#2 Missdoodle

 
Missdoodle

    New Community Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 7 posts
 

Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:48 AM

I actually had the opposite effect. Before, while eating gluten that time was miserable, I would have to take anti-inflammatory meds 2x a day 3 days before the start to reduce cramps. Even then, miserable. I also had tons of GI issues the first day or so. I had to take 2 consecutive months of BC for it to be manageable for me. I have had my first since going gluten free and it was a dream. Hardly any cramps, not totally exhausted, I actually felt human. I am hoping this wasn't a one time thing, I am hoping this becomes a regular thing.


  • 0

#3 pricklypear1971

 
pricklypear1971

    Advanced Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,684 posts
 

Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:57 AM

One thing to remember is that hormone levels normally change over time...so, women may experience different hormonal symptoms over the course of life - and I don't just mean menopause.

Second, autoimmune diseases can affect your hormone balance. Everything is intertwined - your vitamin levels affect how your body functions. Hormone levels are affected by adrenals...it's complicated. I'm not a doctor, but I have been down this road long enough to know its a looping effect.

Could there be a problem more serious than "typical female ups/downs"? Yes. I suggest before panicking or resorting to anything drastic to go down this checklist:

Am I eating regularly?
Am I eating foods or liquids that contribute (some notice sugar or alcohol makes things worse, etc.)?
Am I exercising or getting activity to a level where my body feels happy?
Am I deficient in vitamins/minerals?

I suggest tracking symptoms. Some find specific things happen on certain weeks. This can correlate to your cycle and help a doctor and you understand what is going on.

Healing from celiac damage takes time. I've personally been through many hormonal "phases" in the past 1 1/2 years. The most influential things I've done are exercise and adrenal supplementation, and progesterone supplementation, and vitamin supplementation.

I'd discuss this with your doctor.
  • 0
Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today. ~ Mark Twain

Probable Endometriosis, in remission from childbirth since 2002.
Hashimoto's DX 2005.
Gluten-Free since 6/2011.
DH (and therefore Celiac) dx from ND
.
Responsive to iodine withdrawal for DH (see quote, above).

Genetic tests reveal half DQ2, half DQ8 - I'm a weird bird!

#4 mbrookes

 
mbrookes

    Advanced Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 660 posts
 

Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:45 PM

One of the very few advantages of getting old is that I no longer have to bother with that. That fact and occasional senior citizen discounts are about all the goodies that come with having a whole bunch of candles on you cake .


  • 0

#5 EmiPark210

 
EmiPark210

    Advanced Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 104 posts
 

Posted 26 March 2013 - 06:18 PM

For dealing with the cramps naturally, of course hot baths or heating pads. You can also massage your psoas muscle. You can find it by laying on a bed with one leg hanging off, put your same hand as the leg hanging off perpendicular to your body with your middle finger on your belly button. Turn your hand halfway in between your belly button and hip bone and lightly push. It's what my PT taught me to do when we thought my colon spasms were period cramps... little did we know that pushing on it made the spasms worse :P but my psoas was always nice and open.


  • 0

IBS Diagnosis: 2010

Celiac blood results: 2/21/13 Positive

Biopsy: 4/19/13 - visually positive, 4/23/13 - positive


#6 nvsmom

 
nvsmom

    Moderator

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,509 posts
 

Posted 27 March 2013 - 07:21 AM

My pms noticeably has changed too. I get fewer migraines and my initial -first day- cramping is much less than it used to be. On the flip side, I never used to get sore breasts during pms.

 

Sore back and fatigue prior to menstartion hasn't changed.

 

Evening primrose oil is helpful for some pms symptoms. Start taking it about 10 days before menstration is due to start and it might help.

 

Best wishes.


  • 0
Nicole Posted Image

"Acceptance is the key to happiness."

ITP - 1993
Celiac - June, 2012
Hypothyroid - August, 2012

CANADIAN

Celiac.com - Celiac Disease Board Moderator

#7 clafran

 
clafran

    New Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • Pip
  • 14 posts
 

Posted 27 March 2013 - 07:21 PM

I've only had one period since going gluten-free, and it was a nightmare.  The PMS was insane -- I felt like I was in "The Excorcist" and the cramps were the worst I've had in *many* years.  I haven't been on the pill in over 10 years; we have two kids.  I'm early 40s, and menopause comes late in my family :(  So I have a ways to go with periods, yet.  Hopefully, they will calm down.  If not, my family doctor is very forward-thinking (and male!), and he will happily get my hormones monitored if we think something is not quite right...

 

All I know is that I'm less than 2 weeks away from round two.  My husband has orders:  chocolate and wine.

 

Take care of yourself!

Cathy

 

Also, forgot to mention I've been fairly regular almost my whole life, albeit with longer cycles (around 35-42 days).  Minor infertility, which my family doctor got me through with progesterone supplement shots.  5 miscarriages total, two healthy kids....  


  • 0

#8 powerofpositivethinking

 
powerofpositivethinking

    Advanced Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 632 posts
 

Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:34 AM

thanks for all your responses!  

 

clafran-I'm sorry to hear that your PMS is very painful, but I appreciate knowing I'm not alone  :) I hope things improve for you very soon!!

 

my PMS symptoms seemed to be quite the spectacle, with no good show to back them up  :P  I thought with cramps that painful, my flow would be terrible, but it was definitely manageable.  The Pamprin really helped, so I'm thankful for that.  Hopefully next month won't be so bad  :)  

I've only had one period since going gluten-free, and it was a nightmare.  The PMS was insane -- I felt like I was in "The Excorcist" and the cramps were the worst I've had in *many* years.  I haven't been on the pill in over 10 years; we have two kids.  I'm early 40s, and menopause comes late in my family :(  So I have a ways to go with periods, yet.  Hopefully, they will calm down.  If not, my family doctor is very forward-thinking (and male!), and he will happily get my hormones monitored if we think something is not quite right...

 

All I know is that I'm less than 2 weeks away from round two.  My husband has orders:  chocolate and wine.

 

Take care of yourself!

Cathy

 

Also, forgot to mention I've been fairly regular almost my whole life, albeit with longer cycles (around 35-42 days).  Minor infertility, which my family doctor got me through with progesterone supplement shots.  5 miscarriages total, two healthy kids....  


  • 0

Diagnosed with celiac disease, but my fat malabsoption, EPI and Vitamin K deficiency have finally cleared themselves up do to the help from Creon!

Thankful for all the help I've received from members on this board!

Happy to have answers  :) 


#9 1desperateladysaved

 
1desperateladysaved

    Advanced Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,204 posts
 

Posted 29 March 2013 - 03:51 AM

Peppermint tea is what my daughters and I drink if we have any cramping.  So far 3/3 of us, it works for.

 

Diana


  • 0

#10 powerofpositivethinking

 
powerofpositivethinking

    Advanced Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 632 posts
 

Posted 05 May 2013 - 02:57 PM

coming back to update  :) period number 2 was MUCH more manageable.  I still had bad cramps but only had to take Pamprin once.  My breasts were only sore two days leading up to it.  Hoping this continues, and each one gets less and less painful!  


  • 0

Diagnosed with celiac disease, but my fat malabsoption, EPI and Vitamin K deficiency have finally cleared themselves up do to the help from Creon!

Thankful for all the help I've received from members on this board!

Happy to have answers  :) 


#11 powerofpositivethinking

 
powerofpositivethinking

    Advanced Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 632 posts
 

Posted 17 June 2013 - 06:18 PM

responded on another topic about periods, and thought I'd come back and update this one.  3rd period was manageable, but my 4th period started almost a week early (yesterday) with painful cramps...grrr  :o  I also felt nauseous today, and I never feel that way.


  • 0

Diagnosed with celiac disease, but my fat malabsoption, EPI and Vitamin K deficiency have finally cleared themselves up do to the help from Creon!

Thankful for all the help I've received from members on this board!

Happy to have answers  :) 


#12 surviormom

 
surviormom

    Advanced Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 171 posts
 

Posted 18 June 2013 - 04:09 AM

It was awful all of my life.  Awful, but in the past few years I had some that were like I had just given birth.  Having done that 5 times, I know what its like.  Infertility was not a problem with me, or if it was, maybe we would have had a lot more kids???  Anyway, Yes, they were awful, until I went Gluten Free, then, WOW!, what a difference.  They were predictable, they were mild, they did not hurt.  And then I was sick in April and have not had one since March.  My GP ran blood tests on me, I go in next week for the results of that.  We thought it first my gastro issues were the cause, but hey, 3 months, that is a little long.  I think it comes with the territory.  Gluten messes up our menses too.


  • 0

Gluten Free 2012 - Dairy Free 2012 - Acid Reflux Diet 2013

Chronic Gastritis 2013 - Peptic Duodenitis 2013 - Hiatal Hernia 2013 - C-Diff 2013 - Endometriosis 2013 - Uterine Fibroids 2013

Patellar Tendonitis 2013 - Arthritis 2014 - NCGI 2014 - Erosive Esophagitis 2014 - Barretts 2014


I have a long list of physical ailments that were being grouped into age/gender by doctors.

Began Gluten Free and Casein Free after an Allergy Test trying to find answers to health problems that the doctors just were not answering well enough. Looking back through history, I have a lifetime of allergies and gastro issues.


Learn from yesterday, Live for today, and Hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Albert Einstein

#13 MissyBB

 
MissyBB

    Community Member

  • Advanced Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 46 posts
 

Posted 18 June 2013 - 05:27 PM

I had the opposite effect. When on gluten I have always, in the 27 years I have been having my period (I am 41), has incapacitating cramps. I had to take NSAIDS all day just to function and not be puking the cramps were so bad. I went off gluten and now I don't even get cramps. It's wonderful!

 

Sorry, I know that isn't what you wanted to hear. 


  • 0

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

                                                                                                                                   ~Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788 – 1860)





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

Celiac.com Sponsors: