Also, what works best for the pain?
Edited by GFreeMO, 16 March 2012 - 02:04 PM.
Question For The Ladies
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:36 AM
I am wondering if this happens to anyone else. When you get glutened, soyed, corned, caseined, etc. during the month, do you find that your period that month is more painful and heavy. When I haven't had any reactions to my offending foods, my periods are much better.
Also, what works best for the pain?
Edited by GFreeMO, 16 March 2012 - 02:04 PM.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:34 PM
I think itís true because my periods got much lighter on casein and gluten free diet. Before diet I had them every 33-35 days and now every 28.
What is helping me is Advil (ibuprophen) 2x 200mg every 4-5 hours. There is something that will stop the contraction of uterus. Directions says to take it every hours, but it wouldnít work for a very, very bad cramps. I figured out that dentists will sometimes prescribes ibuprophen 800mg every 6 hours for inflamed tooth and when I take Advil frequently, it will be safe.
Another thing that I will do is to take Advil with two cups of hot black tea (even more). And last thing is to put hot patch for 8 hours at the beginning of pain on your abdomen. If you donít have it, just warm out the bath towel in your microwave for 40-60 seconds and put on your belly. Keep it until warm. Repeat it many times as you need.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:32 AM
I was on birth control for 4 years and about the same time I was diagnosed with celiac I stopped taking it (because by husband and I want to TTC eventually and my insurance no longer covered by birth control). My periods have been 35-40 days ever since and are super heavy and painful. Despite going strict gluten-free.. I still have some odd symptoms that lead me to believe I might be intolerant to other foods I don't know about yet? Either way I definitely notice a difference in that department. I'm becoming more regular (fortunately) because I'm finally putting on weight.. but man, I would die if I didn't have advil around that time of the month!
Posted 20 March 2012 - 10:17 AM
When I was looking around, I found this:
Excessive levels of prostaglandins cause the pain that women experience when they suffer from uterine cramps and muscle contractions of the stomach. Prostaglandins are to blame for painful periods?
Omega 3 fatty acids seem to lower prostaglandin levels. Read more:
List of essential fatty acids:
I already bought 1200mg Omega-3 - Fish oil. I hope, it will help to ease cramps and pain.
Posted 21 March 2012 - 04:23 PM
One of my sensitivities is gums like guar gum and xanthan gum. I did not know this and for a month straight was regularly eating a couple of new gluten-free products that contained them; a week before my period I swear my breasts swelled up over a cup size and were incredibly tender (I had to sleep in my bra!) and was bloated and crampy and uncomfortable during my period. This was in sharp contrast to the several months before where I was gluten free and experiencing minimal symptoms. So in answer to your question, a resounding yes!
As for how to deal with the discomfort? I use Aleve for cramps (always on a full stomach, it can chew it up in there if your stomach is empty). I start with 2, per label instructions, then follow up with one at the appropriate interval (can't remember if it's 6 or 8 hrs). That's what works best for me.
Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:35 PM
I have noticed my periods have been closer together since going gluten free, which is not thrilling me at all. I went from every 27-29 days to every 21-25 days. So far that is the only change. My doctor said that caffeine will intensify pain, and after testing that over several months noticed that I do in fact feel much worse when I drink caffeine during the first few days of my period. I take Midol complete which was gluten free when I checked and on really bad months I take lortab. Cinnamon can help also, which I have always gotten a lot of during my period by consuming obscene amounts of homemade snickerdoodles. I'm still working on a gluten free recipe that doesn't suck. I prefer the "natural" remedies since I am now completely medication free other than the few days after I have dental work done.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 07:15 AM
I just want to report that this period I was taking fish oil 1200mg omega-3 two times per day and Advil every 5-6 even 8 hours for about 4 days. I had just little pain. I stocked up on heating pads, but I didnít have to use them. Before I always had so much pain that I was wearing two pads at once and eating Advil every 4-6 hours. On second and third day I was taking it every 4 hours and before and later every 6 hours. This times my period was also short. I think that omega-3 had something to do with it. I will test it again. If I wonít have pain again, then I found a miracle cure for myself.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 06:26 PM
I'm taking 400mg of magnesium daily for almost two years now. Only this time I had very short and almost painless period. I don't know why. The only different was omega-3. I will try it next month again. So far it worked for me.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 03:37 AM
I've been taking cod liver oil a long time. I've tried magnesium, my body sincerely dislikes it, so that's not an option. I saw no change in my cycle, either length, pain, or flow when I went gluten free. I've seen some minor changes as I get older, not in relation to any diet change. I use the advil/heating pad regimen. Anyone else had any luck with any other remedies? Apparently, my prostaglandins are in overdrive. My cramps extend from navel to knee. Hits some pretty sensitive places in between..... ! Definitely go caffeine free a few days before the period hits though, that makes it worse if I don't.
If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill
Posted 17 April 2012 - 04:31 AM
My periods and PMS symptoms are worse when glutened. From not noticeable to quite bad.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:01 AM
http://en.wikipedia....i/EndometriosisYou might have endometriosis, if you have pain even in your legs. I had it for 6 years before going gluten free. I couldn't stand the pain. I cried for 3-5 hours. I was taking just Tylenol every 4 hours, placed 2 heating pads on my belly, drank 1/2 gallon of mild black tee, and rolled heating blanket around my midsection. Nothing helped. I was 4 times on ER. Doctor gave me a shot to stop the pain, but even strong narcotic didn't stop it. Pain went from level 10 to level 4 (reference 0-10). Now, almost two years gluten free, I had a very short and almost painful period. I don't know why. I just know that I suffered enough. All family was on alert when I had my period. They made me tea, gave me medicine, and ice when I felt like I will faint any second from so much pain.
Maybe I don't have endometriosis anymore, or I stopped the inflammation in my body somehow. Maybe omega-3 helped, or I my hormones changed. I just hope that it will last longer.
Posted 22 April 2012 - 07:47 AM
Hyster sisters web site and forum would help you. They have lots of articles on all menstral issues. It really helped me. There is info for people that don't want a hysterectamy, that just want to learn and not have pain.
Posted 02 May 2012 - 06:49 PM
I too have had this experience.
I also am finding that I am especially
sensitive just prior to my cycle.
I am SUPER vigilant the week before I'm
Gluten free for 5 years. Dairy free for years, but now OK with grassfed dairy.
Grain free for 2 years and now pain free.
A dedicated kitchen, a new passion for whole foods, Paleo inspiration
and MSM has made a world of difference.
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 03:37 AM
Since going gluten-free I've had much more mild periods...less aches and pains. Last month I did a 7day gluten challenge and by the last half of my cycle my breasts were so sore. They haven't felt that sore since I was pregnant years ago.
Diagnosed NCGS April 2012 after battling headaches, canker sores, bloating, heartburn, epigastric pain, buzzed feeling, extreme fatigue, muscle aches, and nausea since November 2010.
gluten-free since November 2011
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