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Menstrual cramps...Tylenol, Midol, Advil???


I'm suffering today and tylenol seems to be doing sweet nothing. Has anyone ever taken Midol? Is it better? What do you ladies do for relief? Any natural remedies? Arghhh....
Jun 24, 2009 @ 01:45 pm

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The Pill

I used to get really bad cramps! I couldn't move because I was in so much pain. I have been physically ill from menstrual cramps! I found that if I didn't take pain killers as soon as I noticed the pain coming, they didn't really help at all. I tried Midol. It was ok, but again, if I was too late the pain stayed. I found that a heating pad and lying with my legs elevated helped a bit. Then I would fall asleep (possibly from the pain killers I was popping, that were not doing anything!!). But when I woke up I usually felt better.

I've had my chiropractor friend adjust me while I had cramps and that helped a little. She told me the muscles were spasming and I needed to try to relax and let the muscles relax... I could barely stand up straight!

I started taking the pill to stop the cramps and that helped a lot. I've been on Birth Control for years now and do not get cramps anymore. The pill was the solution for me!

Hope you feel better!
Jun 24, 2009 @ 02:42 pm


I always take Advil. I find tylenol does absolutely nothing for me, regardless of the type of pain. Most practitioner will tell you to start with tylenol because it has the least side effects. When my mom has pain in her foot, her doctor told her to take tylenol because advil can cause damage to either the kidney or liver (can't remember what she said).

I agree with patricia though. I used to get cramps, not bad ones, but enough that I had to take pain killer for it. But once I started to pill, I hardly need medication to control the cramps. You can ask your doctor about it.

I find exercise really help with cramps. If you can, try taking a walk, move around as much as you can during the day. Save the medication for bed time. Also, heat pads should help as well.
Jun 24, 2009 @ 07:52 pm


I will have to do some research but there is a reason why Advil works
'better' over Tylenol. I want to say it has something to do with
different pain pathways...but I will have to check. Things that I also
do...avoid salt 72 hours beforehand (bloating is the pits). I also use
heat like bubblybunny and I take a supplement (I believe its called PMS
support). Tea is good for me ...but that's probably more mental.
Jun 24, 2009 @ 09:14 pm
Ali de Bold

Hot bean bag!

My Mom got me hooked on these. You can get them from craft shows but recently I found one at the body shop that I love. You pop it in the microwave for 2 min, veg out on the couch with this on your lower back or on your abdomen and I find it really helps. No chemicals involved :)
Jun 24, 2009 @ 11:26 pm


I also use advil. That works for me.
Jun 25, 2009 @ 09:11 am


i always always have midol with me. i usually get cramps on the second day. Usually in the morning, when i feel it a little bit, i take 1 - 2 midol and after maybe an hour, the cramps will subside/will not hurt as much. I use it only when i have to. I once had cramps really bad that i almost fainted. I went to the hospital and got it checked out, i don't think it was anything major but the doctor prescribed me with a really strong medicine that really helped. So if you are having really unbearable cramps, maybe you should go check it out. But generally, midol usually takes care of it for me. : ) 
Jun 25, 2009 @ 10:04 am

hot water bottle

Thats what helps me on those unbearable days. I pop a tylenol2, lie in bed with a hot water bottle and read a good book :)

i've never tried the hot bean bag! (didn't know such a thing existed!) I'm gonna go look for one now, because the hot water in the hot water bottle makes me squemish...what if it leaks or bursts? :-/

Jun 25, 2009 @ 02:52 pm

Hope this helps...

I find a bean bag works well. Also, you can't get it over the counter in Canada, but you can in the US (and I always buy a bunch and bring them home)... Naproxen is the only thing that has worked for me. As far as natural things go, Ginger tea is supposed to be good (I've found any hot drink relieves it a little) and apparently Yoga.
Jun 27, 2009 @ 10:04 pm

Combination of Advil & Hot Bean Bag

I use the hot bean bag, I keep one at work in my desk (sounds silly but it works). I also use Advil I dont leave home without it. I found that Advil worked better than Midol for me and Tylenol never works for any kind of pain, not for myself anyways. I think the reason that Advil is better for certain kinds of pain is because it stops the inflamation (thats what I remember reading somewhere anyways).
Jul 01, 2009 @ 10:12 am


i swear by Midol, but its not as strong as i would like it. I find that midol works best.

ive tried all different types, as i get sever cramping for about 3 1/2 days.

I guess it all depends on what your body is used to/hasn't tried/etc

heat pads work for me also, but I can only use it at night because my
job has me standing all day long. Usually, when i am working during the
3 and a hafe days i pop midol whenever i start to feel pain. sometimes
i try to wait it as long as possible until i can not stand anymore,
then take the pills. it usually takes 30 mins to an hour for it to
really kick in and take care of some of the pain.

Tonight I am trying Midol nighttime extra strenght..

I agree...Tylenol never does anything for me, even for small headachs.

Jul 09, 2009 @ 01:19 am

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