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July 29th, 2012
Hi, I'm so glad I found this forum. I have had this for years, but this last bout has been extra horrible. It's lasted for four days, I couldn't sit down for the first two days. I have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and have not been able to have children. I am 30 years old. I have told doctors about this pain but really nothing has been done. The last doctor, just this past Friday, told me that it was my uterus contracting trying to stop the heavy bleeding. She said possibly muscle relaxers would help, though she didn't prescribe any to me. That helped a lot! I wish we all have the answers to our problem. This is something I wouldn't wish on anyone, and I'm sorry that you all are having to deal with the same thing that I am. I have never been regular, and this current period has lasted for four months. I hope that there is an end in sight to both the pain and the heavy bleeding. I think it's about time we get answers for this horrible pain that we've all had to endure.
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replied July 29th, 2012
Oh, I forgot to mention my ways of dealing with the pain. First, do not tense your body up no matter how much you want to. That only makes it worse for me. Secondly, be sure to take lots of deep breaths--just breathe almost like Lamaze breathing. Next, taking aspirin has seemed to help the most out of any of the painkillers. Acetaminophen, or Tylenol, hasn't been the least effective for me. I do think that there's some correlation between the clotting and the pain. It seems that when I'm clotting the most is when the pain is at its most intense. Although I haven't tried the muscle relaxers, it does seem like a logical thought or reasoning. So maybe if one of you try it, you can let us know if it works. Okay, that's all that I have. Hope some of this helps.
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replied July 29th, 2012
endometriosis
i have been experiencing this pain since 21 and i am 25 now. the pain to me is so horrible in my rectum. when i go to the bathroom it feels like my intestines are falling out or like you guys describe above a knife stabbing you in that area. i also have pelvic pain time to time and it is sometimes hard to stand up. the pain for that feels like my uterus is about to fall out. in a week i am going for a laraposcopy and i am pretty confident it is endometriosis. I hope child birth isn't this bad!!!
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replied July 29th, 2012
Hi I am 18 years old almost 19 and for the past almost 6 months I have had ovary/ pelvic pain. My gyno said I have dysmenorreah, and the ultrasounds were normal.
He put me on a gluten free diet because I was vomiting with pain. I have been depressed, lethargic, naseuated. I feel a pulling sensation I feel like when you get a cut and its scarring and it itches.
I have Sharp pains and dull ache as well, leg pain occasionally. My periods have always been troublesome, extremely painful, large blood clots.
I don't have sex, but my long time boyfriend uses one finger and I have cried from pain and bled 80% of the time
Doctors say maybe appendix, some say no. Kidney stones ? Gluten?
Ps. Gyno says I am too young for endomitriosis, but if the gluten free diet doesn't work, he will start treatment for endo.
Help?
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replied July 29th, 2012
Emergency room ruled out UTI from urine test.
But its painful to urinite or bowel movement
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replied August 2nd, 2012
I HAVE THAT SAME ISSUE LIKE I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE I REALLY WANNA KNOW HOW I CAN STOP THAT CAUSE IT ALWAYS HURT AND MAKES IT HARD TTO MAKE A BOWEL MOVEMENT LIKE I CANT MAKE ONE AT ALL.
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replied August 2nd, 2012
I HAVE THAT SAME ISSUE LIKE I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE I REALLY WANNA KNOW HOW I CAN STOP THAT CAUSE IT ALWAYS HURT AND MAKES IT HARD TTO MAKE A BOWEL MOVEMENT LIKE I CANT MAKE ONE AT ALL.
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replied August 2nd, 2012
Well I went to the emergency room and they discovered I have a 2.4 hemmorrghacic (blood) cyst on my left ovary and some pelvic fluid.
Here is the thing, I have most of my pain on my right side!
I drank a bit of wine last night and the pain got sooo bad, I was going to faint.
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replied August 8th, 2012
I have an IUD and the pain started when it was inserted 3 years ago. It starts a few days before my period and goes on intermitently while I have it. It also shoots up into my left side, by my ribs.
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replied August 15th, 2012
YES.
I get this throughout my period, but I find that it's there for 4 of the 8 days I'm on my period. Breathing deeply has helped ease a fraction of the pain, but usually I rush to the bathroom and try to pass it out there...sometimes peeing actually helps it feel better, but that also translates to a bowel movement and MY GOD is that a pain!!!!! I always have to shift to my left, though, when I get it.

I thought it was interesting that someone mentioned the tampon thing too - the last time I had my period, it took me 5 minutes just to get it out because of the pain...it was ridiculous!!!

It's definitely a comfort to know so many women are going through this too! I don't have my period yet, but I can already feel my thighs cramping, and lower back starting to ache, in addition to normal cramps, I hate going through this pain!!!!!!!
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replied September 28th, 2012
sharp cramps
Wow alot I'm really surprised to see how many people go through the same thing i do, it feels like a knife stabbing you, it hurts to sit, to urinate, and makes intercourse very uncomfortable, I can't believe a doctor still has yet to figure out what exactly is causing these pains, I'm 20 i've had these pains since I was 11 my mom thinks I'm nuts cause she don't get them HELP!!!
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replied October 8th, 2012
Pain !!!!!
I am another in the same boat I'm 27 and have 2 kids and suffered this all my life , with no answers to what it is?? I do know I have PCOS but I have found since having my IUD fitted it has made my periods tons heavier and the never endless excruciating pain worst. I jump up in agony and again lasts a few minutes coming and going. Oh my god and going to the toilet Pee or poo is just horribly painfull I try to hold it and that makes it worst.
I'm so glad a few people mentioned about the tampon thing I always put the pain down to using tampons but its not them although when I'm going through the pain I can't use tampons as it again is bloody horrendous the pain.
Can't believe this is so comon with no cure
Aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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replied October 14th, 2012
After reading almost all posts on this forum (and quitting after 2 pages because I am so disappointed that so many doctors choose to overlook this problem, including my own), I've decided to post.
Like one viewer put it perfectly, it's a type of pain that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.
A few years ago when I was doing internet research on this problem, and convincing myself that I had endometriosis, which I still don't entirely rule out, I did stumble upon another interesting explanation.

I can't remember exactly, but around the sand box ages my body became infested with pin worms. Its something I didnt tell my mom until I was 16 years old, about 10 years after living with the agony. I am not sure where on the Internet I found this explanation, but from what I understand people who have suffered with pin worms for a very long time often are left with intestinal damage that is exactly what is being described on this blog. The only thing is that although my pain does mostly occur when I'm on my period (most likely due to inflammation or something), every now and then I do get the pain when I'm not on my period.
This pretty much stopped all together when I went on Seasonique-birth control where you get your period 4 times a year, I recommend this to everyone.
Also from what I understand there isnt really anything doctors can do about it if this is the issue, so hopefully post this can give at least one person some sort of explanation to their pain!
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replied October 17th, 2012
I think the Chinese medicine post was spot on--I have had this too and my doctor explained I had hemroids--they aren't external like the obvious ones, they are internal, on the inside of the anus. This is the most painful thing next to emergency dental work! Like many of you, I also brace myself. If possible, a warm shower or bath and getting warm water on the affected area seems to help get through it a little better.
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replied October 22nd, 2012
Rectal pain during period
Well ladies I stumbled upon this site after my first GI appt for this issue. My GYN took my concerns seriously as I've been having this horrible pain for 2 yrs since the birth of my third child. I've always had heavy periods and cramps. I have small fibroids and a small hemmroid as well (can't feel it). But this pain will stop me in my tracks or have me tense on a toilet..but only during my cycle. GI doctor says men and women have it and there's nothing to do to prevent it or treat it because its a sporadic pain. The name he gave for it begins with an "L" means "fleeting rectal pain"..I can't remember the med term, sorry. Just know you are not alone. My course of action now is to get a colonoscopy to rule out anything else and to take birth control pills because the pain appears to be hormone related (during period).
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replied October 31st, 2012
I am 18 and have the same pain exactly as you described, I talked to my gynocologist about it and he said its nothing to worry about. Pregnant women get them all the time and it is common among teenagers around their periods. It's just a tightening of the muscles that cause this pain, I can't remember all what he said to explain this but no need to worry it doesn't mean something's wrong with you. He prescribed me naproxen sodium pills and it really helps, everytime I feel one of these painful episodes come on I take one and it goes away. It is a pain reliever and relaxes those muscles. You should see another gynocologist because mine knew what was wrong right away and pretty much described the pains I was having before I could finish.
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replied November 2nd, 2012
Sharp Pain up my anus during my period
I am surprised how many women suffered from this, and no Dr. has an answer for it.

I am 32 years old and have a 5 year old daughter. I got my period at a very young age of 8. My periods are not abnormal or irregular but they do last from 7-8 days.

This sharp knife like pain up my anus started right after I had my girl. In regards to the endometriosis statement, I just had a miscarriage about 5 months ago and nothing like that came on the results; and it can not be hemorrhoids because I only get this pain during my period. Like someone said before, usually during my heavier days.

I have notice that when I start getting this pains and they intensify it will follow with a vowel movement. I wish that someone will HELP us with a diagnosis or treatment. This is an unbearable pain that affects my daily functions.

I sympathize with all of you that are having this same issue.
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replied January 4th, 2013
I never write in forums but...it's very frustrating not to know what is the cause of this. I have to say, I had a child 12 years ago and I swear to you, I thought she was coming out of my butt. I asked my mother why she didn't tell me the pain would be in the butt and she said she didn't experience that. I wasn't able to get an epidural so I felt all the pain, but not from where I thought it would be. I have been told I have a tilted uterus and that could be why the pain was farther down. Every time I have my period, it is a bad reminder of the birthing pains. It is getting worse with age. I am 39. I have an OBGYN next month and I will mention the problem AGAIN! Good luck ladies. Being a woman can be very high maintenance!! Smile
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replied January 27th, 2013
Hi Im 15 I've been having the same problem except these pains come before and after my period. It hurts a ton! Anyway besides "a possible lack of exercise' answer from my doctor I havent really gotten anything however Ive been searching on disscussion forums like this one and came across this....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proctalgia_fu gax
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replied February 12th, 2013
I get this too! Except mine happens a few days before my period kind of like an alarm to tell me im about to come on. Weird it only happens once or twice a month so not enough to go doctors but it stops me in my track and makes my boyfriend panic as i wince in pain!
I would say due to it being around the dates of our menstrations it MUST be something to do with that? Like how some people get achy legs or back pains as part of being on lol. Nice to know i dont imagine it though! Ive always been to embaressed to ask anyone about it its been happening for as long as i can remember really, im 24.
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