When I started my periods they were fine and never gave me trouble then they became irregular and now for over 4 years I never know the day I will start or how bad it will be. I'm 23 years old now and my periods are very irregular . There is no pattern to them except if I miss a month or so then I noticed that when I do start it's really bad. It's only the first day. I wake up and my stomach hearts then I notice the bleeding when I go to the bathroom. I can't eat anything because it makes me want to vomit. I have only vomited once or twice but usually I have extreme nausea, pain, fatigue, and diarrhea. I even have blacked out before. I sweet one minute and the next I'm shivering. I just lay on my stomach for half the day until I fall asleep. Then I don't eat till evening. It helps to add a heating pad to sooth the cramps a little. By the next day I'm back to normal. I'm pretty healthy and I'm not overweight and I eat healthy. I have no clue whats wrong with me but I know that it's not normal for these symptoms to occur.
Thank you all for the posts! My 11 yr old is just going on month 2 so we are waiting to see if this is a coincidence or if she's experiencing some of the issues you all have! I think I am going to purchase the clartin & see if that helps! She crys because she won't get a perfect attendence award, so I know if this goes on thoughout her teens, it's gonna be hard for the both of us! I will let u know how it goes!
What can I do for non stop vomiting during my period?
I am 36 years old and about 5 months ago I started vomiting on the first day of my period. The vomit is not non stop and in Conjunction with non stop pupping. I feel as if some evil force takes over me. I cannot walk, talk or forget about working on that day. I am going to the doctors to see what is going on...
I too have a similar problem. Every period since I first started at age 11, it never fails. I usually awaken at about 5am from menstrual cramps in my sleep, go to the bathroom, realize I've started my cycle, and then an hour or so later the nausea sets in. For the next day, I have horrible diarrhea, cramps, lower back pain, shivering, sweating, shaking, and vomiting. Once I vomit, I feel great until it starts all over again. After I've completely emptied my stomach, dry heaving begins. Laying still on the couch in one position that helps, usually on the right side (so the stomach contents can flow into the small intestine better). Otherwise if I try to get up or change positions, dizziness and nausea get the best of me.
My mother said she had the same problem when she was fertile and apologizes because she thinks she passed it on to me! She never had any problems with conception, but she had four miscarriages before my birth at age 39. She said she was asked about her pain when she was well into labor with me and replied, what pain? Her menstrual cramps were so bad growing up that she said childbirth didn't even compare. I've never been pregnant, so I can't vouch for anything like this yet.
My only solution was BC pills-they relieved most of the symptoms, but I didn't like the side effects so I discontinued them. But after being miserable 12 days of the year I'm considering going back on the pill. Heating pads help with the pain, but my main problem is the vomiting & diarrhea. It helps to know that others have this problem as well, I'm not alone!
Omg.. You just described the exact way my periods go! BC pills help? I'm 23 and still haven't tried BC as I was scared the side effects would be worse than the menstrual problems.. Can you let me know what side effects you experienced?
Wow! I am also having an issue with sever menstrual pain. Im 19 now and since i can remember the 1st day of my period is brutal. MY stomach hurts...major cramps...thighs cramp...and so does my lower back. I throw up everything i have eaten prior and anything i try to eat. Including medicine!!! So thats the really hard part. I also get hot flashes and feel light headed if i try to go through the day as normal...i've never fainted though because of it. I really hate it. My mom says its because im a virgin and that it used to happen to her. She said it stopped after she had her first child. I really cant wait tht long tho....aaah....and im not willing to go on the pill...side effects freak me out...and im not tryna lose my fab figure because of it. lol
When I got my periods they were very regular and I always had terrable cramping, vomiting, everything, you name it i had it. i would spend the whole first day on the matt in the bathroom because it was so unbarable. My doctor perscribed me these huge pills and they helped, but they were so strong that I couldnt drive while taking them, one pill was like 3 glasses of wine! i decided to go on the birth control pill a year or so later and all of my problems stop. I never vomit, have cramps, and everything seems normal. i have been on the pill for almost 3 years and there has been nothing strange about my periods (for the most part) since. Try that, even if you do not have sex and dont need to be on bith control, the regular times and everything will really help!
Intense Period Pain, followed by vomiting and diarrhea.
Like everyone else, finding this post brings me a lot of comfort! I've been having these terrible periods as long as I've had a period (more than 14 years now).
My cycle is incredibly regular, every 26 days I get my period. The first day is so intensely painful. If I don't take a Midol as soon as I wake up, I will be in crazy pain all day. The pain seems linked to my other symptoms. So, when I do take the Midol I don't usually get ill. Though I still have a really intense flow with clotting. I also find that if I take a Midol too late in the day I'll throw it up instead of feeling any better.
When I do get ill, I get these intense cramps. Sometimes I feel like I can feel the uterine wall pulling apart. I have a really heavy flow with clotting. If I've eaten anything in the day I'll get these cramps in my intestines and then have diarrhea, followed by throwing up. I throw up and go to the bathroom until my stomach is empty. It is really scary and sometimes I just lie on the bathroom floor wishing I could just stop existing because it hurts so bad.
Like a lot of you I've found doctors relatively unhelpful. Because I'm still a virgin they don't want to do a pelvic exam on me. My pain and other symptoms are generally dismissed, because the pain goes away if I take Midol in time.
Things I've found that help:
1- Running. I was running every other day for a couple of months and found that I had no pain during my period when I did. But, I've since hurt my foot and have the same terrible period back.
2- Hot water bottle/heating pads. They are my one comfort during my period. I put some lavender extract in my hot water bottle, I find the scent soothing.
3- Drink water! I find that being dehydrated, even a little bit, the week before my period will make it worse.
4- Magnesium. I also suffer from Migraines so I drink a supplement like Emergen-c most days. I find that when I'm consistent with it the cramps are better.
I hope you all find some measure of relief! My cramps finally stopped so now I can fall asleep. Yay!
Check yourself for food allergies. I discovered I was gluten intolerant and after changing my diet to avoid gluten the vomiting and diarrhea experienced during my periods was practically eliminated. I still vomit sometimes, maybe twice a year but this seems to be mostly tied to eating too much before my period, the less food (and lighter) you have in your stomach the less likely it will get vomited. I just had an episode yesterday and was frankly surprised as had not vomited in a year or so, I had sticky rice and mango and tortilla chips so not the ideal light food for my belly. Basically the more you rest the day before your period and the lighter and better the quality of the food you consume the less severe the nausea and vomiting. I started vomiting around 15 y/o got really bad by 18 and now am 33 and still trying to control it better. Good luck to all
its 5am and my 12 year old daughter has been vomitting since 8pm yesterday. have just come back from hospital as was concerned. whilst in there the doctor asked her for a urine sample, on taking her to the toilet we discovered she was bleeding. the doctor says her period has started. reading all these letters should i be worried this will be a monthly nightmare for her?
worried mum.new user .4th jan 2010
Hi All! Thanks for sharing. I am also relieved that I'm not the only one who has spent the first day of menstruation sprawled out on the bathroom rug.
Just wanted to say that I am also vegan, but have had this problem from adolescence - perhaps was a less healthy form of vegetarian then, but I remember having had blood checked and a dr. apologizing to me after insulting me for my diet, and then telling me my blood and iron levels were some of the best he'd seen. If your iron level may be an issue, make sure to consume lots of dark leafy greens.
ANYWAY, I'm writing because I have finally had my 3rd month in a row of NO VOMITING after years and years of consistent vomiting (plus constant dull cramping, lower back and abdomen pain, looser stool, mental fogginess, and feelings of helplessness) on the first day of my period.
I've read that our type of dysmennoreah symptoms can be due to an overactive uterus (perhaps as as a result of its hormonal cues). This would explain why so many of the previous medications and herbal remedies left me still vomiting and in pain. This morning I made an herbal infusion (tea) of cramp bark. I would recommend the purest form of the herb - i got it at a bulk herb shop and poured boiling water over it and let it steep for 10 minutes or so. I've been using the cramp bark for 3 menstrual periods now, and while today i still had some strong cramping, i had NO vomiting/shakes/chills as a result of just one tiny cup of tea. I eventually tried to take a nap to get through the other symptoms (i should have just made some more tea), but i haven't been taking any midol or ibprofin, etc because i've been trying to isolate these symptoms to determine the best herbal approach for my body.
Other herbs that i combine to help with the cramping: ginger (this is great for nausea, and i chewed on some after my tea today - if straight ginger is too strong, look for ginger candy or ginger soda with real ginger in it and not too much sugar), catnip (also in tea form, this is great! and calming both for the nerves and muscles), i also throw in a little yarrow with my menstrual tea.
*Please note that herbs have real drug components and may interact with any other drugs you are taking and that they work differently for different people.
I was just so thrilled to find other people in my situation, and wanted to share my great discovery with you all. Good Luck! Here's to getting one more day back each month <3
hi, i have the same problem but it only occurs three months ago. i vomit and feel sick, it usually happens on the first day. before i only have cramps, but now its worse because of vomitting. but after vomitting, it makes me less feel sick. and i think it occurs at the time that i have pneumonia. and i thought that i vomit because of pneumonia, but i was wrong, because right now, im cleared of pneumonia and yet i still vomit on my first day for the past 3 cycles. i only take painkillers.
Wow. Doing research for my 12 year old daughter. Started her period last month. Last month, two days before first period, she woke up at 5am saying her stomach hurt. She threw up until around noon, accompanied by diarrhea (horrible smell). Two days later her period started. I wondered then if the nausea/diarrhea had anything to do with her period starting. This month, period #2 started on day 28. Perfect. Now, five days in, she woke up at 5am, and off we went again. Throwing up and diarrhea until noonish (same horrid smell). Now she's fine. She has had no serious cramping issues like most of the posts I've seen. Just half a day of being sick. I too am waiting to see if it's a coincidence. If it happens again next month, I guess we'll see what we need to do.
Just like you all I have had very bad cramps since my very first period! Every time, I would not only get horrible & uncomfortable pains where i would sweat, feel hot then cold, but I would just vomit aaaalllll day long!
This statement gave me chills because I was exactly like that on the first day of my period (today), though it was the first time for me to experience this and it only lasted for a few hours. I had a stressful, seven-hour long exam yesterday, so I thought physical and mental exhaustion caused this misery (or, I was questioning if it was food-poisoning). I've had period for more than 10 years and had many bad days, but today I was completely shocked and scared to see myself vomit, experience intense abdominal pain, and have hot to cold experiences with lots of dizziness and sweating. I almost blacked out on my way to the bathroom. I couldn't do anything for five hours other than laying down in cringed position and sleeping.
I am usually healthy and athletic and never suffered this much, but it sounds like so many of you have dealt with even worse days... I almost went to the emergency room, but just thought to give myself a few more hours.
I do think there needs to be increased attention from the scientific and medical community. I called a few doctor friends but they did not seem to relate it to the occurrence of menstruation and told me to watch out for other medical conditions. Obviously, so many of you have these experiences on the FIRST DAY of menstruation, and I do not think it is by coincidence.
I have had this problem ever since i can remember. people around me dont seem to understand.
From the start of my period i will be vomiting all day, and if i even attempt to eat or drink anything i will just bring it right back up. Its hard for me to get used to eating again for 2 days after, as my stomach feels full very quickly.
I have been to the doctor and have tried many different types of medication. The one i am using now, sort of works to delay the pain and vomiting, but i still end up being sick at least once.
There has only been one occation where i havent been sick on the 1st day.
Reducing Pain Symptoms and what causes the sudden onset of vomit
Thanks to this forum. It's really great to know that you're not the only one and I will consider us "normal" here as to being called "abnormal."
What brought me seeking for help was something very similar to what happen to Flamity. Since the first period I have had excruciating pain, cramps, etc too, exhausting myself in bed to sleep, hoping to drift off from the pain. But today was my second time experiencing another level, the vomiting and much worse diarrhea. Follow by my period shortly after. I also consider if it was stress and food-poisoning, was about to go to hospital too. For the last 10 yrs, I've never had the vomiting. I'm dreading if this will be the new welcoming to my monthly pains.
Shortly after my morning vomits, I've popped one of those new ginger gravol (non-drowsy ones) and I found it calming down the vomits. So I'm guessing the ginger candy someone brought up would indeed help.
The diarrhea part, I might need some feedback on how to calm those. Has anyone tried taking any special food/drink/medicine that helps it?
How I've Dealt with the Pains
I have tried many methods to see which one helped. For me, all the Motrins, Tynenols, Pamprins never worked. However, Advil had been my new best friend ever since university started. If I take it a day or so before my period, or asap after if the period is irregular, it usually helps a lot more.
If they say being virgin is more painful, I'll disagree with that. To me, the level of pain is still the same. So Ladies, we're more than well prepare for childbirth pains eh? It's God training us so childbirth will be less painful??
Anyways, to be safe I decided to take some birth control pills. To my discovery, it really did regulate my periods and the pains greatly reduce to a more comfortable level. I only took the pill once, but it seems to have helped for the next few periods after! There wasn't any side effect but I am not so sure if it will for long term usage. But it's worth a temporary trial to reduce some pains right?
Besides that, sleeping and staying in one position/hugging onto a pillow was my only other option.
I come from a Chinese family, my mom always tell me not to drink any cold beverages or certain food items known as the "Cold/Cool Food Groups" (i.e. NEVER have watermelon or cold beverages) before your period. Can try ginger tea 3 days before too, and Ginger Beef soup a week before.
-Ginger candy/Gravol, and Advil should be a Must-Have in your purse (or other prescribed painkillers)
-Avoid Cold/Cool Food Groups, cold beverages before menustration
-As others were mentioning, perhaps try out regular exercise.
-Last resort, sleep and hug onto pillow or hotwater bag
I hope my comments can be useful to some. Any Feedback will be appreciated too.
It is nice to see so many people going through what I go through. I'm always out of school and now work the first two days I have my period. I'm in so much pain I could die, but I still have to get up to vomit or have diarrhea every five minutes until I finally pass out and do it all over again. When I wake up the third morning I'm weak, but I feel fine. Since I'm throwing up they cannot put me on a pill because I throw it back up and it doesn't work. I was on the depo shot and haven't had a period for almost 10 years. Now that I cant afford it my symptoms are back. It was wonderful though and I was told the only side effects are that it takes almost a year to get your period back and possible loss of bone strength. I started my period at 16 in high school where I was in every sport available so I know nothing has to do with my activity level or diet(I always eat three healthy meals a day and maybe a snack or two, no junk food). My doctors have never diagnosed me with anything. They just told me I shouldn't have my period if it was like that so they gave me the shot. Does anyone know where I can get my shot for free or some other birth control pill that doesn't matter if you keep throwing it up the first two or three days?
I am so relieved to have stumbled across this site. I am 19 years of age and since starting my period at 13, I had very similar experiences to the ladies above. I would have terrible pains, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, dizzyness and fainting. These days I normally puke up bile because my stomach is empty. I have been on painkillers and two different types of contraception pill, I will be starting the third next month. More research has to be done to help women like us, It's difficult to live your life properly with this horror every month! From my experience, doctors find it very difficult to help you and try to fob you off with pills. Thank you for letting me know I'm not the only one!!
Hi ladies.....I'm so happy to find a site that can put me in touch with others who are going through what i am going through....I'm a 30 yr old female that has had the worst last 8 yrs of my life due to my cycle.....I get extremly ill on day one and it last until day 5.....SEVERE!!! NON-STOP VOMITING.....I dont sleep...eat...or drink.....I can't walk....the only place I find comfort is my shower.....I take over 20 showers to feel better for a second....I went to the dr's office over 30 times.....they look at me as though Im only whinning about my period....we did discover that I have fibroids but they also said that wouldnt cause me to get ill.....blood test were done...NOTHING....so the dr sat me down and said you have three options.....birth control...(which i didnt want) have a hysterectomy (NO!!!!!) or just have a baby (easier said than done) thats it? .......so I have given up and just decided to deal with it....I pray I can find out what is wrong with me......I am not enjoying my life.....living only three weeks a month is not LIVING!!!!!!
....no kids....but would love to have some....but lets get over this issue first.....I dont see myself being healthy enough to carry a child.....
I've had severe nausea on the first day of my period for as long as I can remember. I also find myself extremely uncomfortable the first day. Not just nauseous, but just... super uncomfortable. It wasn't painful, it just felt like my insides were having a heyday without my permission. I am completely unable to operate/function that entire first day, and much like Angie88 above, I nicknamed it my personal monthly D-Day. or, when I'm actually at that day, it's "Please just knock me out so I don't have to feel this all day" day.
I went to my doctors for months and had them try different things until we finally found a combination that helped. Phenergen (or at least it's pronounced that way) was prescribed for the extreme nausea. The only problem with that is that I have to take it the night before, or else I'd just vomit the pill up and be sick all day like usual. Another doctor I really didn't like (seriously bad vibe from this guy, made me feel uncomfortable the whole time I was there) suggested an enema version of the medication. I, personally, could never do that. Least of all when I'm vomiting all day. As much as I hate needles, I wish they had an OTC injection of the stuff, as that's how they fixed me up the last time I had to go in for the problem.
As I said, they found a combination of things that work. The Phenergen (though I don't use it anymore, as I haven't needed to) and BC pills. As much as I was against the idea, my doctor did explain that they're for regulating hormones. However, I no longer have medical insurance, and can't get the pills without getting a pap smear. I'm completely against this, as I find it invasive and completely unnecessary, considering the lack of sexual intercourse, but the clinic I'm currently covered by (yay college clinics) demands that I get one before they'll let me have coverage for the next year. Because of this, I'm currently researching OTC medications to treat just the hormonal imbalance I've been told I have that causes all of this in the first place. My mother mentioned that menopause medication is also used for regulating hormones, though I have yet to determine if that kind of medication would help me any.
I'd much prefer some kind of herbal supplement or other OTC treatment for this hormone imbalance, but have yet to find anything safe and effective. If they ever find something to treat this that I won't need a prescription for, I'm going to cry out of sheer joy.