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Hello everybody,

I'm a healthy 24 year old female. I've never been pregnant, nor do I want to. Since I was about 15 or 16, every couple of months I get severe pain the day before or first day of my period. I'm not talking about the usual cramps, bloating, or back pain. I mean serious nausea, vomiting, cold sweats, and dizziness. It feels like I'm gonna faint. I can't keep anything down. Nothing. Not aspirin, tea, water, crackers...I literally mean nothing! This usually lasts from 24-36 hours. These symptoms usually hit with a dead force, with no warning signs. Within the first half hour, I loose all color in my face. Is this normal? One doctor did an ultrasound and everything came out fine. She originally wanted to do a pelvic exam, but because it was my first time, it didn't exactly work--which is why she just had the ultrasound done. (not that that was more comfortable) Should I talk to another doctor? Or consider taking birth control pills? Thanks in advance for any and all advice!
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replied June 20th, 2009
YES, you should talk to your doctor!! Always talk to your doctor when something unusual happens to your body, especially if you're experiencing such violent symptoms.

The doc might prescribe birth control pills to even things out. A friend of mine has a genetic blood disorder (I can't remember the name of it I'm sorry!) that used to cause her a LOT of pain when she would have her period. She takes birth control and medication to regulate it and she is okay now. When you go to the doctor, you should ask him/her questions about blood disorders.
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replied December 4th, 2009
Ovarian Cyst - take Vitex
I had Exactly the same symptoms and was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst via a CT scan. I would suggest taking Vitex in a sublingual form on a long term basis and perhaps having the cyst removed. I've heard it might require a 3 day hospital stay, but your symptoms should not return. I would Not recommend taking birth control pills. Vitex is a much safer, natural alternative. Best of luck
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replied December 14th, 2009
It happened to me yesterday. Its very annoying.
it only lasted 30 minutes though (i think so, i didnt really check the time) I was taking a warm bath to help with cramps with a little bit of cold shower because it was too hot. Then when i got out of the bath, i got dizzy, couldnt stand up, i had to lay down on teh flour and elevate my feet, then the intense abdominal cramps, then diarrea and vomiting. But i felt much better after throwing up.
weird.
I was on the pill for 3 years then i stopped to see how my menses were.
I use to not have them frequently, with too much pain and lots of pms.
You should see a doctor if you vomit frequently. The pill might help you. It lessens the symptoms greatly
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replied December 22nd, 2009
Hi, glad (and sad) I am not the only one out there with these symptoms. I am now 33 and as someone mentions cysts could do it. I had mine "eliminated" and my periods became a lit more regular and lessvdifficult to deal with but NOT pain-free. I also discoveredin the process that I was gluten intolerant and most of my vomiting problems during my period seemed to be tied to gluten (wheat, rye, barley) I am now 100% gluten free and I will still get some of the instantaneous nausea you describe as well as the faint feeling and the only thing that helps ne avoid it is being a bit lazy the day before my period (listening to my body)taking some Aleve and not doing much physical activity the day it starts ( at least for the first 8 hours) as I have discovered that my energy levels are pretty much drained from the period and also I cannot eat heavy foods ( best to enter the period on a light stomach to avoid the vomiting and potential diarrhea) Hope some of this info is useful. Same as you I am healthy and by Dr.s standards nothing wrong with me. I did try the pill but did not want to depend on it, it does help a lot though, but resting and keeping food intake light is also good. I usually only need about 4-6 hours in bed now, Aleve works good for me ( start taking the day before and double dose on the first day, I do not need it after that)
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replied November 25th, 2011
I am 23, and this is the first post I have read online that sounds helpful for me. I had severe vomiting and nausea with cramps during my period and my mother recently found out she is gluten intolerant, I am now thinking I am probably gluten intolerant too! Thanks for sharing!
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replied January 13th, 2010
Misarable in bed
I am 32 years old and my flow has alwayd been heavy with chunks in it (gross i know) butt 2 days ago I was down at first I thought it was food posioning but i threww up 3 times among other bathroom joyties. i was so weak I had to have my dad call an ambulance. they couldn't do much but keep me hydrated with iv. Here it is day 3 andI have only eating maybe 2 cups of soups crakers and 7-up is this normal to just not crave any food when you have this. I know I need to get in but I just feel so drained.
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replied March 4th, 2010
I am having the same problem, first day lots of vomitting, I cant go to work, cant eat, feel weak, lower back pain, always tired and constant need of sleep. Its crazy and I really need an alternative to just pain killers like natural medicine
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replied April 29th, 2010
Similar problem =(
I have a similar problem. I''m 18 years old and the vomiting and excessive cramping started about 16 also. At first I didn''t think much of it, because.. its only one day a month and I usually only vomit once.
But I would much prefer if the day of my period wasn''t so painful...I mean the pains are only excruciating for about 2-4 hours. And will usually end after vomiting.

I should probably see my doctor about a remedy.. I really dislike taking meds though, because I''ve been taught that the best way to strengthen your body is to let it treat itself.

Also, i don''t know if this is important, but the vomiting began after I started dating (and my partner and I stayed abstinent until we turned 1Cool.
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replied May 25th, 2010
Yesterday was my first period day and I couldn't sleep, i am tired of this every month... I went to a gynecologist and she said that it is normal. i told her I don't like birth control pills, I use another birth control method. Every month on the first day of my period I have this nausea, vomiting, escrutiating pain(to the point I couln't sleep, even though I used a heating pad on the area, no use, didn't work; I just slept 3 hrs) If anyone that reads this knows another way to prevent this symptooms of dysmenorrea, please let us know! take us out of this misery!
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replied June 4th, 2010
FWIW-I had dysmenorrhea (painful cramps) since I started having periods in high school. Mine were so bad I would vomit, have hot and cold sweats,and pass out. Imagine crawling down the hall in your high school after passing out on the way to the nurses office or passing out and coming to in the arms of your handsome teacher's aid. True stories (and I have more!). Not even painkillers worked. This didn't happen every month and although my periods were always on schedule, I wouldn't know if this month would be a good month or a bad month. I ended up on birth control pills at 16 (they cost 99 cents way back then and I was not sexually active until after 18 years old) and continued taking them off and on into my 40's. I've also tried herbs and accupuncture which offered some relief. Later when Advil came on the market I discovered they actually worked for me. I'm in menopause now and had a very easy transition. I had always said, after all the pain I endured each month I deserve an easy transition and I got it. I'd see your doctor to rule out any serious problems and see what he or she has to offer in the way of relief.
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replied June 22nd, 2010
im 13 years old and i have had my period for two or three years now. it is still very irregular, but one thing that never changes is the heavy bleeding. well i am menstruating right now (im on my third day) and i have been feeling extremely sick as if i want to throw up and my stomach feels heavy along with serious cramps. i really feel bad and i have a loss of appetite. i dont get cold sweats, but hot sweats, and sometimes even a short fever. i know i havent ate anything that might make me sick because i didnt eat any food that was past its due date or something that im allergic to. the only thing i can think of that might be the cause of this problem is another stomach ache i had two weeks ago waaaaayyy before i started my period, which feels the exact same way. my folks can't take me to the doctor or hospital right now, so im just coping with it. is there any way to make it easier to deal with? i need help.
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replied November 2nd, 2010
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replied January 19th, 2011
Please help me!
I am on ortho t. low over 10 years, my period is regular never any problem,
Started 2 years ago my period is very regular on the 2nd day starts the serious nausea, vomiting, cold sweats, migraine headache and diarrhea, first time last in 2008 June for 4 days! The worst is the head ache. On my forehead. Can not sit or lay down hurts so bad,
I almost died,
Now only less a day or two, but having all the symptoms every month.
What’s wrong with me?
I went to my doctor all the blood test was negative.
What is it and what should I do? Please help me.
I am very healthy 50 years old 5'5 130 lb. I am Going to the gym 3 times a week and Eat well. Thank you
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replied December 26th, 2012
Am 45. Have exactly the same symptoms. My headache just seems to be concentrated at the back. That's all. It feels like dying would be a relief...

It ALSO started about two years ago. Some of the the young, and younger women in this forum also mentioned their symptoms starting about two years ago. So, I wonder if there's a new food on the market, or something, that could be contributing?
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replied January 30th, 2011
has anyone ever mentioned endometriosis to any of you? that is what I have. serious cramps, vomiting and fainting is not normal. i am still going through it. laparscopic surgery can remove endo adhesions, or going on the pill should shrink them. i now vomit during ovulationa as well. go figure. demand your doc check for endometriosis. then find a 'specialist' who knows how to excise the adhesions. be very careful you go to someone with a lot of experience. otherwise, get on the pill!!! or maybe a stronger pill if your doesn't work. there are many issues this can be, so make sure you demand answers. there are hormonal issues that can cause this as well. find a GREAT doctor ladies!!!
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replied February 26th, 2011
I also deal with this. I'm 15 and every few months I experience the same thing. It always starts during the middle of the night(although I start my period before I go to bed) and I deal with the worst cramps ever. Also, I throw up and have cold sweats and I'm all shaky. I really wish I knew how to stop it.
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replied August 17th, 2011
yes....i also have endomitriosis and i have serious serious cramping from my pelvic area all the way down my legs, chills, clammy skin, heavy flow, back aches, head aches, fatigue, bloating, and vomiting....and all i can say is OMG....the worse pain of my life....i am thinking about getting on the depo provera shot because it reverses the ovulation process....endomitriosis is when the tissue that sheds from the uterus each month grows on the outside of the uterus and each month the tissue shed so ppl who have endomitriosis can bleed internally....and u can grow ovarian cysts which is what i have also....i live on pain killers during the time of my cycle just so i can feel normal because pain is definately a sign that something is wrong...check for endomitriosis and see an experienced gyno who specializes with endomitriosis....good luck
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replied August 18th, 2011
I had the same problem for 6 years after going to doctor after doctor and even dragging myself into the emergency room for help. Missed work always got migraines, all day vomiting and felt like I was dieing. Finally found my own cure and i hope it helps many others because it is a miracle for me and now it has been 3 months of no vomiting and no severe migraine. I get a very slight headache but nothing that pamprin or advil wont fix. Get cramps but only for a couple of hours. I take a teaspoon of local honey just eat it plain and I also put 3 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar (found at Kroger grocery}into an 8 ounce glass of water and drink it. Take magnesium, B-12, and Black cohosh. I do this 10 days before I start and 2 days after I start but just started the honey daily for my allergies. It is just amazing. I tried Progesterone pills and cream, birth control pills, depression medicine,Maxault and phenigrin and still stayed in bed all day. I have been to several doctors and nothing is so wonderful than something natural. I dont like the taste of the honey but its well worth it to only take a minute to swallow it than a couple of days throwing your guts up and a killer migraine. Please if this helps you let me know.

Read more: Menstruation Forum - Vomiting during first day of period http://ehealthforum.com/health/vomiting-du ring-first-day-of-period-t275102.html#ixzz 1VRREEyDS
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replied February 8th, 2012
This Helped Us
I, too, had very irregular flows. At times very, very, heavy clotting as a young woman. With age that turn to regular cycles but with servere migrains(throwing up) and down in bed for 3 days. Dr. said I had cystsic ovaries. I now have found out yeast (Candida) has been a huge issue and was left undiagnosed for many years. I have had to be on very powerful antibiotics many times throughout my life and recked the good bacteria in my gut. I also learned that as a result of all this I am Gluten Sensitive or Celiac Desease. It is a chain that is connected to each step of my problems. I also spent 21 years of my married life as infertile.(I believe due to these issues) We now have one miracle child.
My 15 year old daughter started at 11 years old with a regular cycle that turned to vomiting and cramps. I took her to a naturalpath and she was found to have both Candida (yeast) as well as being Insulin resistant. She was decentsitized to 18 diferent types of sugars and now take something to keep the yeast in her gut undercontrol. All of her symptoms went away. She has also seen a chiropractor that muscle tested her to glutens and she tested possitive to Gluten Sensitvity. I would suggest a teat for Candida in the gut aswell as sensitivity to sugars. If the gut flora is really messed up test for Gluten or Celiacs Desease. The Dr. told us that one of the symptoms of Insilin Resistance is a drop in energy and sometimes sleepiness about an hour after eating sugar. She said that even if you as thin as my daughter you tend to have belly fat around the naval area stored there by the insulin resistance. Hope this info helps someone out there.
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replied March 4th, 2012
I've to get sick the first day of my cycle and always have during different stages of my life. Now that I don't take birth control of any kind, I have my tubes tied, I get extremely sick and bed ridden the first day of my cycle. I was taking birth control bills to regulate my sickness. Then I reconnected with a high school buddy that is a herbalist. I now take chaste berry formula L - which is a combination of natural herbs that will prevent you from getting sick during your cycle. I take it every day. Much better than taking birth control pills everyday for the rest of my life. There are other herbs that will eliminate menstrual sickness, regulate hormones, etc.
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replied March 18th, 2012
I also suffered many years of vomiting and nausea during my menstrual. I did some research on it and discovered vitamin b-complex. I take this vitamin once a day, a week before my menstrual cycle is due. (equaline b complex 500mg) I wasn't sure if it would work but it did and I'm thrilled. Now I can get back to my life, it was such hell feeling sick all the time. I didn't want to be around my family and I couldn't go to work. I have had zero vomiting or nausea since taking this vitamin. Now I have "good periods" lol. Try it hope this can help someone out there from suffering. God bless.
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replied September 27th, 2012
Please, not vitamin B!
I have learned that taking mega doses of vitamin B can have side effects down the road, namely nerve damage which shows up as tingling in the fingers. Please do not megadose on vitamin b to lessen period pain!
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