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3 or 4 day periods plus cramps right after I stop bleeding.

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Hello, I'm 22 years old. I had my period for 3 or 4 days and it just stopped. And then I started getting cramps in my lower abdomen and in my lower back. I have been cramping everyday for a week now with no bleeding. I don't normally have 3 or 4 day periods plus cramps right after I stop bleeding. I took a pregnancy test 5 days ago and it came out negative. I have been wondering rather I should take some pain killers or not, because my mom believes I am pregnant and she doesn't want me to take anything or I might harm the baby, if this appears to be so, what should I take to stop the pain, and Am I pregnant?

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replied November 11th, 2012
Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms Answer A40268
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Altered or shorter periods, abdominal cramps, low back pain, etc that you describe could be few of early symptoms suggestive of pregnancy. Avoid any self-medication. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. If periods have been abnormal, or if you suspect chances of pregnancy, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). You can get false negative results with urine pregnancy tests done early in pregnancy, as the kits are calibrated ones, so unless the hormone levels in urine reach a certain level, they do not show positive results. The test should always be done on early morning first urine sample to get accurate results (pregnancy hormone HCG is believed to be in highest concentration in this sample, and you should avoid lot of fluid intake and caffeinated beverages in the night before taking the test). If pregnancy gets ruled out, further evaluation would be done to look for underlying cause for your symptoms. Treatment as appropriate (based on your examination findings and evaluation results) would be started to help you control the symptoms. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet.
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