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the cramp pain intensified tenfold, i collapsed, puking!

Sunday was the first day of my period. I woke up in the morning with some bad but tolerable cramps. Had some yogurt, took an aleve, and ran myself a hot bath. The hot water helped for a bit, but soon the pain was back. While I was getting dressed, I got hit with this sudden, intense wave of nausea. I quickly popped a Zofran, but it didn't seem to be helping, so I ran to the bathroom. The nausea calmed down a bit but I felt like I had to poop, so I sat down on the toilet. And from there the cramp pain intensified tenfold. It was so bad that I could barely move. I was shaking and soaked with sweat, the room was spinning, I thought I was dying. I called for my roommate and asked her to bring my hydrocodone because I couldn't stand it. I took a pill and finally managed to get myself off the toilet. As I was walking to go back to bed, another intense wave of pain hit me and I basically collapsed onto the floor. My roommate was just picking up the phone to call 911 when I started puking violently all over the carpet.

So they took me to the hospital. I threw up three more times and they gave me nothing for the pain. I sat in a chair squirming and groaning in agony and dry heaving for about an hour and a half, and then finally the pain just suddenly stopped and I felt a million times better. I ended up waiting about 9 hours to be seen. They did a pelvic ultrasound, a pelvic exam, and a urinalysis. All normal.

I don't see how this can be normal. It was sincerely the worst pain I've ever felt in my life, but the only advice they could give me is to take aleve around the clock when I start my period. I don't know what to do other than set up an appointment to see an obgyn, but am I the only one who's experienced this? Could they have missed something?
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replied June 25th, 2014
Welcome to ehealthforum,
The worsening dysmenorrhea or abdominal cramps that you describe could indicate underlying problems like PID, infections, pelvic adhesions, worsening or rupture of ovarian cysts, endometriosis, endometrial cyst rupture, etc (and common imaging techniques can miss causes like deep and subtle endometriosis, PID, pelvic adhesions etc). The exact cause can only be made out after careful evaluation. If the symptoms have been persistent, or if they keep worsening/not improving, you should consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination and further evaluation to look for the underlying cause for the symptoms and the worsening dysmenorrhea that you describe. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and investigations 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 and lifestyle.
Take care.

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