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Why Am I Experiencing Severe Period Cramps?

I've been having serious period cramps for years and have only recently found what was causing them.

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For many years, I suffered from the most terrible period pains. Every month, I needed to take four days off work simply to curl up in a corner and wait for the pains to subside. It seemed that conventional painkillers, such as paracetamol, didn't make a lot of difference, and, in any case, they tended to make me feel sick in addition to being really hard to swallow.

Numerous times, I went to various doctors and explained the suffering I was going through only to be told to go home and take—yes, you guessed it—a paracetamol! I suspect that since most of them were men, they merely took it as simply another female dealing with a few cramps each month and making too big a deal out of it.

It took over ten years for the real reason behind my agonising period pains to come to light. This was when I first went to a doctor to find out why I was failing to get pregnant with my first husband, who already had children of his own from a former marriage.

Ovarian cysts are generally benign, but if they don't go away on their own, they can become very large and painful.

Ovarian cysts are generally benign, but if they don't go away on their own, they can become very large and painful.

At this time, I was about 26 and had been going through this pain since the age of 16, when my periods had first started.

The fertility specialist performed an internal ultrasound and informed me that I had a three-inch ovarian cyst on my right ovary. I also had distinct signs of endometriosis. After taking various blood tests, he also determined that I wasn't ovulating. He arranged for me to have the cyst—and as much of the endometriosis as possible—removed in the hopes of improving my chances of conceiving.

I looked into exactly what endometriosis is and discovered it is when uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus for reasons doctors can't explain. This tissue follows the same cycle as the tissue in the uterus, so each month, it builds up a fleshy blood-filled lining before breaking down at the end of the cycle. The problem with endometriosis is that outside of the uterus, there is nowhere for the blood and tissue to escape, hence the agonising cramps during the menstruation.

The ovarian cyst could also potentially be dangerous if it grows too large and bursts, so it was important that this was removed as soon as possible. Benign cysts form naturally on the ovaries each month and usually burst to release an egg, but, in certain cases, they fail to burst and simply keep on growing larger and larger, adding to the severity of the period pains each month.

There are various kinds of cysts that can form on the ovaries:

  • Follicular Cysts: These cysts form when the sac doesn't break open to release the egg. Then, the sac keeps growing. This type of cyst most often goes away in one to three months.
  • Corpus Luteum Cysts: These cysts form if the sac doesn't dissolve. Instead, the sac seals off after the egg is released. Then, fluid builds up inside. Most of these cysts go away after a few weeks. They can grow to almost four inches. They may bleed or twist the ovary and cause pain. They are rarely cancerous. Some drugs used to induce ovulation, such as Clomid® or Serophene®, can increase the risk of cyst formation.
  • Endometriomas: These cysts form in women who have endometriosis. This problem occurs when tissue that looks and acts like the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus. The tissue may attach to the ovary and form a growth. These cysts can be painful during sex and during your period.
  • Cystadenomas: These cysts form from cells on the outer surface of the ovary. They are often filled with a watery fluid or thick, sticky gel. They can become large and cause pain.
  • Dermoid Cysts: These cysts contain many types of cells. They may be filled with hair, teeth, and other tissues that become part of the cyst. They can become large and cause pain.
  • Polycystic Ovaries: These cysts are caused when eggs mature within the sacs but are not released. The cycle then repeats. The sacs continue to grow and many cysts form.

To say I felt angry was an understatement. I had gone through years of suffering that could have largely been avoided by reducing my endometriosis or by, at least, being placed on prescription strength painkillers. Who knows how long the cyst had been there? What I did know was I had been, and still was, experiencing all the classic symptoms of both problems. Yet, it wasn't until I needed fertility treatment that a doctor even suggested these possibilities.

The classic symptoms of both these conditions are listed below.

Ovarian CystEndometriosis

Pressure, swelling, or abdominal pain

Pain during menstruation

Pelvic pain

Chronic pelvic pain

Dull ache in lower back and thighs

Lower back pain

Problems urinating

Painful urination

Pain during sex

Pain during sex

Weight gain during period

Fatigue

Abnormal bleeding

Heavy and/or irregular periods

Nausea or vomiting

Headaches

Breast tenderness

Low-grade fevers

 

Diarrhoea or constipation

 

Anxiety and depression

I did stay in hospital for a week and had both the cyst and some of the endometriosis removed, but it left me with a four-inch scar across my bikini line.

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Some years later—after my first husband sadly died before we could further pursue fertility treatment—I was again told I had an ovarian cyst by a fertility specialist, only this time, it was on my left ovary. He could also see signs of endometriosis on the ultrasound, so he scheduled for removal of the cyst and run a dye test to see if my fallopian tubes were blocked.

By now, the technique was far simpler and could be done as a keyhole surgery in one day. Hoping against hope that this time my problems would be solved, I went in for the operation.

I had to wait seven weeks for my follow-up appointment during which time I had no idea what the findings had been or what had been done.

In the follow-up, the specialist didn't waste any time in telling me it was not good news. Apparently, I had now developed severe adhesions within my whole reproductive system, and, in certain places, my other organs had even fused with my reproductive organs. He explained that these adhesions could have been caused by the endometriosis itself or by an infection following the previous surgery. Unfortunately, they had been unable to find my ovaries through all of the scar tissue, so they could not tell if the dye passed successfully through the fallopian tubes or not. I don't even know if they found the cyst to remove it as I was too stunned by what he said next to think to ask the question.

He now felt it was extremely unlikely I could ever get pregnant without in vitro fertilization (IVF), which is something my current husband Richard and I simply couldn't, and still can't, afford—not a good position to be in when you are already about to turn 39 years old.

Thankfully, I no longer get the severe period pains, mainly because a portion of the endometriosis was removed when I had the first operation. In addition, I can now obtain mefenamic acid tablets (500 mg), prescribed by my doctor. These tablets are specifically geared towards period pains and prevent the production of chemical irritants that cause much of the pain and inflammation in the body.

I urge anyone reading this who suffers from severe period pains to insist their doctor look into the possibility of either endometriosis or ovarian cysts. Even though after removal, these problems can sometimes return, the suffering will largely be reduced, and what is left can be helped with pain medication.

Most ovarian cysts are not life-threatening, but there are some potential dangers in the event one ruptures, so don't delay getting any suspiciously severe pain investigated thoroughly.

In the event you are experiencing severe pains in your pelvis, abdomen, or sometimes even in your shoulder and neck, there may also be a risk of an ectopic pregnancy, which is life-threatening and should never be ignored.

If any of the above applies to you, I urge you to contact your doctor immediately.

Disclaimer

As with any online advice, this article is not meant to replace a consultation with a professional doctor, and if you are concerned about your period pains, then my advice would always be to make an appointment with a physician as soon as you can.

This article also contains a graphic image depicting the surgical reduction of adhesions associated with ovarian cysts. Please proceed with caution.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Comments

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on September 12, 2017:

I am not a doctor Natasha, but I can't see a strong connection between the vomiting and your cramp stopping. It would be a guess, but I wonder if you had an ovarian cyst that hadn't naturally burst that was causing the extreme and unusual pain. Just maybe the vomiting caused it to rupture and eased the pain. My advice would be to mention it to your doctor, or at the very least see if it happens again and then mention it to your doctor. Good luck.

Natasha on September 11, 2017:

I'm 40yrs old, I typically have mild periods lasting 3-4 days. My current period started yesterday with light spotting. Today I started feeling terrible pain/cramps, along with vomiting and bowel movements. During this time there was little to no menstrual blood. The pain was so bad, I had to use a hot water bottle to ease the discomfort. I took pain meds but they came up as well. This went on for almost 2 hours. Then one last time I vomited and a (sorry to be graphic) gush of menses came out. I instantly felt better and not a single cramp since. Should I be alarmed as this has never happened to me before.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on September 01, 2017:

My friend had terrible pain in one of her ovaries and insisted that it was removed even though her doctor wasn't convinced it was the problem. Since she did her pain no longer happens. Maybe this is something worth discussing with your doctor further. Not heard of itchy eyes as a symptom before, but everyone's different. I would certainly try the Mefenamic Acid tablets if your doctor will prescribe them (which shouldn't be a problem). See how you get on with them as they've helped me enormously, as they have plenty of other people. Good luck Terrie.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on August 20, 2017:

Jamie, in your shoes I would see a doctor asap. Write a list of your experiences in advance to give to them ( and don't hold anything back). See a female doctor if you can as they seem to have a better concept of this kind of pain, (unlike some male doctors who frustratingly seem to write this level of period pain off as normal). Meanwhile try to get prescribed Mefenamic Acid as a starting point because it is the most effective short term measure if something else is causing the problem!

jamie on August 20, 2017:

Hello, I'm 20 years old and have been having excruciating period pain since it started when I was 12. I can't write down dates for when they start like most people because my periods are irregular, I never know when it's going to start and finish. Sometimes my period can go for 4 days, and other times it can go for almost 2 weeks (10 days is the longest time it has gone for), more than several times I didn't have it for 2 months straight. My lower back swells up and becomes painful, I get headaches, and I get a bit of diarrhoea as well during my period. The pain has been so bad at least a few times a year I am unable to stop myself from screaming out loud because of the pain. During those intense moments, I have considered to knock myself out by any means necessary even by hitting my head hard enough to become unconscious just to be able not to feel the pain, I have almost fainted once because of it.

I don't know if I should see a doctor about it or not. Even if I do, I don't know how to talk about it to the doctor.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on August 15, 2017:

Good luck Stephanie. I really hope your doctor does prescribe the Mefenamic Acid as that is by far the most effective treatment I ever found.

Stephanie on August 15, 2017:

Thank you for your info. Right now, I am up at 6am. My cramps were too bad to even allow me to have any sleep. 600mg of Ibuprofen and a hot water bottle aren't doing anything for me. I have had double dry socket due to being exceptionally dumb after two wisdom teeth removed. I would prefer going back to that than to deal with deal with these cramps. Even my joint issues after I overdo it have nothing on my cramps. It definitely was at a 9 about an hour or 2 ago. My cycle also lasts about 9 days according to my tracker. Right now I really wanna go bash my uncle's head in because I remember him saying I was faking and "Putting a 10 on a 2." since I was little. :( . Unfortunately I have quite the assortment of conditions that rules out quite a few reliefs. Diabetes for instance means that the new obgyn is weary of giving me pills or the shot. She is also quite hesitant of surgery because of the diabetes. She recommended I stop and that now that I am older that it might straighten itself out. Good news, I am now Pre-Diabetic. Bad news is that I'm back to being in even more crippling agony than usual. I think I prefer the diabetes at this point. College starts back up soon, and I can't afford to miss classes that frequently. Thats my main concern. Sorry about the ranting, btw. Gonna suggest the mefenamic acid to my main doc next appointment. Then I will check at the obgyn unit. Thanks again for the info! :D I'm gonna go back to wishing I was never born now.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on July 04, 2017:

Hi Elisha, please get your friend to read this article.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 22, 2017:

Hi Emma,

I confess your symptoms for the most part do sound normal, but I would be inclined to get yourself checked out just in case something else is going on as the pain once a year is unusual. As someone who also has Raynauds syndrome that aspect f your symptoms does sound normal

I wish you the best of luck.

Hi Molly,

As above your symptoms also sound fairly normal, but it is worth getting yourself checked out just in case as this issue can recur in families.

Good luck.

Molly on February 22, 2017:

Hi, I think your article is really helpful and I'm thinking about talking to a doctor now. I'm only 17 but I've been having these severe cramps since I was 13, when my cycle started, I've sometimes experienced other symptoms like constipation or diarrhea as well but I thought it was normal.

At one point when I was 14 or 15 I didn't get my period for 3 months which I thought was really worrying, when I tried to tell my mum about the issue, she thought it was normal for it to be so abnormal as I'd just started. Most of my sisters suffer with the same problem as me and my mum also had to have a hysterectomy and also suffers from ibs.

Emma on February 15, 2017:

Hi, I've been looking around for answers because I have some very specific symptoms when it comes to period pain. Normally, I have normal period cramps that are a dull pain, but once a year for the past three years around the same time, I've hade severe cramps that have made me black out, loose feeling on appendages (although that may be because of my Raynaud's syndrome), and vomit. I am a virgin and so I know I don't have an STD although an infection could be possible, but I don't know what else it could be. has anyone heard of these kinds of symptoms and if so does anyone know what it is and should I get checked out?

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 21, 2017:

Thank you V6 that's is a really nice comment to receive. I hope your pains do improve and that you are in a position to share your story like I did for the benefit of others going through the same problems.

V6 on January 21, 2017:

I cried my eyes out while reading this. You've gone through so much yet you're still standing radiant as ever. I felt your pain so deeply i can't even put this in words. All my love and respect to you!! God i had non stop cramps for 7 hours now diarrhea and nausea ..living hell l.and i was sincerely considering suicide because it felt like there was no way out as period pain has not only put me in agony but seriously impaired me and made me dysfunctional..such pain could kill one's ambition making them believe they're doomed to failure and disability especially when there's no support whatsoever and pressuring people accusing you of being dramatic or faking it to be lazy and blame you for it then end up leaving you because no close one would deal with this out of helplessness or mere apathy.

Michelle on December 05, 2016:

My Doctor here in the UK treats period pain like it's nothing. 33years of pain, severe bleeding and now so many adhesions they can't see anything else. Yet told to suck it up and revel in the fact I can have periods to have babies. Too many Drs treat it as nothing.

MEsp on December 01, 2016:

Hi, I'm 17 years old and I experience extremely bad cramping the first 3 days of my mestrual cycle which lasts about 5 days total. I am currently writing this crying my eyes out at almost four in the morning because I cannot stand the pain, and it happens every time. It does not let me sleep. I wake up in the middle of the night in horrible pain. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to go to a doctor but I am really considering it since I just can't stand it anymore, I'm not sure to what doctor go or how to reach out. Do I go to a clinic? Or a regular hospital? I do not live with my parents. What exactly should I do and how?

Cc28 on October 13, 2016:

I am 28 and started my period when I was 13 for the first year everything was okay then when I was 14 I started having severe cramps and was bleeding very heavy I was sent into hospital for 7 days with a drip just to be told I was allergic to asprin , this heavy bleeding on my cycle carried on then when I was 18 I got told I had PCOS so was referred to a gynocologyst that dealt with me then 4 years later took me off her list I also had my tubes checked with dye where results came back was all clear and okay.im now 28 and been with my fiancé for 13 years and yet have no children I still suffer with severe pain each month my dr don't seem to be helping me I am giving up on options but from previous articles I have read I'm gonna demand to be referred to a specialist again

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 16, 2014:

Hi Mildred, You might find some helpful ideas in the other article I wrote on how to reduce severe period pains (although I would advise you see your doctor too ideally, and if you don't have faith in the one you have get a second opinion). The link to my other article is:

https://remedygrove.com/remedies/How-can-I-reduce-...

mildred on February 16, 2014:

Hi I'm a 46yr old and still having heavy periods not to mention the excrutiating pain that I endure at my age I never thought I will still be having this problem I'm a bit scetpic obout Dr and I have no liking in them. Is there anything that I can use to stop this pain

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 21, 2013:

Hi Jade, this could be a cyst or Endometriosis. Clear discharge is normal so not sure why you thought it could be a sign of pregnancy. Discharge changing to light brown for a day or so and then going away can be a sign of pregnancy (Google search 'implantation bleeding'). If this has become a full period then clearly you aren't pregnant, but if it is unusually light or ends after a day or two you could still be pregnant as many women go through entire pregnancies with light monthly bleeding (even though it isn't technically a period). There is still a possibility you are pregnant as you are experiencing unusual symptoms to the norm for you, and it is very common for women to get negative pregnancy test results right up to late in their pregnancy if hormone levels are too low to show a positive result. Best to get your doctor to do a blood test to be on the safe side as they are more accurate. I should add you could also be experiencing a very early miscarriage (as in a few weeks pregnant).

Jade on November 21, 2013:

Hiya I'm 19 I started my period when I was 11 years old iv never had a period pain in my life until last night...for about a month iv had nothing but clear discharge I though it might be a sign of pregnancy I kept bathing and it kept coming back so I ware a towel and it was fine I was going to do a test in the morning today and I started getting a change of coulor in the discharge it turned to a light brown I read up on it.It said it might be nothing so still do the test and about 12 yesterday evening I started getting these really bad pains I'd never felt before as iv never had a period pain I left the towel on as I though it could be a period pain turns out i was right but I'm a bit worried as iv never had one before since I was 11 I'm now 19 so bit scared iv started getting lower back pains my boobs and belly are really really hurting has anyone any ideas of why I have only just started getting this horried pariod pains at my age???

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on June 27, 2013:

Hi Catherine, seriously I would recommend you go back to your doctor and discuss the problems you are experiencing as they don't sound normal. Your body could be undergoing an allergic reaction to the iud and it could need removing. Don't ignore this, it is better to get it checked out as soon as possible rather than risk permanent damage. Please let me know how you get on.

Catherine on June 27, 2013:

Hi im 19 years old and i have alot of heavy bleeding and my pains are horrible! about 3 years ago my mom put my on Birth control the pills did nothing but the depo shot and the iud im on know are causing me to bleed nonstop even when im not on my period im worried that its killing my eggs and some day i want kids but im not sure what to do! Some time si get these pains and i cant even move or breath they hurt so bad

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on April 26, 2013:

I can't offer a lot of help on this I am afraid 'Confidential' as it isn't something I experienced (pain around shoulders and neck) although I am guessing that it would not be impossible for this to be Endometriosis as it can migrate to all sorts of places in the body, and has even been found in the the brain before now. As explained in the article, during your period this tissue will bleed, but with nowhere for the blood to drain away to it can result in a lot of pain. I honestly don't have any idea about the 'hot' feeling you get prior to your periods, but someone else may chip in here and say if they experienced the same thing. Sorry I can't be more helpful.

Confidential on April 26, 2013:

Sharp pains in my neck /shoulder around time of my periods?

I'm 30 yrs old and for the past few months i have been getting horrible pains in my neck and shoulder on the right/ &left side either starting the day before or the day that my period starts, been to doc's and he said i had a stiff neck also i feel very hot before my periods. Just wanted to now if anyone else suffer's with this and has any answers for me.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 17, 2013:

Thanks so much for the lovely compliment HSAYS. It really does sound like the only option left to you is to get another doctor and insist they investigate the possibility you have something else going on like Endometriosis or a Cyst. Your level of pain and how you get it sounds so much like mine was, and the pill never helped me (although in later life Mefenamic Acid did after I had undergone removal of a cyst and some of the Endo). I endured agony for years without any doctor suggesting anything else could be going on other than 'period cramps', and them telling me to take a Paracetamol (as if I would have even been in their consulting room if that was all it was going to take). To this day I am angry that I needlessly endured that pain for years when it turned out I had had Endometriosis throughout that time (plus the cyst later). If I had only known then what I know now I would have gone to every doctor under the sun until one agreed to refer me for further investigations. I hope you do the same. Do let me know how you get on won't you.

Good Luck.

HSAYS on March 17, 2013:

Hi there, your article is really helpful! However my periods are excruciating! I'm sitting on my bed about to pass out because the pain is so bad. I've been to my doctors who are absolutely useless, i also went to a walk in clinic where the doctor gave me the menaficin acid, and it didn't help much even though i took it religiously. I really thought that would help. I feel like i have so many of the symptoms from the different problems one could get, besides the cramps that feel like someone is shredding my insides, i get the pain in my thighs and my lower back hurts. But i also feel tired a lot, very very very nauseous, constant headaches, insomnia, constipation and i feel so 'windy'! And that's embarrassing. My mum is against the whole pill taking idea because of the hormonal changes it causes and i agree with her on that one. I'm now 20 and this has been a persisting problem for about a year, every month is like going to hell and coming back in 7 days. I've tried the whole exercise and good diet but in all honesty it doesn't help. I will definitely change my doctor and carry on from there. Your advice will be much appreciated, and thank you so much for posting this article, after going through 20 different articles yours was the one that helped most.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 13, 2013:

Hi Haley,

Firstly I would suggest you ask your doctor to prescribe you with Mefenamic Acid and see if that helps, (trust me when I say that for many people it is one of the 'only' things that works for extreme period cramps). You should also read my other article (linked to in this one) on ways to reduce severe period pains and cramps because there are other things that can make a significant difference too (such as Magnesium tablets).

Some of what you are describing is actually very normal, e.g. tender breasts, diarrhoea, throwing up, backache, feeling faint/fainting, sweats etc. What does seem rather odd is you getting period cramps throughout the entire month, and this is something I would pursue with your doctor further (if he/she won't help, get a second opinion from a different doctor).

It seems pretty unlikely that at your age you have a condition like Endometriosis or a cyst (although not impossible). If it was a cyst it is likely the ultrasound would have found it, but endometriosis is not so easy, and is usually found from a colposcopy (a tiny camera inserted through a tiny incision made just below your belly button whilst you are under a general anaesthetic). You could ask your doctor about this possibility, although she will probably also tell you that it is unlikely because you are so young.

Right now your body is still developing, and it is not unusual for many girls to have a terrible time with horrendous period pains until they get into their twenties (when it frequently begins to calm down). I know exactly what it feels like to get the pains you are getting, and my sister was equally as bad when she was your age (she is much much better nowadays).

Going back to the birth control pill suggestion, you may not have had any success with the one your doctor first put you on, but this is not to say you might have more success with a different brand, so don't be afraid to ask your doctor about this too. My top recommendation is always Mefenamic Acid though, and if you can use this as well as a good pain killer I am sure you will notice a difference. Don't forget to pursue the question as to why you are getting cramps all through the month though, as apart from possible hormonal imbalances I am not sure what else could be causing the pain outside of your normal period week.

Sincerely I wish you good luck.

haley on March 13, 2013:

Hi my name is haley . This is my story .

Okay, so I started my period a week before I turned 11. I remember the first time I got my period it wasn't so bad. Than the second time I got it, it was just horrible. I am currently 15 about to be 16 in a few months. I get very , very, very , bad cramps. I get cramps everyday , even when i'm not on my period. And when I do start my period they are so bad I throw up, my back starts to hurt, I sometimes get diahrria, I most of the times faint because the pain is so much. I usually get fevers, & start to sweat a lot . Just thinking about it gets me very depressed because I really dont want to deal with this pain anymore. My back hurts horrible, I can't barely move. The cramps never stop. I get really painful ones when i'm not on my period also. I have checked with the doctor once, and she did an ultrasound through my private part , and said that i didnt have anything wrong . I seriously think there is something wrong . I keep telling my parents this pain is not regular. I just really need some help. I really can't take this pain anymore. I cry every time i get my period & i've missed so much school because of it too. The doctor said taking birth control would help but I took it a month didn't help i took it second no changes. Please help me out guys. Is there possibly anything i can do? Everytime I get my period I heat up patches. ? I take very warm baths, I take some midol. I sleep. I just dont know what else to do. Also my boobs get really tender. Thanks I hope this is enough information.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 26, 2013:

Well in the short term I would suggest trying the Mefenamic Acid because they are not a painkiller, but are an anti-cramp medication which is usually far more helpful. I would also suggest you read my other article on ways to reduce period pains because many of the suggestions are not the 'same old' ones you normally hear about.

https://remedygrove.com/remedies/How-can-I-reduce-...

Honestly though, it does sound like you need further investigations to be done, and you need to stand up for yourself at the doctors and refuse to take 'no' for an answer. Tell them you are concerned about endometriosis and/or cysts, and insist they investigate further. Get second opinions and tell the new doctor why you have felt the need to do so, as this may help prevent them 'fobbing you off' with painkillers too.

I really hope you can find the money to get another medical opinion as this can change your quality of life for the better in a big way.

Britney on February 26, 2013:

I was curious to ask if I could have any help because right now I can't go to the doctors for anything. I've been there twice before for period pains when I was younger (around 14-15) and all they gave me was stronger pain killers and did not bother to look at anything.

Well my question is.. Could I possibly have any kind of medical or really any problem?

Details:

I've had a heavy period since I first got it (11) It started to come with severe pain around when I was 13. And this pain is bad that sometimes I start to cry and I can't move my body and I sweat a lot and get very hot. I'm now 18 soon 19 and it's still the same thing..it doesnt happen every month more like every other month. I'm also very irregular it's almost completely random. I go from getting it at the begining of the month to the middle and end within a few months. Ive never been pregnent and I don't take birth control and I don't want to. I don't have any medications either.

I would go to a doctor again but i already have an expensive medical bill and they usually throw pills at me without looking at me (like through x-ray or anything like that)