My Hell On Earth: Dysmennorhea

Dysmennorhea, what is that?

Yes, I didn’t know that I have suffered from dysmennorhea since my first menstruation until recently. All I know was I keep on having these symptoms during 3 days up to 1 week before my menstruation, in the whole week of the menstruation, and another 3 days or up to 1 week after my menstruation.

The symptoms are:

  • Mood swings that can go from the highest point like a Manic – feeling very happy, like I’m the prettiest girl in the world so everyone adores and loves me – and it can go as bad and as low like a Depression – feeling so fat and ugly that nobody loves me, which frequently leads to a suicidal attempt. These happen like a roller coaster that sometimes I’m way up, but the next moment, I’m down there on the verge of killing myself with any means available.
  • Severe pain on the lower abdomen area, especially during the menstruation itself. Under this pain bind, I can’t function as a human being. I can only lie on my bed crying and moaning from pain. I barely eat since I don’t seem to have any appetite.
  • The pain also makes my lower body – from the lower abdomen (stomach) down – experienced acute cramps. Sometimes, I can’t even feel my legs; they’re like so numb that it almost feels like I don’t have legs anymore.

When I worked in the I had a full access to a broadband Internet service. So, I used this opportunity to find out about what kind of illness that I’ve been having for so long. I thought it was just a PMS – Pre-Menstrual Syndrome – like what other women experienced but the answer that I found was shocking.

The medical term for my malady is Dysmennorhea. When I compared the symptoms that I’ve been suffering with those stated in the website discussing about it, I can be qualified as having the secondary Dysmennorhea (a far worse illness than the other one that – if not treated well or correctly – it may lead to a fatal end).

I guess that’s just my plain old luck then. I mean I’m living in Indonesia where the medical knowledge is not as advanced as the other countries in the region - like Singapore, Malaysia, or Brunei – let alone as sophisticated as the western medical. There’s no way that I can treat this illness without worrying that the doctor might do a malpractice to me or that he may overcharge me for something that he might not know better than me. So, I’m just going to sit back, relax, and enjoy the one free-of-pain week while getting ready for those three weeks full-of-pain to come by doing everything like there’s no tomorrow for me.

mariaeckstein mariaeckstein
26-30, F
2 Responses Jun 20, 2007

I have cramps that almost make me pass out.. not only do i feel like i am bi polar it does run in my family, but i also now cycle every three weeks.. I also am starting to feel pain when i ovulate.. I don't have health insurance.. I tried birth control from a women's clinic about four years ago i gained a lot of weight in such a short period of time. It did nothing for the cramps. I have almost lost jobs because of this... I get really hyper sensitive to noise and light, people.. The more stress the worse it is.. Just looking for info.. Thank you for you time

Dysmennorhea is the symptom. You are right, though. Because there difinitely is medical condition causing this dysmennorhea. I feel for you. I, too live with dysmennorhea, and it totally sucks! Although mine doesn't last near as long as yours. I hope you are able to find help for this. I wish you well.