A few years ago, I was diagnosed with endometriosis. Since I started my period at the age of 13, I've not gone a single month without excruciating pain, nausea, vomiting, cramping, headaches, bloating, and fatigue. It's been three years since I had a laparoscopic procedure to eradicate the traces of endometriosis on my ovaries, but I can't say for certain that I've seen a difference in the amount of pain. My periods are more regular now, occasionally late due to stress. What I've been plagued by lately is fatigue and a complete lack of energy during my periods. The only pain reliever that works for me is Ibuprofen. I'll occasionally take Soma as a muscle relaxer. Otherwise, Midol, Tylenol and Aleve don't work on me.

PatientRapunzel PatientRapunzel
31-35, F
4 Responses Aug 25, 2006

My iron is semi low most of the time, always has been, but it gets worse during and after my cycle. I try to eat foods that are high in iron to help which works fairly well but you may want to ask your doctor if you may need a supplement, have to worn you though, taking iron pills can be pretty awful too<br />
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I empathise with you Rapunzel, I have Endo too....this month is almost killing me. I'm doped on Oxycodone. :(

Ibuprofen is the only thing that works for me, too. And I have to take A LOT. I got a prescription from my doctor for 800mg tablets, and he told me to start taking them every 6 or 8 hours a day or two before I knew my period was going to hit, so it gets in my system and manages the pain ahead of time. I don't know about you, but for me even Ibuprofen doesn't seem to be as effective if I take it after the cramps have started in earnest.

I knew someone who had the same problem. She took a prescription medication that stopped the endometriosis from developing and not sure, but I think it caused the growths to fade away. Afterwards, she was able to have a child too.<br />
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Ask your doctor, I don't remember what she took and I don't know where she is anymore. Tylenol is just to weak for this problem. <br />
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Also, about fatigue, I don't know if it's the endometriosis, but most girls are achy and tired and weak during their periods and their immune system weakens at that time so take your vitamin C. My recommendation is to take B50 vitamins and a good multivitamin with it like Centrum or Equate which they sell at Walmart. Be sure to drink your milk. Although it sounds weird, whole grain wheat bread with mayonaise and tuna and a large glass of milk is really helpful for the period symptoms if you are not allergic. The vitamin B6 is good to help you get rid of the water bloat that can cause a lot of tenderness discomfort. But don't over do it. B vitamins have to be in balance. Too much of one can unbalance the others, so I really recommend the B50 its balanced and take the multivitamin. Hope this helps. (B vitamins help you get energy, C boosts your immune system, whole wheat (stone ground preferred has B vitamins and milk has calcium which can help lessen pain.) Avoid acidic foods, like mustard, salsa, etc at least a week before and during your periods, because it can cause menstrual discomfort.