Menstrual cramps in menopause

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I am experiencing daily menstrual-like <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cramps</span> -- heaviness and pain in pelvic area. I had ultrasound and it did not show anything abnormal.What could be causing this symptom like I had at age 16 when I was in my period?
I am 47. I had 1 month of bleeding in July. In September I had quite normal ultrasound & normal uteral biopsy. The doctor said I am fine.Then I was bleeding whole November, then 1 week off - now it started again. My breasts are tender - everything seems like normal heavy period just very long (1 month or longer). I also have IUD (good for 10 years)- this is 11th year. I am afraid of ovarian cancer but generally I am feeling good except for slight menstrual-type cramps.
I am 39 and will be turning 40 in June, I've been having irregular periods, but two months ago I did not have my periods. I'm also experiencing hot flushes which I find very disturbing. For the past two months, I've been having period pains but no periods.
My period is 1 week late, I am 50 years old. I have had severe menstrual <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cramps</span> and lower back pain but my period is not coming. I have always had very regular periods - this is very abnormal for me. I have no other menopausal symptoms.
What can cause menstrual-like <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cramps</span> and horrendous mood swings after menopause? It feels clearly hormonal, especially as the stronger the mood swing, the stronger the cramping and bloating in my uterus.
At 47, menstrual changes can certainly be due to menopause approaching. But that is not the only reason. Hormonal problems and imbalances, thyroid problems, or mechanical problems such as fibroids and uterine polyps are common other things that can cause you to bleed abnormally. Iron deficiency is another. The best thing is to make an appointment with your doctor.
I usually can't breath right, I'll hold my breath or take short breaths because it hurts to breathe in. I don't know whats wrong with me, I never really asked my doctor about it because it doesn't happen often. Now it only happens when I first start my period, but it has been happening to me since before I started getting my period. The reason I'm concerned now is because it happened today and it was a lot worse than in previous times.
The thing I find best for the prevention of menstrual migraines is Magnesium citrate @ 400mg a day because I find that not only does it help to prevent migraines, but I find that it also helps to prevent my menstrual <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cramps</span> too. There is a triptan that is specifically for Menstrual Migraines that is called Frovatriptan (brand name is Frova). If anyone who suffers from Menstrual Migraines finds that their current triptan just isn't doing the job...
Then I feel great until the cycle comes around again. Advil helps with menstrual <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cramps</span> which I have always had, but does not really help the leg pain. Because it is cyclical, I thought it might be gynecological and so my doctor ordered a vaginal and pelvic ultrasound that was fine. I took continuous birth control pills for 9 months last year for cyclical pelvic pain and stopped because I was getting migraines with aura. The pelvic pain did go away and I thought I was menopausal (I’m 49).
Has anyone noticed a difference in their cycle with this dx? I've noticed more intense cramping, of course my headaches get worse too. Just wondering? Thanks! Hope everyone is hanging in there!
I don't know if my birth control has anything to do with it at all, but I figured I would make sure I added that in there. I'm also suffering from severe hot flashes, irritability, and other general PMS symptoms including cramps and others that I've never really had before. I'm constantly dry (skin, vagina, eyes, mouth, etc) no matter how hydrated I keep myself.
Within the last 5 months I have had 2 occasions in which my lower stomach where my uterus is located has been very painful almost like <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cramps</span> but more isolated in the center of my stomach right above the pubic hair line. It usually lasts 2 days. Is this part of menopause or something I should worry about?
I'm 46 lmp 8/7/3012 ....have had regular menstrual period since 12 yrs old...mother of five 27,21,17 and 15 year old daughters and one son age 7... Been dizzy nauseated bad ...took dollar tree test on 9/9/2012 negative...now still this month keep getting cramps like af will be here tomorrow but nothing still... I just took another test on 9/28negative still cramping and nauseated ...no insurance from work till November....
Also when i have my menstrual cycle i have wear 2 to 3 pads and have to change them evey 5 minutes.My stomach cramps really bad i feel like im having labor pains. what can that be can you please help me.
I'm 40 years old, and judging by my older sisters and mother, I likely have another 11-12 years before menopause. Over the last year or two, my menstrual <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cramps</span> have gotten much worse. I get chills and shakes, aches in my joints, nausea, headache, and massive cramps. I've tried heating pads, lots of fluids, bed rest, Aleve, and other OTC pain relief. I went to see a new midwife for my last annual about 18 mo ago and forgot to mention it to her, then felt embarrassed to call in about it.
I'm not too concerned about the bleeding because it's not heavy but I also have what feels like menstrual <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cramps</span>. Weird! Thank you for any feedback.
I am much older than you but asked my dr that same question. She does a FSH test, which tells if you are in menopause. I have it done yearly-I do not know how accurate the test is, but I am not in menopause yet. Good luck to you.
I have recently started spotting again though and having sore breasts and light <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cramps</span>. Going in to see my OB/GYN soon. I still have my thyroid. They thought it was destroyed with the radioactive iodine but it grew back and now it produces hormone again but sometimes it stops. I am constantly having to adjust thyroid medicine.
My friend did go through menopause in her late 30's but you are pretty young for that. You might consider esterogen or projesterone testing and maybe supplements or injections. You don't want to lose bone density too early. If you are getting tested you may want to get your vitamin D checked too.
I am 47. I had 1 month of bleeding in July. In September I had quite normal ultrasound & normal uteral biopsy. The doctor said I am fine.Then I was bleeding whole November, then 1 week off - now it started again. My breasts are tender - everything seems like normal heavy period just very long (1 month or longer). I also have IUD (good for 10 years)- this is 11th year. I am afraid of ovarian cancer but generally I am feeling good except for slight menstrual-type cramps.
They have all come back normal (thank God). My problem is that I have cramping much like pre-menstrual cramping. This has been going on for about 7 years now. I don't have them all the time just about once a month for a few days. I haven't had a cycle in 9 years. I don't have any bleeding. My doctor has prescribed ultrasounds and they too have come back negative. He keeps telling me not to worry it's normal.
I am a 47 yr. old female. I was diagnosed 2 yrs. ago with hypothyroidism\chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis. Several docs ignored my test results, but now I have a good Endo. He also diagnosed low Vitamin D (despite eating right & being outdoors a lot). Since the thyroid issue came up I have developed Hypertension and - as I suspected – I have type II Diabetes. (Which I am controlling with diet & exercise.) I watch my net carbs, fat, sodium, and fiber.
Ob/Gyn did various tests (even ultrasound), and everything was normal, thought it might be due to stress and getting over the flu. Said I wasn't in menopause. After my hypo diagnosis, I was told my endocrinologist that thyroid disease and/or being hypo can affect your monthly cycle!!! But, you should still see a Ob/Gyn for exam!! Don't chance it, see a MD.
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I had my last menstrual cycle January 2006. I have not had sexual intercourse in 6 years. I had sexual intercourse 3 days ago and have had vaginal bleeding since. I feel like I have cramps the way I did when I was menstruating many years ago. Not sure what is going on.
I've had very heavy periods, terrible migraines (actually, I've had those for years), terrible bloating and <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>cramps</span> during my menstrual cycle. My doctor suggest Mirena in order to help reduce the symptoms of menopause. After reading all of these posts...I'M SCARED TO DEATH!!! I don't think I'll get the perscription filled. The only thing my doctor said was "I just don't want you to have to pay $300 for this and then it doesn't work.
I have been on thyroid treatment fo 6yrs and untill recently i have been fine now with in the last year i have a cyst in my overy another in my platutary gland. and now had ct for a lesion in my lung. Also i have the joint pain and was tested for arthritis and it was fine. So now it was it called (fiber mialsha I'm not sure of the spelling) all the cyst that keek apearing are small and the say wont hurt anything.
Sometimes the pain is in the middle of my abdomen, then other times it is closer to my pelvis and feels more like menstrual cramps... Anyone else experience this? A little background info: I am 21 years old. On birth control (I've never missed a pill and always take it on time, but could it be possible that it's pregnancy, even though I did get my period even after these problems started?
it acuss hormonal imbalance which can cause irregular and heavy or scanty periods.How old are you? Menopause can occur in age 40-55 but premenopause is not the only cause of irregular and constant bleeding in periods.Other causes are there. Excessive amount or duration of menstrual flow, at more or less regular intervals is called menorrhagia.
I've had this happen sometimes in this last several months or so but not to the severity it did today. This last week I felt an "achiness" in my pelvis (that part I've experienced many times), similar to a menstrual cramp but I got my period a couple of weeks ago. Today it hurt so bad I could barely walk. It wasn't cramping per se, but painful. It's better now but I'm not sure I understand why I'm experiencing this pain.
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